Names Cho­sen for JSS

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The an­nounce­ment was made by the Hon. Rob Ni­chol­son, P.C., Q.C., Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for Ni­a­gara Falls and Min­is­ter of Na­tional De­fence, dur­ing a cer­e­mony in Ni­a­gara-on-the-Lake, On­tario, Oc­to­ber 25.

"The names rec­og­nize the achieve­ments and sac­ri­fices of those early Cana­dian sol­diers who fought and died in these crit­i­cal bat­tles dur­ing the War of 1812," said Min­is­ter Ni­chol­son. "The War of 1812 was a defin­ing mo­ment in our na­tion's his­tory that con­trib­uted to shap­ing our iden­tity as Cana­di­ans and ul­ti­mately our ex­is­tence as a coun­try."

“Canada's rich mil­i­tary his­tory is a source of in­spi­ra­tion for the men and women who cur­rently serve in the RCN," said Vice-Ad­mi­ral Mark Nor­man, Com­man­der Royal Cana­dian Navy.

Tra­di­tion­ally, the name of a class of war­ship is de­rived from the name of the first ves­sel in this class to be con­structed. HMCS Queen­ston will be built first, there­fore, the two JSS will be known as the Queen­ston-class.

These ships will pro­vide un­der­way re­plen­ish­ment ca­pa­bil­ity for fuel and other sup­plies, and of­fer hos­pi­tal fa­cil­i­ties and strate­gic sealift for op­er­a­tions ashore. They will en­sure that the mil­i­tary can con­tinue to mon­i­tor and de­fend Cana­dian waters and make sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to in­ter­na­tional naval op­er­a­tions. The JSS will pro­vide Canada with a mod­ern, task-tai­lored, glob­ally de­ploy­able sup­port ca­pa­bil­ity for naval task groups for ex­tended pe­ri­ods.

Names have been cho­sen for the Royal Cana­dian Navy’s two new Joint Sup­port Ships (JSS), which will be built by Van­cou­ver Ship­yards Co. Ltd. in North Van­cou­ver, B.C.

The ships will be named Her Majesty's Cana­dian Ship (HMCS) Queen­ston and HMCS Chateau­guay in recog­ni­tion of the sig­nif­i­cant bat­tles of Queen­ston Heights and Chateau­guay dur­ing the War of 1812.

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