HMCS Griffon

The official lineage of HMCS Griffon extant commissionned ship.




Argent a griffin segreant Azure armed Gules and seme-de-lis Or.


The obvious device for the badge of Griffon is a representation of this mythical monster. As it is named for René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle's ship, the first to navigate in the upper lakes in 1679, the griffin is depicted with the colours and devices of Royal France, namely, a blue field powdered or sown with gold fleurde-lis.


PRIMA IN LACUBUS (First on the Lakes)


White and Blue

Battle Honours



First of Name

  • Shore establishment.
  • Naval Reserve Division, Thunder Bay, Ontario.
  • Commissioned as a tender to HMCS Naden 1 November 1941.Footnote 1
  • Recommissioned as an independent shore establishment 1 September 1942.Footnote 2

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