HMCS Haida

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HMCS Haida G63 / 215.

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

HMCS Haida (G63 / 215)

The Tribal Class destroyer Haida was commissioned on 30 August 1943 at Newcastle-on-Tyne, United Kingdom. She was assigned to the British Home Fleet and during the first three months of her career made two trips to North Russia as a convoy escort.

In January 1944, she joined the 10th Flotilla at Plymouth, United Kingdom, and for the next eight months was engaged in sweeps and patrols in the English Channel and in the Bay of Biscay. She was present on D Day. During this period, she took part in the sinking of several enemy vessels, including torpedo boat T-29 on 26 April off Ushant, France; T-27 on 29 April off Ushant; destroyer Z-32 on 9 June off Ile de Bas, France; submarine U-971 on 24 June off Land’s End, England; and minesweeper M-486 on 6 August off Ile d’Yeu, France.

In September 1944, she sailed for Canada to refit at Halifax, Nova Scotia, returning to Plymouth in January 1945. In March, she returned to Scapa Flow, Scotland, and escorted another convoy to Murmansk, Russia, as well as carrying out strikes against German shipping off the Norwegian coast. She returned to Halifax on 10 June to begin refit, but with the surrender of Japan, this was cancelled and she was paid off on 20 March 1946.

Badge of HMCS Haida.

Badge of HMCS Haida.

She was re-commissioned at Halifax in 1947 and for the next three years took part in training and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) exercises, and then in July 1950 began extensive modernization. Haida was re-commissioned on 11 March 1952, to prepare for service in Korean waters. Between 1952 and 1954, she did two tours of duty in that theatre, then resumed her training role until she was paid off for the last time on 11 October 1963, at Sydney, Nova Scotia. Purchased by a group of private citizens, she arrived at Toronto in tow on 25 August 1964 to become a floating memorial, and in 1970 was accorded a berth at Ontario Place.

It was announced in 2001 that she was to be moved to Pier 9 in Hamilton, Ontario, adjacent to a site being developed by Parks Canada. HMCS Haida was positioned at her permanent berthing near the Naval Reserve Division HMCS Star in Hamilton on August 30, 2003.

Battle honours

  • Arctic 1943-1945
  • English Channel 1944
  • Biscay 1944
  • Normandy 1944
  • Korea 1952-1953
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