OTD: Navy destroyers arrive at Pearl Harbor

On today’s date in 1950, a group of Royal Canadian Navy destroyers organized as “Task Group 214.4” entered Pearl Harbor.

According to Canadian Naval Operations in Korean Waters 1950-1955 by Thor Grimsson and E. C. Russell, on the morning of June 30, the Flag Officer Pacific Coast received the following message from CANAVHED, Canada’s naval headquarters in Ottawa: “You are to sail ‘Cayuga,’ ‘Sioux’ and ‘Athabaskan’ from Esquimalt at 16 knots to Pearl Harbor p.m. Wednesday 5 July, 1950.”

The group was escorted by HMCS Ontario before joining a U.S. naval task force as part of a United Nations contingent to fight Korean Communists.


In 2010, a new $1 circulation coin was issued by the Royal Canadian Mint to mark the 100th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Navy.

Hosted by former defence minister Peter MacKay, the unveiling was attended by Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

“The Mint recognizes the distinguished 100-year history of the Canadian Navy and is delighted to issue a commemorative circulation coin which honours the men and women who bravely served and continue to serve in Canada’s naval service,” said then president and CEO of the Mint Ian Bennett. “We are pleased that by collecting this coin, millions of Canadians will have a permanent reminder of their century of achievement.”

The coin’s reverse, designed by Nova Scotia artist Bonnie Ross, features a Halifax-class Frigate flanked by a 1910 naval serviceman and a contemporary female naval officer. An anchor at the top of the design symbolizes Canada’s naval service.

“The naval centennial commemorative circulation coins will create a public awareness of the role that the Canadian Navy has played over the past 100 years,” said Vice-Admiral Dean McFadden, chief of the maritime staff. “The coins are visible, practical reminders that the country is served, in both war and peace, by the men and women of the naval service who safeguard Canada and its values.”

The coin’s obverse bears the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II by portrait artist Susanna Blunt.


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