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HMCS Skeena, a River class destroyer was commissioned at Portsmouth on June 10, 1931. She arrived at Halifax with the Saguenay on July 3 and proceeded to Esquimalt the following month. Skeena returned to Halifax in April 1937 and with the outbreak of war, engaged in local escort duties until ordered to the U.K.. On her arrival at Plymouth, on May 31, 1940, she was assigned to Western Approaches Command taking part in the evacuations of France and escorting convoys in British waters. She returned to Halifax on March 31, 1941 for refit then joined the Newfoundland Command, Mid Ocean Escort Serviices (MOEF). In April 1943, she became a member on EG C-3. During this period she saw continuous convoy duty and on July 31, 1943, while escorting ON.115, shared with Wetaskiwin, the sinking of the U-588. In May 1944, she was engaged to EG-12 for invasion duties and was present at D-Day. That September she was transferred to EG-11 and on October 25, dragged her anchors in a storm and was wrecked on Videy Island, near Reykjavik. Sold in June 1945, to a local resident, she was refloated and later broken up. HMCS Skeena(2nd) was a St. Laurent class escort destroyer built by Burrard Dry Dock Co. Ltd. and was commissioned on March 30, 1957. In 1964, she was transferred to the east coast and immediatedly began conversion to DDH at Davie Shipbuilding Co., Lauzon. She was recommissioned on August 14, 1965, and was one of two ships designated "francophone". Skeena underwent DELEX refit at Canadian Vickers Ltd., Montreal, between April and November 1981. By then she was Canada's oldest serving destroyer, she was paid off for disposal on November 1, 1993.