For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
HMCS LOUISBURG K401
Then Dominican Naval Vessel Juan Alejandro Acosta (1947)
Built at Quebec City, she was launched on 13 Jul 1943 and commissioned there on 13 Dec 1943. She sailed to Halifax in advance of completion in order to escape the freeze-up, arriving in late Dec 1943, and was not ready for service until Feb, 1944. Late in Mar 1944 she went to Bermuda for workups and upon returning to Halifax was assigned as an unallocated unit to Western Approaches Command, Londonderry. She sailed for the U.K. on 23 Apr 1944 and spent the next four months on escort duties associated with the invasion. In Sep 1944 she was allocated to EG 41, Plymouth, and late in Mar 1945, returned home for refit at Saint John. Upon completion of this refit she was paid off at Sorel on 25 Jun 1945 and placed in reserve there. She was sold in 1947 to the Dominican Navy and renamed Juan Alejandro Acosta. Deleted from active list in 1978, she was driven ashore in a hurricane on August 31, 1979 alongside her sister Colon (former HMCS Lachute).
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