HMCS La Hulloise

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HMCS La Hulloise K668 / 305.]

There has been only one vessel named La Hulloise in the Royal Canadian navy.

HMCS La Hulloise (K668 / 305)

Commissioned at Montréal, Québec on 20 May 1944, the River Class frigate La Hulloise was named for the city of Hull, Québec as the name Hull was being used by a Royal Navy ship. She arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia in June and then proceeded to Bermuda in July for work-ups. On her return, she was assigned to Escort Group 16 in Halifax. She was reassigned to Escort Group 25 in October, and transferred with it to Londonderry, Northern Ireland in November 1944. She spent the remainder of the war in United Kingdom waters, alternately based at Londonderry and Rosyth, Scotland. On 7 March 1945, with her sister-ships HMCS Strathadam and Thetford Mines, she took part in sinking German submarine U-1302 in U.K. waters (St. George’s Channel). Late in May, she sailed for Canada to undergo refit at Saint John, New Brunswick. Work was completed 19 October, but the Pacific war had ended and she was paid off in Halifax on 6 December 1945.

Re-commissioned for cadet and new entry training in 1949, La Hulloise was largely operational until 23 November 1953, when she was paid off for conversion to a Prestonian Class ocean escort. She was commissioned as such on 9 October 1957, and remained in service until paid off 16 July 1965. She was broken up at La Spezia, Italy in 1966.

Badge of HMCS La Hulloise.

Badge of HMCS La Hulloise.

  • Builder: Canadian Vickers Ltd., Montréal, Québec.
  • Laid down: 10 August 1943
  • Launched: 29 October 1943
  • Date commissioned: 20 May 1944
  • Date paid off (Final): 16 July 1965
  • Displacement: 1,445 tons
  • Dimensions: 91.9 m x 11.1 m x 2.7 m
  • Speed: 19 knots
  • Crew: 141
  • Armament: (River) two 4-inch (102-mm) (1 x II) guns, one 12-pound (5.45 kg) gun, eight 20-mm guns (4 x II), one Hedgehog mortar and depth charges; (Prestonian) two 4-inch (102-mm) (1 x II) guns, six 40-mm guns (1 x II, 4 x I) and two Squid Mortars.

Motto: Soyons coeur franc (Let Us Be True of Heart)

Battle honours

  • Atlantic 1945
  • North Sea 1945
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