Credit: MCpl Barber, Staff Photographer, Standing NATO Maritime Group
HMCS IROQUOIS as the Flagship of the Standing NATO
Maritime Group 1 Fleet. (Fall 2006)
HMCS IROQUOIS, commissioned in 1972, is the first of the modern Tribal-Class Destroyers. She has two sister ships in the Canadian Fleet: HMCS ATHABASKAN based in Halifax, HMCS ALGONQUIN based in Esquimalt, BC. Her third sister ship, the HMCS HURON, was decommissioned in 2003.
The Tribal-Class Destroyers are fitted with state-of-the-art weapons, sensors, command-and-control systems, and propulsion equipment. Together these systems make her capable of carrying out a variety of tasks, aimed at protecting Canadian interests in the oceans adjacent to the coastline, and beyond.
However, combat capability depends on more than modern equipment. It requires dedicated people whose skills depend on constant practice and development. Some 282 men and women of various trades make up IROQUOIS' crew. To these sailors, IROQUOIS is not merely a warship, but a home, an office and a school.