Friday, January 16, 2009

Canadian destroyer HMCS Haida

HMCS Haida (G63) is a Tribal-class destroyer that served in the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) from 1943-1963.
Haida is Canada's most famous warship, having sunk more enemy surface tonnage than any other Canadian naval ship. She is also the only surviving Tribal-class destroyer out of 27 vessels that were constructed between 1937-1945 for the Royal Navy, Royal Australian Navy and the RCN, and Her Battle honours were in the Arctic 1943 to 1945, English Channel 1944, Normandy 1944, Biscay 1944, and Korea 1952 to 1953. Her displacement: Approxiamately 3000 tons when fully loaded, Dimensions: 377 ft (114.9 m); width 37.5 ft (11.4 m), Two steam turbine engines, 44,000 S.H.P., 36.5 knots full speed, Crew: 18 officers, crew of 230. Armament: 4-4 inch HA/LA guns, 2-3 inch 50 calibre AA, 4-40MM Bofors guns, 4-21 inch torpedoes, 2 squid antisubmarine mortars.


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