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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS OKANAGAN SS74

 

EX IMO MARI AD VICTORIAM

 

FROM THE DEPTHS OF THE SEA TO VICTORY

HMCS Okanagan

 

Laid down: 25 Mar 1965

Launched: 17 Sep 1966

Commissioned: 22 Jun 1968

Paid off: 14 Sep 1998

 

Built at Chatham, U.K., HMCS Okanagan was commissioned on 22 Jun 1968.  She spent her whole career based out of Halifax as part of the 1st Canadian Submarine Squadron. On 28 Jul 1973, RFA Grey Rover collided with HMCS Okanagan in the Clyde near Faslane, Scotland. There were no injuries to the submarine's crew. Okanagan became the first Canadian submarine to do a Great Lakes cruise in Oct and Nov of 1990.

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr Nigel Harvey N. Frawley, RCN - 22 Jun 1968 - 18 Aug 1969

LCdr G.R. Meek - 18 Aug 1969 - 05 Nov 1969

LCdr L.G. Temple - 05 Nov 1969 - 22 Dec 1969

LCdr Cliff .J. Crowe - 22 Dec 1969 - 21 Dec 1970

LCdr H.R. Waddell - 21 Dec 1970 - 15 Oct 1971

LCdr M. Tate - 15 Oct 1971 - 08 Mar 1972

LCdr P.E. Cairns - 08 Mar 1972 - 12 Jun 1972

LCdr C.E. Falstrem - 12 Jun 1972 - 07 May 1973

LCdr James Ernest D. Bell - 07 May 1973 - 05 Aug 1974

LCdr R.C. Hunt - 05 Aug 1974 - 01 Nov 1975

LCdr K.G. Nesbit - 01 Nov 1975 - 21 Jul 1977

LCdr James Michel Ewan - 21 Jul 1977 - 06 Jul 1978

LCdr James Stiling Ferguson - 06 Jul 1978 - 14 Jul 1980

LCdr F. Scherber - 14 Jul 1980 - 20 Dec 1981

LCdr A.B. Dunlop - 20 Dec 1981 - 03 May 1982

LCdr M. Bruce Maclean - 03 May 1982 - 10 Aug 1983

LCdr Ernest Philip Webster - 10 Aug 1983 - 06 Jan 1984

LCdr J.A.Y. Plante - 06 Jan 1984 - 12 Mar 1984

LCdr D.F. Webb, RAN - 12 Mar 1984 - 14 Apr 1985

LCdr Ernest Philip Webster - 14 Apr 1985 - 30 Jul 1985

Lt A.L. MacDonald - 30 Jul 1985 - 01 Apr 1986

LCdr A.L. MacDonald - 14 Apr 1986 - 08 Feb 1988

LCdr N.P. Nicholson - 08 Feb 1988 - 24 Jul 1989

LCdr W.C. Irvine - 24 Jul 1989 - 22 Jul 1990

LCdr Leslie B. Mosher - 22 Jul 1990 - 03 Jun 1991

LCdr R.E. Bush - 03 Jun 1991 - 15 Jun 1992

LCdr L.M. Hickey - 15 Jun 1992 - 03 Jan 1995

LCdr L.B. Mosher - 03 Jan 1995 - 12 Jan 1996

LCdr S.A. Virgin - 12 Jan 1996 - 12 May 1997

LCdr D.P. Mulholland - 12 May 1997 - 14 Sep 1998

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Adams, Clinton James

1946-2002

Alberts, James

____-____

Ayotte, Jean-Paul

____-2005

Barton, Alfred Michael

1936-2007

Benoit, Jean

____-2015

Bienvenue, Claude

____-2008

Boileau, Richard Leon

____-2012

Bowen, Peter Garfield

____-2012

Bramwell, Robert Fredrick

1947-2014

Served in Okanagan as a Stoker

Bruce, William Ernest

____-2007

C-D

Carter, Vic

____-____

Daly, Brendan George

1932-2013

Deak, Gabe

____-____

Diplock, Ed

____-____

Doutre, Gilles

1942-2016

Downie, Robert E.

____-2003

Dubé, Paul

____-2017

Dykes, John Russell

1938-2008

 

 

E-F

Ferguson, James Stirling

1947-2016

Served in Okanagan in 1976 as XO. 

13th Commanding Officer

Ferguson, Maurice

1942-2015

Served in Okanagan as a stoker

Fisher, Brian John

____-2017

XO during the collision with Grey Rover

Frechette, Michel Philippe

1959-2008

 

G-H

Glover, Frederick

____-2004

Served in Okanagan was a WU

Goldsmith, Al

____-____

Grant, James William

____-1996

Hall, Stewart Willis

1929-2014

Served in Okanagan in 1971 as a Chief

Hawes, William Muir

____-2016

Hillier, Charles Henry

____-1994

Served in Okanagan in 1970 as a PO2

Hinds, Jim

____-2008

Served in Okanagan as Chief ET

Hughes, John D,

1945-2007

 

 

I-J

Irvine, Matthew Shane

1954-2016

 

 

 

 

K-L

Kamermans, William Edward

1938-2009

Killam, Clifford Donald

1942-2007

Lavers, Keith

1953-2015

Layden, William Peter

1934-2007

Lewis, John

____-2010

Lewis, Larry N.

1954-2014

 

 

 

 

M-N

MacDonald, Chester Thomas

____-1987

McEachern, Brian Francis

1940-2008

Served in Okanagan 1970-1972

Molloy, John Patrick

____-2011

Mowat, Robert Alexander Laird

1950-2009

Mizuik, Robert Michael
____-1994

Served in Okanagan in 1970 as a LS

O-P

Parry, Alan

____-____

Pelley, Bruce A.

1956-2012

Presley, Wayne Arthur

____-2012

 

 

Q-R

Renner, Paul Christopher

1941-2017

Commissioning crew as a LSET

Ritchie, Lee Beldon

1944-2011

Robinson, Kenny

____-____

Rockley, Robert A.

____-1986

 

S-T

Sanderson, Gary Derek

____-____

Served in Okanagan in 1970

Schneider, Lawrence Norman

1950-2007

Served in Okanagan in 1971

Severin, George Joseph

1941-2015

Shergold, Terrance Anthony

1938-2002

Stevens, Donald Glenn

1945-2017

Sullivan, George Dennis

1945-2012

Toyer, H.W. John

1929-2013

 

 

 

W-X

Wallace, George Thomas Rogers

1925-2016

Ward, Ronald J.

____-2008

Served in Okanagan as an Engineer

Watson, Michael Jay

1964-2015

Webb, Ross

1933-2012

Served in Okanagan 1969-1972 as CPO2, Cox'n

Whelan, Alan James

____-1992

Served in Okanagan as a Radioman

Whitmore, John

____-____

Wilson, Wayne

1941-2000

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

 

(CC) = Commissioning Crew - 22 Jun 1968

Abraham, John M., LSER / Ship's Diver   

 

Alaire, Pierre - 1976

 

Aubrey, Bret, LS - 1970

 

Barnes, Lloyd, Lt - 1970

 

Bell, Allan, ER

 

Blagdon, Lloyd - 1970

 

Blue, Bryan

 

Brennan, Dave, LS - 1972

 

Broyden, Wilf, LS - 1971, 1972

 

Brown, Donald (Buster), RCN - Apr 1968 - Jun 1957 (CC) / CF- Nov 1975 - Feb 1981

 

Cameron, Doug, SN - 1971, 1974

 

Childs, Fred - 1971

 

Coffey, Rickey

 

Conway, Jerry, LS - 1970-1972

 

Cooper, Brian - 1974, 1976

 

Daigle, Rejean (Reggie) - 1971

 

Dingman, Douglas (CC)

Estabrooks, Keith, LS - 1970

 

Evans, Bob, LS - 1970-1971

 

Ewan, Mitch - 1970, 1976

 

Faid, Ernie, LS - 1970

 

Goddard, Tommy - 1970

 

Hamilton, Gord - 1974

 

Harrison, Dent, XO - 1970

 

Hayward, Joe

 

Higdon, Steve, AB - 1970

 

Jacobs, Pat, Comm Tech

 

Jennings, Sam, CPO1, Cox'n - 1973

 

Jones, Terry, Lt - 1970

 

King, Ken, PO2, ET - 1968-1969 (CC)

 

Lapierre, Brian - Dec 1969 - Mar 1975 / Dec 1975 - Jan 1977

 

Layden, Billy - 1970

 

Llewellyn, Peter - 1971

Limoges, Rick - 1976

 

Parlee, Gord - 1970

 

Pfaff, Jim - 1970

 

Roach, George - 1971

 

Rodden, Pat, LS - 1972

 

Sanderson, Ian, Slt - 1970

 

Schatz, Fred, LS - 1970

 

Scott, Jim, P2MA - 1973

 

Sloan, Bill, Lt - 1970

 

Smith, John, Lt, EO - 1970

 

Surette, J.J., RM - 1976

 

Thomas, George (Buddy), PO1 - 1970

 

Valley, Dave, ER - 1973

 

Van Kruiz, Dave, AB - 1970

 

Wambolt, Herbie - 1971

 

Weaver, Scott, Radioman

 

Yeo, Dave, LS - 1973

 

 

Photos and Documents

 

Links

HMCS Okanagan - Launching Ceremony Booklet

HMCS Okanagan - Submariners Association of Canada East

Sewer Rats on Patrol - Reader's Digest article on HMCS Okanagan - © Shawn Thompson, Thompson Rivers University

Through A Canadian Periscope - Canada's Submarine Heritage 1914-2014

 

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