Allied Warships

HMCS Chaudiere (H 99)

Destroyer of the H class

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassH 
PennantH 99 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Newcastle-on-Tyne, U.K.): Parsons 
Ordered 
Laid down28 Feb 1935 
Launched10 Mar 1936 
Commissioned15 Nov 1943 
End service17 Aug 1945 
History

Transferred to the Royal Canandian Navy as HMCS Chaudiere on 15 November 1943.
Decommissioned on 17 August 1945.
Scrapped in March 1946.

 
Former nameHMS Hero

Commands listed for HMCS Chaudiere (H 99)

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CommanderFromTo
1A/Lt.Cdr. Charles Patrick Nixon, RCN15 Nov 194321 Mar 1945
2T/A/Lt.Cdr. Wilfred Davenport, RCNR28 Mar 194520 Jun 1945

3T/Lt.Cdr. George Murray Kaizer, RCNR2 Aug 194512 Aug 1945

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Notable events involving Chaudiere include:


24 Dec 1943
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises at/off Scapa Flow with HMCS Chaudiere (A/Lt.Cdr. C.P. Nixon, RCN). (1)

27 Dec 1943
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises at/off Scapa Flow with HMS Obdurate (Lt.Cdr. C.E.L. Sclater, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Venus (Cdr. J.S.M. Richardson DSO, RN) and HMCS Chaudiere (A/Lt.Cdr. C.P. Nixon, RCN). (1)

29 Dec 1943
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises at/off Scapa Flow with HMS Vigilant (Lt.Cdr. L.W.L. Argles, RN) and HMCS Chaudiere (A/Lt.Cdr. C.P. Nixon, RCN). (1)

6 Mar 1944
After unsuccessful attempts at towing the boat to port German U-boat U-744 was sunk at 1830hrs on 6 March 1944 in the North Atlantic, in position 52°01'N, 22°37'W, after being torpedoed by the British destroyer HMS Icarus (Lt.Cdr. R. Dyer, RN). U-744 was attacked for over 30 hours by depth charges from HMS Icarus, the Canadian frigate HMCS St. Catharines (T/Lt.Cdr. A.F. Pickard, RCNR with Cdr. P.W. Burnett, DSC, RN escort group commander onboard), Canadian corvettes HMCS Fennel (A/Lt.Cdr. W.P. Moffat, RCNVR), HMCS Chilliwack (T/A/Lt.Cdr. C.R. Coughlin, RCNVR), Canadian destroyers HMCS Chaudiere (A/Lt.Cdr. C.P. Nixon, RCN), HMCS Gatineau (A/Lt.Cdr. H.V.W. Groos, RCN) and the British corvette HMS Kenilworth Castle (Lt. J.J.Allon, RNR).

26 Mar 1944
HMS H 50 (T/Lt. A.F. Wicker, RNVR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Chilliwack (T/A/Lt.Cdr. C.R. Coughlin, RCNVR), HMCS St. Laurent (Lt.Cdr. G.H. Stephen, OBE, DSC, RCNR), HMCS Halifax (T/Lt. M.F. Oliver, RCNR), HMCS Chaudiere (A/Lt.Cdr. C.P. Nixon, RCN), HMCS Fennel (A/Lt.Cdr. W.P. Moffat, RCNVR), HMCS St. Catharines (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A.F. Pickard, RCNR) and HMCS Morden (T/Lt. E.C. Smith, RCNVR). (2)

29 Mar 1944
HMS Trenchant (Lt.Cdr. A.R. Hezlet, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with HMS Icarus (Lt.Cdr. R. Dyer, RN) and HMCS Chaudiere (A/Lt.Cdr. C.P. Nixon, RCN). (3)

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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Sources

  1. ADM 173/18443
  2. ADM 173/18526
  3. ADM 173/19057

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


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