HURON represented Canada at the Silver Jubilee naval review at Spithead
on June 28, 1977 and in 1981 carried Governor-General Edward Schreyer on
a tour of five Scandanavian ports. She also served as the test bed for
the VLS installed in the TRUMP'ed Tribals and the Canadian Patrol Frigates.
Since joining Canadian Fleet Pacific in 1987, Huron was among the first Canadian ships to visit Vladivostok, Russia in 1990. At the end of the Gulf War in 1991 she was the first Canadian ship to enter Kuwait having been deployed to succeed the three Canadian ships that led the Multinational Logistics Force in support of the War. After that tour of duty, she sailed to Lauzon Quebec to undergo her TRUMP refit and was the last of her class to do so. In October of 1993, HURON relieved ALGONQUIN which was on patrol in the Adriatic sea.
Huron was a major participant in support of Citizenship and Immigration Canada's operation to stop illegal boat migrants from coming to Canada in 1999.
|HMCS HURON in her pre-TRUMP configuration. (Photo source unkown)|
As a result of not being able to recruit a sufficient amount of crew, Huron was laid up in reserve in Esquimalt in November of 2000 after she sailed for the last time on October 23. On November 7, 2003, the navy announced she will be taken out of service mainly as a result of underfunding. According to V-Adm Ron Buck, "To return Huron to operational service would require massive O and M resources which would greatly impact our ability to maintain the remainder of the fleet and is not the best use of resources.
The capability provided by the remainder of the Iroquois
class is a key element in our maritime capability now and for the future
and we are working to ensure viable plans are in place to replace this
capability in due course. In the meantime, Iroquois, Algonquin and
Athabaskan will continue to provide the capabilities that the class has
so well demonstrated since completion of their Trump modernization but
in particular over the last two years in the campaign against terrorism".
|The Ghost of Huron|
|The Life of a Canadian Destroyer|
|Huron Is Prepared For Sinking|
|Huron Is Sunk|
|They Came To Sink The Huron|
|HURON as seen from USS Theodore Roosevelt during a Middle East deployment. It was taken in 1991. (Photo by David Jones)|
The Hurons were known as the Tobacco Indians, hence the design of the ships badge in the representation of the nicotine bloom. This is in keeping with the traditional use of the flower and plant forms of fighting emblems, such as the Roses of York and Lancaster, the Shamrock of Ireland, and our own Maple Leaf. "Ready the Brave" is HURON'S motto and was suggested by the wife of the first Commanding Officer and reflects both the role of Maritime Command and the Tribal nature of this class of ship.
Please refer to IROQUIS II for additional information regarding weaponary and performance data.
1) Davd Jones <djones007(at)comcast.net>