Allied Warships

HMCS Medicine Hat (J 256)

Minesweeper of the Bangor class

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
PennantJ 256 
ModVTE reciprocating engined 
Built byCanadian Vickers Ltd. (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) 
Laid down1 Jan 1941 
Launched25 Jun 1941 
Commissioned4 Dec 1941 
End service 1957 

Decommissioned on 6 November 1945 and laid up in reserve.
Recommissioned after 1949 with penant number 197.
Transferred to Turkey in 1957 being renamed Biga.
Ended service in the Turkish Navy in 1963.


Commands listed for HMCS Medicine Hat (J 256)

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1T/Lt. James Bevan, RCNR4 Dec 19411 May 1943
2T/Lt. John Edisforth Heward, RCNR2 May 194320 Dec 1943
3T/Lt. John Edisforth Heward, RCNR11 Jan 1944mid 1944
4T/Lt. H D MacLachlan, RCNVRmid 194429 Aug 1944
5T/Lt. Raymond John Keelan, RCNVR29 Aug 194418 Jul 1945
6T/Lt. William Rodney Aylwin, RCNVR19 Jul 19456 Nov 1945

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