Allied Warships

HMCS Annan (ii) (K 404)

Frigate of the River class

HMCS Annan as completed.

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
PennantK 404 
Built byHall, Russell & Co. Ltd. (Aberdeen, Scotland) : Thornycroft (Southampton, U.K.) 
Ordered26 Dec 1942 
Laid down6 Oct 1943 
Launched29 Dec 1943 
Commissioned13 Jun 1944 
End service20 Jun 1945 

Decommissioned and returned to the Royal Navy on 20 June 1945.
Bought by Royal Danish Navy on 27 november 1945 and renamed Niels Ebbesen.
Scrapped 1963 at Odense, Denmark.

Former nameHMS Annan (ii)

Commands listed for HMCS Annan (ii) (K 404)

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1T/A/Lt.Cdr. Charles Patrick Balfry, RCNR11 Mar 194426 May 1945
2J H Corbett, RCNVR27 May 194520 Jun 1945

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Notable events involving Annan (ii) include:

28 Sep 1944

Operation Tenable.

Laying of air laid mines in Ramisoysund, Lepsoyrev, and Harhamsfjord.

The light cruiser HMS Euryalus (Capt. R. Oliver-Bellasis, RN), escort carriers HMS Fencer (A/Capt. W.W.R. Bentinck, OBE, RN), HMS Trumpeter (A/Capt. K.S. Colquhoun, RN) and the destroyers HMS Myngs (Capt. M.L. Power, CBE, RN), HMS Zambesi (Lt.Cdr. W. Scott, DSC and Bar, RN), HMS Savage (Lt.Cdr. C.W. Malins, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN), HMS Cambrian (Lt.Cdr. H.T. Harrel, RN), HMS Caprice (Lt.Cdr. G.W. McKendrick, RN) and HMS Cassandra (Cdr. P.F. Powlett, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) departed Scapa Flow around 0800A/28.

The Force reached the operational area, but the operation had to be abandoned owing to the persistent bad weather conditions and the force returned to Scapa Flow around 1630A/5 after having conducted an A/S patrol for which the 6th Escort Group also joined. This group was at that moment made up of the frigates HMCS New Waterford (T/A/Cdr. W.E.S. Briggs, DSC, RCNR, Senior Officer of the 6th Escort Group), HMCS Annan (T/A/Lt.Cdr C.P. Balfry, RCNR), HMCS Cape Breton (T/Lt.Cdr. A.M. McLarnon, RCNR), HMCS Grou (T/Lt.Cdr. H.G. Dupont, RCNR), HMCS Outremont (T/Lt.Cdr. F.O. Gerity, RCNR) and HMCS Loch Achanalt (T/Lt. R.W. Hart, RCNVR). The 6th Escort Group did not return to Scapa Flow on the 5th though but remained at sea.

HMS Euryalus had already parted company around 0810A/2 to return to Scapa Flow where she arrived around 2345A/2. (1)

16 Oct 1944
German U-boat U-1006 was sunk south-west of Faeroes, in position 60°59'N, 04°49'W, by depth charges from the Canadian frigate HMCS Annan (A/Lt.Cdr C.P. Balfry, RCNR).

8 Dec 1944
HMS Vengeful (Lt. A.S. Melville-Ross, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with HMCS Grou (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Dupont, RCNR) and HMCS Annan (T/A/Lt.Cdr C.P. Balfry, RCNR). (2)

9 Dec 1944
HMS Vengeful (Lt. A.S. Melville-Ross, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with HMCS Grou (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Dupont, RCNR), HMCS Annan (T/A/Lt.Cdr C.P. Balfry, RCNR), HMS Byard (A/Lt.Cdr. J.I. Jones, DSO, DSC, RNR), HMS Calder (T/A/Lt.Cdr. E. Playne, DSC, RNVR) and HMS Drury (Lt.Cdr. N.J. Parker, RN). (2)

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Frigates of the Royal Canadian Navy 1943-1974

MacPherson, Ken


  1. ADM 53/119415 + ADM 53/119416 + ADM 53/119427 + ADM 53/119428 + ADM 53/120647 + ADM 53/120648 + ADM 199/1426 + ADM 199/1427
  2. ADM 173/19365

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

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