HMCS Resolute

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

HMCS Resolute (154)

The Bay Class minesweepers were operated by the Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Forces during the Cold War. The class derives its name from Canadian bays.

In 1951 and 1952, the navy ordered 14 replacements ships for the aging minesweepers of wartime construction. Six of these were transferred to the French Navy in 1954, but were replaced by six of the same name in 1956-1957. Four of these were transferred to the Turkish Navy in 1958. These ships were very similar to the Royal Navy’s Ton Class of the same vintage. 

The Bay Class was re-classed as patrol escorts in 1972 as the minesweeping gear and gun had been removed. The six survivors of the class carried on until the 1990s, providing ship handling and navigation training for junior officers, as members of Training Group Pacific. They were replaced by the current Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels of the Kingston Class.

Built by Kingston Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., HMCS Resolute was commissioned on 16 September 1954, and became a member of the First Mine Sweeping Squadron operating from Halifax, Nova Scotia. She was paid off on 14 February 1964 and declared surplus the following year.

  • Builder: Kingston Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Kingston, Ontario
  • Date laid down: 29 August 1951
  • Date launched: 20 June 1953
  • Date commissioned: 16 September 1954
  • Date paid off: 14 February 1964
  • Displacement: 396.3 tonnes
  • Dimensions: 46.3 m x 8.5 m x 2.4 m
  • Speed: 16 knots
  • Crew: 38
  • Armament: one 40 mm gun

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