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After welcoming the Gorch Fock to the West India Dock yesterday, today we welcome a Canadian Warship the HMCS Iroquois.
Built at Marine Industries Limited, Sorel Quebec, HMCS Iroquois, the first Warship of the new Tribal Class was launched on 28 Nov 1970 and commissioned 29 Jul 1972
There is around 282 men and women in the Iroquois crew.
Her primary weapons were anti-submarine which included mortars, homing Torpedoes and two CH-124 Sea King helicopters, also armed with torpedoes.
The Iroquois will be moored at London’s West India dock from Saturday, April 27 until April 30 to help celebrate the 70th anniversary of the turning point in the Battle of the Atlantic.
The Battle of the Atlantic was the longest campaign of World War II and keeping the supply lines open were crucial to Allied victory.
However the cost was very high amongst the Allies shipping with thousands losing their lives.
In May 2013 the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic (BOA) will be commemorated with a series of events throughout the United Kingdom. The commemorations will be centred on three cities, London during 8-13 May, Londonderry between 10-12 May, and the culminating event in Liverpool from 24-27 May.
According to the Canadian Embassy :
“You can visit a real Canadian Navy Destroyer tomorrow in London at West India Dock from 10 – 2.”