Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Launch of the Athabaskan

The tribal class destroyer Athabaskan was built in England, launched Nov. 18 1941 and commissioned into the Canadian navy on Feb. 3 1943. Both the Iroquois and Athbaskan were being built at the same time when a German air raid damaged the Iroquois. The Athabaskan was renamed Iroquois and went into service first. Five months later, the renamed Athabaskan was commissioned.
 During the 14 months she was in service, accidents and damage kept her out of action for 5 months. On April 29 1944 while in the Bay of Biscay, she was torpedoed and sunk. 
Below, possibly the last picture taken of the Athabaskan.

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