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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS THUNDER 153

Then FS LA PAIMPOLAISE M729 (1954)

Then FS LA PAIMPOLAISE P657 (1973)

HMCS Thunder 153

 

Laid down: 17 May 1951

Launched: 17 Jul 1952

Commissioned: 15 Dec 1953

Paid off: 31 Mar 1954

Transferred to French Navy: 31 Mar 1954

Re-commissioned: 07 Apr 1954

Re-classed: 01 Jun 1973

Paid off: Aug 1987

Fate: Sunk 10 Nov 1987 as a target

 

Built by Canadian Vickers Ltd., Montreal, she was commissioned on 15 Dec 1953. Paid off on 31 Mar 1954, she was, on the same day, transferred to the French navy. She was commissioned as the "dragueur" La Paimpolaise and later, on 01 Jun 1973, she was re-classed as a "patrouillier" with pendant number P657. Paid off in Aug 1987. On 10 Nov 1987, she was used as as a live fire target - first fired upon with 100 mm gun fire from the French Naval vessels Balny, EV Henry and La Raileuse, and then sunk by scuttling charges.

 

Specifications on completion: Displacement: 396 tons, Length: 152 ft, Beam: 28 Ft, Draught: 8 ft, Speed: 16 kts, Complement: 3 officers, 35 men, Armament: 1-40mm.

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr S. Howell, RCN - 15 Dec 1953 - 22 Dec 1953

Lt W.N. Holmes, RCN - 23 Dec 1953 - 23 Feb 1954

LCdr Jack Leroy Panabaker, RCN - 24 Feb 1954 - 31 Mar 1954

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

Dayton, Francis James

1924-2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos and Documents

 

 

Links

 

La Paimpolaise - Perso Numericable website

 

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