HMCS Micmac

There has been only one vessel named HMCS Micmac in the Royal Canadian Navy.

HMCS Micmac (R10 / 214)

Following the class designator of identifying for native peoples or their language groups, the Tribal Class destroyer HMCS Micmac was named for the First Nations of Nova Scotia and was commissioned at Halifax, Nova Scotia, on September 12, 1945. She and her sister-ships were the first 4 destroyers laid down in Canadian shipyards. She was the only ship of her class to spend her entire career as a training ship.

On July 16, 1947, a foggy day, she collided with the freighter SS Yarmouth County off Halifax, suffering very extensive damage to her bow. The collision resulted in 5 deaths, 6 missing and presumed dead, and 27 injured. This was one of the largest peacetime losses of life in Canadian Navy history, but thanks to the efforts of her crew, the ship was saved and HMCS Micmac went on to serve for another 17 years. While under repair she was partially converted to a destroyer escort, returning to her duties early in 1950. HMCS Micmac's damaged keel also prevented her from going to Korea. Her conversion was completed during 1952 and she was re-commissioned on August 14, 1953.

At the end of 1963, after ten further strenuous years of training, NATO exercises, and ‘showing the flag,’ HMCS Micmac was declared surplus. She was paid off at Halifax on March 31, 1964 and broken up at Faslane, Scotland in 1965.

  • Builder: Halifax Shipyards Ltd., Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Laid down: May 20, 1942
  • Date launched: September 18, 1943
  • Date commissioned: September 12, 1945
  • Date paid off: March 31, 1964
  • Displacement: 2200 tons
  • Dimensions: 114.9 m x 11.4 m x 3.4 m
  • Speed: 36 knots
  • Crew: 259
  • Armament: (Original) six 4.7-inch (120-mm) guns (3 double mounts), two 4-inch (102-mm) guns (1 double mount), four 2-pound (0.9 kg) guns (1 x quadruple mount); eight 20-mm guns (4 double mounts), four 21-inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes (1 quadruple mount) and depth charges; (Escort) four 4-inch (102-mm) guns (2 double mounts), two 3-inch (76-mm) guns (1 double mount), six 40-mm guns (6 single mounts), four 21-inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes (1 quadruple mount) and two Squid mortars.

Motto: “Melkedae” (Fearless)

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