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HMCS GIFFARD K402
Former HMS BUDDLEIA K275
Laid down and launched as HMS Buddleia, she was renamed HMCS Giffard K402 in Sep 1943. On 10 Nov 1943, she was transferred to the RCN and commissioned as HMCS Giffard K402; named after a town in Quebec. After working-up at Tobermory Giffard joined EG C-1 at Londonderry and on 15 Feb 1944, sailed to join her first convoy, ON.224. On 07 May 1944 she rescued 49 survivors of the torpedoed Valleyfield, and the following week resumed her duties as an ocean escort until 27 Nov 1944, when she left Halifax for Liverpool, N.S., to undergo a major refit. Completed in Mar 1945, this was followed by workups in Bermuda, when she arrived in St. John's on 15 Apr 1945, to be employed locally until her departure on 13 May 1945 with convoy HX.335 for the U.K. Giffard left Greenock early in Jun 1945 on her final westward voyage, was paid off on 05 Jul 1945 and laid up at Sorel to await disposal. She was broken up in 1952 in Hamilton.
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