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HMCS PROTECTEUR 509

 

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HMCS Protecteur 509 - 27 Feb 2014

Courtesy of  / © Jonathan Wade Kehler, Studio479 - 2014

 

Battle honours and awards:  Arabian Sea

 

 

Laid down: 17 Oct 1967

Launched: 07 Nov 1968

Commissioned: 30 Aug 1969

Paid off: 14 May 2015

Fate: Broken up 2016

 

Protecteur was commissioned in Saint John on 30 Aug 1969. During 1973 she joined SNFL for a five month tour along with HMCS Margaree. This was the first time two Canadian units worked with this group and the first time an AOR was assigned to this fleet. Through the 1970s and 80s Protecteur worked with her sister Preserver to ensure fleet support for virtually ever major east coast Canadian fleet deployment. On 27 Jul 1970, along with HMCS Skeena and HMCS Annapolis, she departed Halifax to celebrate Manitoba's Centennial with visits to Fort Churchill, Rankin Inlet, Chesterfield Inlet and Wakeham Bay. On 17 Jul 1976, HMCS Protecteur, along with HMCS Skeena and HMCS Fraser arrived at Montreal in support of the 1976 Olympics.  In June, 1982, HMCS Protecteur rescued the crew of MV Essi Silje and eventually took the vessel in tow before turning her over to salvage tugs.  Her crew was awarded a portion of the salvage proceeds for the vessel. Along with Athabaskan and Terra Nova she departed Halifax on 24 Aug 1990 for Operation Friction, Canada's contribution to operations against Iraq following that country's invasion of Kuwait. In preparation, her bow 3"50 was re-installed, as were two CIWS (Close-In Weapon System) mounts and other upgrades. Upon her return in the fall of 1991 Protecteur made visits to ports in Newfoundland, and a year later journeyed south to offer aid to victims in Florida of Hurricane Andrew. She sailed from Halifax on 15 Oct 1992 to begin a two-year refit at SRU(P), Esquimalt, returning to service in Aug 1995. On 09 Jul 1993 she was transferred to the west coast fleet. On 16 Sep 1999 she departed Esquimalt to join the multinational forces responding to the crisis in East Timor. After serving as the force logistics coordinator for five months, she returned home on 02 Mar 2000. A major refit was undertaken in 2001 and on 22 May 2002 Protecteur departed Esquimalt to replace Preserver in Operation Apollo in the Arabian Sea. By the time she returned to Esquimalt in Nov 2002, Protecteur had sailed more than 50,000 nautical miles and delivered over 150,000 barrels of fuel. Over the next decade, she was a fixture of Maritime Forces Pacific in national and international exercises such as Trident Fury and RIMPAC, and on several occasions served as the allied MIDPAC oiler.

 

On 27 Feb 2014 Protecteur suffered from a fire in her engine room at approximately 2240 hrs while returning to Esquimalt.  She was approximately 340 nautical miles from Pearl Harbour.  After an intense 11 hour battle, Protecteur's crew succeeded in putting out the fire and saving the ship. Twenty personnel who sustained minor injuries were treated on board.  Protecteur sustained considerable damage to the engine room and was without propulsion after the fire.  USS Michael Murphy and USS Chosin arrived on scene to provide assistance, removed civilians who were on board, and took her in tow until arrival of the seagoing tug USNS Sioux. Protecteur arrived in Pearl Harbor, under tow by USNS Sioux, on 06 Mar 2014. On 31 May 2014, Protecteur returned, under tow, to Esquimalt, BC. It was determined that she would not be repaired. She was paid off on 14 May 2015 at Esquimalt, BC.

 

On 24 Feb 2016, Protecteur left Esquimalt under tow by the salvage tug Corbin Foss, bound for Liverpool, Nova Scotia to be broken up. After transiting the canal zone 21 - 23 Mar 2016, the Corbin Foss turned the tow over to the ocean tug Atlantic Larch for the trip from Panama to Nova Scotia. In the early morning hours of 22 Apr 2016, the former HMCS Protecteur arrived alongside at the yard of R.J. MacIsaac Construction to be broken up.

 

Commanding Officers

Capt Peter Robert Hinton - 30 Aug 1969 - 13 Jul 1971

Capt Joseph Jacques Paul Coté - 13 Jul 1971 - 24 Jul 1972

Capt Daniel Nicholas Mainguy - 24 Jul 1972 - 31 May 1974

Capt Allen Holland Brookbank - 31 May 1974 - 12 Feb 1976

Capt James Crilly Wood - 12 Feb 1976 - 28 Jul 1977

Capt Lawrence Alexander Dzioba - 29 Jul 1977 - 04 Aug 1980

Capt R.G. Guy - 04 Aug 1980 - 02 Nov 1982

Capt R.C. Waller - 02 Nov 1982 - 01 Jul 1984

Capt B. Johnson - 01 Jul 1984 - 27 Jun 1986

Capt Harold Lindsay Davies - 27 Jun 1986 - 26 Apr 1988

Capt James Kirby Steele - 26 Apr 1988 - 10 Jul 1990

Capt D.J. McClean - 10 Jul 1990 - 09 Jan 1991

Capt C.D.E. Cronk - 09 Jan 1991 - 07 Apr 1991

Capt D.J. McClean - 07 Apr 1991 - 20 Nov 1992

Capt R.S. Edwards - 20 Nov 1992 - 26 Feb 1993

LCdr N. Leak - 05 Feb 1993 - 19 Jul 1993

Cdr W.G. Buckeridge - 19 Jul 1993 - 31 Aug 1994

Cdr Gerry H. Gadd - 31 Aug 1994 - 10 Jul 1995

Capt K.C.E. Beardmore - 10 Jul 1995 - 03 Jul 1997

Capt D.G. McNeil - 03 Jul 1997 - 07 Jan 1998

Cdr R.P. Harrison - 07 Jan 1998 - 27 Aug 1999

Cdr R.A. Maxe - 27 Aug 1999 - 15 Aug 2001

Cdr M.R. Bellows - 15 Aug 2001 - 17 Jun 2004

Cdr G.R. Peskett - 17 Jun 2004 - 12 Aug 2005

Cdr K.B. Larkins - 12 Aug 2005 - 07 Jul 2006

Cdr S.N. Cantelon - 07 Jul 2006 - 19 Sep 2008

Cdr I.D.H. Wood - 19 Sep 2008 - 01 May 2009

Cdr F.M. Knippel - 01 May 2009 - 17 May 2009

Cdr W.S. Bates - 17 May 2009 - 15 Jun 2010

Cdr J.N. Tremblay - 15 Jun 2010 - 06 Jan 2012

Cdr T.W. Bonnar - 06 Jan 2012 - 12 Dec 2013

Cdr J.A. Elbourne - 12 Dec 2013 - 20 Feb 2015

LCdr W.B. Brown - 20 Feb 2015 - 14 May 2015

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Ayer, Gardner

1939-2015

Naval Air

Boileau, Richard Leon

____-2012

Bruce, William Ernest

____-2007

 

 

C-D

Carroll, James D.

____-1996

Served in Protecteur as Cox'n

Chambers, Ronald Joseph

____-2004

Christie, Robert

1922-2009

Ciccolella, Antonio Vincenzo

1946-1999

Croucher, Selby Claude

1944-2010

Served on Protecteur as Cox'n during 1st Gulf War

Davies, Harold Lindsay

1936-2011

Deiter, Clayton Lloyd

1943-2014

Doutre, Gilles

1942-2016

Duncan, Michael John

1938-2012

Dzioba, Lawrence

1932-2007

E-F

Falldien, Einar Sherwood

____-2013

Fancy, Harold William

1957-2011

Farris, Terrance Leroy

1949-2004

Furlotte, Richard Wilfred

1946-2017

 

G-H

Gadd, Gerry

____-____

18th Commanding Officer

Gentles, Leonard Francis

1942-2014

Guy, Rex Geoffrey

____-2006

Hinton, Peter Robert

1921-2008

1st Commanding Officer

Hoffman, Herman E.

____-1995

Served in Protecteur Mar 1972 - Aug 1976 as an ET 

K-L

Kearney, Joseph Patrick

1935-2012

Ker, Andrew Gordon

1956-2015

King, Herbert Frederick

1928-2014

Kitchin, James

1927-2007

Served in Protecteur as Chief ET

Lockhart, John Stewart

1949-2011

M-N

MacAlpine, Gerald Angus

1937-2013

MacEachern, Allister Joseph

____-2016

Mainguy, Daniel Nicholas

1930-2010

3rd Commanding Officer

Marshall, Harry John

1963-2016

Matheson, Duncan Leslie

1961-2005

McKearney, Lyle

____-1996

McKechnie, William Jordan

1927-2013

 

 

 

O-P

Ouellet, Rene Joseph

1940-2009

Panteluk, William

1931-2013

Pasquarelli, Marc-Andre

____-2016

 

 

Q-R

Rae, Earl Kenneth

1955-2013

Riutta, Bill

____-2016

Roberts, Doug

____-____

Rogers, John Edward

1928-2016

Commissioning crew as CPO ET

 

S-T

Sauer, Eugene Gilbert

1948-2015

Scott, James Edward

____-2012

Shaw, George A. Sr,

1937-2006

Simms, Rhodrick Harold

1942-2006

Skeet, Alfred Matthew

____-2016

Strang, Albert P.

1948-2014

Strum, Gordon Eugene

____-2012

 

 

 

U-V

Vanderpluijm, Peter

____-2006

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

 

CC = Commissioning Crew

Acker, Bill - 1990-1991

 

Albert, LS NWT - 1990-1991

 

Andrew, Matt - 1990-1991

 

Astles, Andrew, LS - 2014

 

Aubry, André, PO2 - 2014

 

Baker, MS NWT - 1990-1991

 

Baumann -

 

Benteau, Phonse - 1990-1991

 

Billard, Dean - 1990-1991

 

Bishop, Gene - 1990-1991

 

Bonnar, Todd, XO - 2010-2012

 

Brown, Donald (Buster) - Jun 19897 - Sep 1988

 

Cale, K. Donald (Don), P1ER - 1990 - 1992 

 

Campbell, "Soupy", LSSG

 

Carlton, Mel - 1990-1991

 

Chutskoff, Brian, Medical Officer/Flight Surgeon STANAVFORLANT 1973

 

Clark, RAY, MS NET(C) - 1990-1991

 

Conrad, Mike, PO2 NET(C) - 1990-1991

 

Coutu, Serge, PO1, CSE Coord - 1991-1992

 

Day, Jamie - 1990-1991

 

Denyes, Ray - 1990-1991

 

Elbourne, Duncan - 1990-1993

 

Fewer, Terry, PO2 NET(T) -1990-1991

 

Foote, Tim - 1990-1991

 

Fraser, Marlow - 1990-1991

 

Gatenby, PO2 NWT - 1990-1991

 

Gibbons, Michael, Capt. - 2014

Gillam, Donny - 1990-1991

 

Haines, Dave, PO2 NWT - 1990-1991

 

Horning, Terry, PO2 NET(T) - 1990-1991

 

Kelly, Ian PO1 - 2014

 

Korolyk, Curtis, LS - 2014

 

Laberge, LS NWT - 1990-1991

 

Lameront, Paul (Bambam) - 1990-1991

 

Lawson, PO1, POTEL

 

Legge, Shawn - 1990-1991

 

Leroux, John - 1990-1991

 

Locke, Calvin, P2ER-P1ER - Jul 1985-Nov 1990, Jul 1994-Dec 1995 

 

Lunn, Eric - 1969 (Commissioning Crew)

 

Manning, Gary - 1990-1991

 

Marshall, MS NWT - 1990-1991

 

McDonald, Innes - 1990-1991

 

McDougall, David, LCdr, CSE Officer - 1990-1991

 

McInnis, Dave - 1990-1991

 

McKoen, Douglas - 1970-1972

 

McNeil, MS NWT - 1990-1991

 

Meloche, Andrew - 1985-1987

 

Menard, AB NWT - 1990-1991

 

Moquin, Richard - 1990-1991

 

Mullens, Greg, PO1, Yeoman

 

Munger, ABNWT - 1990-1991

 

Murray, Jeffrey, LCdr - 2014

Park, Doug - 1990-1991

 

Paulei, Mike, PO2 NWT - 1990-1991

 

Payne, Rick - 1990-1991

 

Peach, Ron - 1990-1991

 

Penner, Michael, PO1 - 2014

 

Plourde, Dave, Stoker

 

Raymond, Russ, PO2 NWT - 1990-1991

 

Reaume, Wayne, 27146-H

 

Retfalvi, Don - 1990-1991

 

Rogers, Reg - 1998 - 2000, 2002 - 2004, 2006 - 2009

 

Sawicki, Henry, MS NET(T) - 1990-1991

 

Schust, Karl, MSSG

 

Senebald, Gordon, ABBN2 (CC)

 

Sharpe, Tom, PO2 NWT - 1990-1991

 

Shave, Derrick - 1990-1991

 

Silver, OSNWT - 1990-1991

 

Storie, Peter, PO1 - 2014

 

Strylar, "Flash", MS NET(A) - 1990-1991

 

Thomas, Tim, BWK - 2012-2015

 

Trembley, Al - 1990-1991

 

Turnbull, William - 1969 (Commissioning Crew)

 

Valley, Dave, ER - 1973 - 1974, 1976-1989

 

Ward, Mary - 1990-1991

 

Weir, Garry, MSRM-PO2 RM - 1991-1992 

 

Wilkinson, Ian, LS NET(T) - 1990-1991

 

Woods, Tanya, OSRM-ABRM - 1990-1991

 

 

Photos and Documents

 

 

News Links

HMCS Protecteur - Commissioning Booklet

HMCS Protecteur - CANFORGEN 146/16 CMP 066/16 R 171231Z AUG 16 - Honours and Departmental Awards Announcement

HMCS Protecteur returns home to Esquimalt - 31 May 2014

HMCS Protecteur heading home under tow from U.S. navy tug - 16 May 2014

After a harrowing fire, Protecteur to return to Esquimalt by May - 28 Mar 2014

High Winds Prevent Attempt to Tow Fire-Damaged HMCS Protecteur - 01 Mar 2014

HMCS Protecteur to be towed to Pearl Harbour following fire - 01 Mar 2014

HMCS Protecteur has fire at sea in engine room - 28 Feb 2014

 

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