For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
HMCS KITCHENER K225
Laid down as HMCS Vancouver, she was renamed HMCS Kitchener prior to commissioning. She was commissioned at Quebec City on 18 June 1942. Kitchener arrived at Halifax on 16 Jul 1942 and carried out six weeks' workups at Pictou before briefly joining WLEF in Sep 1942. It may have been during this unusually long workup that she starred in the film Corvette K-225 with Randolph Scott. In Oct 1942 she was assigned to duties in connection with Operation "Torch," and arrived at Londonderry on 03 Nov 1942. For the next four and one-half months she escorted U.K.-Mediterranean convoys, returning to Halifax on 19 Apr 1943, with convoy ONS.2. In May 1943 she joined Western Support Force but in Jun 1943 transferred to EG C-5, MOEF, and during the following four months made three round trips to Londonderry. A major refit, commenced in Oct 1943 at Liverpool, N.S., was completed on 28 Jan 1944, followed by two weeks' working-up in Bermuda. In mid-Apr 1944 she arrived at Londonderry, where she was assigned to invasion duties with Western Approaches Command, based at Milford Haven. She arrived off the beaches on D-Day escorting a group of landing craft. From Aug 1944 until the end of the war she served with EG 41, Plymouth, returning home late in May 1945, to be paid off at Sorel 11 Jul 1945. She was broken up at Hamilton in 1949.