HMCS Sioux

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

HMCS Sioux (R64 / 225)

Laid down as HMS Vixen, this “V” Class destroyer was commissioned HMCS Sioux at Cowes, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom, on 21 February 1944 and assigned to the 26th Flotilla of the British Home Fleet. She took part in escorting carrier attacks against the German battleship Tirpitz and against German shipping off Norway, and on 28 May left Scapa Flow, Scotland, for Portsmouth, United Kingdom, for D-Day duties.

Returning to Scapa Flow in July, she resumed her previous occupation and also escorted three convoys to and from Murmansk, Russia. She left the United Kingdom on 6 April 1945 for her first trip to Canada and, upon arrival, underwent major refit at Halifax, Nova Scotia. In November, HMCS Sioux was transferred to Esquimalt, British Columbia, where she was paid off into reserve on 27 February 1946.

After some modernization, she was re-commissioned in 1950, and did three tours of duty in Korean waters, from 1951 to 1955. The last Royal Canadian Navy ship to depart from Korean waters, upon her return to Canada HMCS Sioux resumed her training role until paid off at Halifax on 13 October 1963. She was broken up in 1965 at La Spezia, Italy.

  • Builder: J. Samuel White & Co. Ltd., Cowes, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
  • Displacement: 1737.4 tonnes
  • Dimensions: 110.6 m x 11 m x 3.5 m
  • Speed: 36 knots
  • Crew: 244
  • Armament: (original) four 4.7-inch (120-mm) guns (4 x I), four 40-mm guns (4 x I), four 20-mm guns (2 x II); eight 21-inch (533-mm) torpedo tubes (2 x IV) and depth charges; (post war) two 4-inch (102-mm) guns (1 x II), two 3-inch (76-mm) (1 x II), two 40-mm guns (2 x I), two Limbo mortars and four 21-inch (533-mm) torpedo tubes (1 x IV)

Motto: “Then I will fight”

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