Allied Warships

HMCS New Waterford (K 321)

Frigate of the River class

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
PennantK 321 
Built byYarrows Ltd. (Esquimalt, British Columbia, Canada) 
OrderedJun 1942 
Laid down17 Feb 1943 
Launched3 Jul 1943 
Commissioned21 Jan 1944 
End service2 Dec 1966 

Decommissioned 7 March 1946.
Recommissioned as a Prestonian class frigate with penant number 304 on 31 January 1958.
Decommissioned 2 December 1966.


Commands listed for HMCS New Waterford (K 321)

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1T/A/Lt.Cdr. Eric Rigby Shaw, RCNR21 Jan 194423 Mar 1944
2T/Lt.Cdr. William Edgar Slade Briggs, DSC, RCNR24 Mar 194411 Nov 1945
3T/A/Lt.Cdr. John McWhannell Leeming, RCNVR12 Nov 1945???

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Notable events involving New Waterford include:

28 Sep 1944

Operation Tenable.

Laying of air laid mines in Ramisoysund, Lepsoyrev, and Harhamsfjord.

The light cruiser HMS Euryalus (Capt. R. Oliver-Bellasis, RN), escort carriers HMS Fencer (A/Capt. W.W.R. Bentinck, OBE, RN), HMS Trumpeter (A/Capt. K.S. Colquhoun, RN) and the destroyers HMS Myngs (Capt. M.L. Power, CBE, RN), HMS Zambesi (Lt.Cdr. W. Scott, DSC and Bar, RN), HMS Savage (Lt.Cdr. C.W. Malins, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN), HMS Cambrian (Lt.Cdr. H.T. Harrel, RN), HMS Caprice (Lt.Cdr. G.W. McKendrick, RN) and HMS Cassandra (Cdr. P.F. Powlett, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) departed Scapa Flow around 0800A/28.

The Force reached the operational area, but the operation had to be abandoned owing to the persistent bad weather conditions and the force returned to Scapa Flow around 1630A/5 after having conducted an A/S patrol for which the 6th Escort Group also joined. This group was at that moment made up of the frigates HMCS New Waterford (T/A/Cdr. W.E.S. Briggs, DSC, RCNR, Senior Officer of the 6th Escort Group), HMCS Annan (T/A/Lt.Cdr C.P. Balfry, RCNR), HMCS Cape Breton (T/Lt.Cdr. A.M. McLarnon, RCNR), HMCS Grou (T/Lt.Cdr. H.G. Dupont, RCNR), HMCS Outremont (T/Lt.Cdr. F.O. Gerity, RCNR) and HMCS Loch Achanalt (T/Lt. R.W. Hart, RCNVR). The 6th Escort Group did not return to Scapa Flow on the 5th though but remained at sea.

HMS Euryalus had already parted company around 0810A/2 to return to Scapa Flow where she arrived around 2345A/2. (1)

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Frigates of the Royal Canadian Navy 1943-1974

MacPherson, Ken


  1. ADM 53/119415 + ADM 53/119416 + ADM 53/119427 + ADM 53/119428 + ADM 53/120647 + ADM 53/120648 + ADM 199/1426 + ADM 199/1427

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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