Mount Royal, March 9, 2010 — As part of a large operation to commemorate the Navy’s presence in the history of communities throughout the country – and celebrating the naval forces’ centennial – the Town of Mount will be presented from a naval representative a memento of HMCS Royalmount (K677), a frigate on duty during World War II. Master Seaman Nicholas Dubasouf from Canadian Forces Base Halifax will be in Town Hall on March 15 to deliver in person to Mayor Vera Danyluk the memento of the ship.
Over 320 Canadian community names have been used to honour Canadian warships since the birth of the Canadian Navy in 1910. HMCS (Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship) Royalmount was commissioned by the Royal Canadian Navy on August 23, 1944 for wartime service. The River class frigate arrived in Halifax in September and served as an anti-submarine convoy escort in the North Atlantic. Surviving the war, she was paid off in November 1945 and sold in 1947 to an American shipyard for scrap metal.
HMCS Royalmount won the honours of the Atlantic Battle (1944-1945). Her bronze bell has been kept in the Town of Mount Royal entrance hall for a long time. The framed memento that will be presented to the Town by Seaman Dubasouf will include a photograph of the ship and her official badge as well as a brief history of her service, in English and French.
Similar ceremonies have been held all over Canada since last year. The list of namesake communities is available on the National Defence Web site (www.forces.gc.ca) under the Canadian Navy centennial page. Some of these ships are still in service.