HMCS Algonquin

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HMCS Algonquin R17 / 224

There have been two vessels named Algonquin in the Royal Canadian Navy.

HMCS Algonquin (1st of the name) (R17 / 224)

The “V” Class destroyer was laid down as HMS Valentine but commissioned on 17 February 1944, as HMCS Algonquin in the Royal Canadian Navy. She left Scotland on 31 March to help escort an aircraft carrier attack on the German battleship Tirpitz. In April, she escorted a similar attack on German shipping off the Lofoten Islands, Norway, and in May left for D Day operations. On 6 June, she bombarded shore targets on the Normandy coast. Afterwards, she carried out attacks on German convoys off Norway and escorted convoys. On 22 August 1944, she rescued 203 of escort-carrier HMS Nabob’s ship’s company when the latter was torpedoed in the Barents Sea. Algonquin was paid off into reserve on 6 February 1946. She was re-commissioned on 25 February 1953, modernized and sailed for the east coast. After fourteen years’ service, conducting exercises and operations with Atlantic Command, she was paid off 1 April 1970, to be broken up in Taiwan in 1971.

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HMCS Algonquin 283

HMCS Algonquin (2nd of the name) (283)

The last of the Iroquois Class destroyers, Algonquin was commissioned on 3 November 1973. In 1974, she rescued the crew of the fishing vessel Paul & Maria, sinking east of Halifax, Nova Scotia. In 1977, she was the first of her class to cross the equator. After ten years in service, she had steamed more than 200,000 nautical miles, spent an actual three years at sea, had taken part in more than twenty multinational exercises and completed four tours of duty with the Standing Naval Force Atlantic (SNFL). On 24 June 1993, now stationed on Canada’s west coast, she transited the Suez Canal to join North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) vessels in the Adriatic enforcing the blockade of the former Yugoslavia. In 1995, she took part in a United States battle group training exercise off southern California. In March 1996, she left Esquimalt, British Columbia, to participate in Exercise Westploy '96 and visited Japan, the Soviet Union and South Korea. More exercises with Pacific rim countries followed during 2000 and 2001. On 23 March 2002, she was deployed on Operation APOLLO (Canada’s contribution to the campaign against terrorism) in the Gulf of Oman. In 2003, she underwent a refit period and since then has been nearly continually at sea, participating in large multinational exercises and conducting Maritime Security Patrols in the Canadian coastal waters of British Columbia. Algonquin continues to conduct operations in support of Canada’s domestic and international policies.

Motto: À coup sûr (With Sure Stroke)

Battle honours

A badge with a golden rim and black background. An arm emerges from wavy blue and white stripes and harpoons a golden snake.

Badge of HMCS Algonquin.

  • Norway 1944
  • Normandy 1944
  • Arctic 1944-1945
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