Allied Warships

HMCS Saint John (K 456)

Frigate of the River class

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
PennantK 456 
Built byCanadian Vickers Ltd. (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) 
OrderedOct 1941 
Laid down28 May 1943 
Launched25 Aug 1943 
Commissioned13 Dec 1943 
End service27 Nov 1945 

Decommissioned 27 November 1945.

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Commands listed for HMCS Saint John (K 456)

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1T/A/Lt.Cdr. Roy Milton Mosher, RCNR13 Dec 194320 Feb 1944
2A/Lt.Cdr. William Roland Stacey, RCNR21 Feb 194418 Feb 1945
3T/Lt. Charles George McIntosh, RCNR19 Feb 19451 Apr 1945
4Lt.Cdr. William Roland Stacey, DSC, RCNR2 Apr 194519 Jun 1945

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Notable events involving Saint John include:

19 May 1944
HMS United (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) arrived at Lough Foyle.

Later the same day A/S exercises were carried out together with HMCS Port Colborne (T/Lt.Cdr. C.J. Angus, RCNR), HMCS Saint John (A/Lt.Cdr. W.R. Stacey, RCNR) and another vessel of the Royal Canadian Navy. (1)

22 May 1944
HMS United (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with aircraft and later with HMCS Saint John (A/Lt.Cdr. W.R. Stacey, RCNR). (1)

1 Sep 1944
German U-boat U-247 was sunk in the Channel about 11 nautical miles south-east of Lands End, in position 49°54'N, 05°49'W, by depth charges from the Canadian frigates HMCS Saint John (A/Lt.Cdr. W.R. Stacey, RCNR) and HMCS Swansea (Lt.Cdr. A.F.C. Layard, DSO, RN).

16 Feb 1945
German U-boat U-309 was sunk in the North Sea east of the Moray Firth, in position 58°09'N, 02°23'W, by depth charges from the Canadian frigate HMCS Saint John (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Stacey, RCNR)

27 Feb 1945
HMCS Saint John (Lt. C.G. McIntosh, RCNR) arrived at Cardiff, U.K. to begin a refit.

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Frigates of the Royal Canadian Navy 1943-1974

MacPherson, Ken


  1. ADM 173/19219

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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