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HMCS GATINEAU 236

 

IN HOC CATINO POTESAS

 

IN THIS SHIP LIES POWER

HMCS Gatineau

 

Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1943-44,   Normandy  1944

 

 

Laid down: 30 Apr 1953

Launched: 03 Jun 1957

Commissioned: 17 Feb 1959

Paid off for IRE Refit: 09 Sep 1969

Re-commissioned: 14 Apr 1971

Paid off for DELEX Refit: Sep 1981

Re-commissioned 12 Nov 1982

Paid off to reserve category: 24 May 1996

Paid off: 01 Jul 1998

Fate: Broken up at Pictou, N.S., 2009-2010

 

Laid down at Davie Shipbuilding Ltd, Lauzon, Que., Gatineau was the first post-war product of Davie Shipbuilding. Launched two years later, she was towed to Halifax for completion to avoid freeze-up and commissioned at HMC Dockyard, Halifax, on 17 Feb 1959. For the next ten years she served at part of the 5th Canadian Escort Squadron (the Barber Pole Squadron). In Mar 1968 she was the first Canadian warship to become a member of NATO's Standing Naval Force Atlantic (STANAVFORLANT). Gatineau was transferred west, departing Halifax on 16 Jul 1969; arriving at Esquimalt on 14 Aug 1969 with port visits to Bermuda, Panama, Acapulco and San Diego. On 09 Sep 1969 she began her IRE conversion at Ship Repair Unit (Pacific). The two year conversion introduced the VDS and ASROC to the class and one her re-commissioning on 14 Apr 1971 she was classified as an IRE. She then became part of the Second Canadian Escort Squadron. Her DELEX refit was also carried out at SRU(P) between Sep 1981 and 12 Nov 1982. In Apr 1987 she resumed her duties in Halifax. In Jul 1993, she played host to three visiting Soviet warships and afterward escorted them to sea while carrying out exercises along the way. In the fall of 1993 Gatineau, along with Fraser and Preserver, assisted in the enforcement of UN sanctions off Haiti. Early in 1995 she took part in the NATO exercise Strong Resolve off the coast of Norway, acting as flagship for the four other Canadian ships involved. Apr 1995 found her operating in support of Fisheries and Coast Guard ships off Newfoundland during the "Turbot Dispute" with Spain. She was finally paid off on 01 July 1998. On 18 Sep 2009, DND called for bids for "the removal, dismantling and disposal" of HMCS Terra Nova and HMCS Gatineau. On 04 Nov 2009, DND announced that Aecon Fabco had won the bid and would tow both vessels to their Pictou Shipyard in Pictou, Nova Scotia. Gatineau departed Halifax Harbour on 17 Nov 2009, at 10:30am under tow by the tugboat Atlantic Elm and arrived in Pictou on 19 Nov 2009, at 9:30 am for breaking up.

 

Commanding Officers

Capt Howard Lee Quinn, DSC, RCN - 17 Feb 1959 - 14 Sep 1959

Capt Frank Birch Caldwell, RCN - 15 Sep 1959 - 27 Jan 1961

LCdr Robert Allen Shimmin, RCN - 28 Jan 1961 - 24 May 1961

LCdr  Harold Clarke Macredy, RCN - 25 May 1961 - 24 Aug 1961

Cdr A.H. McDonald, RCN - 28 Aug 1961 - 21 Aug 1962

Cdr J.W. Roberts, RCN - 22 Aug 1962 - 28 Apr 1964

Cdr William Grenville Kinsman, DSO, RCN - 29 Apr 1964 - 11 Aug 1965

Cdr J.A. Fulton, RCN - 12 Aug 1965 - 08 Sep 1966

Cdr William (Bill) Andrew Hughes, RCN - 08 Sep 1966 - 29 Sep 1969

Cdr Thomas Stanley Murphy - 14 Apr 1971 - 03 Jul 1971

LCdr John Charles Slade - 03 Jul 1971 - 11 Jul 1975

Cdr Leofric Grenville Temple - 11 Jul 1975 - 11 Nov 1977

Cdr J.B. McKenzie - 11 Nov 1977 - 26 Jun 1979

Cdr Cecil Dennis E. Cronk - 26 Jul 1979 - 11 Jun 1981

Cdr David Marshall Robinson - 11 Jun 1981 - 04 Jul 1983

Cdr Thomas Charles Heath - 04 Jul 1983 - 01 Aug 1985

Cdr J.A. Keenliside - 01 Aug 1985 - 21 Apr 1987

Cdr G.G. Jeffrey - 21 Apr 1987 - 04 Jul 1988

Cdr A.E. Tanguay - 04 Jul 1988 -  07 Jul 1990

Cdr R.H. Edwards - 07 Jul 1990  -  10 Jul 1992

Cdr R.G. Allen - 10 Jul 1992 - 07 Jan 1994

Cdr J.A. Westlake - 07 Jan 1994 - 05 Jul 1995

Cdr D.O. Thamer 05 Jul 1995 - 30 Jun 1996

  

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

 

- Book of Remembrance entry

A-B

Anderson, Thomas Read

1940-2017

Armstrong, George Gordon

____-2007

Served in Gatineau in 1966 as XO

Baker, Mark Raymond

1963-2014

Blake, Douglas Craig

KIA 03 May 2010 

Killed by an IED near Kandahar

Bolt, Randolph Berkley

1951-2014

Brett, Patrick Walter

____-1999

Brown, Rodney Leslie

1961-2016

Served in Gatineau as a NACOP

 

 

 

C-D

Caldwell, Frank Birch

1914-2007

2nd Commanding Officer

Cameron, John Edward Ingham

1939-2011

Catton, Darryl Arnold

____-2014

Clackson, Donald Richard

1935-2014

Clarke, Robert

1938-2017

Couckuyt, Brian D.

1959-2007

Davison, James Malcolm

1919-2005

de Ste. Croix, Dennis John

1923-2006

Dee, Stanley

1927-2017

Served in Gatineau in 1959 as LCdr, RCN, NavO, SQN NavO

Dunn, Allen

____-2006

Served in Gatineau 1971-1973

E-F

Ebner, Ernest Fredrick

____-2013

Flack, Eddie

1940-2014

Fox, Alexander Edward

1925-2001

Served in Gatineau in 1960 as LCdr, DeckO

 

 

G-H

Grove, Roger Wayne

1958-2013

Halliday, Robert B.

1948-2006

Henderson, Leslie Frederick Maynard

1924-2010

Henry, Robert John

1932-2012

Hughes, William Andrew

1927-2013

9th Commanding Officer

I-J

 

Jacob, Michael Hier

____-2009

 

 

 

 

K-L

Kennedy, Terence Alan

____-2017

Served in Gatineau 21 Apr 1987 - 19 Jun 1988

Koski, Edward William

1940-2017

Served in Gatineau in 1963

Lemon, Denis Ernest

1925-2013

Linscott, John David

1953-2015

Lowe, Alan Gordon

1928-2010

Served in Gatineau in 1961 as SQN CommO

M-N

Miller, Thomas Leigh

1958-2015

Mohr, Richard Walter

____-2008

 

 

 

O-P

Peterson, Buddy Lionel

____-2017

Pringle, James C.

____-2013

Purdy, Donald Wesley

1930-2014

 

 

Q-R

Rhymes, Reginald Heber

1926-2006

Served in Gatineau 07 Jul 1964 - 08 Nov 1964 as a P1SN3, RCN

Roberts, Ralph Donald

1931-2012

Rombough, Wallace Ormand

1926-2006

Served in Gatineau 16 Sep 1963 - 09 Nov 1964 as a P1ER4

Russell, William

1939-2014

Rutherford, Robert

1939-2008

Ryan, Allen Joseph

1953-2016

 

 

 

 

S-T

Shimmin, Robert Allen

1924-2012

Slade, John Charles

1937-2003

11th Commanding Officer

Smith, Ronald Lorne

____-2014

Drafted to Gatineau in 1979

Stanick, Steve

1962-2013

Stewart, Harold Douglas

____-2015

Tindell, Brian Frederick

____-2008

 

 

 

 

U-V

Vanderpluijm, Peter

____-2006

Vergouwen, Peter J.

1931-2016

 

 

 

W-X

Walzak, Albert

1931-2012

Served in Gatineau as Lt, RCN

Warneken, Edward Vincent Neil

1944-2014

Watt, George T.

1931-2015

Wright, David L.

1942-2017

Wright, Gregory Lloyd

1948-2013

Wright, James Edward

1926-2005

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Addison, Tim

 

Alan, Mike - 1968

 

Baker, Gord - 1968

 

Barter, Bill

 

Borgia, Frankie - 1988

 

Boulter, Ed

 

Chmielewski, P.

 

Courcey, Don - 1968

 

Cruickshank, George

 

Czop, CPO1, Cox'n - 1974

 

Dall, Dave, RP - 1979

 

Dingman, Douglas

 

Duchesne, Jocelyn - 1981

 

Farrar, Bob, RCN(R) - 1968-1969

 

Ferris, Joe, RP - 1979

 

Fiset, Ray, EW - 1979

 

Francis, Hank, RP - 1979

 

Frigault, Philippe - 1968

 

Frigault, Pierre - 1968

 

Fuller, Stanley - 1979

 

Greenwood, John - 1968

Gunderson, CPO2

 

Hemeon, Clarence

 

Henderson, Wes - 1981

 

Herdman, Ron, EW - 1979

 

Holland, Surg-LCdr, RCNR - 1969

 

Hunt, Barry - Commissioning crew

 

Huston, Sam - 1968

 

Johnson, MSBN - 1979

 

Johnston, R.J., MSNWT - Aug 1982 - May 1986 / Jun 1986 - Jun 1987

 

Kloosterman, Jim

 

Lea, Bill - 1979

 

LeFleur, Larry - 1981

 

MacDonald, Ron - 1968

 

Maloche, Mike, Sig - 1979

 

Meir, John, SN - 1979

 

Moore, Art D. - 20 Jan 1969

 

Oakley, LCdr, XO

 

Odgers, Dave, MSRP - 1979

 

Osborne, Joe, Sig - 1979

Osmond, J.

 

Ovens, J.

 

Perry, Hank, CBM - 1968

 

Pickering, John, Lt - 1969

 

Rioux, Sylvain - 1974

 

Rogers, Reg - 1982 - 1984

 

Roper, George, Bosn - 1979

 

Silvester, Henry Charles - 1969

 

Stathan, Dave, Lt - 1969

 

Stuart, Bob - 1989

 

Taylor, Mark, LCdr - 1969

 

Thompson, Lloyd, Lt - 1969

 

Tootle, Bill - 1968

 

Tyre, Dave

 

Ward, Mike, RP - 1979

 

Waterfield, (Swampy), Lt, RCNR - 1969

 

Wills, Al, FC - Sep 1984 - Apr 1987

 

Wylie, Doug, Sig - 1979

 

Young, R.

 

Photos and Documents

 

RCN Memories

Just Another Day in the Canadian Navy

Target Practice Gone Wrong

Trip to England - 1968

 

Links

HMCS Gatineau - Acceptance Booklet After IRE Conversion

HMCS Gatineau - 20th Anniversary Booklet

HMCS Gatineau - Re-Activation Booklet After DELEX Refit

Personal photo gallery of Leslie F.M. Henderson

Personal photo gallery of Reginald Heber (Smokey) Rhymes

Ship's company photos for HMCS Gatineau

 

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