Allied Warships

HMCS Saskatchewan (H 70)

Destroyer of the F class

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassF 
PennantH 70 
Built byJohn Brown Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Ltd. (Clydebank, Scotland) 
Ordered17 Mar 1933 
Laid down25 Jul 1933 
Launched29 Aug 1934 
Commissioned31 May 1943 
End service28 Jan 1946 
History

Transferred from the Royal Navy to the Royal Canadian Navy on 31 May, 1943, former HMS Fortune.
Decommissioned 27 January 1946.

 
Former nameHMS Fortune

Commands listed for HMCS Saskatchewan (H 70)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. George Herbert Derik Williams, RN31 May 19436 Jul 1943
2Cdr. Ralph Cyril Medley, DSO, RN7 Jul 194322 Mar 1944
3A/Cdr. Edward William Finch-Noyes, RCN23 Mar 19446 Apr 1944
4T/Lt.Cdr. Alan Herbert Easton, DSC, RCNR7 Apr 194424 Aug 1944
5A/Lt.Cdr. Thomas Charles Pullen, RCN25 Aug 194421 Aug 1945
6Lt. Frederick Charles Frewer, RCN22 Aug 194528 Jan 1946

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Notable events involving Saskatchewan include:


18 Aug 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. R.H. Bull, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMCS Bittersweet (T/Lt. F.B. Brooks-Hill, RCNVR), HMCS Pictou (T/Lt. P.T. Byers, RCNR), HMCS Saskatchewan (Cdr. R.C. Medley, DSO, RN) and HMCS Mayflower (Lt. V. Browne, RCNR). (1)

19 Aug 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.A.R. Troup, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Pictou (T/Lt. P.T. Byers, RCNR), HMCS Bittersweet (T/Lt. F.B. Brooks-Hill, RCNVR), HMCS Saskatchewan (Cdr. R.C. Medley, DSO, RN) and HMCS Mayflower (Lt. V. Browne, RCNR). (2)

25 Sep 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. D.G. Kent, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Mayflower (Lt. V. Browne, RCNR), HMCS Saskatchewan (Cdr. R.C. Medley, DSO, RN), HMS Burnham (Lt. C.H. Rankin, RN) and HMCS Skeena (A/Lt.Cdr. E.E.G. Boak, RCN). (3)

15 Dec 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Rimouski (T/Lt. R.J. Pickford, RCNVR), HMCS Eyebright (T/Lt. H.L. Quinn, RCNVR), HMCS Saskatchewan (Cdr. R.C. Medley, DSO, RN) and HMCS Pictou (T/A/Lt.Cdr. G.K. Fox, RCNVR). (4)

8 Mar 1944
HMS H 34 (Lt. R.L. Jay, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Prince Rupert (T/Lt.Cdr. R.W. Draney, RCNR), HMCS Napanee (T/Lt. S. Henderson, RCNR), HMCS Saskatchewan (Cdr. R.C. Medley, DSO, RN), HMCS Bittersweet (T/A/Lt.Cdr. F.B. Brooks-Hill, RCNVR), HMCS Waskesiu (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Fraser, RCNR) and HMCS Outremont (T/A/Lt.Cdr. H. Freeland, DSO, RCNR). (5)

12 Apr 1944
HrMs O 9 (Lt. R.W. van Lynden, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMCS Bittersweet (T/A/Lt.Cdr. F.B. Brooks-Hill, RCNVR), HMCS La Malbaie (T/A/Lt.Cdr. J.S. Davis, RCNVR), HMCS Prince Rupert (T/Lt.Cdr. R.W. Draney, RCNR), HMCS Saskatchewan (T/Lt.Cdr. A.H. Easton, DSC, RCNR), HMCS Eyebright (T/Lt. H.L. Quinn, RCNVR), HMCS Napanee (T/Lt. S. Henderson, RCNR) and HMCS Forrest Hill (T/Lt. E.U. Jones, RCNVR). (6)

13 Apr 1944
HMS H 28 (Lt. A.S. Melville-Ross, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Bittersweet (T/A/Lt.Cdr. F.B. Brooks-Hill, RCNVR), HMCS Napanee (T/Lt. S. Henderson, RCNR), HMCS Saskatchewan (T/Lt.Cdr. A.H. Easton, DSC, RCNR), HMCS Prince Rupert (T/Lt.Cdr. R.W. Draney, RCNR), HMS Bickerton (Cdr. D.G.F.W. MacIntyre, DSO and 2 Bars, RN) and HMS Kempthorne (Lt.Cdr. A. Brown, RD, RNR) (7)

9 May 1944
HMS H 50 (T/Lt. A.F. Wicker, RNVR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Saskatchewan (T/Lt.Cdr. A.H. Easton, DSC, RCNR), HMCS Skeena (A/Lt.Cdr. P.F.X. Russell, RCN) and HMCS Qa'Appelle (Cdr. A.M. McKillop, RN). (8)

9 Feb 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Jewel (???), HMS Dart (Cdr. J.T. Jones, RD, RNR), HMS Evenlode (Cdr. V.F. Smith, DSO, RD, RNR) and HMCS Saskatchewan (A/Lt.Cdr. T.C. Pullen, RCN). (9)

10 Feb 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Evenlode (Cdr. V.F. Smith, DSO, RD, RNR), HMCS Saskatchewan (A/Lt.Cdr. T.C. Pullen, RCN), HMS Dart (Cdr. J.T. Jones, RD, RNR) and HMS Jewel (???). (9)

28 Apr 1945
HMS Universal (Lt. S.S. Brooks, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Loch Alsh with HMCS Kootenay (A/Lt.Cdr. W.H. Willson, DSC, RCN) and HMCS Saskatchewan (A/Lt.Cdr. T.C. Pullen, RCN). (10)

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Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

Sources

  1. ADM 173/17927
  2. ADM 173/17773
  3. ADM 173/17786
  4. ADM 173/17777
  5. ADM 173/18493
  6. File 2.12.03.6372 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  7. ADM 173/18472
  8. ADM 173/18528
  9. ADM 173/20150
  10. ADM 173/20127

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


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