HMCS ALGONQUIN (DDH 283) is an area air defence destroyer. Its advanced communications capability and extra accommodations make it an ideal command and control platform. Built in the early 1970s, in the early 1990s it was extensively converted and refitted with sophisticated anti-air weapons systems,an improved propulsion plant, and advanced weapons and communications systems.
newer Halifax-class Canadian Patrol Frigate, ALGONQUIN is equipped
with one of the world's most advanced integrated combat control systems.
In peacetime, ALGONQUIN can employ its high-tech systems for a variety
of important missions, from search and rescue to fisheries and sovereignty
patrols. ALGONQUIN's homeport is Esquimalt, British Columbia, on Vancouver
Island. The name ALGONQUIN means "At the place of spearing fish
and eels" . Its name was connected to a First Nations People
who ranged throughout a vast territory from Georgian Bay in the West,
to the St. Maurice River in the East and who made their living by
hunting and fishing. The Algonquin people provided an honourable heritage
for the ships which were to bear the name of their tribe.
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