Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Algonquin (DDG 283)


HMCS Algonquin


The last of her class, she was built by the Davie Shipbuilding Co., Lauzon, and commissioned on 3 November 1973.  In November 1974, Algonquin rescued the crew of the fishing vessel Paul & Maria, which was sinking 80 miles east of Halifax. In the fall of 1977, she took part in the Caribbean exercise Caribops ‘77, in the process being the first of her class to cross the equator.  On 26 September 1978, she relieved Huron as flagship of SNFL, staying with the Force until the end of the year.  By the end of her tenth year in service, Algonquin had steamed more than 200,000 nautical miles and spent an actual three years at sea.  During that period, she had taken part in more than twenty multinational exercises and completed four tours of duty with SNFL, three of them as flagship.  On 1 March 1, 1986, she responded to a call for help from the Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans, two of whose officers had boarded the Panamanian trawler Peonia 7.  Ignoring orders to put in to St. John’s, the vessel’s captain had headed to sea with the DFO officers still on board.  Algonquin overtook her and enforced the original orders.  On 26 October 1987, she commenced her TRUMP refit at MIL Davie, Lauzon.  Labour problems and contract disputes delayed completion of the work until 11 October 1991.  On 29 March 1993, Algonquin sailed to join SNFL, again as flagship, and on 24 June transited the Suez Canal to join other NATO vessels in the Adriatic enforcing the blockade of the former Yugoslavia.  She transferred to the west coast in August 1994.  Early in 1995 she took part in an U.S. battle group training exercise off southern California.  That fall, Algonquin test-fired her SM2 missile on the Pacific Missile Range in the Hawaiian Islands.  On 18 March 1996 she left Esquimalt to participate in Exercise Westploy '96, acting as flagship of a group including Preserver, Regina and Winnipeg.  During three months the ships visited Japan, Russia and South Korea and afterward took part in Rimpac '96 off Hawaii.   In mid-January 1997, she began what was foreseen as a 12-month, $15 million refit but which proved to cost almost $25 million, re-entering service in May 1998.  More exercises with Pacific rim countries followed during 2000 and 2001.

On 23 March 2002, she departed Esquimalt for the Arabian Sea to support the U.S.-led coation against international terrorism, arriving back on 14 October.  For the next decade she continued to act as the west coast flagship through a range of national and international exercises.  On 12 June 2010, she was the command ship for Her Excellency Governor-General Michaëlle Jean for the International Fleet Review marking the Canadian Naval Centennial.

Algonquin formally was paid off on June 11, 2015, remaining at Esquimalt awaiting disposal.


Quick Facts

  • Builder:                        Davie Shipbuilding and Repairing Co. Ltd., Lauzon, QC    
  • Laid Down:                   1 September 1969                  
  • Launched:                    23 April 1971             
  • Commissioned:             3 November 1973


Commanding Officers

  • Cdr                  R. L. McClean, RCN                          03/11/73-07/05/76
  • Cdr                  H. M. D. MacNeil, RCN                      08/05/76-10/08/77
  • Cdr                  J. Harwood, RCN                             11/08/77-19/03/78
  • Cdr                  L. C. A. Westrop, RCN                      20/03/78-24/07/80
  • Cdr                  D. E. Pollard, RCN                            25/07/80-10/04/82
  • Cdr                  A. J. Goode, RCN                             10/04/82-17/12/83
  • Cdr                  K. J. Summers                                 17/12/83-01/07/85
  • Cdr                  J. C. A. Nadeau, RCN                        01/07/85-10/08/87
  • LCdr                J. G. V. Tremblay                             10/08/87-06/04/88
  • LCdr                J. A. P. Lebel                                   30/06/88-15/07/89
  • Cdr                  J. Y. Forcier                                    17/07/89-15/07/93
  • Cdr                  P.C. Leblanc                                    05/06/93-31/03/94
  • Cdr                  J.B. McCarthy                                  31/03/94-04/08/95
  • Cdr                  A.W. Round                                     04/08/95-01/08/97
  • LCdr                P.A. Hendry                                     01/08/97-13/08/98
  • Capt(N)           J.J.P. Thiffault                                  13/08/98-18/07/00
  • Capt(N)           G.A. Paulson                                    18/07/00-09/01/03
  • Capt(N)           L.J. Falloon                                      09/01/03-09/09/04
  • Capt(N)           M.F.R. Lloyd                                     09/09/04-19/05/06
  • Capt(N)           P.A. Hendry                                     19/05/06-28/06/07
  • Cdr                 H.M. Fitzpatrick                                28/06/07-02/07/09
  • Cdr                 A. Topshee                                      02/07/09-26/11/10
  • Cdr                 T.A. Kerr                                         26/11/10-22/06/12
  • LCdr                P. Belhumeur                                    22/06/12-03/07/12
  • Cdr                 L. Hartell                                          03/07/12-18/04/13
  • Cdr                 R.J. Tettamanti                                 18/04/13-29/07/14
  • LCdr               J. Lafontaine                                     29/07/14-11/06/15



The first ship in the RCN to bear the name Algonquin was a V-Class destroyer, laid down in the United Kingdom as HMS Valentine but commissioned in 1944 as HMCS Algonquin.  During the Second World War, she saw much action while attached to the British Home Fleet, including taking part in an attack on the German battleship Tirpitz, being present at the D-Day invasion, and escorting convoys to Murmansk (Russia).  She was paid off in 1946 at the end of the war, but was re-commissioned in 1953 after extensive modification to anti-submarine destroyer-escort standard.  She was paid off for the final time in 1970.


Battle Honours

Following RCN tradition, the battle honours earned by the first-of-name Algonquin have been perpetuated by the present ship of that name, which has herself earned a battle honour for operations in the Arabian Sea.  These honours would all be perpetuated to any future ship of this name.

NORWAY, 1944


ARCTIC, 1944




À COUP SÛR (With sure stroke)