HMCS Esquimalt

The first weekend in May is set aside to remember those who served in the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), and the Canadian Merchant Navy during the Battle of the Atlantic (BOA); the longest battle of the Second World War. It was the RCN’s defining moment, escorting large Merchant Navy convoys that carried vital supplies between Canada and the United Kingdom. The Battle of the Atlantic was the lifeline for democracy and the key to ultimate victory.