Full name: Her Majesty's Canadian Ship CARLETON
Motto: "Vincemus armis" / "With these arms we shall conquer"
The Navy's proud tradition of distinguished service in the National Capital Region (NCR) spans back to 1923 when the Ottawa Half-Company was established. When war was declared in 1939, HMCS CARLETON, then known as the Ottawa Division of the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve (RCNVR), saw to the training of some 4620 officers and men. After hostilities ended, HMCS CARLETON continued to serve as a training facility for sailors, cadets and a branch of the Woman's Royal Canadian Naval Service (WRCNS).
In November of 1941, the Ottawa Division was commissioned as Her Majesty's Canadian Ship (HMCS) CARLETON after the two-masted schooner HMS CARLETON, a vessel that had distinguished itself at the Battle of Valcour Island in 1776. On December 17, 1943, the new "stone frigate" was inaugurated at Dow's Lake in the presence of the Governor General of Canada.
Today, HMCS CARLETON shares its Dow's Lake facilities with 30th Field Regiment (RCA), 2317 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps, Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps Falkland and Navy League Cadet Corps Vice-Admiral Kingsmill. In 1976 HMCS CARLETON was presented with the Key to the City of Ottawa for its contributions to the community. Like their predecessors, today's sailors volunteer within their schools, at their jobs and within their community. Our sailors lend support on an annual basis to festivals, ceremonies and fundraisers throughout the NCR, including the Winterlude, the Tulip Festival and the CHEO Duck Race.
HMCS CARLETON and her sailors are ever-vigilant and ever-ready to serve her community, Canada and the world. From the Second World War to Afghanistan, CARLETON's sailors are dedicated to safeguarding peace and overcoming tyranny and terrorism wherever needed. However, CARLETON is no less dedicated to service at home in Canada. From the Manitoba Floods and the ice storm of Eastern Ontario to Swissair Flight 111 and the forest fires in British Columbia, CARLETON's sailors continue to effectively meet any challenge.