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HMCS Qu'Appelle (H69)
HMCS Qu'Appelle
HMCS Qu'Appelle.
Career (UK)
Name: HMS Foxhound
Ordered: 17 March 1933
Builder: John Brown & Company, Clydebank
Laid down: 21 August 1933
Launched: 12 October 1934
Commissioned: 6 June 1935
Decommissioned: 8 February 1944
Fate: Transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy
Notes: Colours:White and blue
Badge: Blazon Azure, a bend wavy argent charged with a like bendlet gules, and over all a fox's mask argent.
Career (Canada) Royal Navy White Ensign Royal Canadian Navy Jack
Name: HMCS Qu'Appelle
Acquired: 8 February 1944
Commissioned: 8 February 1944
Decommissioned: 27 May 1946
Honours and
Atlantic, 1944
Normandy, 1944
Biscay, 1944
General characteristics
Class & type: River-class destroyer
Displacement: 1,405 long tons (1,427.5 t) standard
1,940 long tons (1,971.1 t) deep
Length: 329 ft (100.3 m) o/a
Beam: 33.3 ft (10.1 m)
Draught: 10.8 ft (3.3 m)
Propulsion: 3 x Admiralty 3-drum water tube boilers, Parsons geared steam turbines, 38,000 shp on 2 shafts
Speed: 35.5 kn (65.7 km/h), 31.5 kn (58.3 km/h) deep
Range: 6,350 nmi (11,760 km) at 15 kn (27.8 km/h)
1,275 nmi (2,361 km) at 35.5 kn (65.7 km/h)
Complement: 145

HMCS Qu'Appelle (H69) was a River-class destroyer that served the Royal Canadian Navy from 1944-1946.

She was laid down on 21 August 1933 at John Brown Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Ltd., Clydebank, and launched on 12 October 1934. She was commissioned into the Royal Navy on 6 June 1935 as an Interwar standard E and F-class destroyer with the name HMS Foxhound (H69).[1]

Foxhound was converted to a long-range escort from August 1943, and on completion she was decommissioned by the Royal Navy on 8 February 1944 and transferred to Canada; she was commissioned into the Royal Canadian Navy on that day as HMCS Qu'Appelle (H69).[2][3] Qu'Appelle formed part of the 12th Escort Group in June 1944, with the role of protecting shipping from German attacks during the Normandy landings,[4] and together with the destroyers Saskatchewan, Skeena and Restigouche, attacked three German patrol boats off Brest on the night of 5–6 July, with the German patrol boat V715 being sunk.[5] On 11 August Qu'Appelle together with Restigouche , Skeena and Assiniboine was ordered to intercept German shipping escaping from the Biscay ports. While she sank two trawlers, Qu'Appelle was damaged by collision with Skeena and was under repair until September, when she joined the 11th Escort Group for patrols off Iceland.[6] She was decommissioned from the RCN on 27 May 1946.


  1. Whitley 2000, p. 105.
  2. English 1993, p. 85.
  3. Whitley 2000, p. 29.
  4. Rohwer and Hümmelchen 1992, p. 283.
  5. Rohwer and Hümmelchen 1992, p. 290.
  6. Mason, Geoffrey B. "HMS Foxhound, later HCMS Qu'Appelle"., 30 July 2011. Retrieved 2 August 2012.

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