HMCS Yukon (DDE 263)

Vessel Type
Naval » Canadian Navy » Destroyer » Mackenzie-class
Ship Dates
Date built: October 25 1959
Date launched: July 27 1961
End date: July 14 2000
Owner or managing owner(s)
Royal Canadian Navy
Vessel Description

HMCS Yukon (DDE 263) was a Mackenzie-class destroyer that served in the Royal Canadian Navy and later the Canadian Forces.

She was the first Canadian naval unit to carry this name.

Yukon was laid down on 25 October 1959 at Burrard Dry Dock Ltd., North Vancouver and launched on 27 July 1961. She was commissioned into the RCN on 25 May 1963.

She was assigned to the Pacific Fleet and served largely as a training ship with the RCN and later in the CF under Maritime Forces Pacific (MARPAC). She underwent the Destroyer Life Extension Project (DELEX) in 1983.

She was decommissioned from Maritime Command on 3 Dec 1993.

The ship was initially purchased by the Artificial Reef Society of British Columbia anchored on the New Westminster docks for almost a year before it was bought for $400,000 dollars. Yukon's hulk was purchased by the San Diego Oceans Foundation which towed her from CFB Esquimalt to San Diego, California in 2000. She was gutted and cleaned before being scuttled in 100 feet (30 m) of water in the Pacific Ocean off Mission Bay in San Diego as an artificial reef.

Source: Wikipedia: HMCS Yukon (DDE 263)

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technical drawings: General arrangement Nos 2 and 3 decks (2007.5000.0471)