Allied Warships

HMCS Orkney (K 448)

Frigate of the River class

HMCS Orkney as completed.

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
PennantK 448 
Built byYarrows Ltd. (Esquimalt, British Columbia, Canada) 
OrderedJun 1942 
Laid down19 May 1943 
Launched18 Sep 1943 
Commissioned18 Apr 1944 
End service22 Jan 1946 

Decommissioned 22 January 1946.


Commands listed for HMCS Orkney (K 448)

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1A/Lt.Cdr. Victor Browne, RCNR18 Apr 194420 Mar 1945
2Cdr. James Marjoribanks Rowland, DSO, RN29 Mar 1945???

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Notable events involving Orkney include:

Photograph taken by Charles James Sadler, RCNVR. First Class Stoker, Official number V-4963.

22 Nov 1944
HMS Vitality (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMCS Orkney (A/Lt.Cdr. Victor Browne, RCNR). (1)

23 Nov 1944
HMS H 50 (Lt. W.T.J. Fox, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMCS La Hulloise (Lt.Cdr. J. Brock, RCNVR) and HMCS Orkney (A/Lt.Cdr. Victor Browne, RCNR). (2)

3 Jan 1945
HMS Trusty (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, DSC, RN) conducts A/S exercises with HMCS Orkney (A/Lt.Cdr. V. Browne, RCNR) and HMCS St. Therese (T/Cdr. J.E. Mitchell, RCNVR). (3)

13 Feb 1945
HMCS Orkney (A/Lt.Cdr. V. Browne, RCNVR) collided with the merchant Blairnevis in the Irish Sea . The Blairnevis was grounded and eventually became a total loss. HMCS Orkney was under repair until April.

11 Apr 1945
HMS Universal (Lt. S.S. Brooks, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMCS Rivière du Loup (T/Lt. R.D. Weldon, RCNVR), HMCS Stellarton (T/Lt. M.G. McCarthy, RCNVR), HMCS Orkney (Cdr. J.M. Rowland, DSO, RN) and HMS Loch Killin (Lt.Cdr. S. Darling, DSC and Bar, RANVR). (4)

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Frigates of the Royal Canadian Navy 1943-1974

MacPherson, Ken


  1. ADM 173/19423
  2. ADM 173/18534
  3. ADM 173/20037
  4. ADM 173/20127

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

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