HMCS Minas

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HMCS Minas J165 / 189.

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

HMCS Minas (J165 / 189)

The Bangor class minesweeper Minas was built at Vancouver, British Columbia, and commissioned there 2 October 1941. She sailed for Halifax, Nova Scotia on 13 September, arriving on 19 October.

After brief service with Sydney Force, she was assigned to Newfoundland Force in January 1942. That November, she transferred to Western Local Escort Force and, when it was divided into escort groups in June, she became a member of Escort Group W-7. In December, she was reassigned to W-4.

On 1 February 1943, she collided with HMS Liscomb outside Halifax, necessitating a month’s repairs. Minas left Halifax for the United Kingdom on 20 February 1944, with HMCS Blairmore, Fort William and Milltown via the Azores. Upon arrival on 8 March, she was assigned to the 31st Minesweeping Flotilla for invasion duties, and was on hand on D-Day. In September, she proceeded to Canada to refit at Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, returning to Plymouth, England, in January 1945. There she joined the 31st Flotilla until she sailed again for Canada on 4 September.

Minas was paid off into reserve at Shelburne, Nova Scotia, on 6 October 1945 and later moved to Sorel, Quebec, but was reacquired by the Royal Canadian Navy in 1952 and re-commissioned on 15 March 1955 for training on the west coast. Paid off on 7 November 1955, she was sold in August 1958 and broken up at Seattle, United-States, the following year.

Badge of HMCS Minas.

Badge of HMCS Minas.

  • Builder: Burrard Dry Dock Co. Ltd., Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Laid down: 18 October 1940
  • Date launched: 22 January 1941
  • Date commissioned: 2 August 1941
  • Date paid off: 6 October 1945
  • Displacement: 682.8 tonnes
  • Dimensions: 54.9 m  x 8.7 m x 2.5 m
  • Speed: 16 knots
  • Crew: 83
  • Armament: one 4-inch (102-mm) gun, two 20-mm (2 x I) guns and depth charges.

Battle honours

  • Atlantic 1941-1944
  • Normandy 1944
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