Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Canadian Navy.(n.d.). Canadian Navy: HMCS ATHABASKAN. Retrieved from http://www.navy.forces.gc.ca/athabaskan/0/0-s_eng.asp
The Canadian Navy website has an awesome description of the HMCS Athabaskan and specific statistics and details. There is information about the ship, news and events, ship departments, command teams, sailor profiles, guest book and an image gallery. I think the limits to this website about the ship is some classified information, after all it is the Navy.
Upon doing my research I came across the HMCS Athabaskan. This is a Canadian Naval area air defense destroyer located in Halifax. As it was put on the website the HMCS Athabaskan "has primary weapons are anti-submarine which included mortars, homing torpedoes and two CH-124 SEA KING helicopters armed with torpedoes. The SEA KING is an all-weather aircraft, which can operate at speeds of up to 150 knots. For defense against air and surface threats, HMCS ATHABASKAN originally had the Canadian Sea Sparrow missile system and a 5" 54 caliber gun. Both these systems were radar controlled."
This is pretty crazy for me to come across this because who would have thought to name a warship after a native group. I still could not find if there was some significance to the name given to this ship. Or rather if there was an actual purpose.