HMCS Battleford

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HMCS Battleford K165

There has been only one vessel named Battleford in the Royal Canadian Navy.

HMCS Battleford (K165)

Commissioned at Montréal, Quebec, on 31 July 1941, the Flower Class corvette Battleford arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 4 August, remaining there for six weeks while undergoing repairs, radar installation, and workups. Briefly a member of Sydney Force, Battleford transferred to Newfoundland Escort Force and left Sydney, Nova Scotia, on 28 November to escort convoy SC.57 to Iceland.

Returning to Halifax on 7 January 1942, she went to Liverpool, Nova Scotia for a refit that kept her idle until the end of March. Arriving in the United Kingdom with a convoy early in May, she completed further repairs at Cardiff, England, in mid-June, and then carried out workups at Tobermory, Scotland. From July 1942 to May 1943 she was a member of Escort Group C-1, and in December was escort to convoy ONS.154, which was badly mauled, losing fourteen ships. She participated with other Royal Canadian Navy escorts in the destruction of U-356 on 27 December.

Arriving at Halifax on 23 April 1943 with her last ocean convoy, ONS.2, she commenced a two-month refit at Liverpool, joining Escort Group W-4 of Western Local Escort Force in mid-June.

Early in April 1944 she commenced a long refit at Sydney, Nova Scotia, including forecastle extension, following which she proceeded to Bermuda to work up. Returning to Halifax, Battleford was employed for the balance of the war as a local escort with Escort Group W-3 and was paid off at Sorel, Quebec, and 18 July 1945. Sold to the Venezuelan Navy in 1945 and renamed Libertad, she was wrecked 12 April 1949.

  • Builder: Collingwood Shipyards Ltd., Collingwood, Ontario
  • Laid down: 30 September 1940
  • Launched: 15 April 1941
  • Date commissioned: 31 July 1941
  • Date paid off: 18 July 1945
  • Displacement: 950 tons
  • Dimensions: 62.5 m x 10.1 m x 3.5 m
  • Speed: 16 knots
  • Crew: 85
  • Armament: one 4-inch (102-mm) gun, one 2-pound (0.9 kg) gun, two 20-mm guns (2 x I), one Hedgehog mortar and depth charges.

Battle honours

  • Atlantic 1941-1945
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