Royal Canadian Navy Tribal Class Destroyers

Here are all the Royal Canadian Navy Tribal Class Destroyers that were built.

Name: Iroquois (ex-Athabaskan)

Pennant: G89

Builder: Vickers Armstrongs

Laid Down: 19 September 1940

Launched: 23 September 1941

Commissioned: 30 November 1942



HMCS Iroquois

Name:  Athabaskan I (ex-Iroquois)

Pennant: G07

Builder: Vickers Armstrongs

Laid Down: 31 October 1940

Launched: 18 November 1941

Commissioned: 3 February 1943

Fate: lost 29 April 1944, torpedoed by German torpedo boat T.24


Athabaskan I

Name: Huron

Pennant: G24

Builder: Vickers Armstrongs

Laid Down: 15 July 1941

Launched: 25 June 1942

Commissioned: 28 July 1943


HMCS Huron


Name: Haida

Pennant: G63

Builder: Vickers Armstrongs

Laid Down: 29 September 1941

Launched: 25 August 1942

Commissioned: 30 August 1943

Fate: Preserved as museum ship, Hamilton, 1964



HMCS Haida

Name: Micmac

Pennant: R10

Builder: Halifax Shipyards, Halifax

Laid Down: 20 May 1942

Launched: 18 September 1943

Commissioned: 12 September 1945




HMCS Micmac


Name: Nootka

Pennant: R96

Builder: Halifax Shipyards

Laid Down: 20 May 1942

Launched: 26 April 1944

Commissioned: 7 August 1946


HMCS Nootka


Name: Cayuga

Pennant: R04

Builder: Halifax Shipyards

Laid Down: 7 October 1943

Launched: 28 July 1945

Commissioned: 20 October 1947

HMCS Cayuga

HMCS Cayuga


Name: Athabaskan II

Pennant: R79

Builder: Halifax Shipyards

Laid Down: 15 May 1944

Launched: 4 May 1946

Commissioned: 20 January 1948

Athabaskan 1944

HMCS Athabaskan II

Within three weeks of sinking, another Athabaskan was laid down in Halifax. She was christened on May 4th, 1946 and commissioned on January 20th, 1948. On July 5th, 1950, in company with HMCS Cayuga and HMCS Sioux, she sailed to join the United Nations forces fighting to contain the Communist invasion of South Korea. Within 20 hours of arriving in Sasebo, Japan, Athabaskan sailed on her first patrol.

For the next ten months she operated in support of UN forces, mainly in a Naval Gunfire Support role.On the 2nd of August, 1951, following a short docking and leave period in Esquimalt, B.C., she left home for a second tour in Korea. After serving with distinction in the Korean War, Athabaskan continued to exercise and operate from Esquimalt until 1959 when she was transferred to Halifax.

On March 1st, 1964, she gained public attention when she went to the aid of the Liberian tanker Amphialos that had broken in two during a storm. In a rescue operation which required daring and a high standard of seamanship, 34 of a crew of 36 were rescued.Athabaskan was placed in reserve in January, 1965 and eventually sold on June 27th, 1969.

All who sailed in Athabaskan can look back with pride and affection on a happy and efficient ship. The ships company of the third Athabaskan is dedicated to sustaining this reputation.

Source :

While looking for a picture of the Huron, I found a Website full of information.

Guess who created it… Come back tomorrow.

We have a mutiny on our hands… I should have checked my information. I corrected the wrong information about the dates on certain ships.

6 thoughts on “Royal Canadian Navy Tribal Class Destroyers

  1. Hello Jim,,

    Couple of items in need of correction.

    1) Your date of Sept 18/43 for HAIDA’s commissioning is incorrect. HAIDA was comissioned on Aug 30,1943
    2) Your date of Sept 14 1945 for Micmac’s commissioning is incorrect. It should be Sept 12/45.

    Not sure of where you are getting your dates from but I would recommend a good text like “Ships of Canada’s Naval Forces” and recheck all of your dates, otherwise your site becomes a source of misinformation of the web.

    2) The use of the name Nootka II is incorrect. Roman numerals after a ship’s name are only used when ships of the same name are in commission *simultaneously* Saying “second of name ” is however, correct.

    1. I did not take the info on Jerry’s site.

      I took it on Wikipedia!
      I have learned my lesson.

      I make the changes.


    2. Jim did not send me these info…
      I found them on Wikipedia.

      Sorry about that Jerry.
      I should have taken my info on your site.

      It won’t happen again.


  2. A very nice site bringing a lot of souvenirs, and memories!

    I added your site on mine as I think that the DE’s did a good job protecting us at sea, at home and abroad! Specially the Nootka and Haïda!

    Take Care.

    Robert Grenier.

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