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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS IROQUOIS 280

 

RELENTLESS IN CHASE

HMCS Iroquois 280

Flagship Standing Naval Force Atlantic 1978/79

Source: Macsnavylinks.ca

 

Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1943,   Arctic  1943-45,   Biscay 1943-44,   Norway  1945,   Korea  1952-53,   Arabian Sea

 

 

Laid down: 15 Jan 1969

Launched: 28 Nov 1970

Commissioned: 29 Jul 1972

TRUMP refit: 01 Nov 1989

TRUMP refit complete: 03 Jul 1992

Paid off: 01 May 2015

 

First of her class, she was built by Marine Industries Ltd. at Sorel and commissioned on 29 July 1972. 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. In 1978, a fairly typical year for the period, she took part in exercises off Portugal, with French units in the Bay of Biscay, and with German units off the coast of Denmark, returning home on 07 Jul 1978 after logging some 14,300 nautical miles. In Sep 1980, Iroquois was the subject of shock trials for the 280 class. These took place off the coast of Nova Scotia.  After the 3rd and largest of the explosions, Iroquois had to be towed. During this evolution, one of the tow lines parted and killed a crewman, Robert J. Purcell, on the tug Glenevis. On 4/5 Dec 1983, while on fishery patrol off the Grand Banks, Iroquois answered a SOS from the Panamanian-registered Ho Ming 5, in danger of capsizing owing to shifting cargo. In gale-force winds, the destroyer’s Sea King took off eleven of the twenty-man crew, the remaining nine being rescued by her Zodiacs. Eighteen of her ship’s company were decorated for their bravery during the episode. She underwent her TRUMP refit between 01 Nov 1989 and 03 Jul 1992. Between 25 Sep 1993 and 15 Apr 1994 served with the blockading force off the former Yugoslavia. While so employed she conducted 98 boarding. Relived by HMCS Halifax on 15 Apr 1994, she returned to Halifax, arriving on 25 Apr 1994. She was appointed flagship of Maritime Operations Group 1 (MOG 1) on 17 Jun 1995. Maritime Operations Group 1 left Halifax on 22 Feb 1996 and headed south for exercises, stopping in Grenada where she played host to Prime Minister Jean Chrétien and a number of Caribbean heads of state. Aug 1998 saw Iroquois replace Athabaskan as flagship of the NATO Standing Naval Force Atlantic (SNFL). She returned to Halifax on 15 Dec 1998. On 21 Mar 2000, Iroquois, as a member of a Canadian Task Group, left Halifax and headed south for spring exercises. While enroute south, news arrived that the bulk carrier Leader L had gone down some 700 kilometres northeast of Bermuda. The task group was re-directed to offer assistance. When all was said and done, 13 survivors were picked up along with six bodies, 12 sailors were missing. Iroquois landed the survivors and bodies in Bermuda before rejoining the task group. On 17 Oct 2001, with Charlottetown and Preserver, Iroquois departed Halifax for the Arabian Sea to support a U.S.- led coalition against international terrorism. Returning to Halifax on 27 Apr 2002, in the course of that 193-day deployment, she spent 171 days at sea, 51 of them consecutively, one of the longest continuous patrols in the history of the RCN. Soon after departing Halifax for a second deployment to the Arabian Sea, on 27 Feb 2003 she suffered a Sea King crash on deck, fortunately without serious injuries. Upon arriving in the Arabian Sea, she served as the flagship of the multi-national Task Force 151 from Mar to July 2003. She made a third deployment to the Arabian Sea as flagship of the multi-national Task Force 150, Jun-Sep 2008. In her last years of service, she performed two major representational voyages: to Baltimore MD in Jun 2012 for the War of 1812 Bicentennial; and to Liverpool UK in May 2013 for the 70th anniversary commemoration of the Battle of the Atlantic. In 2014, it was found the rust had caused extensive damage to her hull and she was laid up alongside Halifax - deemed not worth repairing. Iroquois was paid-off on 01 May 2015 at HMC Dockyard, Halifax.  At 1600 on 24 Nov 2016, under tow from the tug Atlantic Spruce, the former HMCS Iroquois departed Halifax en route to Liverpool, NS and the breaker's yard.

 

RCN Memories:     My First Voyage     Out of Bounds to Unauthorized Personnel     Shock Trial Memories - HMCS Iroquois

 

Ship's company photos          Photos and Documents          Commissioning book          Paying off book

 

Commanding Officers

Cdr D.N. MacGillivray - 29 Jul 1972 - 24 Mar 1975

Cdr Gerald George Freill - 24 Mar 1975 - 04 May 1977

Cdr Robert Earl D. George - 04 May 1977 - 30 Jun 1979

Cdr Edward Joseph Kelly - 01 Jul 1979 - 16 Apr 1981

Cdr Lynne Gordon Mason - 16 Mar 1981 - 30 Jun 1982

Cdr Gary Leslie Garnett - 30 Jun 1982 - 13 Jan 1983

Cdr L.E. Murray - 18 Apr 1983 - 04 Jan 1985

Cdr B.R. Brown - 04 Jan 1985 - 25 Jun 1986

Cdr Peter John Ballard - 26 Jun 1986 - 10 Oct 1988

LCdr Gregory Romanow - 15 Jul 1990 - 05 Aug 1991

Cdr L.J. Edmonds - 08 Sep 1991 - 29 Jul 1994

Cdr Roger Girouard - 29 Jul 1994 - 07 Jul 1996

Cdr A.G. Munroe - 07 Jul 1996 - 13 Feb 1998

Capt (N) S.E. King - 13 Feb 1998 - 07 Jul 1999

Capt(N) L.D. Sweeney - 07 Jul 1999 - 26 Jan 2001

Capt(N) C.L. Mufford - 26 Jan 2001 - 28 Jun 2002

Capt(N) P.A. Maddison - 28 Jun 2002 - 14 Jul 2004

LCdr R.V. Lambert - 14 Jul 2004 - 16 Aug 2005

Capt(N) D.M. MacKeigan - 16 Aug 2005 - 29 Jun 2007

Capt(N) B. Ryan - 29 Jun 2007 - 09 Jan 2009

Cdr R. Brisson - 09 Jan 2009 - 21 Jul 2010

LCdr J. Allen - 21 Jul 2010 - 08 Dec 2010

Cdr J.M. Hamilton - 08 Dec 2010 - 18 Jan 2013

Cdr M. Coates - 18 Jan 2013 - 02 Oct 2014

Cdr R.J. Watt - 03 Oct 2104 - 01 May 2015

 

Coxswains

CPO1 D.L. Tracy - Nov 1970 - Jun 1974

CPO1 J.W. Forsyth - Jun 1974 - Dec 1976

CPO1 R.S. Clouthier - Dec 1976 - Dec 1978

CPO1 W. Cherry - Dec 1978 - Dec 1979

CPO1 John MacDonald - Dec 1979 - Dec 1980

CPO1 F. Carter - Dec 1980 - Jul 1983

CPO1 P.A. Mattice - Jul 1983 - Jul 1984

CPO1 D. Mackey - Jul 1984 - Jul 1986

CPO1 L.J. Gordon - Jul 1986 - Jul 1988

No Cox'n - TRUMP REFIT  Jul 1988 - Jul 1991

CPO1 S.J. Desprey - Jul 1991 - Jul 1994

CPO1 B.H. Schimpf - Jul 1994 - Sep 1996

CPO1 C.B. Calvert - Sep 1996 - Aug 1998

CPO1 C.W.G. Lang - Aug 1998 - Aug 2000

CPO1 E.M. Carberry - Aug 2000 - Aug 2002

CPO1 P.K. Evans - Aug 2002 - Apr 2004

CPO1 W.S. Forrester - Apr 2004 - Apr 2007

CPO1 J.S. Morrison - Apr 2007 - Jul 2009

CPO1 J. Denis - Jul 2009 - May 2010

CPO1 J.G. Chapadeau - Jun 2010 - Jun 2012

CPO1 D.C. Elbourne - Jun 2012 - Jul 2014

CPO1 B.T. Burke - Jul 2014 - Jan 2015

CPO2 J.P. Haas - Jan 2015 - May 2015

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

GRAHAM, Brian James

MS, F54 545 303

died - 27 Oct 1980 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Adams, Robert David

____-2004

Served in Iroquois as P1ET, Commissioning Crew

Alexander, Rene Darryl

1959-2002

See HMCS Charlottetown

Allen, Cecil Robert Copp

1956-2017

Anderson, Robert LeRoy

1946-2018

Baker, Brian G.

1932-2008

Baker, Mark Raymond

1963-2014

Barrette, Armand J.G.

____-2018

Bednarz, Andrew Mark

____-2015

Black, Christopher David

1963-2012

Blake, Douglas Craig

KIA 03 May 2010 

Killed by an IED near Kandahar

Boyce, Donny

____-____

Served in Iroquois as an OS/AB.SG

 

 

 

 

C-D

Caisse, Joseph Andre Richard

1961-2017

Served in Iroquois as a LSSW

Carter, Fred Tilley

1939-2013

Cherry, William Wayne

____-2017

Served in Iroquois 1978-1979 as CPO1, Cox'n 

Cleough, Doug

1962-2012

Collins, Stephen M.

1971-2016

Cormier, Clarence Noel

1938-2016

Cox, Donald Elwood

____-2013

Currie, Darrell F.

____-2015

Served in Iroquois in 1981 as ABER

Currie, David Wayne

1946-2008

Dean, James G.

1937-2015

Dechaine, Ross James

1952-2013

Deiter, Clayton Lloyd

1943-2014

Doutre, Gilles

1942-2016

Served in Iroquois during the Ho Ming rescue

 

 

E-F

Esbaugh, Thomas Jerome

1952-2012

Firth, Raymond Herbert

____-2010

Fisher, Robert Howard

____-1996

Freill, Gerald George

____-2013

 

G-H

Gillespie, Douglas Reid

1934-2002

Served in Iroquois as CERA

Gilson, Bryan Charles

1947-2007

Goucher, Sherman Vaughn

1940-2013

Haley, Richard Douglas

1964-2015

Handrahan, Daniel

1971-2017

Served in Iroquois 1997-1999 as a Cook.

Haslund, Ronald Walter

1943-2011

Served in Iroquois as a P2BN

 

 

 

 

I-J

Jippes, Albertus

1934-2015

Justason, Colen Royce

____-2017

 

 

 

K-L

Karlich, John Francis

1930-2017

Commissioning crew as a CPO2, MAR ENG 311

Langlois, Stephen Gilbert

____-2014

Latour, Joseph Jean-Yves

1954-2017

Lavers, Keith

1953-2015

LeBlanc, Robert Joseph Ivan

____-2005

Lost at sea while serving in

HMCS Montreal

Leonard, Norman Joseph

1930-2016

Leroux, Lorne Emeril

1942-2011

LeVernois, Leon DeMontigny

1939-2016

Commissioning crew as a LS

Lewis, Larry N.

1954-2014

 

M-N

Mac Innis, Alexander Joncas

1940-2012

MacDonald, John Oswin

____-2009

Served in Iroquois in 1980 as a C1BN, Cox`n

Mah, William James

____2008

Mailloux, Richard Joseph

____-1992

Martin, Sidney Joseph

1937-2013

Matchem, Clarence Calvin

____-2017

Served in Iroquois Jul 1986 - May 1987 as C2SG, Chief Yeoman

McDonald, Cyril Anthony

1960-2018

McGowan, Louise Catherine

____-2012

McGregor, Douglas B.

1943-2006

McMahon, Daniel

1949-2015

McQuade, Shawn Michael

1966-2017

Merritt, James

1941-2016

Served in Iroquois 1982-1985

Middleton, Maurice

1940-2018

Mullen, Tyler Lee

1971-2017

 

O-P

O'Neil, Michael J.

____-1992 

Oivanen, Gary Lawrence

1934-2013

Peacocke, Jerome Douglas

1949-1994

Perron, Michael Joseph

____-2014

Power, Leonard M.

____-2018

Prosser, Donald Sydney

____-1996

 

 

 

 

Q-R

Racine, John

____-2015

Reinholds, Ervins K.

____-2016

Served in Iroquois as an ABHT

 

 

 

S-T

Sauer, Eugene Gilbert

1948-2015

Served in Iroquois Apr 1977 - Sep 1978 as a MS Sig

Schneider, Lawrence Norman

1950-2007

Simms, Donald

____-2015

Stanick, Steve

1962-2013

 

U-V

Volmer, Steven R.P.

____-2017

 

 

 

 

W-X

Wells, Doug Kendall

1968-2013

Wentzell, Burton Wayne Enos

1963-2016

Wong, Ping Zunn

1947-2017

 

 

 

Former Crew Members   -   (CC) commissioning crew

Austin, Richard, OS-LSRP, 1977-1980 / MS, Radar Tech, 1982-1983

 

Blakeney, Floyd, Stoker - 1980-1986

 

Boulet, Billy

 

Budge, Jack, Stwd

 

Burton, Dennis, OS-LS, EW 242, 20 Dec 1982 - 29 Jun 1986 / MS, NESOP 276, 10 Sep 1993 - 08 May 1994 / PO2 NESOP 276, 27 Sep 2000 - 31 Mar 2002   

 

Chiasson, Mike, PO2, SN, Apr 2008 - Feb 2011 / Feb 2013 - Jan 2015

 

Clarke, Dave (Knobby), P2-P1SN, Feb 1977 - Dec 1978

 

Cleough, Doug, P1SN - 1972-1974 

 

Coates, Douglas, LSSN, 07 Oct 2002 - 12 Sep 2006 

 

Cormier, Mitch, Stwd

 

Corn, Earle, P2-P1SG Apr 1976 - Dec 1979

 

David, Jarrod, BN, 1987-1990   

 

DeGrace, George, LS, AVN (CC)

Delisle, Denis, WU, Jul 1972 - 1978 / PO1, AVN, Jun 1992 - 1993 (CC)

 

Dicks, Brian, ABSN, 1984-1985

 

Evans, Mike, RM

 

Fitzgerald, Ed, OS-LSFC, Mar 1974 - Jun 1978 / MS-PO2, FC, Sep 1979 - Dec 1986

 

Gasse, André, P2SG, Mar 1979 - Jun 1979

 

Halverson, Ron, PO1, Stwd

 

Hicks, David T., MarEng, Dec 1978 - Dec 1984

 

Hogan, Mike, LS, Stwd, Dec 1986 - Dec 1988 / Dec 1990 - Dec 1993

 

Howell, Doug, MS-PO2, Mar Eng, Jan 1973 - Jan 1978 / PO1 Mar Eng Art, Jun 1985 - Dec 1989

 

Joudry, Lorn

 

Lance, Mark

 

Lapierre, Brian - Jun 1979 - Jan 1983 / Apr 1983 - Jul 1983

MacEachran, Lionel

 

Musseau, Randy, P1SN, Oct 2006 - Jun 2010

 

Nadeau, Danny, LS, Stwd 

 

Olsen, Darren Mark

 

Pearson, Loren, NET(A), 1994 - 1999 / MARE(CS) 2002-2004

 

Perry Frank, MS, 1986-1988 / PO1, 2001-2003 / CPO2, 2005-2007

 

Pike, David, Mar Eng, 2000-2003

 

Poulin, Serge, Stwd

 

Swallow, Paul, PO2, Mar Eng Tech, 14 Aug 1992 - 08 Nov 1995 / PO2, Mar Eng Art, 08 Nov 1995 - 05 Jan 1998 / PO1, Mar Eng Art - 24 Jan 2000 - 14 Feb 2003

 

Simms, Guy, MS, Stwd 

 

Tremblay, Gilbert (Gigi), PO1, NESOP, 23 Sep 2001 - 03 Jun 2002

 

Weir, Garry, MSRM - 1990 (Shore office while in refit)

 

Photos and Documents

 

 

Ship's Bell of HMCS Iroquois G89 / 217 - 1942 & HMCS Iroquois 280

 

This bell was from HMCS Iroquois G89 / 217. It was also used on HMCS Iroquois 280

 

Names engraved on this bell from HMCS Iroquois 280

 

Leanne Marie Chatham - Sep 1972
Ronthy Gordon Brady - Sep 1972
Andrew David Kovacs - Sep 1972
Allan Joseph Kovacs- Sep 1972
Suzanne Darlene Sims - Sep 1972
Scott Dugald Fox - Nov 1972
Michael James Redden - 22 Apr 1973
Kimberlea Irene Redden - 22 Apr 1973

Sean Darcy Collinson - 13 May 1973

Eric Anthony Yarrow - 22 Jul 1973

Warren Martin Yarrow - 22 Jul 1973

Brian Douglas Smith - 25 Nov 1973

Jason William LeLievre - 06 Jan 1974

Jennifer Lynn Eakins - 20 Jan 1974

Thomas Allen James Carr - 20 1974

Stephanie Lynn Lawson - 07 Apr 1974

Wendy Jane Aitkens - 07 Apr 1974

Vance Alexander langlois - 07 Apr 1974

Melanne Dawn Willamine King - 13 Apr 1974
Sandra Dawn McLeod - 09 Jun 1974
William Thomas Johnston - 09 Jun 1974
Kin Sue Baker - 25 Aug 1974
Jason Curtise Syzewski - 06 Jul 1975
Mark William Severin - 29 Aug 1976
Shelly Jean Regan - -5 Sep 1976
Jeremy Richard Shirran - 25 Sep 1977

 

 

Ship's Bell of HMCS Iroquois 280

 

29 Jul 1972

 

Names engraved on this bell

 

John David Stonebridge - 18 Dec 1977

Jeffery James Edmonds - 02 Apr 1978

Ruth Shead - 02 Apr 1978

Lisa Elizabeth Johnson - 02 Apr 1978

Brent Polson - 09 Apr 1978

Denis Gilles Boisvert - 30 Jul 1978

Tristan Sean Winch - 14 Aug 1978

Mary Patricia Haddock - 10 Sep 1978

Jodi Allison Roche - 06 Jan 1979
Tina Marie Benson - 12 May 1979

Neil Robin Bouchard - 16 Jun 1979
Christine Therrien - 17 Jun 1979

Keri Lynn Coolen - 29 Jul 1979
Michelle Nichole Bedard - 18 Nov 1979

Kristine Catherine Kerr - 16 Mar 1980

Patrick David Tucker - 23 Mar 1980

William Albert Degg - 24 Aug 1980

Andrea Lynn Winfield - 20 Nov 1980
Liam Shane Muldoon - 30 Nov 1980

Virgina Ann Hattin - 30 Nov 1980

Richard Edward Pare - 14 Dec 1980

Nicola Rachael Jacobson - 28 Dec 1980

Geoffery Alexander Bellows - 28 Dec 1980
Daniel Christopher Forestell - 12 Apr 1981

John David Dewis - 19 Jul 1981

Matthew Alexander Cudmore - 19 Jul 1981

Tiffany Marie Tremblay - 26 Jul 1981

Patricia Ann Wentland - 16 Aug 1981
Robert James Adam Wentland - 16 Aug 1981

Sylvia Tamara Churcher - 28 Nov 1981

Marie Helen Pelletier - 20 Dec 1981

Shawn Patrick Fitzgerald - 20 Dec 1981

Melanie Dugay - 20 Dec 1981

Micheal Bertrand Powell - 16 Jan 1982

Amanda Marie Evans - 18 Apr 1982

Aishling Coleen Gargeau - 16 May 1982

Sondra Gail Stuart - 30 May 1982

Megan Elizabeth Therrien - 02 Jan 1983
Robyn Marianne Ferguson - 06 Feb 1983

Michelle Marie Mountain - 19 Jun 1983

James MacKay Sutherland - 24 Jul 1983

Andrew James Bowie - 24 Jul 1983

Scott Andrew Cameron - 21 Aug 1983
Tara Lynn Monk - 19 Oct 1983

Trevor John Monk - 19 Oct 1983

Matthew James Lofgren - 20 Nov 1983

Michael Timothy Fitzgerald - 11 Dec 1983

Nichole Amanda McKenzie - 08 Oct 1984

Lincoln Henry Cosen - 25 Nov 1984

Christopher George Curtis Harding - 05 May 1985

Cailyn Margret Mary O'Dwyer - 11 May 1985

Peter B. Aruja - 12 May 1985

Chelsea Jenson - 03 Aug 1985

David H.J. Church - 04 Aug 1985

Malenie Nichole Goulet - 11 Aug 1985

Jacquline Margaret Olsen - 17 Aug 1985
Natasha Margaret Marjorie Fyfe - 18 Aug 1985

Lauren Marie Hunt - 25 Aug 1985

Stephen Jeffery Keith Boulegon - 25 Aug 1985

Catherine Nicol McDonald - 30 Mar 1986

Christopher Alan Brooks - 31 Mar 1986

Sylvie Vanessa Cameron - 31 Aug 1986
Andrew Graham Hunt - 21 Sep 1986

Courtney Rae Doucette - 19 Oct 1986

Jason Vincent Nelson - 26 Oct 1986

Vincent William Nelson - 26 Oct 1986

Tracey Ann Nelson - 26 Oct 1986
Brittany Amanda Squires - 09 Nov 1986

Ian James P. McKillop- 09 Dec 1986

Donald John Ryan Vansickle - 28 Jun 1987

Christine Line Belley - 27 Dec 1987

Katherine Jane Winch - 10 Jan 1988

Stephen Bruce Sipos - 10 Apr 1988

Mark Domine Ryan - 10 Apr 1988

Victoria Louise Stewart - 17 Apr 1988

Kevin Joshua House - 06 Aug 1988

Barbara Eileen Trecartin - 07 Aug 1988

Jennifer Lynn O'Neil - 22 Aug 1992

Paul Alexander Gerard Ventham - 10 Jan 1993

Patrick Alexander William Hargreaves - 21 Feb 1993

Taylor Andrew Nickerson - 07 Mar 1993

Kyle Clarke Bedford - 14 Mar 1993

Derek Joseph Chiasson - 11 Apr 1993

Olivia Lorraine Ash - 27 Jun 1993

Mark William Belliveau - 27 Jun 1993

Peter Kristof Langland - 28 Jun 1993
Kevin Michael Baker - 24 Jul 1994

Ashely Anne Truelove - 03 Jul 1994

Karl Jean Baptiste Desroches - 08 Aug 1993

Marie Nancy Karoline Beaupre - 28 Aug 1994
Alexander Edward Smith - 23 Oct 1994

Patrick Nicholas Smith - 23 Oct 1994

Katrina Tiffany Marie Cobean - 22 Apr 1995

Scott Thomas Pierre Chaput - 03 Jun 1995
Brenna Kathleen MacInnis - 30 Jul 1995

Benjamin David Walton Sanford - 10 Sep 1995

Emily Lorraine Barnard - 17 Sep 1995

Zoe Brett Katherine Johannah Saunders - 21 Dec 1995

Kegan Mason William Jenson - 29 Dec 1995

Joshua Joseph Gerald Doutre - 14 Jan 1996

Sierra Morgan Thibault - 21 Apr 1996

Kennedy Ellyn Jessome - 14 Jul 1996

Sara Elizabeth Karl - 21 Jul 1996
Brittany Lynne Lenentine Sullivan - 28 Jul 1996

 

 

Ship's Bell HMCS Iroquois 280

 

Names engraved on this bell

 

Nicole Erin Branch - 05 May 1996
Kirk Llewellyn Howells - 07 Jul 1996
Marie Melanie Bouchard - 12 Dec 1996
Emily Colleen MacInnis - 30 Mar 1997
Marin Elyssa Pearson - 06 Jul 1997
Tristan James Blair - 01 Nov 1997
Saxon George Parker - 31 May 1998
Richel Mary Ross - 03 Jan 1999
Keating William Teft - 24 Sep 2000
Madeline Lee Temple - 24 Sep 2000
Hannah Rose Temple - 24 Sep 2000
Joshua Mark Cochrane - 22 Apr 2001
Gabrielle Blaire Ross - 29 Apr 2001
Jordon Tyler Mason Patterson - 20 Sep 2001
Emma Victoria Smith - 11 Aug 2002
Tamara Leray Hollett - 24 Nov 2002
Matthew Kyle Hollett - 24 Nov 2002
Aiden Legault - 14 Sep 2003
Katilyn Jane Way - 14 Sep 2003

Alec Ilutko 18 Apr 2004
Paige Katerine Allsopp - 25 Apr 2004
Ian Brent Pearson - 25 Apr 2004
Paige Katerine Allsopp - 25 Apr 2004

Laurel Kelly Pearson - 25 Apr 2004
Ian Brent Pearson - 25 Apr 2004
Nicholas Edward Fleming - 23 May 2004

Laurel Kelly Pearson - 23 May 2004

Nicholas Edward Fleming - 23 May 2004

Cameron Alexander Gibson - 23 May 2004
Sandra Lynn Gibson 23 May 2004

Duncan Prescott Clark - 08 Oct 2005
Dalton Joseph Tommy Trempe - 01 Jul 2006
Abagail Lauren Pelley - 09 Jul 2006
Evan Ryan Jensen - 09 Jul 2006
Spencer Douglas Graham - 11 Jul 2006
Charles Aiden G, Littlefair - 21 May 2007
Myriam Larrieux - 08 Jul 2007
Malcom Leigh Aden MacDonald - 15 Jul 2007
Nicolas Patrick Lanouette - 05 Aug 2007
Roma Helen Login - 19 Aug 2007
Dayne Burchall - 19 Aug 2007
Saoirse McKenney - Collins 27 Jan 2008
Darius Leonard Korvela - 13 Apr 2008
Lacey Alexandria Frizzell - 02 Nov 2008
Olivia Grace Steed - 23 Nov 2008
Adam Miles Schlosser - 25 Jan 2009
Ciara Lee MacDonald - 20 Jun 2009
Lyla Grace MacDonald - 20 Jun 2009
Katelyn Ann Godsell - 28 Jun 2009
Amelia Susan Ann Samson - 28 Jun 2009
Adrieene Louise Noland - 13 Sep 2009
MacKenzie Louise White - 27 Sep 2009

Payton Joelle Lewick Duquette - 04 Oct 2009

Ryker Raymond Louise Fenton -10 Apr 2011
Charlotte Jane Bergeron - 08 Oct 2011

Beatrice Mabel Marie Samson - 15 Apr 2012

Denis John Delisle - 21 Apr 2012
Parker Benjamin Arthur Delisle - 21 Apr 2012
Braeden Andrew Graham - 12 May 2012
Abigail Rose Stevens - 19 Aug 2012

West Elric Carrier - 24 Mar 2013
Isaac Charles Robert Ladouceur - 30 Jun 2013
Liam Francis Joseph Gryffin Dori - 27 Jul 2013
Jean-Luc Roger Fauteux - 10 Aug 2013
Alexander Matthew MacFarlane - 17 Aug 2013
Addy Tracey Lynn Delisle - 05 Oct 2013
Isla Grace Dukowski - 19 Oct 2013
Brody Issac John Munro - 19 Jan 2014
Henri Gaston Bard - 25 Jan 2014
Beckett Curtis Lee Skinner - 02 Feb 2014
Zander Richard Percy Lynch - 14 Jun 2014
Noah Gordon Ramsay - 28 Jun 2014
Adelynn Marie-Josee Shelton - 28 Jun 2014
Emma Jennie Puszkar - 12 Jul 2014
Jackson William Coates - 20 Sep 2014
Alexander Daniel Gerard Henneberry - 21 Sep 2014
Scott William Fred Milbury - 07 Dec 2014
Katherine Patricia Maria Milbury - 07 Dec 2014

 

Battle board for HMCS Iroquois 280

Courtesy of Jarrod David

HMCS Iroquois under construction at Sorel, Que, 21 Jan 1971

Courtesy of Mike England

 

HMCS Iroquois 280 under construction at Marine Industries Ltd.,  Sorel, Que

 

                  

 

DND Photos

 

The launching of HMCS Iroquois 280 at Marine Industries Ltd.,  Sorel, Que. 28 Nov 1970

 

        

 

DND Photos

HMCS Iroquois 280 launches a Sea Sparrow missile off Peurto Rico, 1976

 

Splice the Mainbrace - HMCS Iroquois 1979

 

                    

 

Courtesy Ted Kendall, Communicator

(See RCN Memories for the story behind the photos)

HMCS Iroquois 280 - Shock Trials - Sep 1980

 

Fifteen photos taken during HMCS Iroquois' shock trials.  Photos were taken at 1/2 second intervals.

 

              

 

              

 

     

 

© / Courtesy of Michael Sleigh - 1980

 

Click here to view the photo of the Shock Trials Crew - taken O/C of the shock trials.

 

Write-up on the rescue of the crew of the Ho Ming 5 by HMCS Iroquois 280 on 05 Dec 1983

Four of HMCS Iroquois' Crew awarded the Star of Courage

 

The rescue of the crew of Ho Ming 5 by HMCS Iroquois - 05 Dec 1983

One of Iroquois' zodiacs is at the bottom right just below the stern of the Ho Ming 5

Courtesy of Dennis Morrison

Newspaper article on the rescue of the Ho Ming 5 by HMCS Iroquois on 05 Dec 1983

Courtesy of Dennis Morrison

Newspaper article on the rescue of the Ho Ming 5 by HMCS Iroquois on 05 Dec 1983

Courtesy of Dennis Morrison

Newspaper article on the rescue of the Ho Ming 5 by HMCS Iroquois on 05 Dec 1983

Courtesy of Dennis Morrison

Newspaper article on the rescue of the Ho Ming 5 by HMCS Iroquois on 05 Dec 1983

Courtesy of Dennis Morrison

Newspaper article on the rescue of the Ho Ming 5 by HMCS Iroquois on 05 Dec 1983

Courtesy of Dennis Morrison

 

Article from the SENTINEL magazine on the rescue of the Ho Ming 5's crew by HMCS Iroquois

 

        

 

Courtesy of Dennis Morrison

HMCS Iroquois 280 - NATO 1985 entering Den Helder, Holland

Courtesy of Dennis Burton

HMCS Iroquois crew members jigging cod at Virgin Rocks, Grand Banks, 1986 on the way home from a four month Standing Naval Force Atlantic deployment

 

        

 

Courtesy of John Newton, Rear-Admiral, RCN

HMCS Iroquois' Schedule for 1988

IOL preparations on HMCS Iroquois 280

Courtesy of John Le Forte

Deck Department HMCS Iroquois with Buffer front and centre

Courtesy of John Le Forte

Deck department HMCS Iroquois

Courtesy of John Le Forte

Deck dept. and FX part ship hands prepare HMCS Iroquois to be taken in tow by HMCS Charlottetown 339

Courtesy of John Le Forte

27 Feb 2003 - Sea King helicopter crashes on flight deck of HMCS Iroquois three days after departing Halifax to become flagship of multi-national Task Force 151 in Persian Gulf region. Two of the four helicopter crewmembers sustained minor injuries in the crash. Iroquois forced to return to Halifax

Courtesy of John Le Forte

(See related news article)

A few crew members of HMCS Iroquois

Courtesy of John Le Forte

Deck Department HMCS Iroquois 280

Courtesy of John Le Forte

Deck department HMCS Iroquois 280 at Christmas time

Courtesy of John Le Forte

CO and XO of HMCS Iroquois 280 on bridge wing

Courtesy of John Le Forte

Naval Landing Boarding Party from HMCS Iroquois 280

Courtesy of John Le Forte

"Another nice day at sea" on HMCS Iroquois 280

Courtesy of John Le Forte

Prayers onboard HMCS Iroquois 280

Courtesy of John Le Forte

"Stand Easy", HMCS Iroquois 10 Mess Mascott

 

Sequence of 4 photos showing a depth charge exploding as seen from HMCS Iroquois 280 circa 1982-84

 

        

 

Courtesy of Mitch Cormier

 

 

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(1) Flying fish dinner on HMCS Iroquois 280 circa 1982-84  (2) Hangar on HMCS Iroquois 280 with two Sea Kings on board circa 1982-84  (3) Banyan on HMCS Iroquois 280 circa 1982-84  (4 & 5) Banyan on HMCS Iroquois 280 circa 1982-84  (6) Lorn Joudry and Lionel MacEachran. Banyan on HMCS Iroquois 280 circa 1982-84  (7) Preparing for TOWEX on HMCS Iroquois 280 circa 1982-84  (8) Banyan on HMCS Iroquois 280 circa 1982-84. Someone drinking beer through a pipe

 

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(9) Wardroom of HMCS Iroquois 280 set for breakfast circa 1982-84  (10) Storm in the Bermuda Triangle. Photo taken from Iroquois  (11) "That's gotta hurt".  Casualty clearing exercise on HMCS Iroquois 280 circa 1982-84  (12) "Lionel is okay".  Casualty clearing exercise on HMCS Iroquois 280 circa 1982-84  (13) Billy Boulet and Lionel MacEachran. 1 Mess settee area HMCS Iroquois 280 circa 1982-84  (14) Breakfast being served in the wardroom circa 1982-84  (15) Leading Seaman Danny Nadeau circa 1982-84  (16) Master Seaman Guy Simms circa 1982-84

 

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(17) PO1 Ron Halverson, HMCS Iroquois 280 circa 1982-84  (18) (L-R) Guy Simms, Mitch Cormier, Ron Halverson, Jack Budge and Serge Poulin on HMCS Iroquois 280 circa 1982-84  (19) Sea Sparrow Missile on HMCS Iroquois 280 circa 1982-84  (20) Billy Boulet on the flight deck of HMCS Iroquois 280 circa 1982-84  (21) Torpedo tubes on HMCS Iroquois 280 circa 1982-84  (22) Zodiac on the quarterdeck of HMCS Iroquois 280 circa 1982-84

 

Courtesy of Mitch Cormier

Mortar well door on HMCS Iroquois during EX MARCOT 84

Courtesy of Pierre (Landry) Hébert

Mario Cordeau, Met Tech (aka Weather Witch) on HMCS Iroquois 280 - 1987

Courtesy of Mario Cordeau

The sinking of the motor vessel Leader L, March 2000

 

The following is an excerpt from a write up by By Rear-Admiral John Newton, Commander Joint Task Force Atlantic and Maritime Forces Atlantic 13 Oct 2016

 

Sailors respect the power of the sea. The relentless motion of a ship saps the energy of even the fittest. Personnel instinctively brace against the repetitive slamming and heavy rolls. The experienced tune their senses to smells, sounds and sensations; uncanny early warning of equipment working under strain. Unnerving vibrations radiate through the hull as rigid steel flexes like plastic; stress that insidiously works away at welds and joints.

 

Lessons handed down from centuries of seafaring, the shared experiences of a crew, and good leadership soothe anxieties in the most dangerous conditions. Crews tend intently to the idiosyncrasies of machinery systems. Electrical power and propulsion are life. When they fail, the energy of a storm attacks every material weakness possible. Countless hours of diligent attention to equipment maintenance assures that emergency systems will operate in defiance of nature’s propensity to overwhelm the less prepared.

 

The crew of the Leader L had no doubt seen worse. Yet, circumstances vary in every experience. In this storm, hull plating failure started the chain of reactions. Flooding turned the ship’s cargo of salt to slurry. Sloshing in the holds created unbearable stresses on the hull. Ruptured hatch covers hastened flooding. There was only a brief interval between realizing that all was lost, and the moment when flooding drove the bow below the surface and power failed.

 

As we raced to the last known position of the Leader L, we focused on our own safety. Crashing waves had ripped a hatch from our fore deck, flooded the gun turret, destroyed electronics and stove in the steel face of the superstructure. Hours of battling through heavy seas fatigued the crew, but as the position was approached, extra lookouts appeared and boats were readied for launching.

 

In time, an eerie scene developed ahead. Illuminated by flares from circling planes, a frantic search was underway by helicopters sent forth from our Task Group. Salt water activated lights marked lifesaving gear rapidly dispersing on the windblown sea. The 750-foot-long freighter had disappeared from humanity in the seconds following explosive hull failure. Orderly abandonment was all but impossible.

 

An object thought to be a lifeboat was spotted dead ahead. Before our speed could be reduced, an ugly spectacle slid past the starboard side. Where we had hoped to discover survivors, we were horrified to see a massive steel hatch cover torn free from the sinking ship. Floating vertically like a giant razor blade, its 20-meter length periodically appeared and disappeared in the passing waves. Then it was gone, into the darkness astern and not long afterward, into the deep. We had missed by mere meters becoming ourselves a casualty in the search and rescue.

 

Our boats’ crews stayed on the water for hours, fighting cold and fatigue while executing some of the most dangerous boat work that I have ever witnessed. Miraculously, 13 members of the Leader L crew were rescued. It was a mere coincidence that found our Task Group only 200 miles distant from the floundering freighter. Sadly, 18 Filipino and Indian crewmembers perished in the violence of the sinking, from drowning and hypothermia.

6 Dead, 12 Missing as Cargo Ship With 31 Aboard Sinks off Bermuda Rescue:  Panamanian- registered Leader L was on its way to New York when, according to distress call, a steel hull plate tore loose, flooding the vessel's hold. March 25, 2000. From: Associated Press

 

HAMILTON, Bermuda — Clinging to life rafts dropped by Canadian and U.S. aircraft or floating in high seas, 13 sailors were rescued Friday in a dramatic operation after their cargo ship sank in the Atlantic.

 

But Friday night, hours after the bodies of six others were recovered, the search by aircraft and ships was called off with 12 crew members missing and presumed dead.

 

"They haven't found anyone since the last deceased crew member, and that was [Friday] morning," said Allison von Hagn, a petty officer with the Coast Guard Rescue Coordination Center in Norfolk, Va.

 

The Leader L, with 31 crew members on board, sank 400 miles northeast of Bermuda within hours of placing a distress call Thursday afternoon.

 

The crew of a Canadian C-130 aircraft that arrived at the scene watched as the bow of the 776-foot ship dipped into the water and the Leader L slid into the sea at a 45-degree angle--all within 30 seconds.

 

Radio transmissions from the Leader L continued until just seconds before it went under, suggesting that some of the crew might never have escaped the vessel, said Lt. Cmdr. Glenn Chamberlain, spokesman for the Canadian Forces and Coast Guard Rescue Coordination Center in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

 

Details about what caused the sinking are sketchy. Officials said that in a distress call, the Leader L reported that a 45-foot steel hull plate had come loose, flooding the hold.

 

In a rescue operation that began in darkness, with gusty winds and 15-foot waves, rescuers were lowered from hovering Canadian Sea King helicopters until they could get survivors on lifts and hoist them up.

 

Some of the survivors were floating in the open ocean, while at least six were found in two lifeboats that had been dropped by Canadian and a U.S. C-130 aircraft well before the helicopters could arrive. "It was a life-saving decision" on the part of the Canadian and U.S. air crews, Chamberlain said.

 

The choppers ferried the 13 survivors and six dead to the Canadian navy destroyer Iroquois, which headed for Bermuda. The 13 survivors were reported in good condition, Chamberlain said.

 

The four Canadian Sea King helicopters operated from a five-vessel task force that had been en route to military exercises in the Caribbean and was immediately diverted to the sinking.

 

Owned by Leoninus Shipping of Greece, the Panamanian-registered Leader L was carrying salt from Spain to New York. At least some of its crew were Filipino and Greek, Chamberlain said.

HMCS Iroquois lit up for Christmas 2013

HMCS Iroquois - date unknown

Photo of waterspouts in the Mediterranean. Taken from HMCS Iroquois

Courtesy of Stevan Ellis Hulan

The last missile shoot by HMCS Iroquois 280.  This photos are screen captures from the videos taken of the missile shoot

 

        

 

Courtesy of  Robert Cox

The last missile shoot by HMCS Iroquois 280.  This photos are screen captures from the videos taken of the missile shoot

 

           

 

Courtesy of  Robert Cox

The last missile shoot by HMCS Iroquois 280.  This photos are screen captures from the videos taken of the missile shoot

 

        

 

Courtesy of  Robert Cox

The last missile shoot by HMCS Iroquois 280.  This photos are screen captures from the videos taken of the missile shoot

 

        

 

Courtesy of  Robert Cox

The last missile being removed from HMCS Iroquois, Oct 2014

Source: Facebook / Photographer: unknown

The End

HMCS Iroquois 280 on the morning of 01 May 2015, just prior to her paying-off ceremony in Halifax

With the Naval Ensign of her sister ship HMCS Athabaskan 282 waving in the breeze, the former HMCS Iroquois 280 leaves HMC Dockyard, Halifax under tow from the tug Atlantic Spruce, destined for the breaker's yard in Liverpool, NS. 24 Nov 2016

Photographer / © Justin Corbeil 2016

 

The former HMCS Iroquois 280, southbound in Halifax Harbour, under tow from the tug Atlantic Spruce, on her final voyage - destined for the breaker's yard - 24 Nov 2016

Photographer / © Clarence Hameon 2016

On 25 Nov 2016, her final voyage complete, the former HMCS Iroquois 280 is tied up at the breaker's yard in Liverpool, NS alongside her sister ship, the former HMCS Algonquin 283.

 

Historical note: the last time these two ships were tied up together was at Palma Majorca, Spain, in Oct 1993, for a turnover of duties for OPERATION SHARP GUARD. Algonquin was heading home and Iroquois was on her way to the Adriatic.

Photographer / © Josh Naud 2016

The breaking up of the former HMCS Iroquois 280 is underway at Liverpool, NS - 24 Aug 2017

The breaking up of the former HMCS Iroquois 280 at Liverpool, NS - 23 Sep 2017

 

The hull is all that remains after being stripped of her gun, bridge and hanger.

 

Courtesy of Jocelyn Josh Naud

 

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