HMCS Nootka

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HMCS Nootka J35.

There have been two vessels named Nootka in the Royal Canadian Navy.

HMCS Nootka (1st of name) (J35)

Commissioned on 6 December 1938 at Esquimalt, British Columbia, the Fundy Class minesweeper Nootka was named for the Vancouver Island sound. She performed local patrol duty until March 1940, when she was transferred to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Arriving there in April, she was assigned to Halifax Local Defence Force where she remained throughout the war. On 1 April 1943, she was renamed Nanoose so that her original name could be allotted to a Tribal Class destroyer. She was paid off at Halifax on 29 July 1945, and like two of her sisters, sold in 1946 to become a tug. Her Chinese owners renamed her Sung Ling.

  • Displacement: 467.4 tonnes
  • Dimensions: 49.7 m x 8.4 m x 4.4 m
  • Speed: 12 knots
  • Crew: 38
  • Armament: one 12-pound (5.45 kg) gun
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HMCS Nootka R96 / 213.

HMCS Nootka (2nd of name) (R96 / 213)

Named after the First Nation’s tribe, the Tribal Class destroyer Nootka was commissioned on 7 August 1946 at Halifax and served as a training ship on the east coast and in the Caribbean until her conversion to a destroyer escort in 1949 and 1950. Earmarked for Korean duty, she transited the Panama Canal in December 1950 for the first of two tours of duty in that theatre of war. Returning to Halifax via the Mediterranean at the end of 1952, she became the second Royal Canadian Navy ship to circumnavigate the globe. During 1953 and 1954, she underwent further conversion and modernization, afterward resuming her original training duties. In 1963, with Haida, she toured the Great Lakes in the course of a summer’s naval cadets cruise. She was paid off at Halifax on 6 February 1964 and broken up at Faslane, Scotland the following year.

Badge of HMCS Nootka.

Badge of HMCS Nootka.

  • Displacement: 1958 tonnes
  • Dimensions: 114.9 m x 11.4 m x 3.40 m
  • Speed: 36 knots
  • Crew: 259
  • Armament: (Original) six 4.7-inch (120 mm) guns (3 x II), two 4-inch (102 mm) guns (1 x II), four 21-inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes (1 x IV), four 2-pound (0.9 kg) guns, six 20-mm guns and depth charges; (Post-War) four 4-inch (102 mm) guns, two 3-inch (76 mm) guns (1 x II), four 40-mm (4 x I), four 21-inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes (I x IV), two Squid mortars.

Motto:Tikegh Mmook Solleks” (Ready to fight)

Battle honours

  • Korea 1951-1952
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