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)

21 Jul 1944
HMS Malaya (Capt. E.W. Bush, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow.

Before entering the anchorage she carried out gunnery exercises during which she was escorted by the destroyers HMS Vigilant (Lt.Cdr. L.W.L. Argles, RN) and HMCS Algonquin (Lt.Cdr. D.W. Piers, DSC, RCN). (3)

11 Sep 1944
HMS Scythian (T/Lt C.P. Thode, RNZNVR) conducted A/S exercises at Scapa Flow with HMS Milne (Capt. M. Richmond, DSO, OBE, RN) and HMCS Algonquin (Lt.Cdr. D.W. Piers, DSC, RCN). (4)

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Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.


  1. ADM 173/19123
  2. ADM 173/19314
  3. ADM 53/117886
  4. ADM 173/18650

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

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