HMCS Yukon (DDE 263)
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|Builder:||Burrard Dry Dock Ltd., North Vancouver|
|Laid down:||25 October 1959|
|Launched:||27 July 1961|
|Commissioned:||25 May 1963|
|Decommissioned:||3 Dec 1993|
|Fate:||Sold to the San Diego Oceans Foundation. Scuttled off San Diego in July 2000.|
|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)|
2 × English-Electric geared steam turbines
2 × Babcock and Wilcox boilers
|Speed:||28 kn (51.9 km/h)|
|Complement:||228 regular, 170-210 training|
|1 × SPS-12 air search radar
1 × SPS-10B surface search radar
|1 × DAU (replaced by SRD 501) high frequency direction finder
1 × WLR 1C radar analyzer
|Armament:||1 × 3"/70 Mk.6 Vickers twin mount forward
1 × 3"/50 Mk.33 FMC twin mount aft
She was the first Canadian naval unit to carry this name.
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.
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.
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