HMCS Algonquin (DDG 283)

Algonquin operating with US warships during exercise RIMPAC 2004. US Navy photo.

Nation
Ship Class
Ship Type
Laid Down
1969
Launched
1971
Commissioned
1973
Decommissioned
2015
AD/BC
AD
History

HMCS Algonquin (DDG 283) is an Iroquois-class guided missile destroyer, laid down 1 September, 1969. Commissioned into the Royal Canadian Navy 3 November, 1973, Algonquin was originally designed to operate in the anti-submarine role, and her class were the second Canadian combat ships to carry more than one helicopter, in this case the CH-124 Sea King. In 1991, Algonquin underwent the Tribal Class Update and Modernization Program (TRUMP) refit, which was designed to prolong service life, and also shifted her towards the air-defense role. In 2000, Algonquin participated in the first military exercise between China and a Western nation. She collided with HMCS Protecteur on 30 August, 2013, suffering extensive damage. Given that Algonquin was slated to decommission in 2019, and the expected high cost of repairs, she was decommissioned early, on 11 June, 2015, and sold for scrapping six months later.