Today is Flag Day in Canada. It was on February 15, 1965 that Canada adopted our Maple Leaf flag. In this photo sailors aboard HMCS Harry DeWolf fly a Canadian flag that flew at the Juno Beach Centre last year. The Juno Beach Centre is Canada’s only museum on the D-Day landing beaches and serves as our primary Second World War site of remembrance in Europe.
HMCS Harry DeWolf is the newest member of the Royal Canadian Navy’s fleet. The offshore patrol vessel (and this class of ship) is named for Vice-Admiral Henry George “Harry” DeWolf, a Canadian naval hero from the Second World War. As a commander, DeWolf captained HMCS Haida, a Tribal-class destroyer that helped guard the western approaches to the English Channel in the months leading up to and following D-Day, the Allied landings in Normandy, France. DeWolf and his crew helped to ensure that the German navy’s fast and deadly torpedo boats and destroyers were unable to stop the landings.
Thank you to the sailors aboard HMCS Harry DeWolf and to Sabrina Nash, social media manager for the Royal Canadian Navy, for making these photos possible.
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