Allied Warships

HMCS Swift Current (J 254)

Minesweeper of the Bangor class

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
PennantJ 254 
ModVTE reciprocating engined 
Built byCanadian Vickers Ltd. (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) 
Laid down1 Oct 1940 
Launched29 May 1941 
Commissioned11 Nov 1941 
End service23 Oct 1945 

Decommissioned 23 October 1945.
Recommissioned in 1949 with penant number 185.
Decommissioned and transferred to Turkey in 1958.
Renamed Bozcaada and served untill 1971.


Commands listed for HMCS Swift Current (J 254)

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1Lt.Cdr. Albert George King, RCNR11 Nov 194118 Apr 1942
2T/Lt. Ian Hunter Bell, RCNVR19 Apr 194227 Sep 1942
3T/Lt. John Evelyn, RCNR28 Sep 19427 Apr 1944
4T/Lt. Kenneth David Heath, RCNVR8 Apr 194413 May 1945

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Notable events involving Swift Current include:

10 Sep 1944
HMS United (Lt. M.D. Hutley, RNR) and HMS Upright (Lt. J.A.L. Wilkinson, RN) departed Argentia for Halifax. They were escorted by the Canadian minesweeper HMCS Swift Current (T/Lt. K.D. Heath, RCNVR). (1)


  1. ADM 173/19286

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

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