Iroquois Class Destroyer







Battle honours and awards:  Norway  1944,   Normandy  1944,   Arctic  1944-45,   Arabian Sea



Laid down: 01 Sep 1969

Launched: 23 Apr 1971

Commissioned: 03 Nov 1973

Paid off:  11 Jun 2015

Fate: Broken up 2016


The last of her class, she was built by the Davie Shipbuilding Co., Lauzon, and commissioned on 03 Nov 1973. In Nov 1974, ALGONQUIN rescued the crew of the fishing vessel Paul & Maria, which was sinking 80 miles east of Halifax. In the fall of 1977, she took part in the Caribbean exercise CARIBOPS ‘77, in the process being the first of her class to cross the equator. On 26 Sep 1978, she relieved Huron as flagship of SNFL, staying with the Force until the end of the year. By the end of her tenth year in service, ALGONQUIN had steamed more than 200,000 nautical miles and spent an actual three years at sea. During that period, she had taken part in more than twenty multinational exercises and completed four tours of duty with SNFL, three of them as flagship. On 01 Mar 1986, she responded to a call for help from the Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans, two of whose officers had boarded the Panamanian trawler Peonia 7. Ignoring orders to put in to St. John’s, the vessel’s captain had headed to sea with the DFO officers still on board. ALGONQUIN overtook her and enforced the original orders. On 26 Oct 1987, she commenced her TRUMP refit at MIL Davie, Lauzon. Labour problems and contract disputes delayed completion of the work until 11 Oct 1991. On 29 Mar 1993, ALGONQUIN sailed to join SNFL, again as flagship, and transited the Suez Canal to join the other NATO vessel in the Adriatic enforcing the blockade of the former Yugoslavia on 24 Jun 1993. She transferred to the west coast in Aug 1994. Early in 1995 she took part in an U.S. battle group training exercise off southern California. That fall, ALGONQUIN test-fired her SM2 missile on the Pacific Missile Range in the Hawaiian Islands. On 18 Mar 1996 she left Esquimalt to participate in Exercise WESTPLOY '96, acting as flagship of a group including Preserver, Regina and Winnipeg. During three months the ships visited Japan, Russia and South Korea and afterward took part in RIMPAC '96 off Hawaii. In mid-Jan 1997, she began what was foreseen as a 12-month, $15 million refit but which proved to cost almost $25 million, re-entering service in May 1998. More exercises with Pacific rim countries followed during 2000 and 2001. On 23 Mar 2002, she departed Esquimalt for the Arabian Sea to support the U.S.-led coalition against international terrorism, arriving back on 14 Oct 2002. For the next decade she continued to act as the west coast flagship through a range of national and international exercises. On 12 Jun 2010, she was the command ship for Her Excellency Governor-General Michaëlle Jean for the International Fleet Review marking the Canadian Naval Centennial. On 30 Aug 2013, HMCS ALGONQUIN was involved in a collision with HMCS PROTECTEUR which resulted in considerable damage to her hangar. The damage was never repaired and she was paid off on 11 Jun 2015. On 09 May 2016, the former HMCS ALGONQUIN departed Esquimalt, BC, under tow, destined for Liverpool, NS to be broken up. In Jun 2016, she arrived alongside at the yard of R.J. MacIsaac Construction at Liverpool to be broken up.


Note: The 5"54 cal gun on the 280s were named after the Oto Melara technicians who installed them and did the FSR work in Canada.  The names for the guns were as follows:  IROQUOIS - Pasquale, HURON - Tulio, ATHABASKAN - Leno and ALGONQUIN - Luigi.



RCN Memories:  Speaking of Anchors and Chains....



Photos and Documents          Ship's company photos          The Ship's Bell



Commissioning Book


HMCS ALGONQUIN 1973-2015          SNFL 1982 Commemorative Book


Crossing the Line - 1977          Crossing the Line - 2001


          Paying Off Booklet - 2015     



Commanding Officers


Cdr Ralph Louis McClean, RCN - 03 Nov 1973 - 07 May 1976

Cdr Hugh Malcolm D. MacNeil, RCN - 08 May 1976 - 10 Aug 1977

Cdr John Harwood, RCN - 11 Aug 1977 - 19 Mar 1978

Cdr Lionel Charles Westrop, RCN - 20 Mar 1978 - 24 Jul 1980

Cdr Donald Edward Pollard, RCN - 25 Jul 1980 - 10 Apr 1982

Cdr A.J. Goode, RCN - 10 Apr 1982 - 17 Dec 1983

Cdr K.J. Summers - 17 Dec 1983 - 01 Jul 1985

Cdr J.C.A. Nadeau, RCN - 01 Jul 1985 - 10 Aug 1987

LCdr J.G.V. Tremblay - 10 Aug 1987 - 06 Apr 1988

LCdr J.A.P. Lebel - 30 Jun 1988 - 15 Jul 1989

Cdr J.Y. Forcier - 17 Jul 1989 - 15 Jul 1993

Cdr P.C. Leblanc - 15 Jul 1993 - 31 Mar 1994

Cdr J.B. McCarthy - 31 Mar 1994 - 04 Aug 1995

Cdr A.W. Round - 04 Aug 1995 - 01 Aug 1997

LCdr P.A. Hendry - 01 Aug 1997 - 13 Aug 1998

Capt (N) J.J.P. Thiffault - 13 Aug 1998 - 18 Jul 2000

Capt (N) G.A. Paulson - 18 Jul 2000 - 09 Jan 2003

Capt (N) L.J. Falloon - 09 Jan 2003 - 09 Sep 2004

Capt(N) M.F.R. Lloyd - 09 Sep 2004 - 19 May 2006

Capt(N) P.A. Hendry - 19 May 2006 - 28 Jun 2007

Cdr H.M. Fitzpatrick - 28 Jun 2007 - 02 Jul 2009

Cdr A. Topshee - 02 Jul 2009 - 26 Nov 2010

Cdr T.A. Kerr - 26 Nov 2010 - 22 Jun 2012

LCdr P. Belhumeur - 22 Jun 2012 - 03 Jul 2012

Cdr L. Hartell - 03 Jul 2012 - 18 Apr 2013

Cdr R.J. Tettamanti - 18 Apr 2013 - 29 Jul 2014

LCdr J. Lafontaine - 29 Jul 2014 - 11 Jun 2015



     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     


COOPER, Richard J.

MS, C.A.F. (Navy)

Killed - 1984 

Grose, James A.

MS, C.A.F. (Navy)

Killed - 1984



     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten









Champoux, Jacques

Chase, George W.

Chiasson, Joseph T.

Coldwell, Robert S.

Corbett, Richard C.

Cormier, Clarence N.

Courtney, David J.

Crocker, Albert W.

Cronk, Benjamin M.















































Vincent, Patrice










Former Crew Members


Barter, Bill


Branchaud, George, CPO1, CERA - 1976


Brannen, James


Brink, Robin, MS - 2002


Cawthra, Norman, CPO1, Cox'n - 2014


Cote, Ed, MS - 2002


Delong, Mike, MS, Comm Rsch 


Edison, William GH. (Bill), P1ET


Gallagher, Jean, Cook

Gagnon, Patrick Raymond - 2006 - 2008


Holstead, Gordon Ramsey


Horn, Arthur A., ER


Jacques, Yves - 1978-1980 


Lamoureux, Andre, MS, Sup Tech, I/C Stores Office - 2001-2003


Lance, Mark


Lagacé, Gérard, MSSN - 1981 - 1983

Newbury, George, ER


Seeburger, Mark


Simard, Marcel, NCI Op


Sleigh, Mike, P1SN/C2SN, Sonar Dept. Section Head - 1978 - 1981


Smith, Claude, PO2, WS - 1976


Watson, Bryan, Commissioning Crew as LS FC / P1 NESOP - 1993


Zarubiak, Bill, OS



Photos and Documents



ALGONQUIN under construction in dry dock at Davies Shipbuilding Company, Quebec - summer 1971

Courtesy of Richard Larcheveque

1st Routine Orders for HMCS ALGONQUIN 283 - 03 Nov 1973

From the collection of Bill Edison

Courtesy of Brian Lapierre

Newspaper article on HMCS ALGONQUIN 283 entering Halifax for the first time on 15 Nov 1973

Courtesy of Art Fallas

Newspaper article - HMCS ALGONQUIN 283 enters Halifax Harbour for the first time

From the collection of Bill Edison

Courtesy of Brian Lapierre




HMCS ALGONQUIN 283 Welcome Aboard pamphlet

From the collection of Bill Edison

Courtesy of Brian Lapierre


HMCS ALGONQUIN 283 at anchor - undated


Note the NATO symbol on the side of her bridge


DND / RCN Photo



DND / RCN Photo

HMCS ALGONQUIN communicators circa 1974

Courtesy of Art Fallas


Front row: (L-R)Art Fallas, Doug Rainville, Terry Nehiley

Second Row: (L-R)  Ted Kendall (POTEL), ?, Slt Creber, Harry Coleman

Third row (standing): (L-R) Larry Cayen, PO Green, Keith Gerrard (top half of head showing behind PO Green), Joe Burgoyne, Butch O'Brian, ?, Harry Israel, Norm Brooks, Jean Guy Gilbert, Keith Lawson, Roger Doucet

On top of locker: Candy Kane

Inclination Trials Gone Wrong - 15 Nov 1991


After coming out of refit, HMCS ALGONQUIN was conducting alongside trials, which included inclination trials involving "tilting" the ship by flooding ballast tanks.  It was discovered (afterwards) that the covers on the tanks were not properly secured and it resulted in major flooding.  ALGONQUIN'S damage control teams as well as crews and equipment from other nearby ships managed to stop the flooding and keep her afloat.




Two newspaper articles on the "List Trial" on HMCS ALGONQUIN that went wrong on 15 Nov 1991




Above photos courtesy of Jarrod David




Two newspaper articles on the "List Trial" on HMCS ALGONQUIN that went wrong on 15 Nov 1991

Article on the left - Halifax Chronicle Herald 16 Nov 1991

Researched by / Courtesy of George Newbury


VDS well on HMCS ALGONQUIN 283 - undated

DND Neg # HS86C-3717

Courtesy of the Naval Museum of Halifax

Tug manoeurvering HMCS ALGONQUIN 283 in Halifax Harbour c1998

DND Neg # HS 87-0770-2
Courtesy of the Naval Museum of Halifax

"5th Birthday Party for HMCS ALGONQUIN in 1978 with Commander Westrop"


Courtesy of Robyn Buffett


Gunshield art on HMCS ALGONQUIN 283 circa 1984-86 painted by Norman Vanasse


Courtesy of Norman Vanasse

Gunshield art on HMCS ALGONQUIN 283 - undated


Courtesy of Rejean Trudeau

Detainee being hand over to USN authorities


HMCS ALGONQUIN detained two men encountered during one of the many patrols as a part of OP Apollo in 2002. The 2 detainees were embarked by the Jacob's ladder shortly after sunset. They were held overnight before handing over to the USN at dawn the next morning.


HMCS ALGONQUIN 283 - OP APOLLO 2002 Deployment

Courtesy of Steve Hutchings

Chief's and Petty Officer's beach party held in Samoa - 2002


HMCS ALGONQUIN 283 - OP APOLLO 2002 Deployment


Courtesy of Steve Hutchings

HMCS ALGONQUIN 283, Kitimat, BC - 2007

Courtesy of Gary Cook. LS Stoker, C.A.F. (Navy)



"Giddy up!!"  "I wanna go fast" painted on the end of HMCS ALGONQUIN'S flight deck - date unknown


Source: Twitter feed of Joetey Attariwala

Courtesy of Colin Darlington




HMCS ALGONQUIN returning to Esquimalt, BC, 31 Aug 2013, after her collision with HMCS Protecteur on 30 Aug 2013


Courtesy of  Gail Hartman



Series of photos showing the damage to the hangar of HMCS ALGONQUIN after her collision with HMCS Protecteur on 30 Aug 13


Courtesy of Craig Forsberg


HMCS Protecteur (left) and HMCS ALGONQUIN (right)


Damage caused after the two ships collided on 30 August 2013 during a TOWEX while en route to the International Fleet Review in Australia.


Source: Maritime Forces Pacific facebook page

The Naval Ensign being lowered on HMCS ALGONQUIN 283 for the final time during her paying off ceremony - 11 Jun 2015

DND Photo


The End


The former HMCS ALGONQUIN is on its final journey, 09 May 2016, from CFB Esquimalt to Port Mersey Commercial Park, Liverpool, N.S. to be broken up.


Image by: Leading Seaman David Gariépy ET2016-0150-03.NEF ©2016 DND – MDN Canada

The former HMCS ALGONQUIN in the breaker's yard at Liverpool, NS, 25 Jun 2017. The superstructure mostly gone, the demolition begins on her hull.

Courtesy of Jarrod David








The former HMCS ALGONQUIN 283 at the breaker's yard of R.J. MacIsaac Construction, Port Mersey Commercial Park, Liverpool, NS


Courtesy of / © Chris Young 2017