HMCS ANNAPOLIS (2nd) (265)


The History of the ANNAPOLIS (2nd)

HMCS Annapolis (DDH 265) was an Annapolis-class destroyer that served in the Royal Canadian Navy and later the Canadian Forces. She was the second Canadian naval unit to carry this name.

Annapolis was laid down on 2 September 1961 at Halifax Shipyards Ltd., Halifax and launched on 27 April 1963. She was commissioned into the RCN on 19 December 1964 with pennant number 265.

Annapolis served most of her career with the RCN, Canadian Forces' Atlantic Fleet and, later, Canadian Forces' Pacific Fleet. During her service with Maritime Forces Pacific (MARPAC), she was primarily used as a training ship.

She was decommissioned from the Canadian Forces on 15 November 1996 and placed in reserve. She was paid off in 1998 and stripped of all weapons and sensors before being laid up at CFB Esquimalt.

She was sold to the Artificial Reef Society of British Columbia in 2008. Currently she is being prepared to be sunk as an artificial reef off Port Graves (Long Bay) on Gambier Island in Howe Sound. It was reported that she would be sunk in 2010, however this has been delayed.

ANNAPOLIS (2nd) Statistical Data

  • Pendant: 265
  • Type: Helicopter Destroyer
  • Class: Annapolis
  • Displacement: 2,400 tonnes
  • Length: 371 ft
  • Width: 42 ft
  • Draught: 13.66 ft
  • Speed: 28 kts
  • Compliment: 12 Officers and 234 Crew
  • Arms: 2 - 3" (1xII), 1 Limbo ASW Mortar, Homing Torpedos, 1 Sea King Helo.
  • Builder: Halifax Shipyards Ltd., Halifax, NS
  • Keel Laid: 02-Sep-61
  • Date Launched: 27-Apr-63
  • Date Commissioned: 19-Dec-64
  • Paid off: 15-Nov-96


Originally built as a helicopter destroyer. Major DELEX refit completed 15 Sep 86.

Keywords: HMCS ANNAPOLIS (2nd), Royal Canadian Navy Ship, Helicopter Destroyer, Annapolis Class