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HMCS IROQUOIS 280

 

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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. 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.

 

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     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

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

Baker, Brian G.

1932-2008

Baker, Mark Raymond

1963-2014

Bednarz, Andrew Mark

____-2015

Black, Christopher David

1963-2012

Boyce, Donny

____-____

Served in Iroquois as an OS/ABSG

 

 

C-D

Caisse, Joseph Andre Richard

1961-2017

Served in Iroquois as a LSSW

Carter, Fred Tilley

1939-2013

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

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

McGregor, Douglas B.

1943-2006

McMahon, Daniel

1949-2015

Merritt, James

1941-2016

Served in Iroquois 1982-1985

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

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

Simms, Donald

____-2015

Stanick, Steve

1962-2013

 

 

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

 

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

 

RCN Memories

Out of Bounds to Unauthorized Personnel

 

Links

HMCS Iroquois 280 - Commissioning Booklet

HMCS Iroquois 280 - Paying Off Booklet

Ship's company photos for HMCS Iroquois

Tribute to HMCS Iroquois 280 - by Jarrod David (Youtube video)

 

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