HMCS Giffard

A ship on the water.

HMCS Giffard K402.

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

HMCS Giffard (K402)

Named for a Quebec village now part of Quebec City, the Flower class corvette Giffard was originally laid down as HMS Buddleia for the Royal Navy, but was transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy and commissioned on 10 November 1943 at Aberdeen, Scotland. After working up at Tobermory, Scotland, Giffard joined Escort Group C-1 at Londonderry, Northern Ireland and, on 15 February 1944, sailed to join her first convoy, ON.224.

On 7 May, she rescued 49 survivors of the torpedoed frigate HMCS Valleyfield, and the following week resumed her duties as an ocean escort. On 27 November 1944, she left Halifax for Liverpool, Nova Scotia to undergo a major refit, which was completed in March 1945 and followed by work-ups in Bermuda. Arriving in St. John’s, Newfoundland, on 15 April, she was employed locally until her departure on 13 May with convoy HX.335 for the United Kingdom.

Giffard left Greenock, Scotland, in June on her final westward voyage, was paid off 5 July 1945, and laid up at Sorel, Quebec, to await disposal. She was broken up in 1952 in Hamilton, Ontario.

  • Builder: Alexander Hall & Co. Ltd., Aberdeen, Scotland.
  • Laid down: 30 November 1942
  • Launched: 19 June 1943
  • Date commissioned: 10 November 1943
  • Date paid off: 5 July 1945
  • Displacement: 970 tons
  • Dimensions: 63.5 m x 10.1 m x 2.9 m
  • Speed: 16 knots
  • Crew: 85
  • Armament: one 4-inch (102-mm) gun, four 20-mm guns (2 x I, 1 x II), one Hedgehog mortar and depth charges.

Battle honours

  • Atlantic 1944
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