HMCS Algonquin (DDG 283)

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HMCS Algonquin in 2004
Namesake: Algonquin
Builder: Davie Shipbuilding, Lauzon
Laid down: 1 September 1969
Launched: 23 April 1971
Commissioned: 3 November 1973
Decommissioned: 11 June 2015[1]
Refit: 11 October 1991 (TRUMP)
Homeport: CFB Esquimalt
Motto: À Coup Sûr (With Sure Stroke)
Honours and
Norway, 1944; Normandy, 1944; Arctic, 1944-45,[2] Arabian Sea [3]
Status: Out of service
Notes: Colours: Gold and azure blue
Badge: Blazon Sable, a base barry wavy argent and azure of four, from which issues an Algonquin hunter's arm embowed proper wearing arm and wrist bands argent and holding a fish spear in bend argent transfixing an eel or.
General characteristics
Class & type: Iroquois-class destroyer
Displacement: 5100 t
Length: 129.8 m (425.9 ft)
Beam: 15.2 m (49.9 ft)
Draught: 4.7 m (15.4 ft)
Speed: 29 kn (53.7 km/h)
Range: 4,500 nmi (8,334.0 km)
Complement: 280
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Signaal AN/SPQ 501 DA-08 radar
  • Signaal LW-08 AN/SPQ 502 radar
  • SQS-510 hull sonar
  • SQS-510 VDS sonar
Aircraft carried: 2 × CH-124 Sea King helicopters
Aviation facilities: hangar and flight deck

HMCS Algonquin (DDG 283) is an Iroquois-class destroyer that served in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1973 until 2015.

Algonquin is the fourth ship of her class which is sometimes referred to as the Tribal-class or simply as the 280-class. She is the second vessel to use the designation HMCS Algonquin. Algonquin carries the hull classification symbol DDG.

Algonquin was originally designed to be primarily an anti-submarine destroyer. The Iroquois-Class destroyers were the first (other than AORs) to carry multiple helicopters, they were also the first ships to be powered entirely by gas turbines in a COGOG (Combined Gas Or Gas) arrangement. Well suited to sea conditions in the North Atlantic. Algonquin underwent a major refit called TRUMP from 1987-1991 (Tribal Class Update and Modernization Program) and emerged as an area air defence destroyer.[4]

She was assigned to Maritime Forces Pacific (MARPAC) and was homeported at CFB Esquimalt.

Command Team[edit]


The first ship in the RCN to bear the name Algonquin was a V Class destroyer, laid down in the United Kingdom as HMS Valentine but later commissioned in 1944 by the Naval Service of Canada as HMCS Algonquin. During the Second World War, she saw much action while attached to the British Home Fleet, including taking part in an attack on the German battleship Tirpitz, being present at the D-Day invasion, and escorting convoys to Murmansk (Russia). She was paid off in 1946 at the end of the war, but was re-commissioned in 1953 after extensive modification to anti-submarine destroyer-escort standard. She was paid off for the final time in 1970.[8]


Algonquin began her service with the Royal Canadian Navy's MARLANT (Maritime Atlantic) stationed out of Halifax, N.S. She was transferred to MARPAC (Maritime Pacific) in Aug 94[9] where she served on MARPAC missions protecting Canada's sovereignty in the Pacific Ocean and enforcing Canadian laws in its territorial sea and Exclusive Economic Zone. Algonquin has also been deployed on missions throughout the Pacific and to the Indian Ocean; specifically the Persian Gulf and Arabian Sea on anti-terrorism operations.


On 26 Oct 1987, Algonquin entered refit, dubbed TRUMP (Tribal Class Update and Modernization Project), at MIL Davie, Lauzon. Labour problems and contract disputes delayed completion of the work until 11 Oct 1991.[10]

As a modernization concept, origins of TRUMP date back to early 1980s. By mid-80s the Canadian Federal Government had decided on the necessity of upgrading of Tribal Class c1970s ships and released a RFP foreseeing complete refurbishment. The project resulted in a thorough refurbishment of the ship and modernization of mechanical, electronic and weapon systems.

Litton Systems Canada was selected Prime Contractor and Project Manager after submitting a 4000+ page detailed proposal which emphasized among others, maximum automation and software engineering in particular. This aspect of the TRUMP was extremely important due to desired high level of automation in real-time command and control functions on the refurbished ships. Software Engineering MIL-STDS being fairly recent and not widely assimilated, Litton had to exercise particular caution in the area of Software Configuration Management and Quality Assurance. Litton Proposal to the Canadian Federal Government had a 250 page SCM and SQA Policies section which was accepted without a single red-pen due to highly sensitive and farsighted work of Advance Programs Division Technical Contract Team at Litton who eventually established a massive and capable engineering force by 1988-89.

The entire class underwent major retrofits in the early 1990s as a part of the Tribal Class Update and Modernization Project (TRUMP). These refits had the effect of re-purposing the ships for area air defence; following TRUMP the Iroquois-class were referred to as air defence destroyers. This resulted in an update of vessel designation from DDH (Destroyer Helicopter) to DDG (Destroyer Guided Missile). Their former anti-submarine role was largely assumed by the Halifax-class frigates.

The main weapon of the new design is the Mk.41 VLS, firing 29 SM-2 Block III long-range anti-aircraft missiles. To provide room for the VLS, the original 5-in L54 gun was replaced with the smaller, but much faster firing, Oto Melara 76 mm gun, relocated from the deck to the bridgework above it. A Phalanx CIWS was also added for self-defence. The torpedo tubes were retained, but the Limbo and Sea Sparrow systems were removed.

The modernization also replaced the original Pratt & Whitney FFT-12 cruise turbines with newer 12,788 shp 570-KF engines from Allison. The speed remained the same, however, as the weight had increased to 5,100 tons full load. The original split funnel was replaced by a simpler single funnel, resulting in the ship having a reduced heat signature due to cooler engine exhaust.[11]


On 30 August 2013, Algonquin was involved in a collision at sea with HMCS Protecteur while conducting towing manoeuvres en route to Hawaii. There were no injuries. The ship was able to return to her home port of Esquimalt, BC, to undergo a full damage assessment.

It was assessed that Algonquin suffered extensive damage to her port side hangar and remained alongside in Esquimalt.

Considering the relatively short service life remaining for Algonquin, which was scheduled to be retired in early 2019, and her current state of repair, the cost to re-instate the ship to full operational capability no longer represents a responsible use of public funds. As a result on 19 September 2014 it was announced that Algonquin would be paid off. Algonquin has begun preparations to be paid off in June 2015.[12]


  • 1969, September 1: Laid down at Davie Shipbuilding, Lauzon
  • 1971, April 23: Algonquin launched and christened on April, 27. [13]
  • 1973: November 3, Algonquin commissioned at Davie Shipbuilding Ltd.. November 9, undertaking a six day passage while conducting first crew readiness work-ups (WUPS) at sea. During this time Algonquin embarked her first CH140 Sea King helicopter in order to receive gas turbine parts. 28 November departed Halifax, participated in naval exercise MARCOT 3/73 with HMCS Yukon and HMCS Assiniboine (as Orange Surface Raiders).[14] [15]
  • 1974: First Christening took place on board Sunday, 20 January with JASON MICHAEL, son of Petty Officer and Mrs. A. Maclsaac, a member of the ship's company. 29 May, departed for St. John's, Newfoundland to conduct patrols and surveillance of Canadian fisheries (FISHPAT) en route. June, Algonquin conducted first trials/exercises in a "sub/air co-op", with Canadian aircraft and submarines. All sails incorporated trialing of various systems, including Variable Depth Sonar (VDS), Fire Control Radars and Mortar Launchers. 25 October, Maritime Command, Vice Admiral D.S. Boyle "accepted the ship" as combat ready. [16]
  • 1975: 10 January, Algonquin sailed for Portland, England to take up duties as flagship for the NATO Standing Naval Force Atlantic (STANAVFORLANT) in consort with USS McDonnell. 21 May, Algonquin sailed in company with HMC Ships Protecteur, Iroquois, Skeena and Margaree for Bermuda for exercise MARCOT 75.[17]
  • 1976: Algonquin first major crew turnover occurred during a maintenance period between April and August. In August Algonquin participated in the search and rescue (SAR) of the fishing vessel Peggy's Cove which had been in a collision with the freighter Arosia. 8 November, Algonquin was ordered to sea to assist the fisheries protection vessel Chebucto which was attempting to arrest two Cuban fishing vessels which were believed to be violating Canadian Coastal Fisheries Laws in the approaches to Halifax harbour. 1 Dec, conducted first firing trials of Sea Sparrow Missiles at Atlantic Fleet Weapons Facility Range, Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico.[18]
  • 1977: January, first replacement of a main engine, the port main, Pratt&Whittney FT4 Gas Turbine. 12 January, deployed for CARIBEX 1-77 with HMC Ships Assiniboine, Protecteur and Margaree, part of US Navy (USN) exercise Springboard 77 in the Puerto Rican operating area. Algonquin was assigned Flagship of First Canadian Destroyer Squadron. 28 February, Algonquin "Crossed the Line" for the first time, a naval tradition where a symbolic ceremony is conducted to initiate sailors into Neptune's kingdom. 200 tadpoles, sailors who cross the equator for the first time, were initiated into King Neptunes Realm.[19]
  • 1978: Algonquin was designated the trial ship for the Iroquois Class installation of Shipborne Passive Surveillance and Detection System (SPSDS), Infrared Search and Track (IRST) systems, and waste heat recycling boilers. March, SPSDS air tracking trials in the Halifax operating areas April, SPSDS trials in the Gulf of Maine follwoed by IR Tracking Trials in the vicinity of the north-east coast of NFLD. 27 May, Algonquin awarded the L.W. Murray Trophy for gunnery excellence and the 20 Knot Mortar Firing Trophy, both of which were retained by Algonquin for the second year running. 28 Aug, departed Halifax for NATO Exercise NORTHERN WEDDING, rendezvoused with allied forces on 4 Sep South of Iceland. 26 Sep, Algonquin assumed flagship to the Canadian Commander of STANAVFORLANT and was one of a seven ship squadron. 15-18 Nov, Algonquin as part of STANAVFORLANT conducted operations in the Baltic Sea, with the emphasis on Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW).[20]
  • 1979: during STANAVFORLANT duties, tracked and shadowed Warsaw Pact submarines in the North Atlantic.[21]
  • 1980: Scheduled refit postponed to 1981 resulting in Algonquin's exclusion in any national or NATO exercises. Algonquin presented the ASW Proficiency Shield and the 20 Knot Trophy. 17 Jan, while standing off 400 yards north of Georges Island, near Halifax, NS, conducted trials in an effort to determine whether ship-borne naval radars were affecting the operation of the City of Halifax computers. 26 Jan, "A" class fire occurred in the forward decontamination compartment. The fire is believed to have been caused by toilet paper, stored temporarily in the space coming into contact with a steam radiator. Sep, Algonquin fitted a fixed faired sonar dome for the AN/SOS 505 hull-mounted sonar. Oct, starboard main engine was replaced and the sonar dome was re-attached to the hull. Nov, ASW exercises, torpedo firings and pro-submarine exercises with HMCS Okanagan.[22]
  • 1981: Postponed refit occurred Jan-Jul, noted to have been completed on time, as scheduled. Notable additions included SAWIS performance monitoring equipment for the Gun/Missile Fire Control System and 84 tons of ballast in the aft section of the ship. Aug-Sep, post-refit WUPS and readiness inspections. Nov, MARCOT 2/81. Dec, sailed NDHQ trials staff for OPVAL in consort with HMCS Onondaga.[23]
  • 1982: Was a very busy year for HMCS Algonquin by virtue of participating in two major deployments, CARIBOPS 82 for 2 months and then STANAVFORLANT for 5 months as flagship of the fleet. Algonquin took part in a search for an American A7 Aircraft believed to have crashed just north of Puerto Rico. No detail on the aircraft or search was provided. Feb, During CARIBOPS 82, Algonquin was dispatched 15 miles west of Martinique where HMCS Cormorant was drifting, having lost all propulsion. Proceeding with all dispatch Algonquin met Cormorant the same day and the decision was taken to tow her to Bridgetown, Barbados. Mar, Algonquin participated in NATO Exercise SAFEPASS 82 which was designed to test convoy procedures. Aug, Algonquin joined STANAVFORLANT in the North sea. 5 August, Algonquin assumed the duties of Flagship of the Standing Naval Force Atlantic. Algonquin crossed the Arctic Circle and after the appropriate ceremonies was awarded the coveted BLUENOSE, the ceremonial painting of bow's bullring the colour blue, symbolic of entry into King Neptune's Arctic Kingdom. Sep, Algonquin operated in the vicinity the Shetland Islands for Exercise NORTHERN WEDDING 82 during which she provided close ASW escort to an USN amphibious task force which was tasked to land on the coast of Jutland in Denmark. Oct, conducted operations with the Danish Navy in the Western Baltic. Nov, Algonquin participated in the Royal Navy exercise JMC 824, and trained ships in procedures to counter multiple threats. Dec, brief transit exercise with units of the French Navy, Algonquin lead the Force across the English Channel.[24]
  • 1983: Most of the year was spent participating in National exercises and contributing to Canadian National interests in home waters. Feb, CARIBOPS 83. Apr, consort for HMCS Ottawa (St. Laurent class destroyer) post refit Work-Ups. Jun, participated in MARCOT 1/83 in the Bermuda Op areas, focusing on ASW, passive detection capabilities. Oct, Algonquin participated in MARCOT 2/83, an ASW exercise focusing on shallow water detection, mainly staged in the Gulf of St. Lawerence.[25]
  • 1984: Feb, Algonquin guarded the aircraft carrier USS Independence from sub-surface threat for 36 straight sea days. April, Algonquin transitted to Montreal to go into dry dock until August. Oct, Algonquin sailed to Bermuda. 1984 would be the last year Algonquin would embark a Helicopter Air Detachment as part of the ship's company for 10 years.[26]
  • 1985: Jan, Air Defence Exercise (ADEX), Op Carib and Puerto Rico. Feb, 2 Sea Sparrow missiles fired for testing. Apr, high speed trials. May, fisheries patrol (FISHPAT) with two inspectors embarked. June, Ex MARCOT, manoeuvres with other Canadian ships, and Bermuda. At anchor in Bedford basin with 32 other ships to celebrate the Navy's 75th anniversary. June, sailed the Saint Lawrence River to continue anniversary celebrations. Aug, Exercise OCEAN SAFARI with other NATO ships. Oct, dry dock in Halifax, new propeller installed. Nov, WUPS.[27]
  • 1986: March 1, Algonquin assisted FPV Cape Rogers in escorting Panamanian Peonia 7 into St John's [28][29]
  • 1987: Jan, WUPS. Feb, CARIBOPS 87. Mar-May, STANAVFORLANT, Algonquin as Flag Ship. May, participated in the Annual Exercise "OPEN GATE" held in the Strait of Gibraltar. Jun, participated in NATO Exercise VENDETTA, in the North Sea. Sep, Sound range and full power trials. Oct, sailed to Lauzon, Quebec to Davies Ship Yards to commence TRUMP Refit (Tribal Class Update and Modernization Project)[30][31]
  • 1988: Tribal Class Update and Modernization Project: Crew reduced to 130 members occupying a shore office and being attach-posted to other units in the fleet.[32]
  • 1989: Tribal Class Update and Modernization Project: TRUMP burdened by delays and extended an entire extra year with Provisional Acceptance for mid 1990.[33]
  • 1990: Tribal Class Update and Modernization Project: TRUMP further delayed and extended an entire extra year with Provisional Acceptance for mid 1990.[34]
  • 1991: June, commenced trials after coming out of refit. October 11: Algonquin completed TRUMP modernization, Sorel PQ [35] and reclassified from Destroyer Helicopter (DDH) to Destroyer Guided Missile (DDG). Nov, stability tests nearly led to Algonquin capsizing where the ship was stuck at a 25 degree incline for several hours.[36]
  • 1992: A year filled with engineering trials and weapons trials. Feb, travelled to Boston, first port visit in 4 years. March, first 76mm shoot, CIWS and SHIELD. May, visited St Johns, NF. The ship was open to visitors, over 1400 visited. Nov, first RAS with Preserver since the refit. Trialed Variable Depth Sonar and other new anti-submarine capabilities.[37]
  • 1993: HMCS Algonquin conducted the first firing of SM2 Standard Missiles by a Canadian Ship at the Puerto Rico Missile Range at 1435 local time on 13 February 1993. During 1993 Algonquin went from being a trials platform to an operational command and control warship, providing Flagship services to STANAVFORLANT. Apr, joined STANAVFORLANT as Flagship and proceeded to IBERLANT OP areas. Jun, On the morning of 3 June Algonquin transited the Strait of Gibraltar and entered the Mediterrean and proceeded to make preparations for entering the Adriatic Sea to participate in a blockade against the former Yugoslavia for OPERATION SHARP GUARD. Jul 2nd, Algonquin conducted the first of a total of 88 merchant vessel boardings as part of the sea blockade against the former Republic of Yugoslavia. July 27th, the busiest day for Algonquin's boarding party, 7 merchant ships were boarded in a 23 hour period. Oct 1st, at 1200 the ship completed her last boarding in support of OPERATION SHARP GUARD. Oct 5th, completed turnover of STANAVFORLANT to HMCS Iroquios and proceed out of the op area for home.[38]
  • 1994: HMCS Algonquin spent 1994 making preparations and executing a coastal transfer from Halifax, NS to Esquimalt, BC. Jul 2nd, Algonquin departed from Halifax en route to Esquimalt. Jul 18th, Algonquin transitted the Panama Canal and entered the Pacific Ocean for the first time. Command responsibility was officially chopped to Maritime Forces Pacific on departing the canal. Aug 5th, Algonquin entered Esquimalt Harbour for the first time.[39]
  • 1995: Jan, Torpedo trials in Nanoose, BC. Feb, FLEETEX 95 in Southern California Op Area. Mar, Torpedo and Full Power Trials. May-Jul, Short Work Period in dry dock Sep, Algonquin conducted SM Block III missile firing in the Pacific Missile Firing Range. Oct, MARCOT 2/95. Nov, COMPUTEX 2/95, Southern California Op Area. Conducted integrated training operations with the USS Carl Vinson Battle Group.[40]
  • 1996: Feb, FLEETEX 96-1A in consort with HMC Ships Regina, Winnipeg and Protecteur as part of the USS Carl Vinson Battle Group (CVBG). Exercise included a missile shoot in the Southern California Op Area. Feb 18th, departed for Yokosuka, Japan via the Aleutian Islands on WESTPLOY 96 in consort with HMC Ships Regina, Winnipeg, Protecteur and Vancouver. Mar 27th, ALG crossed the International Dateline for the first time. Apr 3rd, TG rendezvoused with JMSDF (Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force) ships Ayase and Ishikari South of the Kuril Islands. Op Maple-Cherry, simulated ASW. May 3rd, rendezvoused South of Inch'on, South Korea with the ROK ships Kyong Buk and Che Ju and HMCS Regina. The Canadian/Korean TG proceeded for Pearl Harbour, HI. May 22nd - Jun 16th, participated in RIMPAC 96. Returned to Esquimalt on the 27th. Sept, Algonquin commenced CANPAT 9/96 with RCMP and Fisheries Officers embarked. Oct, Fleet Week in San Francisco, CA followed by CANPAT 10/96. Nov, while participating in a TG exercise, ALG was tasked with an intelligence gathering mission on a Russian merchant vessel in Canadian waters, escorting her to the entrance of Juan de Fuca Strait. Dec, Refit with scheduled completion of April 98.[41]
  • 1997: HMCS Algonquin spent 1997 in dry dock and alongside at CFB Esquimalt as part other scheduled refit. This refit was unique in that FMF Cape Breton was the prime contractor and due to budgetary constraints the ship's company were required to complete a large portion of the work.
  • 1998, Algonquin continued with refit until Sep. Sep, Sea Readiness Inspections. Oct, Trials. Nov, Family Day Sail. Celebrated 25th Anniversary with a Banyan and Hot Torp (live torpedo) firing.[42]
  • 1999: Feb, Y2K Trials. Aug 24th, at 1208, ALG tasked with SAR for a MIG 21 aircraft flown by Cdr. Schultz (USN Retired) lost at sea. A fuel slick and debris was found in the search area but nothing more and after 24 hours the search was terminated. Later that week Algonquin, in consort with the Coast Guard, was tasked to intercept, track and board an illegal Chinese migrant vessel. The vessel was escorted to Gold River where 159 migrants were received by the RCMP for medical and legal processing.[43]
  • 2000: Apr, WESTPLOY 00. On departing Qing Dao, Algonquin and Winnipeg conducted the first military exercise by a Western Nation with China. April 25, Sendai, with Winnipeg. Jun, RIMPAC 00 Alg participated with 54 ships and over 20,000 sailors from Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan, Korea and the United States. Jun 27th, ALG "Spliced the Main Brace" in honour of the promotion of ALG CO, Capt(N) Thiffault's promotion to Commodore, marking the first time the ship, and a rarity for all ships, to be commanded by a Commodore.[44]
  • 2001, saw Algonquin continue the duties of Flagship for the Commander Canadian Fleet Pacific. As such, Algonquin took part in Exercise Tandem Thrust 01, PACEX 01, MARCOT / Task Group Work Ups, and a busy preparation period for Operation Apollo. May, transitted the Great Barrier Reef. Conducted joint exercise with Australian, New Zealand and American Navies.[45]
  • 2001 Port Visits: April 3: Pearl Harbor, with Vancouver and Regina [46] April 22: Manila. April 26: Guam, with Vancouver and Regina. May 6: Brisbane, with Vancouver and Regina. [47] May 25: Sydney, with Vancouver and Regina. June 4: Sydney, with Vancouver and Regina. [48] June 8: Auckland. June 15: Pago Pago. June 26: Pearl Harbor, with Vancouver and Regina.
  • 2002: Algonquin continued the duties of Flagship for the Commander Canadian Fleet Pacific. As such, Algonquin took part in OP Apollo and completed a highly successful mission in the Gulf of Oman. She progressed both operational readiness and international relations through her deployment, and port visits in Hawaii, Saipan, Guam, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, and United Arab Emirates. Mar 4th, deployed for the Gulf of Oman, in support of Op APOLLO. The period from 01 May through 04 September is covered by Algonquin's OP APOLLO War Diary. Oct 14th, returned to Esquimalt from deployment, having been away for almost seven months in the Persian Gulf and logging 55,000 nautical miles (102,000 km). Hailed over 1,700 vessels and boarded 55. Carried out 96 inspections of 'go-fast vessels', and discovered and apprehended several suspected terrorists [49] Algonquin conducted a short port visit to Peddar Bay on November 21, and returned to Esquimlat Harbour for a short refit period
  • after 2002: nearly continuously at sea (like TGEX 3-07, TRIDENT FURY and the biannual RIMPAC events, but she also conducts regular Maritime Security Patrols in the coastal waters of British Columbia)
  • 2003, January 13: Commodore Roger Girourd replaced Commodore Dan Murphy as Commander of the Canadian Naval Task Group in the Gulf of Oman and was responsible for two to six coalition naval vessels. HMCS Montreal was his flagship until replaced by HMCS Algonquin [50]
  • 2003, Mar - Aug possession by Victoria Shipyards. Highlights of 2003 include the seventy percent crew and officer change over including a change of command, celebrating 30 years of seaworthiness, the installation of the Mk 49 Ring Laser Gyro and rejoining the Pacific Fleet as the Flagship.
  • 2003, December 9: Peddar Bay [51]
  • 2004, January 29: Esquimalt [52]
  • 2004, May, conducted WUPS with an Air Detachment on board, the first time in 10 years they had sailed with one. July, RIMPAC 04 included a missile firing exercise.
  • 2004, March 12: Esquimalt, with HMCS Nanaimo and Edmonton [53]
  • 2004, May 16: Seattle [54]
  • 2004, June 8: Peddar Bay [55]
  • 2004, June 28: Pearl Harbor, with Protecteur and Regina
  • 2004, July 22: Pearl Harbor, with HMCS Protecteur, Regina and Brandon [56]
  • 2004, August 5: Esquimalt, with Protecteur and Brandon [57]
  • 2004, November 8: San Diego, with Protecteur, Regina, Winnipeg, Nanaimo, Edmonton and Brandon [58]
  • 2004, November 19: Esquimalt, with Protecteur, Regina, Winnipeg, Nanaimo and Brandon
  • 2005, Bridge Watch Keepers (BWKs) received qualification to use electronic chart and positioning systems. This system relieved the BWK of having to take less accurate visual and radar position pixes on paper charts. Feb, participated in Exercise SEA BARRIER, an exercise focusing on coordination and interoperability of the navy with other governmental organizations, including the Canadian and US Coast Guard, for counter-migrant and counter-drug operations. Mar, TGEX 2-05 with US Navy in the Southern California Op Area. Algonquin visited San Francisco with Protecteur and Vancouver [59] May, TGEX3-05 with HMCS Protecteur. July, TORPEX in Nanoose followed by TGEX4-05 with HMCS Calgary. The exercise focused on operations in multi-threat littoral environment. On July 25th, Commodore Bruce Donaldson replaced Rear Admiral Roger Girouard as commander of Canadian Fleet Pacific (CANFLTPAC) aboard HMCS Algonquin before Algonquin returned to sea to lead the task group through to the end of a three-ship task group exercise on July 29 [60] Oct, Algonquin visited San Francisco for Fleet Week with USS Boxer, Dubuque, Mobile Bay and Hopper; USCGC Morgenthau as well as Vancouver, Calgary and Protecteur. [61] TGEX 5-05 followed afterwards with RCN and USN Carrier Strike Group, including the USS Ronald Reagan. The exercise focused on counter-shore battery fire capabilities and defending against fast inshore attack craft.
  • 2006, Feb, DWUPS. Mar, Sovereignty Patrol (SOVPAT) on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. May, Exercise TRIDENT FURY 06 with Canadian ships HMCS Winnipeg, HMCS Vancouver and HMCS Yellowknife, US ships USNS Bridge and USS Ingraham, and fighter and maritime patrol aircraft from RCAF, USN and RAF. Jun, RIMPAC 06 with HMCS Vancouver and HMCS Regina. Nov, TGEX 3-06 with HMCS Winnipeg, HMCS Vancouver, HMCS Regina and two USN Carrier Strike Groups
  • 2006, June 2: Esquimalt, with Ottawa [62]
  • 2006, c Jul: Algonquin participates in RIMPAC 2006 and returns home on August 7.[63]
  • 2006, October 6: Victoria (Navy Days), with Winnipeg and Whitehorse [64]
  • 2006, October: Conducted MARSECPAT and returned home on October 20
  • 2006, November 3: San Francisco, with Vancouver, Regina and Winnipeg [65]
  • 2006, November 16: San Diego, with Vancouver, Regina and Winnipeg
  • 2006, November 24: Manzanillo, with Winnipeg
  • 2006, December 8: Esquimalt, with Winnipeg [66]
  • 2007, Feb, with HMCS Vancouver and USS Los Angeles, participated in the USN's SCC (Submarine Commanders Course). Apr, Exercise NEMESIS STRIKE with JTF2. Exercise focused on locating, tracking and conducting opposed boarding with a specialized boarding team embarked. May, TRIDENT FURY 07, joint exercise with the USN and Canadian and US Coast Guards in the vicinity of the west coast of Vancouver Island. During the exercise Algonquin participated in the SINKEX (sinking exercise) of HMCS HURON by conducting live gunnery. ALGONQUIN made the finishing shot that sunk the HURON At 1324 hrs, 14 May. Sep, MARSECPAT 8-07 (Maritime Security Patrol) along BC's coastline in the vicinity of Queen Charlotte Sound and Johnstone Straight. Oct, San Francisco's Fleet Week followed by TGEX 3-07 with HMCS Protecteur, Calgary, Vancouver, and Ottawa and USN's Abraham Lincoln Strike Group.
  • 2007, February 9: Pearl Harbor [67]
  • 2007, February 16: Pearl Harbor, with Vancouver
  • 2007, February 27: Esquimalt, with Vancouver
  • 2007, May 15: Esquimalt, with Ottawa, Regina, Nanaimo and Saskatoon [68]
  • 2007, May 18: Esquimalt, with Ottawa, Regina and Saskatoon
  • 2007, June 9: Nanoose [69]
  • 2007, June 12: Cdr Hugh FitzPatrick appointed Commanding Officer HMCS Algonquin.[70]
  • 2007, June 30: Vancouver
  • 2007, August 31: Esquimalt, with Vancouver and Calgary [71]
  • 2007, September 29: Campbell River [72]
  • 2007, September: 17-day Maritime Security Patrol [73]
  • 2007, October 4–7: San Francisco (Fleet Week), with HMCS Nanaimo, Edmonton and Saskatoon [74]
  • 2007, October: leading the Canadian ships of a large Task Group exercise in company with an American Carrier Battle Group off the coast of Southern California. Port visits include San Diego and Ensenada, Mexico
  • 2007, October 22 – November 22: at sea off southern California, participating in Task Group Exercise (TGEX) 3-07.[75]
  • 2007, October 26: San Diego, with Protecteur, Vancouver and Ottawa
  • 2007, November 11: TGEX 3-07 Remembrance Day ceremonies, off La Jolla [76]
  • 2007, November 14: San Diego (Cancelled) [77]
  • 2007, November 15: Ensenada
  • 2007, November 18: set sail after 3-day visit to Ensenada, Mexico [78]
  • 2007, November 22: Returned home to Esquimalt
  • 2007, November 27: Peddar Bay
  • 2008, Possession turned over to Victoria Shipyards for refit.
  • 2008, September 2: Sailors and firefighters from Algonquin demonstrate putting out on-board fires at the Pacific National Exhibition [79]
  • 2008, October 27: Two tugboats eased Algonquin away from the Victoria Shipyards and safely back to the Dockyard on Oct 21. She had been in refit for the past eight months [80]
  • 2009, Apr, regained possession from Victoria Shipyards. June, Portland, Oregon for the Portland Rose Festival followed by naval exercises. Jul, ship entered a Defect Repair Period to rectify defects in the Helicopter Hauldown and Rapid securing Device used for helicopter operations at sea. Oct, WUPS, during which the ship was affected by the H1N1 (Swine Flu). The ship came alongside early to take a three day operational pause to allow the crew to recover before resuming and completing.
  • 2010, Feb, participated in Operation PODIUM as a security presence in the local waters surrounding Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Duties primarily consisted of hailing and boarding suspicious vessels in support of the RCMP. Mar, Maritime Security Patrol (MARSECPAT) surrounding Vancouver Island and the coastal waters of British Columbia. On June 12, Algonquin embarked Governor General Michaëlle Jean to conduct duties as the host ship for the Canadian Naval Centennial International Fleet Review. The review included the following warships: Japanese ships Atago and Akebono, French ship Prairial, Her Majesty's Australian Ship Newcastle, United States Ships Ronald Reagan, Chosin, Ford and Sampson, Her Majesty's New Zealand Ships Te Kaha and Endeavour. All Canadian Fleet Pacific ships were also present, as well as United States Coast Guard Ship Alert and Canadian Coast Guard Ship Sir Wilfrid Laurier. In honour of the occasion, the Governor General "Spliced the Main Brace." Jun 14th departed for SOUTHPLOY 10, with the initial destination of Pearl Harbour, HI for RIMPAC 10. On route, a Task Group of international ships conducted exercise TRIDENT WARRIOR, including the following ships: Canadian ships Algonquin and Calgary, American ships Chosin, McClusky, Ford and Sampson, Japanese ships Atago and Akebono, the French ship Prairial and the Australian ship Newcastle. The exercise focused on interoperability between different navies and working beyond communication barriers in order to achieve the mission. Exercises included main armament shoots, maritime interdiction operations, small arms shoots, communications drills, and anti submarine exercises. Jul , during RIMPAC 10 at the Pacific Missile Range Facility in the Hawaiin Op Area, would be the last time the ship would fire an SM2. Aug 3rd, departed Pearl Harbour, HI and proceeded for Manzanillo, Mexico, participating in the Japanese lead exercise MAPLE SUN, which included Japanese warship Atago, and HMCS Calgary. Aug 17th, departed Manzanillo, Mexico and proceeded to Callao, Peru in consort with HMCS Protecteur. On route, the ship participated in Operation PACIFIC AMTSTAD as part of the multi-national Joint Interdiction Agency Task Force (South) to deter and intercept coastal area smuggling.' Sep 1st departed Callao, Peru for Valparaiso, Chile in consort with HMCS Protecteur. On route resumed interdiction operations. Sep 3rd. as part of a towing exercise, HMCS Protecteur took Algonquin under tow. While disconnecting the tow, the towing hawser became fouled in Protecteur's propeller. Sep 4th, after exhausted attempts to remove the hawser Algonquin took Protecteur under tow and proceeded to Chile. Sep 5th, Algonquin's towing hawser parted leaving Protecteur adrift. The ships where then ordered to remove the fouled hawser from Protecteurs propeller. After extensive and hazardous work by divers enough of the hawser was removed to allow Protecteur to propel herself once again and proceed to Chile. Sep, participated in the Chilean Naval Exercise TERRA AUSTRALIS and Chilean International Fleet Review. Upon completion, resumed interdiction operations in Pacific Central American waters. Sep 30th, during the port visit in Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala, sixty Canadian Naval personnel were deployed to render assistance to the stricken populace of San Jose after recent storms caused mass flooding. Oct, participated in TGEX 1-10 in the California Op Area. Oct 23, Algonquin returned to Esquimalt completing SOUTHPLOY 10.
  • 2011, August 3 - Algonquin departed CFB Esquimalt for multinational exercise off Central and South America as well as operation with Carrier Strike Group Nine[81]
  • 2011, September 26–30 - Algonquin participated in Fleet Week, San Diego [81]
  • 2011, May, EXERCISE TRIDENT FURY (ETF) and Submarine Officer Continuation Training (SOCT). ETF included HMCS Winnipeg, HMCS Protecteur, HMCS Vancouver, HMCS Cornerbrook, HMCS Nanaimo, and HMCS Saskatoon, USS Lake Erie as well as ships from the United States Navy and Canadian support craft, both helicopters and fixed-wing. June, Anti-Ship Missile Defence Exercise (ASMDEX) in the California Op Area. Aug, OP CARRIBE for JIATF in the vicinity of Central American Pacific coast. Aug 17, Algonquin responded to a small fishing vessel off the coast of Costa Rica requesting medical aid. Panama after the completion of Aug PANAMAX to lend their expertise in locating and searching vessels Aug 20-25, PANAMAX, a multi-national exercise for vessels and organizations participating JIATF to coordinate operations between nations in the defence of the suspected of smuggling drugs. Sep 2-16, patrolled known drug smuggling routes off of the coast of Colombia. Oct, Joint Task Force Exercise with HMCS Ottawa, USS Carl Vinson and other USN vessels. Nov, escorted Russian Federation Navy vessels Varyag and Irkut to Vancouver Harbour in order for all three ships to participate in a Vancouver Remembrance Day ceremony.
  • 2012, Jan, embarked the RCMP Maritime Response Unit to conduct boarding and ship clearing training. Many of the ship's company, as well as local dockyard workers, stood on the jetty to watch them scale and rappel the side of the ship.
  • 2013, August 30 - Involved in a collision with the Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment ship HMCS Protecteur during a towing exercise. There were no injuries to personnel, although the ship sustained significant damage to her portside hangar. As a result of the collision, a planned deployment to the Asia-Pacific region was cancelled.[82]
  • 2014, September 19 - Commander RCN announces the retirement of Algonquin from service.[83]


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