Badges of Canadian Forces Bases.

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Badges of Canadian Forces Bases.

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 14 Apr 2014, 17:41

Some examples of Badges of Canadian Forces Bases, pictures and information was sent to me by the Canadian Embassy in Stockholm back in 1995 ::

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CFB Cornwallis, Nova Scotia.

"Argent, on a mount vert, a cornish chough, wings elevated, sable, beaked and legged gules."

"The device and motto are derived from the former naval shore establishment HMCS Cornwallis. The cough itself was adopted from teh family armorial bearings of Colonel the Honourable Edward Cornwallis, first Governor of Nova Scotia, 1749-1752. It was depicted standing on a green mount to signify that HMCS Cornwallis was a shore establishment. The green mound har been retained to symbolize the green hills and slopes of the Annapolis Valley in which Canadian forces Base Cornwallis is located. The motto is considered appropriate for a base which is primarily tasked with the training of Canadian Forces recruits, reserves and cadet corps members."

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CFB Chilliwack, British Columbia.

"Argent, a hurt charged in base with two bars wavy argent from which a mountain range divided pily argent and vert. The whole edged by a cogged wheel or."

"This badge with its mountain range, heraldic depiction of trees and the bars wavy symbolising the mighty Fraser River aptly indicates CFB Chilliwack's location. The ruggedness associated with this type of terrain may be compared to the obstacles and barriers often met during a course of action, but which must be overcome in order to achieve a goal or aim. This sentiment is suitably expressed by their motto and is indicative of their aim to forever provide effective support. The cogged wheel is emblematic of the military engineers and their long association with Chilliwack.
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Re: Badges of Canadian Forces Bases.

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 14 Apr 2014, 17:44

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CFB Comox, British Colombia.

"In front of a bezant, a thunderbird."

"Ai Quanesut (Well able to handle anything that might come up or, I am ready or, At the ready)"

"The thunderbird design, following ancient custom was presented to the then Station Comox by the Chief of the Puntledge Indians. The bezant is a symbol of plenty based on the derivation of the word Comox meaning plenty-abundance."

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CFB Greenwood, Nova Scotia.

"In front of a treed mount issuant from barry wavy, an osprey volant to lower sinister, holding in its claws a trident."

"The treed mount represents the location fromwhich the osprey, a land based bird representing aircraft, comes to hunt at sea. The trident shown extendingbelow the surfare of the water, indicated by barry wavy, is to symbolize the weapons systems' capability even under water."
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Re: Badges of Canadian Forces Bases.

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 14 Apr 2014, 17:46

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CFB Halifax, Nova Scotia.
"Azure, upon the Halifax Citadel a kingfisher supporting a foul anchor, all or".

"The Halifax Citadel, anoted land mark and historic site, denotes the long military association with the city. The foul anchor symbolizes the major naval role. The kingfisher, accepted as the symbol of Halifax, marks the closed association of the city with the Canadian Forces Base Halifax".

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CFB Petawawa, Ontario.

"A stag's head couped proper."

"A history of this base reveals that the Canadian government purchased the land in 1904 and the first troops arrived for training in 1905. The area was then inhabited by large numbers of deer, consequently the stag's head was selected. The base takes its name from the Petawawa river."

The motto translates as "The soldiers training ground".
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Re: Badges of Canadian Forces Bases.

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 17 Apr 2014, 10:25

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CFB Shearwater, Dartmouth, NS.


"Azure, in base two barrulets wavy argent,above which a shearwater volant proper."

"The device and motto are derived from the former HMCS Shearwater badge. "The establishment (named for HMC Sloop Shearwater 1915-19) is the Royal Canadian Navy Air Station at Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Following Royal Navy precedent, it bears the name of a water bird and the badge,appropriatley enough,shows the bird flying over the sea.""

The motto translates as "We fly over the sea".

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CFB Toronto, Ontario.

"Azure, the Toronto City Hall Or."

"Toronto City Hall is a well recognized landmark and meeting place. The word TORONTO is of Canadian Indian origin and is tanken to mean meeting place. This stems from the early importance of the settlement of Fort York as an outpost of the fur trade and as a secure refuge from the Indians of the 18th century North American wilderness. As applied to Canadian Forces Base Toronto, the word is most appropriate since records indicate that a large number of visits to Metropolitan Toronto are coordinated by the base and its lodger units."

The Motto translates as "Thus we labour but not for ourselves."

Not the most heraldic of Badges perhaps.

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Re: Badges of Canadian Forces Bases.

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 10 Jul 2014, 19:39

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CFB Shilo, Manitoba.

"Vert, a white-tail deer courant"

"The white-tail deer is indigenous to the area and was the deer first found in the area by the early settlers."

The Motto translates as "Prepared for everything".

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Re: Badges of Canadian Forces Bases.

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 06 Dec 2014, 20:27

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CFB Suffield, Alberta.

"Argent a prairie rattelsnake proper".

"This Rattelsnake is indigenous to the Training Area CFB Suffield, and indeed is seen often enough by personnel moving thruough the area that personal interest is taken in its whereabouts at all times".

The Motto transaltes as "In a class by itself".

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CFB Trenton, Ontario.

"In front of an ancient compass rose, a trillium".

The compass rose symbolises the CFB Trenton as one of the pioneer Royal Canadian Air Force Station and also the many diverse units stationed here. The Trillium Flower is the Provincial Flower of Ontario and thus alludes to the location.

The Motto translates as "As it should be".

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BFC/CFB Valcartier, Quebec.

"Sable in chevron three ermines argent".

The three ermines symbolises the three Ships of Jacques Cartier on his exploring voyage to Upper Canada in May 1535 - La Grande Hermine, La Petite Hermine and L'Emerillon.

The Motto translates as "Always Faithful".


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