HMCS Battleford

There has been only 1 vessel named Battleford in the Royal Canadian Navy.

HMCS Battleford (K165)

Commissioned at Montréal, Quebec, on July 31, 1941, the Flower Class corvette HMCS Battleford arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, on August 4, remaining there for 6 weeks while undergoing repairs, radar installation, and workups. Briefly a member of Sydney Force, HMCS Battleford transferred to Newfoundland Escort Force and left Sydney, Nova Scotia, on November 28 to escort convoy SC.57 to Iceland.

Returning to Halifax on January 7, 1942, she went to Liverpool, Nova Scotia for a refit that kept her idle until the end of March. Arriving in the United Kingdom with a convoy early in May, she completed further repairs at Cardiff, England, in mid-June, and then carried out workups at Tobermory, Scotland. From July 1942 to May 1943 she was a member of Escort Group C-1, and in December was escort to convoy ONS.154, which was badly mauled, losing 14 ships. She participated with other Royal Canadian Navy escorts in the destruction of U-356 on December 27.

Arriving at Halifax on April 23, 1943 with her last ocean convoy, ONS.2, she commenced a 2-month refit at Liverpool, joining Escort Group W-4 of Western Local Escort Force in mid-June.

Early in April 1944, she commenced a long refit at Sydney, Nova Scotia, including forecastle extension, following which she proceeded to Bermuda to work up. Returning to Halifax, HMCS Battleford was employed for the balance of the war as a local escort with Escort Group W-3 and was paid off at Sorel, Quebec, and July 18, 1945. Sold to the Venezuelan Navy in 1945 and renamed Libertad, she was wrecked April 12, 1949.

  • Builder: Collingwood Shipyards Ltd., Collingwood, Ontario
  • Laid down: September 30, 1940
  • Launched: April 15, 1941
  • Date commissioned: July 31, 1941
  • Date paid off: July 18, 1945
  • Displacement: 950 tons
  • Dimensions: 62.5 m x 10.1 m x 3.5 m
  • Speed: 16 knots
  • Crew: 85
  • Armament: one 4-inch (102-mm) gun, one 2-pound (0.9 kg) gun, two 20-mm guns (2 x I), one Hedgehog mortar and depth charges.
  • Battle honours

    • Atlantic 1941-45

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