HMCS Yukon (DDE 263)

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Career (Canada)
Namesake: Yukon River
Builder: Burrard Dry Dock Ltd., North Vancouver
Laid down: 25 October 1959
Launched: 27 July 1961
Commissioned: 25 May 1963
Decommissioned: 3 Dec 1993
Refit: 1983 (DELEX)
Fate: Sold to the San Diego Oceans Foundation. Scuttled off San Diego in July 2000.
General characteristics
Class and type: Mackenzie-class destroyer
Displacement: 2880 tonnes full load
Length: 366 ft (111.6 m)
Beam: 42 ft (12.8 m)
Draught: 14 ft (4.3 m)
Propulsion: 2 shafts
2 × English-Electric geared steam turbines
2 × Babcock and Wilcox boilers
30,000 shp
Speed: 28 kn (51.9 km/h)
Complement: 228 regular, 170-210 training
Sensors and
processing systems:
1 × SPS-12 air search radar

1 × SPS-10B surface search radar
1 × Sperry Mk.2 navigation radar
1 × SQS-501 high frequency bottom profiler sonar
1 × SQS-502 high frequency mortar control sonar
1 × SQS-503 hull mounted active search sonar

1 × SQS-11 hull mounted active search sonar
Electronic warfare
and decoys:
1 × DAU (replaced by SRD 501) high frequency direction finder

1 × WLR 1C radar analyzer

1 × UPD 501 radar detector
Armament: 1 × 3"/70 Mk.6 Vickers twin mount forward

1 × 3"/50 Mk.33 FMC twin mount aft
2 × Mk NC 10 Limbo ASW mortars
2 × single Mk.2 "K-gun" launchers with homing torpedoes

1 × 103mm Bofors illumination rocket launcher

HMCS Yukon (DDE 263) was a Mackenzie-class destroyer that served in the Royal Canadian Navy and later the Canadian Forces.

She was the first Canadian naval unit to carry this name.

Yukon was laid down on 25 October 1959 at Burrard Dry Dock Ltd., North Vancouver and launched on 27 July 1961. She was commissioned into the RCN on 25 May 1963.

She was assigned to the Pacific Fleet and served largely as a training ship with the RCN and later in the CF under Maritime Forces Pacific (MARPAC). She underwent the Destroyer Life Extension Project (DELEX) in 1983.

She was decommissioned from Maritime Command on 3 Dec 1993.

The ship was initially purchased by the Artificial Reef Society of British Columbia anchored on the New Westminster docks for almost a year before it was bought for $400 000 dollars. Yukon's hulk was purchased by the San Diego Oceans Foundation which towed her from CFB Esquimalt to San Diego, California in 2000. She was gutted and cleaned before being scuttled in 100 feet (30 m) of water in the Pacific Ocean off Mission Bay in San Diego as an artificial reef.

Ship's Bell[edit]

The ship's bell of Yukon is currently located in the Yukon Legislative Building. The Christening Bells Project at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum includes information from the ship's bell of Yukon, which was used for baptism of babies onboard ship.[1]


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Coordinates: 32°46′18″N 117°16′16″W / 32.77154°N 117.27098°W / 32.77154; -117.27098