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HMCS Restigouche (DDE 257)
HMCS Restigouche (DDE 257) underway in 1983
HMCS Restigouche underway in 1983
Career (Canada) Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Naval Ensign of Canada.svg
Namesake: Restigouche River
Builder: Canadian Vickers, Montreal
Laid down: 15 July 1953
Launched: 22 November 1954
Commissioned: 7 June 1958
Decommissioned: 31 August 1994
Motto: Rester Droit
Nickname: Rusty Guts
Honours and
awards:
Atlantic 1939-45, North Sea 1940, Mediterranean 1943, Normandy 1944, Biscay 1944
Fate: Sunk off Mexico in 2001 as an artificial reef.
Badge: Blazon Or, the head of a five pronged fish-spear erect, azure.
General characteristics
Class & type: Restigouche-class destroyer
Displacement: As built: 2800 tonnes (deep load)
After IRE: 2900 tonnes (deep load)
Length: As built: 366 ft (111.6 m)
After IRE: 371 ft (113.1 m)
Beam: 42 ft (12.8 m)
Draught: 14 ft (4.3 m)
Propulsion: 2-shaft English-Electric geared steam turbines, 2 Babcock and Wilcox boilers 30,000 shp
Speed: 28 knots (51.9 km/h)
Range: 4,750 nautical miles (8,797.0 km) at 14 knots (25.9 km/h)
Complement:

As built: 249

After IRE/DELEX: 214
Sensors and
processing systems:

As built:

  • 1 x SPS-12 air search radar
  • 1 x SPS-10B surface search radar
  • 1 x Sperry Mk.2 navigation radar
  • 1 x SQS-501 high frequency bottom profiler sonar
  • 1 x SQS-502 high frequency mortar control sonar
  • 1 x SQS-503 hull mounted active search sonar
  • 1 x SQS-10 hull mounted active search sonar
  • 1 x Mk.69 gunnery control system with SPG-48 director forward
  • GUNAR Mk.64 GFCS with on-mount SPG-48 director aft

After IRE:

  • 1 x SPS-12 air search radar
  • 1 x SPS-10B surface search radar
  • 1 x Sperry Mk.2 navigation radar
  • 1 x SQS-501 high frequency bottom profiler sonar
  • 1 x SQS-502 high frequency mortar control sonar
  • 1 x SQS-503 hull mounted active search sonar
  • 1 x SQS-10 hull mounted active search sonar
  • 1 x AQA-5 Jezebel passive tracer sonar
  • 1 x Mk.69 gunnery control system with SPG-48 director forward

After DELEX:

  • 1 x Marconi SPS 502 air search radar
  • 1 x Raytheon SPS 10D surface search radar
  • 1 x Sperry Mk.127 E navigation radar
  • 1 x SQS-505 hull sonar
  • 1 x SQS 505 VDS sonar
  • 1 x Mk.69 gunnery control system with SPG-515 director forward

After Gulf War:

  • 1 x Marconi SPS 502 air search radar
  • 1 x Raytheon SPS 10D surface search radar
  • 1 x Sperry Mk.127 E navigation radar
  • 1 x SQS-505 hull sonar
  • 1 x SQS-505 VDS sonar
  • 1 x C-Tech mine avoidance sonar
  • 1 x Mk.69 gunnery control system with SPG-515 director forward
Electronic warfare
& decoys:

As built:

  • 1 x DAU HF/DF (high frequency direction finder)

After IRE:

  • 1 x ULQ-6 jammer
  • 1 x WLR-1C radar analyzer
  • 1 x UPD-501 radar detector
  • 1 x SRD-501 HF/DF

After DELEX:

  • 1 x CANEWS
  • 1 x ULQ-6 jammer

After Gulf War:

  • 1 x CANEWS
  • 1 x ULQ-6 jammer
  • 1 x ALR-74 threat warning
Armament:

As built:

  • 1 x 3"/70 Mk.6 Vickers twin mount forward
  • 1 x 3"/50 Mk.33 FMC twin mount aft
  • 2 x Mk NC 10 Limbo ASW mortars
  • 2 x single Mk.2 "K-gun" launchers with homing torpedoes
  • 1 x 103mm Bofors illumination rocket launchers

After IRE/DELEX:

  • 1 x 3"/70 Mk.6 Vickers twin mount forward
  • 1 x Mk.112 ASROC octuple launcher
  • 1 x Mk NC 10 Limbo ASW mortars
  • 2 x Mk.32 triple torpedo launchers firing Mk.46 Mod 5 torpedoes

After Gulf War:

  • 1 x 3"/70 Mk.6 Vickers twin mount forward
  • 2 x Harpoon quad SSM launchers
  • shoulder launched Blowpipe and Javelin SAMs
  • 1 x Phalanx 20mm CIWS
  • 2 x 40mm/60 Bofors guns
  • 6 x .50-cal machine guns
  • 2 x Mk.32 triple torpedo launchers firing Mk.46 Mod 5 torpedoes
Aircraft carried: none

HMCS Restigouche (DDE 257) was a Restigouche-class destroyer that served in the Royal Canadian Navy and later the Canadian Forces from 1958-1994.

She was the lead ship of her class and the second Canadian warship to carry the name HMCS Restigouche.

Restigouche was laid down on 17 July 1953 at Canadian Vickers Ltd., Montreal and launched on 22 November 1954. She was commissioned into the RCN on 7 June 1958 carrying the pennant number 257.

HMCS Restigouche (DDE 257) in 1992

Restigouche in 1992, with Phalanx CIWS and Harpoon missile launchers aft.

Restigouche was selected by the Canadian Forces for the Improved Restigouche (IRE) program and completed this refit in 1972. She was also selected as one of 10 destroyers in the Destroyer Life Extension (DELEX) program and completed this refit on 29 November 1985.

Restigouche was to be deployed on Operation FRICTION, the CF contribution to Operation DESERT STORM (the Gulf War) to relieve HMCS Terra Nova (DDE 259) in early 1991. She was refitted at CFB Esquimalt however the war ended before her refit was completed. She had her Mk.112 ASROC octuple launcher and her Mk NC 10 Limbo ASW mortars removed and was fitted with 8 X Harpoon anti-ship missiles and a (CIWS) Close In Weapons System.

Restigouche arrived in the Persian Gulf region after the war and instead saw service with the Multinational Interception Force (MIF) in the northern Red Sea in 1992. During the MIF deployment Restigouche completed an Eastbound circumnavigation of the globe sailing from Esquimalt to Esquimalt via the Pacific Ocean, Panama Canal, Atlantic Ocean, Suez Canal, Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean

She was decommissioned from active service in the CF on 31 August 1994.

She was sunk as an artificial reef off Acapulco, Mexico in 2001.

Ship's BellEdit

The Christening Bells Project at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum includes information from the ship's bell of HMCS Restigouche (2nd) 1958 - 1994, which was used for baptism of babies onboard ship. The bell is currently held by the Royal Canadian Legion, Lantzville, British Columbia. The bell contains Christenings & Marriages 1941 - 1979.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://www.navalandmilitarymuseum.org/resource_pages/bells/bells.asp Christening bells

External linksEdit

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