Tribal-class Destroyer, HMCS Iroquois (DDE 217)

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Tribal-class Destroyer, HMCS Iroquois (DDE 217)

Bluewater vessel, Canadian Tribal-class destroyer, refitted with lighter DP guns post-war.

The first Canadian Tribal-class destroyers to be built, HMCS Iroquois was laid down at the Vickers-Armstrong shipyard in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1940. Originally named Athabaskan, it was swapped with the original Iroquois to ensure the first ship completed had that name. It was commissioned in 1942, and saw its first action in July of 1943, where it escorted the troop ships SS California and SS Duchess of York, which were sunk by German aircraft with Iroquois rescuing 628 survivors. It also escorted Soviet convoys and participated in actions against German ships along the French coast. At the end of the war it escorted the Norwegian crown prince Olav back to Norway, and the German cruisers Prinz Eugen and Nurnberg to Kiel for internment.

Post-war, the ship was paid off and underwent a conversion to a training ship in Halifax. The 4.7-inch guns were replaced with 4-inch and 3-inch DP guns, the radar and fire-control modernized, and the ASW armament replaced. However, with the outbreak of the Korean War, it was recommissioned into active duty in 1951. It spent most of the war conducting fire support and escorting carriers. In October of 1952 it was hit by a shell directly in one of the turrets, killing three crewmen, the only Canadian naval casualties of the war. The ship returned to Canada in November, but returned for its 2nd Korean tour in 1953, again supporting land operations and later evacuating troops after the armistice. It remained in Korea for patrol duties post-war, while also completing two circumnavigations during return trips to Halifax. In 1955 when it arrived at Halifax, it was remade a training ship. It was decommissioned in 1962, and was broken up in 1966.

Specifications: (1954)

2x2 4-inch (102mm) Mk.XVI in Mk.XIX mount
1x2 3-inch (76mm) Mk.33
4x1 40mm Bofors L/60 in Boffin mount (-10° - 70° elevations)
1x4 533mm TT
2x3 305mm Squid ASW Mortar

2200 tons standard
2800 tons full

Length: 114.9m

Beam: 11.4m

Draft: 4.6m

Propulsion: 2 Parson geared steam turbines with 3 Admiralty 3-drum boilers, 44 000 hp, driving 2 shafts

Speed: 36.25 knots (67.1 km/h)

Range: unknown

Crew: 233

Mark III(W) fire director
2 AN/SPG-34 tracking radars and Mark 29 directors
AN/SPS-6C search radar
Type 293 search radar
Sperry Mark II navigation radar
Type 170 sonar
Type 174 sonar




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