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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS ATHABASKAN 282

 

WE FIGHT AS ONE

HMCS Athabaskan 282 during transit to participate in the Sub Commanders Course in the Caribbean, 09 Nov 2016

Photographer: Cpl Tony Chand, Formation Imaging Services, HS05-2016-1056-2870

© DND Crown Copyright 2016

 

Battle honours and awards:  Arctic 1943-44,  English Channel 1944,  Korea 1950-53,  Gulf and Kuwait

 

 

Laid down: 01 Jun 1969

Launched: 27 Nov 1970

Commissioned: 03 Sep 1972

TRUMP refit: 15 Oct 1991

TRUMP refit completed: 04 Jun 1994

Paid off: 10 Mar 2017

 

Third of her class, and built by the Davie Shipbuilding Co., Lauzon, Athabaskan was commissioned on 30 Sep 1972. On 26 Nov 1981, she was dispatched, along with Algonquin and Preserver, to the aid of the M.V. Euro Princess, which was badly holed and drifting down on the drill-rig Rowan Juneau, off Sable Island. Rescue helicopters took off the ship's crew, while Athabaskan’s Sea King evacuated 44 from the drill-rig despite 60-knot winds. This procedure had to be done “free-deck” at both ends, owing to a malfunction of her Beartrap. The abandoned merchant ship was recovered by CGS Alert.

 

On 24 Aug 1990, Athabaskan departed Halifax as one of three ships representing Canada in the Persian Gulf conflict, returning on 07 Apr 1991. Not resting on the laurels of her predecessors, the crew of the Athabaskan proved their metal on 18 Feb 1991. On that morning, USS Princeton was patrolling 28 nautical miles off Failaka Island in the Persian Gulf when, at 7:15 a.m. local time, two MN103 Manta bottom-mounted influence mines detonated, one just under the port rudder and the other just forward of the starboard bow. The blasts cracked the superstructure, buckled three lines in the hull, jammed the port rudder, flooded the #3 switchboard room through chilled water pipe cracks, and damaged the starboard propeller shaft. BM3 Ford was seriously injured, along with two other crewmembers who sustained various injuries. At great risk to his ship and crew, the CO of Athabaskan navigated her, with the use of the Seaking helicopters to locate mines, though the minefield to deliver damage-control supplies to the severely damaged USS Princeton. Athabaskan then guided USS Princeton thorough the minefield until relieved by the minesweeper USS Adroit.

 

In Oct 1991 she was turned over to MIL, Lauzon, for her TRUMP refit, after which, on 03 Aug 1994, she was provisionally accepted by the Navy. In the fall of 1995 she took part, with Kootenay, in the two-month Exercise UNITAS, along with ships from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Spain, the U.S. and Uruguay. On 15 Mar 1999 Athabaskan departed Halifax for a six month deployment with SNFL, rejoining the Force again at the beginning of 2000. On 03 Aug 2000 she was handed a rather bizarre assignment: to board (via helicopter) the GTS Katie 160 kilometres off Newfoundland. The freighter had a cargo of Canadian military equipment destined from Kosovo to Bécancour, Que., which her chartered had refused to land because of a dispute over payment. She was compelled by the boarding party to deliver her cargo as originally intended. In Sep 2005, with Toronto, Ville de Québec and the CCGS Sir William Alexander, she deployed to Louisiana to assist disaster relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina. On 21 Apr 2006, as flagship of the NATO Standing Maritime Group One (SNMG 1) she was moored at Devonport UK to mark the 80th birthday of HM Queen Elizabeth II. In Jan 2010, with Halifax, she deployed to provide disaster relief following the major earthquake in Haiti. That same year, on 29 Jun 2010, she was the the command ship for HM Queen Elizabeth II for the International Fleet Review marking the Canadian Naval Centennial. Following a refit in St Catherine’s, Ontario, while being towed back to Halifax in Dec 2012, she broke loose from her tow off Cape Breton Island, sustaining some hull damage.

 

HMCS Athabaskan was paid off in Halifax, NS on 10 Mar 2107. She was the last of the Iroquois Class destroyers.

 

Historical note:  The 5"54 cal gun on the 280s were named after the Oto Melara technicians who built and did the FSR work in Canada.  The names for the guns were as follows:  Iroquois - Pasquale, Huron - Tulio, Athabaskan - Leno and Algonquin - Luigi.

 

Commanding Officers

Cdr R.D. Yanow - 30 Sep 1972 - 06 Sep 1974

Cdr G.L. Edwards - 06 Sep 1974 - 29 Mar 1976

Cdr John Charles Slade - 29 Mar 1976 - 07 Jul 1978

Cdr James Bernard O'Reilly - 07 Jul 1978 - 07 Jul 1980

Cdr John Windsor McIntosh - 07 Jul 1980 - 02 Aug 1981

Cdr K.R. Scotten - 02 Aug 1981 - 31 Mar 1984

LCdr R.D. Buck - 1984

Cdr David Cogdon - 31 Mar 1984 - 16 May 1986

Cdr Gregory Ralph Maddison - 16 May 1986 - 14 Apr 1988

Cdr Jerome Douglas Peacocke - 14 Apr 1988 - 11 Jul 1990

Cdr K.J. Pickford - 11 Jul 1990 - 06 Sep 1991

LCdr A.G. Munroe - 06 Sep 1991 - 09 Jul 1992

LCdr J.G. King - 09 Jul 1992 - 30 Jun 1993

LCdr H.C. Edmundson - 30 Jun 1993 - 16 Nov 1993

Cdr P.C. Leblanc - 16 Nov 1993 - 15 Dec 1995

Cdr D. Rouleau - 15 Dec 1995 - 01 Dec 1997

LCdr B.A. Mosley - 1997

Capt Jaques .J. Gauvin - 01 Dec 1997 - 18 Aug 1999

Capt D.W. Robertson - 18 Aug 1999 - 06 Jan 2000

Cdr P.V. Dempsey - 06 Jan 2000 - 30 Aug 2001

LCdr S. Bishop - 30 Aug 2001 - 20 Aug 2002

Capt A.B. Donaldson - 20 Aug 2002 - 15 Dec 2004

Capt D.C. Gardam - 15 Dec 2004 - 14 Jul 2006

Capt H.T. Harsch - 14 Jul 2006 - 19 Jul 2007

Cdr S. Jorgensen - 19 Jul 2007 - 27 Aug 2009

Cdr P.R. Crain - 27 Aug 2009 - 17 Dec 2010

Cdr M. Davie - 17 Dec 2010 - 06 Jul 2012

Cdr M. Plaschka - 06 Jul 2012 - 2015

Cdr J. Couillard - 2015 - 10 Mar 2017

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Adams, Clinton James

1946-2002

Bilodeau, Benoit

____-2015

 

 

 

C-D

Cameron, John Edward Ingham

1939-2011

Carter, Lorne Fulton

1936-2012

Case, Lyle Gladwin

1955-2010

Ciccolella, Antonio Vincenzo

1946-1999

Collins, Stephen M.

1971-2016

Cox, Brian Alfred

____-1998

Commissioning Crew as PO2 Electrician

Cox, Donald Elwood

____-2013

Deiter, Clayton Lloyd

1943-2014

Downie, Robert E.

____-2003

Dowthwaite, Jon Anthony

____-2015

Dungy, Greg

____-2015

CWIS Tech on Athabaskan during Op Friction

Dunn, George R.

____-2003

Commissioning Crew as LSET

Doucette, Raymond Joseph Frank

1931-2016

 

 

E-F

Edwards, Gordon Lewis

1931-2011

Falldien, Einar Sherwood

____-2013

 

 

 

K-L

Kostal, Joseph Wilfred

1935-2014

Commissioning Crew as a PO2 Electrician

Laforme, George Richard

1942-2016

Lawlor, Patrick

____-2014

 

 

M-N

MacFadyen, Steven Ellis

____-2009

Mailloux, Richard Joseph

____-1992

Mayville, Keith Carl

____-2017

McGregor, Douglas B.

1943-2006

Merritt, James

1941-2016

Served in Athabaskan 1976-1978

Mielke, Gordon Arnold

1941-2016

Mohr, Richard Walter

____-2008

 

 

 

O-P

Pasquarelli, Marc-Andre

____-2016

Peacocke, Jerome Douglas

1949-1994

9th Commanding Officer

Peterson, Buddy Lionel

____-2017

Served in Athabaskan during NATO 1983

Pringle, James C.

____-2013

 

Q-R

Racine, John

____-2015

Rybczyn, Alexander Roman

1956-2014

 

 

 

S-T

Shergold, Terrance Anthony

1938-2002

Served in Athabaskan as Cox'n

Shiers, Arthur E.

1938-2013

Simpson, Jim

____-2015

Slade, John Charles

1937-2003

3rd Commanding Officer

Spears, Patrick Harold

1949-2013

Stanick, Steve

1962-2013

Starr, Edward R.

1933-2006

Commissioning crew as P1ET

Tessier, Yves Georges

1936-2010

Tofflemire, Roscoe Edwin

____-2015

Commissioning crew as a P1RP

 

W-X

Waters, Brian James

____-2004

Commissioning crew

Willdey, Thomas

1943-2011

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Lapierre, Brian - Jan 1983 - Apr 1983

 

Reaume, Wayne, 27146-H

Sinagra, Danny, RM, 1982 - 1984, 1987-1990 

Tremblay, Gilbert (Gigi), PO1, NESOP - 22 Jan 2001 - 23 Sep 2001

 

Photos and Documents

 

Links

HMCS Athabaskan 282 Commissioning Booklet - 30 Sep 1972

HMCS Athabaskan 282 - SNFL 1983 Commemorative Book

HMCS Athabaskan 282 - Paying Off Book - 10 Mar 2017

 

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