Navy retires aging warship in Halifax

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HMCS Iroquois

HALIFAX – The Royal Canadian Navy officially retired one of its warships today in Halifax.

The destroyer HMCS Iroquois served the navy for nearly 43 years.

The ship was the subject of a so-called paying off ceremony, a naval tradition that dates back to the 19th century.

Built by Marine Industries Ltd. at Sorel, Que., the ship was commissioned in July 1972.

The navy says the ceremony at HMC Dockyard included a final salute from sailors, soldiers and airmen.

The warship was part of Canada’s first response after the 9-11 terror attacks in 2001, departing Halifax in October of that year to conduct anti-terrorism operations in Arabian Sea.