Early RCN Operations
The three Canadian destroyers which had been assigned to the
U.N. naval forces in July 1950 were first employed on escort and
patrol duties. In August, HMCS Athabaskan bombarded enemy
positions and took part in landings by ROK Marines on North
Korean islands. The Inchon landings of September 1950 were the
first operation in which all three ships were engaged as a unit.
Here the Canadians joined forces with South Korean vessels to
form a task group, whose job it was to protect a flank of the
The general withdrawal of the U.N. forces from North Korea
which began in November entailed the evacuation of base
installations through the port of Chinnampo. In this operation
Captain J. V. Brock, of Cayuga, commanded a force consisting of
Canadian, Australian and American destroyers. The evacuation was
carried out successfully, despite serious physical difficulties
and the hazard of enemy mines. On 5 December, having completed
this assignment, the destroyers bombarded the port, leaving it in
In mid January 1951 Cayuga and Nootka (which had relieved
HMCS Sioux) proceeded to Inchon, which was now in enemy hands.
The Canadian destroyers joined in a U.N. bombardment of the port.
Here, for the first time in the Korean conflict, Canadian ships
came under enemy fire. Nootka, having received her "blooding" in
a brisk exchange with enemy shore batteries, was next assigned to
patrol duties in the Yellow Sea. Cayuga remained for a time at
Inchon, where she participated in a bombardment of the enemy's
defences and installations.
HMCS Huron relieved Cayuga in March; and less than two
months later Sioux returned to the theatre, relieving Athabaskan.
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