HMCS Haida (DDE-215)
HMCS HAIDA is a 2,745 ton Tribal class destroyer of the Royal Canadian Navy that began her life in 1943 escorting convoys from the British naval port of Scapa Flow on the dreaded Murmansk Run to Russia.
In 1944, HMCS HAIDA joined the 10th Destroyer Flotilla, a mixed force of British, Canadian and Polish warships operating out of Plymouth England to clear enemy shipping off the French coast in anticipation of the D-Day landings. During this period, HMCS HAIDA achieved lasting fame by destroying more enemy tonnage than any other warship in the Royal Canadian Navy.
She then returned to the frigid North Atlantic protecting supply ships en route to Russian Arctic ports. In 1945 she participated in her final World War Two mission the liberation of Norway.
During the Korean War, HMCS HAIDA enhanced an already proud history with two tours of duty off the Korean Peninsula blockading Communist supply lines, protecting aircraft carriers and train busting destroying enemy supply trains and being credited with destroying two and a half locomotives.
Named after the Haida First Nation of British Columbia, HMCS HAIDA continued in faithful service to Canada until 1963 when she became what she is today, a living memorial to all who served on her and to Canada's naval ships and sailors everywhere.
Thirteen of her sisters were sunk during the Second World War and today only HMCS HAIDA remains- the last of the original twenty-seven Tribal class destroyers left in the world.