The HMCS Qu’Appelle challenge coin - Designed in honour of HMCS Qu’Appelle (DDE 264).
This steam powered MacKenzie class destroyer was built by Davie Shipbuilding Ltd in Lauzon, Quebec, and Commissioned into the Royal Canadian Navy on September 14th, 1963. She was the second ship to carry the HMCS Qu’Appelle name.
After a 29 year career, she was decommissioned in 1992. In 1994 she was sold to a Chinese firm for scrap.
Fun Facts: She was unique in her class, being fitted with a twin 3-inch (76 mm)/50 calibre guns forward, since the intended 3-inch (76 mm)/70 calibre weapon was unavailable.
The Christening Bells Project at CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum includes information from the ship's bell of HMCS Qu'Appelle (2nd) 1963 - 1994, which was used for baptism of babies onboard ship 1964 - 1981. The bell is currently held by the CFB Esquimalt Naval & Military Museum, Esquimalt, British Columbia.
In the summer of 1986 she visited Australia with HMCS Yukon and Saskatchewan to attend ceremonies to mark the 75th birthday of the Australian Navy.
This 45mm diameter coin was produced in dual toned polished gold and satin nickel finish, with the ship's colours proudly displayed in soft enamel paint.
Other MacKenzie class ships were the Saskatchewan, Yukon, and MacKenzie… also available as a set of four here.