Allied Warships

HMCS Algonquin (R 17)

Destroyer of the V class

HMCS Algonquin in October 1944

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
PennantR 17 
Built byJohn Brown Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Ltd. (Clydebank, Scotland) 
Ordered1 Sep 1941 
Laid down8 Oct 1942 
Launched2 Sep 1943 
Commissioned7 Feb 1944 
End service1 Apr 1970 

Decommissioned 6 February 1946.
Conversion to fast anti-submarine escort at Yarrows Ltd. (Esquimalt, British Columbia, Canada) started in July 1950.
Recommissioned on 25 February 1953.
Decommissioned 1 April 1970.
Scrapped in Taiwan in 1971.

Former nameHMS Valentine (ii)

Commands listed for HMCS Algonquin (R 17)

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1A/Lt.Cdr. Desmond William Piers, DSC, RCN22 Dec 194319 Apr 1945
2Lt.Cdr. Philip Edwin Haddon, RCN20 Apr 19456 Feb 1946

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Notable events involving Algonquin include:

10 Mar 1944
HMS Trusty (Lt. M.F.R. Ainslie, DSO, DSC, RN) conducts A/S exercises with the Canadian destroyer HMCS Algonquin (A/Lt.Cdr. D.W. Piers, DSC, RCN) and later with the British destroyer HMCS Undaunted (Lt.Cdr. A.A. Mackenzie, RD, RNR). (1)

24 Mar 1944
HMS Ursula (Lt. A.G. Davies, RN) conducted A/S exercises at Scapa Flow with HMS Saumarez (Capt. P.G.L. Cazalet, DSC, RN), HMCS Algonquin (A/Lt.Cdr. D.W. Piers, DSC, RCN), HMS Meteor (Lt.Cdr. D.J.B. Jewitt, RN) and HMS Ursa (Cdr. D.B. Wyburd, DSC, RN). (2)

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  1. ADM 173/19123
  2. ADM 173/19314

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

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