Allied Warships

HMCS Ottawa (ii) (H 31)

Destroyer of the G class


HMCS Ottawa (ii) as seen during the war.

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassG 
PennantH 31 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.): Parsons 
Ordered5 Mar 1934 
Laid down20 Sep 1934 
Launched15 Aug 1935 
Commissioned20 Mar 1943 
End service31 Oct 1945 
History

Transferred from the Royal Navy to the Royal Canadian Navy on 20 March 1943.
Decommissioned 31 October 1945.
Scrapped in January 1946.

 
Former nameHMS Griffin

Commands listed for HMCS Ottawa (ii) (H 31)

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CommanderFromTo
1Cdr. Hugh Francis Pullen, RCN20 Mar 19438 Jun 1943
2Cdr. Kenneth Frederick Adams, RCN9 Jun 19436 Jul 1943
3Cdr. Hugh Francis Pullen, RCN7 Jul 194318 May 1944
4T/Cdr. James Douglas Prentice, DSO, RCN19 May 19449 Sep 1944
5Lt. Eric Phillip Earnshaw, RCN10 Sep 19446 Oct 1944
6T/Lt.Cdr. Ronald James Herman, OBE, RCNVR7 Oct 194411 Oct 1944
7Lt. Noel Cogdon, RCN12 Oct 19444 Feb 1945
8A/Lt.Cdr. Patrick David Budge, DSC, RCN5 Feb 194514 Jul 1945
9A/Lt.Cdr. Geoffrey Huntley Davidson, RCN15 Jul 194531 Oct 1945

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Notable events involving Ottawa (ii) include:


9 Apr 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS L'Incomprise (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) F.S. Deveson, RNR) and HMCS Ottawa (Cdr. H.F. Pullen, RCN). (1)

9 Jun 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Kootenay (A/Lt.Cdr. K.L. Dyer, DSC, RCN), HMCS Ottawa (Cdr. H.F. Pullen, OBE, RCN), HMS Dianthus (T/A/Lt.Cdr. N.F. Israel, RNR), HMCS Arvida (T/Lt. D.G. King, RCNVR), HMCS Rosthern (T/Lt. R.J.G. Johnson, RCNVR) and HMCS Wetaskiwin (T/A/Lt.Cdr. J.R. Kidston, RCNVR). (2)

15 Jul 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.A.R. Troup, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Kootenay (A/Lt.Cdr. K.L. Dyer, DSC, RCN), HMCS Ottawa (Cdr. H.F. Pullen, OBE, RCN) and HMS Egret. (3)

23 Aug 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. E.C. Croswell, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Ottawa (Cdr. H.F. Pullen, OBE, RCN), HMCS Kootenay (A/Lt.Cdr. K.L. Dyer, DSC, RCN) and HMCS Kitchener (T/A/Lt.Cdr. W. Evans, RCNVR). (4)

13 Nov 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Rosthern (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.J.G. Johnson, RCNVR), HMCS Ottawa (Cdr. H.F. Pullen, OBE, RCN) and another vessel [unable to read the name in the log of HMS H 32]. (5)

12 Mar 1944
HMS H 34 (Lt. R.L. Jay, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Cam (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Smythe, DSC, RD, RNR), HMS Sweetbriar (A/Lt.Cdr. W. Whitfield, DSC, RNR), HMCS Ottawa (Cdr. H.F. Pullen, OBE, RCN) and HMCS Rosthern (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.J.G. Johnson, RCNVR). (6)

7 Jul 1944
German U-boat U-678 was sunk in the English Channel south-west of Brighton, in position 50°32'N, 00°23'W, by depth charges from the Canadian destroyers HMCS Ottawa, HMCS Kootenay and the British corvette HMS Statice.

18 Aug 1944
German U-boat U-621 was sunk in the Bay of Biscay near La Rochelle, in position 45°52'N, 02°36'W, by depth charges from the Canadian destroyers HMCS Ottawa (Cdr. J.D. Prentice, DSO, RCN), HMCS Kootenay (A/Lt.Cdr. W.H. Willson, RCN) and HMCS Chaudiere (A/Lt.Cdr. C.P. Nixon, RCN).

20 Aug 1944
The depth charge attacks made by the Canadian destroyers HMCS Ottawa (Cdr. J.D. Prentice, DSO, RCN), HMCS Kootenay (A/Lt.Cdr. W.H. Willson, RCN) and HMCS Chaudiere (A/Lt.Cdr. C.P. Nixon, RCN) in the Bay of Biscay west of Brest, in position 48°16'N, 05°33'W, were earlier credited with the destruction of the German U-boat U-984, but were carried out against a nonsub target.

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Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

Sources

  1. ADM 173/17781
  2. ADM 173/17783
  3. ADM 173/17772
  4. ADM 173/17761
  5. ADM 173/17776
  6. ADM 173/18493

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


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