Defense Command readers will recognize DCNS Sackville. Skippered by Commander Katya Romanov through the Martian War, the corvette made a real difference –– despite being older and less advanced than the rest of the ships of the Belt Squadron.
As Ken Barron wrote in The Mercury Assault: “And, somehow appropriately, our daring corvette Sackville lost a drive pod again –– but kept fighting. Ships called Sackville just don’t die, it seems. The one laid down in 1940 is still sitting in Halifax harbor, open to visitors.”
For once, Ken Barron isn’t wrong: Sackville’s namesake, a Flower-class corvette that fought for Canada during the Second World War, sits today in Halifax harbor, serving as a brilliant memorial to her time, and to her fleet. She is the oldest Canadian fighting ship (beating HMCS Haida for this title, I should think) and she is open for visits during the tourist season.
If you ever want to be genuinely awed by a piece of history, visit HMCS Sackville. You’ll be shocked by the conditions in which men sailed across the North Atlantic, fighting weather and u-boats to help defeat the Nazis. You’ll be buoyed by pride, too, that such a humble, determined little ship could help alter the course of such a massive war.
And you’ll see why our DCNS Sackville had to be such a tough customer. When you dare to be named after a living ship with such a soul, you better deliver.