For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS PRESERVER 510

 

LE COEUR DE LA FLOTTE

 

THE HEART OF THE FLEET

HMCS Preserver 510

 

Battle honours and awards:  Arabian Sea

 

 

Laid down: 17 Oct 1967

Launched: 29 Jun 1969

Commissioned: 30 Jul 1970

Paid off: 21 Oct 2016

 

Built at Saint John, NB, she was commissioned there on 30 Jul 1970. She was selected to carry Governor General Roland Michener on a visit to the Netherlands and Belgium in 1971. On this trip she twice hosted royalty, on 16 Apr 1971, Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, and the 22nd, King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola of Belgium. In Jun 1971 she carried out the first-ever replenishment of a hydrofoil at sea, the recipient being HMCS Bras d'Or. In 1974-75 Preserver served as supply ships for Canadian troops stations in Cyprus as part of a UN peacekeeping force. Throughout the Cold War, she and Protecteur engaged in all major NATO exercises, and have remained indispensable. On 07 Apr 1993, she returned to Halifax from duty off Somalia. Between 18 Oct and 23 Nov 1993 she served in Operation Forward Action (UN sanctions against Haiti). On 27 Jan 1994 Preserver departed Halifax for Operation Sharp Guard, Yugolslavia; arriving in the theatre of operations on 10 Feb 1994. She returned to Halifax on 14 Jun 1994. On of Jul 1995, she departed Halifax for another tour as part of Operation Sharp Guard. She was one of the fleet units that assisted in the Swiss Air disaster off Nova Scotia in Sep 1998. She departed Halifax on 17 Oct 2001, with Charlottetown and Iroquois, to support Operation Enduring Freedom, the U.S.-led response to the terrorist destruction of the Twin Trade Towers, New York City, on 11 Sep 2001.  She returned to Halifax on 27 Apr 2002. Over the next decade Preserver continued to serve as the east coast tanker, but with increasing challenges to ensure the mechanical availability of the ship for operations.  She participated in TGEX 6/07 in Nov 2007, the largest fleet activity in recent years, and was the coordinating unit for a major multinational sail-past of the Quebec Citadel on 01 Jun 2008 marking the 400th anniversary of the founding of the city.  Following a major refit in 2010-11, her return to operational status was delayed by a jetty collision in Halifax on 04 Nov 2011.  Preserver represented Canada at the War of 1812 Bicentennial celebration in Boston in Jul 2012 before a deployment to the Caribbean 14 Aug - 03 Oct 2012 to participate in Operations Caribbe and UNITAS 53-12.  The year 2013 continued a successful operational cycle, with major deployments including the USS Harry S. Truman carrier strike group work-ups off the Virginia Capes, Exercise Joint Warrior 13-1 in the North Sea, and another commitment to Ops Caribbe and UNITAS, for a total of 123 days at sea.

 

On 21 Oct 2016, HMCS Preserver was paid off at Halifax.

 

Commanding Officers

Capt Mark William Mayo - 30 Jul 1970 - 05 Sep 1972

Capt P.J. Traves - 05 Sep 1972 - 04 Jul 1974

Capt Maurice Hentry Tremblay - 04 Jul 1974 - 02 Aug 1975

Capt Henry Willian Vondette - 02 Aug 1975 - 06 Jul 1977

Capt Thomas Stanley Murphy - 06 Jul 1977 - 21 Jul 1978

Capt James Malcolm Cumming - 21 Jul 1978 - 13 Dec 1979

Cdr T. Heath - 12 Dec 1979 - 31 Jul 1980

Capt Leonard Joseph Cavan - 31 Jul 1980 - 03 Mar 1981

Capt R.C. Hunt - 03 Aug 1981 - 18 Jul 1983

Capt James Bernard O'Reilly - 18 Jul 1983 - 11 Jan 1985

Capt Basil Patrick Moore - 11 Jan 1985 - 14 Jul 1987

Capt Bernard Emile Derible - 14 Jul 1987 - 04 Aug 1989

Capt C.D.E. Cronk - 04 Aug 1989  -  09 Jan 1991

Capt D.J. McClean - 09 Jan 1991 - 07 Apr 1991

Capt C.D.E. Cronk - 07Apr 1991 - 19 Jul 1991

Capt Robin Wendell Allen - 19 Jul 1991 - 19 Jul 1993

Capt Philip Charles B. Young - 19 Jul 1993 - 15 Jul 1994

Capt J.A. Keenliside - 15 Jul 1994 - 18 Jul 1996

Cdr J.P. Allaire - 18 Jul 1996 - 04 Jul 1997

Capt S.E. King - 04 Jul 1997 - 06 Jan 1998

Cdr N.S. Greenwood - 06 Jan 1998 - 27 Mar 1998

Cdr R.R. Town - 27 Mar 1998 - 05 Jul 1999

Cdr D.J. Galina - 05 Jul 1999 - 05 Jul 2001

Cdr J.B. McCarthy - 05 Jul 2001 - 15 Dec 2002

Cdr I.A. Paterson - 15 Dec 2002 - 25 Oct 2003

Cdr S.B. Paget - 25 Oct 2003 - 16 Jul 2004

Cdr G.H.A. Hatton - 16 Jul 2004 - 11 Jul 2006

Cdr D.W. Shubaly - 11 Jul 2006 - 14 Nov 2007

Cdr D.M. Garnier - 14 Nov 2007 - 17 Dec 2009

Cdr H.G. Canuel - 17 Dec 2009 - 24 Jun 2011

Cdr B. Payne - 24 Jun 2011 - 05 Aug 2011

Cdr L.E. Jones - 05 Aug 2011 - 08 Mar 2012

Cdr J.N.N. Tremblay - 08 Mar 2012 - 08 Jul 2013

Cdr G.W. Adamthwaite - 08 Jul 2013 - 16 Jan 2015

LCdr Vicky Marier - 16 Jan 2015 - present

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Alexander, Rene Darryl

1959-2002

See HMCS Charlottetown

Andrews, Bruce Russell

1961-2016

Ayer, Gardner

1939-2015

Naval Air

Baker, Mark Raymond

1963-2014

Boyles, Alex Foster

1935-2013

C-D

Carroll, James D.

____-1996

Served in Preserver as CBM

Cavan, Leonard Joseph

1929-2015

8th Commanding Officer

Duncan, Michael John

1938-2012

 

 

E-F

Ferris, John Burgess

1943-2015

Firth, Raymond Herbert

____-2010

 

 

 

G-H

Gentles, Leonard Francis

1942-2014

Gilleno, Frederick Charles Giles

1964-2014

Gray, Joseph Denis Normand

1957-2004

Hardy, Reginald James Malcolm

1936-2011

Served in Preserver as Cdr

Harrison, D. Larry

1942-1997

Hebert, Craig Michael

____-2013

 

 

 

 

I-J

Jackman, Gregory Craig

____-2009

Jones, Heather Ann

1959-2013

 

 

 

K-L

King, Herbert Frederick

1928-2014

Kirchgessner, Greg

____-2016

Kurts, David Arthur

____-2016

Served in Preserver as Cox'n

Lang, Brian Cecil

1957-2017

 

M-N

MacAlpine, Gerald Angus

1937-2013

MacEachern, Allister Joseph

____-2016

Matheson, Duncan Leslie

1961-2005

Mayo, Mark William

1923-2011

McKee, Frederick Gilbert

1935-2008

Commissioning crew as C2SG

McVarnock, Thomas

1937-2011

Mohr, Richard Walter

____-2008

Munday, Robert William

1938-2009

Murray, Douglas

1948-2014

Muxlow, John Roger

____-2015

Neil, Thomas Wilson

1959-2016

Served in Preserver as a Stoker

 

 

 

 

O-P

Ormsbee, Charles Leslie

1927-2011

Owens, Fred G.

1943-2013

Payne, Ricky Albert

____-2013

 

 

Q-R

Reedman, Ivan Lawrence

1960-2015

Reynolds, David Edward

1961-2016

Ritchie, Lee Beldon

1944-2011

Robertson, Neil Stuart

1930-2017

Served in Preserver in 1973 as AirO

Robitaille, Gerard Joseph

1934-2014

S-T

Simpson, Jim

____-2015

Smith, Carmen Ernest

1933-2010

Swift, Theresa (Terri) Ann, OS

1966-2010

Tobin, Richard Francis

1961-2013

Tremblay, Maurice Henry

1930-1996

3rd Commanding Officer

U-V

Vondette, Henry William

1924-2006

4th Commanding Officer

 

 

 

 

W-X

Waller, Harold Taylor

1940-2013

Woodworth, Ronald Willis Fraser

____-2004

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Bell, B., LS - May 1986 - Jan 1987

 

Cale, K. Donald (Don), LSER-P1ER - 1973-1989 

 

Caron, D., MS - Jul 1983 - Feb 1985

 

Day, Nick, LS, Stwd - (1986)

 

Derhak, W.G., Pte - Jan 1985 - Oct 1987

 

Dunn, LS - Jul 1984 - Jul 1986

 

Earl, LS - Dec 1984 - Dec 1986

 

Francis, R.M., MS - Jun 1983 - Jul 1986

 

Frechette, J., MS - Aug 1986 - Jul 1987

Frost, O.C., Cpl - Dec 1985 - Nov 1987

 

Gingras, J.R.L., LS - Aug 1986 - Jan 1987

 

Goulet, J.R., LS - Jan 1985 - Jan 1987

 

Grant, W.S., MS - Jun 1984 - Jul 1986

 

Kloosterman, Steve, HT - 1982-1984

 

Locke, Calvin, LSER-P2ER - Nov 1975-Jul 1982 

 

McDougall, Keith, LSEM2, Jan 1971 - Feb 1971   

Parker, D.E.A., OS - May 1984 - Jul 1986

Richardson, E.W., MCpl - Jul 1984 - Jul 1986

 

Scevior, R.J.F., LS - Dec 1984 - Nov 1987

 

Smith, M.D., AB - Dec 1983 - May 1986

 

Sheppard, Clyde, LSBN - 1986

 

Stevenson, A., LS - May 1981 - Jun 1985

 

Tremblay, Gilbert (Gigi), PO1, NESOP - 11 Apr 2005 - 19 Sep 2005

 

Weir, Garry, P1RM, POTEL 1996-1997 

 

Photos and Documents

 

RCN Memories

Heart of the Fleet

Stranded!!

 

Links

Collision between HMCS Preserver and HMS Penelope (Video)

HMCS Preserver - Commissioning Book

HMCS Preserver - Paying Off Book

Old memories stir for petty officer - Navy News (AU)

 

News Links

HMCS Preserver seizes 430 kg of cocaine in Caribbean - 08 Oct 2013

HMCS Preserver helps U.S. Coast Guard in cocaine bust - 08 Oct 2013

Canadian sailors bring joy to Jacques Road - Jamaica Observer - 30 Sep 2013

Canadian Soldiers Give Jacques Road Centres Facelift - The Gleaner, Jamaica - 30 Sep 2013

 

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