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HMCS Athabaskan
HMCS Athabaskan

The Canadian destroyer HMCS Athabaskan was one of four Iroquois class anti-submarine destroyers that entered Canadian service in the early 1970s.

The photograph highlights one of the ship's main anti-submarine systems: the landing deck and hangar for two Sea King helicopters (centre). Thanks to the Canadian-developed "bear trap" system that allowed large helicopters like the Sea King to land on small warships, even in rough seas, Athabaskan and other helicopter-equipped Canadian ships could carry out anti-submarine warfare operations in virtually all types of weather, a critical military advantage.

George Metcalf Archival Collection
CWM 19910109-164

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Grumman Avenger aboard HMCS Magnificent
Grumman Tracker Launch, HMCS Bonaventure
Grumman Avenger Landing Aboard HMCS Warrior
Hawker Sea Fury Landing on HMCS Magnificent
Supermarine Seafire Crash, HMCS Warrior
Fairey Firefly Crash, HMCS Warrior
Landing on HMCS Bonaventure
Flight Deck and Island, HMCS Bonaventure
McDonnell Banshee, HMCS Bonaventure
Grumman Tracker, HMCS Shearwater
Bell HTL-4 Helicopter
Personnel Delivery by Helicopter
Life Raft and Emergency Supplies
Petty Officer, HMCS Magnificent
Canadian Sailors Board HMCS Bonaventure
HMCS Magnificent Transporting Army Vehicles
Canadian Forces Women's Uniform, 1968
HMCS Iroquois, Artist's Concept
HMCS Athabaskan
HMCS Bras d'Or
HMCS Ojibwa
HMCS Gatineau
HMCS Gatineau