HMCS Nonsuch

HMCS Nonsuch
Active 1927 - Current
Country Canada
Branch Royal Canadian Navy
Type Stone Frigate
Role Reserve Unit
Garrison/HQ Edmonton, Alberta
Motto(s) A Campis Ad Maria (From the prairies to the sea)
Colours Gold and Scarlet
Battle honours

First Anglo-Dutch War

Franco-Dutch War

American Revolutionary War

World War I

HMCS Nonsuch is a Naval Reserve Division of the Royal Canadian Navy, based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.[1] Referred to as a "stone frigate", Nonsuch is a land-based training establishment.


Nonsuch is properly referred to as a ship, being commissioned into the Royal Canadian Navy. She is part of the Reserves, and therefore operations are usually held on weekdays and certain weekends. However, her sailors may participate in any operation run by the Canadian Armed Forces year round, if they so choose.


Nonsuch was formed on March 23, 1927, as a RCN Reserve Half-Company. On November 1, 1941 she was commissioned as a tender to HMCS Naden, now part of CFB Esquimalt. She was commissioned as the independent unit, HMCS Nonsuch, on September 1, 1942. During World War 2, over 3500 sailors, and 114 officers were enlisted at Nonsuch. After the war she transitioned into a peacetime force, and was paid off on November 30, 1964. She was recommissioned on September 26, 1975.[2]

The ships motto is A Campis Ad Maria (From the prairies to the sea).

Battle Honours

Kentish Knock - 1652, Portland - 1653, Gabbard - 1653, Texel - 1673, St Lucia - 1778, The Saints - 1782, Jutland - 1916

HMCS Nonsuch carries on the battle honours of the Royal Navy ships bearing her name in the past.


Nonsuch's name comes from the French word "non pareil" meaning "of no equal". Besides being used as a name for many former RN warships, Nonsuch was also the first ship into Hudson Bay in 1688.[3]


  1. "Naval reserves of the RCN". Wikipedia:––units/reserve– 2018-01-11.
  2. "HMCS NONSUCH - For Posterity's Sake". Retrieved 2018-03-26.
  3. "HMCS NONSUCH - For Posterity's Sake". Retrieved 2018-03-26.

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