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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


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.


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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







Panabaker, Jack Leroy


3rd Commanding Officer



Photos and Documents


After a live fire ex, scuttling charges were detonated on La Paimpolaise.

Source: Source: Perso Numericable website

La Paimpolaise sinking after scuttling charges were detonated.

Source: Perso Numericable website