"Proudly representing the Mauricie Region"*
HMCS RADISSON, the Naval Reserve Division located in Trois-Rivières, was born in August 1986. Her mission is to provide to Maritime Command the trained personnel required to man combat and support elements, in the context of the Total Force concept, in order to meet Canada's maritime defence goals in times of peace, crisis, or war. In order to carry out her mission, HMCS RADISSON must concentrate all her efforts and goals to the training of her sailors.
My ship's company, mainly composed of students at the cégep and university levels, trains two Saturdays per month from September to April. HMCS RADISSON is a big family, offering its members the opportunity to acquire and develop leadership qualities that will be useful in performing their duties, be they military or in the civilian world.
You want adventure? You want to travel? You want to enhance your second language skills? Come join our family and its 138 members, and counting, ready to serve their country.
HMCS RADISSON is and will remain ever proud to represent the Mauricie Region across Canada.
*Lieutenant-Commander André Gervais
Commanding Officer HMCS RADISSON
Full name: Her Majesty's Canadian Ship (HMCS) RADISSON
Motto: "FORTITUDO IN PERSEVERANTIA" / "PRESERVE WITH COURAGE"
Our unit was named HMCS RADISSON in honour of Pierre Esprit Radisson, the famous explorer. She was established in Trois-Rivières under the Naval Presence in Québec project, and stood up on August 15, 1986, in accordance with Canadian Forces Organization Order number 9.5.3, dated July 1, 1986.
Under the command of Lieutenant-Commander D. Prévost, the first Naval Reserve Division in Trois-Rivières set up ship in the premises the Canadian Forces Recruiting Centre was in at the time, above the historical Trois-Rivières Post Office. On June 23, 1987, the unit moved to the one-time d'Youville School, at 175 Saint-Alphonse St., at Cap-de-la-Madeleine. Two days later, the 74 first recruits were sworn in. That same month, the unit was granted the name HMCS RADISSON in accordance with a message from National Defence Headquarters received August 5, 1987. HMCS RADISSON's commissioning ceremony took place on October 3, 1987, and, on December 14, 1987, National Defence Headquarters Ottawa sent out a letter confirming the adoption of the HMCS RADISSON crest. In the centre of the crest can be seen a portrait of Pierre Radisson. Behind him, two oars cross over a yellow background; the crest is crossed in the middle by three wavy blue lines, symbolizing the three rivers. The ship was granted its motto on April 10, 1991: "FORTITUDO IN PESEVERANTIA" "PERSEVERE WITH COURAGE"
This motto stems from the extremely adventurous life of Pierre Esprit Radisson. Finally, on May 3, 1992, the new building on Saint-Christophe Island was inaugurated.