HMCS PROTECTEUR 509
Auxiliary Oil Replenishment Ship
PROTECTEUR was commissioned in Saint John on 30 Aug 1969. She departed Saint John 10 Oct 1969 and arrived in Halifax for the first time on Sunday, 12 Oct 1969 at 1700. RAS trails were conducted in St Margaret's Bay 24 - 28 Dec 1969. PROTECTEUR departed Halifax on 06 Dec 1969 for a port visit in Boston 10-15 Dec 1969, returning to NAD Halifax on 16 Dec 1969. 1970 started off with a return to Saint John Drydock - returning to Halifax on 10 Jan 1970. PROTECTEUR took part in CARIBOPS '70 with a port visit to Roosevelt Roads, PR, 31 Mar - 06 Apr, returning to Halifax on 11 Apr 1970. 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, Wakeham Bay, Coral Harbour and Frobisher Bay with a Crossing the Arctic Circle ceremony (18 Aug). On 08 Jan 1973, HMCS PROTECTEUR and HMCS Margaree departed Halifax for a five month deployment with the Standing Naval Force Atlantic (SNFL), returning to Halifax on 06 May 1973.
Collision with PRESERVER - From 31 Jan to 01 Feb 1976 PROTECTOR (PT) was at anchor off Peter Island, British Virgin Islands for Operation Awkward (simulated attack from divers). It was on completion of the this overnight exercise that PT weighed anchor to rendezvous with HMCS PRESERVER (PS) in the morning of 2 Feb 1976. A Consolidation RAS was scheduled as PS had just arrived in the op area and was still full of cargo fuel while PT was well down on fuel. PS also needed to lighten to reduce her draught prior to her first port visit in Trinidad. For the RAS, PS was guide and PT the OTC. Course was due north in the Virgin Passage, not far from Sail Rock (6 nautical miles SW of St. Thomas Island). Water depth was mainly 15 fathoms (90 feet/about 30 metres). The ships' draughts were about 30-33 feet (10-11 metres). The sea was calm, winds light and good visibility. PT made the approach on PS's port side. On coming alongside PS and decreasing speed, PT was not able to make small course adjustments to maintain replenishment distance and was inexorably drawn towards PS. Yokohama fenders were out and PT made light glancing contact with PS. There appeared to be no damage other than scuffed paint. The OTC decided to start again with a second approach and reduced speed to return to waiting station. PS then opened distance fine on PT's starboard bow. The suddenly, and inexplicably, PS made a hard turn to port, directly into the path of PT. PT ordered full speed astern both engines to make an emergency stop, but it was already too close to attempt to alter course. PT's bow made contact with PS just aft of midships at an almost 90-degree angle but pulled away almost immediately as PT was now making sternway. The RAS was cancelled and both ships returned to Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico for damage assessment. The damage did not affect seaworthiness and both ships continued their Maple Spring deployment - PT with a bent bow.
In the opinion of the navigator, the cause of both contacts was shallow water effect (also called squat, the effect of restricted water flow, based on Bernoulli's Principle). This can theoretically start to occur with a draught to depth ratio of 1:4, but this possibility was not foreseen on the basis of a ratio of 1:3 and was therefore not allowed for. SWE may also have been exacerbated during this evolution with two deep-draught ships manoeuvring in close proximity at speed. What is known is that both ships experienced at least partial loss of control of their steering while manoeuvring at speed. (Submitted by Heinz Gohlish, Lt, RCN / C.A.F.)
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 the 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 FOXX Foss turned the tow over to the ocean tug ATLANTIC LARCH 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.
In memory of those who have crossed the bar
They shall not be forgotten
Former Crew Members
CC = Commissioning Crew
Ship's Books and Booklets
30 Aug 1969
Photos and Documents
(PT001) The first tot issued on board HMCS PROTECTEUR 509 in Scruffy's Lounge // Courtesy of Gevan Dale
(PT002) HMCS PROTECTEUR 509 - undated
(PT003) Certificate given to MS Allan R. Nash who was part of the crew of HMCS PROTECTEUR during her NATO deployment 08 Jan - 26 May 1973
(PT004) Crossing the Line Certificate - Arctic Circle - presented to LS.HT Ed Paquette while serving in HMCS PROTECTEUR 509 during Ex NORPLOY 1973 // Courtesy of Ed Paquette
The photos below are from NORPLOY 73 - one of the boldest voyages north by any ship of the RCN excluding HMCS Labrador, and not bad achievement for a single hull replenishment ship with little ice capability to speak of. The photos were taken by John Newton. John was 15 years of age at the time and was on board PROTECTEUR as a Sea Cadet.
(JN01) Crossing the Line Certificate - Arctic Circle for John Newton
(JN02-JN04) Crossing the Line ceremony - NORPLOY 73
(JN05) HMCS PROTECTEUR 509 - NORPLOY 73
(JN06) Pond Inlet
(JN07) An iceberg a short distance from PROTECTEUR
(JN08) A salute after refurbishing the gravesite and remembering the fallen at Dundas Harbour, two of the finest of the RCMP. Cst Victor Maisonneuve died June 1926 and Cst William Stephens died Aug 1927
(JN09) Graves of two RCMP officers on Devon's Island, Dundas Harbour. "The crew who went ashore erected two grave markers on 18 Aug 73. The navy still goes back there to this day because of the safe anchorage and interesting trading post and RCMP station remnants."
(JN10) Beechey Island, Northwest Passage. Three graves of Franklin's men plus two more from later expeditions
(JN11) Wooden headstone for John Torrington - One of the 3 graves of the first fatalities of Sir John Franklin's doomed mission to the Northwest Passage, at Beechey Island
(JN12) Children's party on board HMCS PROTECTEUR during NORPLOY 73
(JN13) Canadian icebreaker NB McLean escorting PROTECTEUR through the pack ice out of Mackinson Inlet, Ellesmere Island during NORPLOY 73
(JN14) Canadian icebreaker NB McLean escorting PROTECTEUR through the pack ice out of Mackinson Inlet, Ellesmere Island during NORPLOY 73
(JN15) HMCS PROTECTEUR pushing its way slowly through pack ice near Ellesmere Island during NORPLOY 73
Courtesy of John Newton, Rear-Admiral, RCN
© 1973 John Newton
(PT005) Damage to HMCS PROTECTEUR after her collision with HMCS PRESERVER. This photo was taken on 2 Feb 1976 after PROTECTEUR had a disagreement with PRESERVER near St. Croix in the Virgin Islands. She hit PRESERVER port side aft near the crane which we were told was one of the strongest spots on the ship. // Courtesy of Glen Fewer
(HG136) HMCS PROTECTEUR 509 - 1970's
(HG137) HMCS PROTECTOR 509 conducting a RAS with ships on both port and starboard sides
(HG138) HMCS PROTECTOR 509 conducting as RAS with HMCS HURON 281 - 1970's
(HG139) HMCS PROTECTEUR 509 conducting a RAS with HMCS YUKON 263
(HG140) HMCS PROTECTEUR 509 at Trumbull Pier, New London, Connecticut 7-11 Nov 1975
(HG141) Sea King landing on HMCS ASSINIBOINE during RAS with HMCS PROTECTEUR 509 - 02 Dec 1975
(HG142) HMCS HURON 281 conducting a RAS with HMCS PROTECTEUR 509
(HG143) HMCS PROTECTEUR 509 at anchor off Peter Island, BVI - 31 Jan - 01 Feb 1976
(HG144) HMCS PROTECTEUR 509 (gun mount visible in lower left of photo) coming alongside HMCS PRESERVER 510 for a consolidation RAS
(HG145) Scuff marks on HMCS PRESERVER 510 after being bumped by HMCS PROTECTEUR 509 during a consolidation RAS on 02 Feb 1976
(HG146) USS COONTZ - 23 Feb 1976
(HG147) HMS DANAE - 23 Feb 1976
(HG148) FGS BRAUNSCHWEIG - 23 Feb 1976
(HG149) HMNS ISAAC SWEERS - 23 Feb 1976
(HG150) HMNS ISAAC SWEERS - 23 Feb 1976
(HG151) HMCS PROTECTEUR 509 (foreground) WORKING WITH RFA RESOURCE. Notice the bow damage to PROTECTEUR (starboard side) from her collision with PRESERVER - 05 Mar 1976
(HG152) HMCS PROTECTOR 509 in Montreal for the '76 Olympics 04 Jun - 04 Aug 1976. Her bow damage still visible in the lower left photo
(HG153) HMCS PROTECTOR 509 (foreground) with HMCS SKEENA (left) and HMCS FRASER 233 coming alongside SKEENA at Victoria Pier, Montreal for the '76 Olympics
(HG154) HMY BRITANNIA 16 Jul 1976
(HG155) HMCS PROTECTEUR 509 port visit Oslo, Norway 06 -10 Oct 1976
(HG156) A few sailors on the flag deck of HMCS PROTECTEUR 509
(HG157) HMCS SAGUENAY 206
(HG158) HMCS IROQUOIS 280
(HG159) HMCS PROTECTEUR 509, HMCS IROQUOIS 280 and HMCS SAGUENAY 206 at NOB Jetty, Bermuda - 03 Dec 1976
(HG160) USS RICHARD E. BYRD conducting a RAS with HMCS PROTECTEUR 509 - 07 Dec 1976
(HG161) USS CONNOLE conducting a RAS with HMCS PROTECTEUR 509 - 07 Dec 1976
(HG162) TOWEX - HMNS FRIESLAND prepares to tow HMCS PROTECTEUR 509 - 20 Jan 1977
(HG163) HMCS PRESERVER 510 and HMCS PROTECTEUR 509 - Rare photo of both AORs nested at Roosevelt Roads - 13 Feb 1977
(HG164) USS STING D38 approaching HMCS PROTECTEUR 509 for a RAS during SOUTHEX 77 - Passage Barbados to Rio de Janairo - 23 Feb - 05 Mar 1977
(HG165) USS LOWRY D37 approaching HMCS PROTECTEUR 509 for a RAS during SOUTHEX 77 - Passage Barbados to Rio de Janairo - 23 Feb - 05 Mar 1977
(HG166) BNS SERGIPE approaching HMCS PROTECTEUR 509 for a RAS during SOUTHEX 77 - Passage Barbados to Rio de Janairo - 23 Feb - 05 Mar 1977
(HG167) Visitors Day at Santos, Brazil. Port visit 12-17 Mar 1977 - HMCS PROTECTEUR 509 (foreground), unknown 280 (forward, left) and HMCS ASSINIBOINE 234
(HG168) HMCS ASSINIBOINE 234 approaching HMCS PROTECTEUR 509 for a RAS during passage from Salvador to Halifax 24 Mar - 06 Apr 1977
(HG169) A good view of the RAS deck on HMCS PROTECTEUR 509. HMCS ASSINIBOINE can be seen with her King Post up for a heavy jackstay
(HG170) USS DYESS coming alongside HMCS PROTECTEUR 509 for a RAS- 14 Jun 1977
(HG171) USS MCCANDLESS coming alongside HMCS PROTECTEUR 509 for a RAS- 14 Jun 1977
(HG172) HMCS PROTECTEUR 509 approaching the Strait of Canso during 3rd MANOC - 04-11 Jul 1977
(HG173) HMCS SKEENA coming alongside HMCS PROTECTEUR 509 for a RAS. PROTECTEUR was the work-ups consort for SKEENA - 13-22 Jul 1977
(HG174) HMCS ALGONQUIN 283 - 19 Jul 1977
(HG175) HMCS PROTECTEUR 509 arriving Southampton, England 21 Sep 1985
(HG176) HMCS PROTECTEUR 509 alongside in Southampton, England 21-22 Sep 1985
From the collection of Heinz Gohlish, Lt, RCN / C.A.F.
(PT006) MV Essi Silje after the fire was put out by the crew of HMCS PROTECTEUR, June 1982 // Courtesy of Richard Joseph Fellows
(PT007) MS Harold Fancy getting promoted to Petty Officer 2nd class by Capt (N) Hal Davies on HMCS PROTECTEUR in the late 1980s
(CL01-CL02) HMCS PROTECTEUR departs Halifax for OP Friction
(CL03) HMCS PROTECTEUR 509 circa 1990-1991
Courtesy of Calvin Locke
(PV01) PO1 Peter Vanderpluijm
(PV02) Ancient Order of the Suez card issued to PO1 P.M. Vanderpluijm when HMCS PROTECTEUR 509 transited the Suez Canal en route to the Persian Gulf
(PV03-PV04) HMCS PROTECTEUR 509 conducts a RAS with USS Wisconsin BB64 during OP FRICTION
From the collection of Peter Vanderpluijm, P1ER, RCN / C.A.F.
Courtesy of Peter Vanderpluijm Jr.
(PT008) Petty Officer 2nd Class Spike Bullen decorated General John Cabot Trail for his service in the Persian Gulf. Gen. John Cabot Trail went to the Persian Gulf during the Gulf War to hand out Christmas gifts // Photographer: Dick Budge // Courtesy of Dick Budge
(PT009) Divisions on HMCS PROTECTEUR 509 in the Arabian Sea 11 Sep 2002 // Courtesy of Gevan Dale
(HS1-HS04) HMCS PROTECTEUR 509 conducting a RAS with USS BUNKER HILL - TGEx 2005
(HS05) HMCS PROTECTEUR 509 alongside at Pier 96, San Francisco
(HS06) Hugh Stirland at the brow of PROTECTEUR on Remembrance Day 2005 in San Diego
Courtesy of Hugh Stirland
(PT010) Her Majesties Canadian Ship (HMCS) PROTECTEUR'S Replenishment At Sea (RAS) Team awaits the arrival of HMCS Ottawa into station in order to conduct a RAS on 02 October 2013 // Image by Master Corporal Angela Abbey, HMCS PROTECTEUR ©2013 DND-MND Canada
(PT011)HMCS PROTECTEUR departs for WESTPLOY 26 Aug 2013
(PT012) PO2 Brian Gilchrist and his lovely wife Kaarina Nelson - Gilchrist // Wedding on board HMCS PROTECTEUR on 10 Aug 2013 // Photo by RSB Photography // Courtesy of Rommel S. Billanes
(PT013)HMCS PROTECTEUR (left) and HMCS Algonquin (right) // Damage caused after the two ships collided on 30 August 2013 during a TOWEX while en route to the International Fleet Review in Australia // DND / RCN photos
(PT014) HMCS PROTECTEUR 509 conducting a RAS with HMCS ATHABASKAN 282 and HMCS TERRA NOVA 259 - 24 Aug 1990 during the 1st Gulf War
(PT015) HMCS PROTECTEUR 509 arriving at Pearl Harbour, HI - 2004
(PT016) HMCS PROTECTEUR 509 - 2013
(PT017) HMCS PROTECTEUR 509 alongside at Esquimalt, BC
(PT018) HMCS PROTECTEUR 509 under tow by USNS SIOUX after a major fire had disabled her while enroute from Hawaii to Esquimalt - 2014
Courtesy of Heinz Gohlish
Fire on HMCS PROTECTEUR 27 Feb 2014
On Thursday, February 27, 2014, HMCS PROTECTEUR 509 had a fire in her engine room resulting in a loss of propulsion. PROTECTEUR was about 340 nautical miles north of Pearl Harbour when the fire happened. USS MICHAEL MURPHY, USS CHOSIN and USNS SIOUX were sent by the USN to assist PROTECTEUR and tow her back to Pearl Harbour.
(PT019) USS Michael Murphy 112 and USS Chosin 65 were sent to assist HMCS PROTECTEUR after the fire in her engine room on 27 Feb 2014 while awaiting the arrival of an ocean tug // USN Photo
(PT020) Ocean Tug USNS Sioux 171 - Dispatched from Pearl Harbour to assist and tow HMCS PROTECTEUR back to Pearl Harbour // USN Photo
(PT021) USS Chosin 65 and USS Murphy 112 were sent to assist HMCS PROTECTEUR after the fire in her engine room on 27 Feb 2014 while awaiting the arrival of an ocean tug // USN Photo
(PT022) Pacific Ocean: 01 Mar 2014 - HMCS PROTECTEUR 509 being towed by USS Chosin (CG65) after a fire in the engine room of HMCS PROTECTEUR left her without propulsion. // Credit: Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Johans Chavarro, USN
(PT023) Pacific Ocean: 01 Mar 2014 - Sailors aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Chosin (CG 65) observe the Royal Canadian Navy’s HMCS PROTECTEUR during a towing operation // Credit: Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Johans Chavarro, USN
(PT024) Pacific Ocean: 01 Mar 2014 - The Royal Canadian Navy's HMCS PROTECTEUR is towed behind the guided-missile cruiser USS Chosin (CG 65) // Credit: Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Johans Chavarro, USN
(PT025) PEARL HARBOR: 06 Mar 2014-The Military Sealift Command fleet ocean tug USNS Sioux (T-ATF 171) tows the Royal Canadian Navy auxiliary oil replenishment ship HMCS PROTECTEUR (AOR 509) to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam // Credit: Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Daniel Barker, USN
(PT026) PEARL HARBOR: 06 Mar 2014 - U.S. Navy tow boats assist in the return of the Royal Canadian Navy auxiliary oil replenishment ship HMCS PROTECTEUR (AOR 509) to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam // Credit: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tiarra Fulgham, USN
(PT027) USNS Salvor at anchor in Simpsons Harbour. U.S. Navy photo 121114-N-TM257-136 // USNS Salvor towed HMCS PROTECTEUR, damaged from an engine room fire, back to Esquimalt from Pearl Harbour.
(PT028) HMCS PROTECTEUR 509 being towed by Canadian tugboats past "The Brothers" into Esquimalt Harbour, 31 May 2014, 0815 hrs. The tow had been switch to the tugs from USNS Salvor which had towed PROTECTEUR back to Esquimalt from Pearl Harbour // Courtesy of Shane Walters // © Shane Walters 2014
Fire Damage to HMCS PROTECTEUR
(PT029) Port TA. This was the seat of the fire. You are looking at the gauge panel, the Woodward 505 governor control box, and then the box behind is the control air drier controller.
(PT030) Aft end of the port TA, with the hydraulic start pack (used to provide hydraulic force for the throttle) on the left, and the output from the alternator on the right hand side. (facing aft)
(PT031) Stbd side of the engine room. Fwd 3 deck is the deairator, then the gauge panel is for the air ejector, behind that is the 130 ton chiller (on 517, last I was aboard), with the fwd Ship Service air compressor after the gap (beside the ladder). The loop is a Sampson loop, used to allow for thermal expansion of the steam line (600 PSI/865F) to the stbd TA. Photo is taken a little fwd of the seat of the fire, on the 2 deck catwalk. Box/semi circle are the throttle casing/HP turbine casing, with the pipe going to them being the main steam line.
Source/Credit: Twitter feed of Tim Jensen
Photo descriptions source: Facebook page - Royal Canadian Navy Today and Yesterday, comments by James Powell
Tiger Cruise and the fire on HMCS PROTECTEUR
The photos below were taken by Jonathan Wade Kehler, Studio479, during the "Tiger Cruise" on HMCS PROTECTEUR. Eighteen family members of PROTECTEUR'S crew hand been invited to join the ship for the last leg of her voyage home from Pearl Harbour to Esquimalt, B.C. which should have been an introduction to day to day life on board a Canadian warship - had it not been for the engine room fire that occurred on the evening of 27 Feb 2014.
Credit / © Jonathan Wade Kehler, Studio479
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(JWK001) "Hands fall in at sea" // Awards were given out to members of the ship's company
(JWK002) A view of the horizon from the flight deck of HMCS PROTECTEUR
(JWK003) HMCS PROTECTEUR'S Sea King helicopter in the hangar
(JWK004) Port side jungle deck on HMCS PROTECTEUR
(JWK005) "A great reminder of who we are."
(JWK006) A cabin on HMCS PROTECTEUR
(JWK007) Man "Oscar" Overboard // A man overboard exercise is conducted on HMCS PROTECTEUR. In the first photo, Oscar has fallen over the side. In the 2nd photo, the Zodiac is being launched to rescue Oscar. After his rescue, Oscar is returned to his storage area on the upper deck.
(JWK008) "Sunset after our first day at sea"
(JWK009) The Sea King is being prepared for launching
(JWK010) Family members were taken on famil flights on the Sea King
(JWK011) "We have lift off"
(JWK012) HMCS PROTECTEUR - photo taken from the Sea King
(JWK013) HMCS PROTECTEUR - photo taken from the Sea King
(JWK014) HMCS PROTECTEUR - photo taken from the Sea King
(JWK015) And once again, a beautiful sunset before dinner. It was shortly after this that the fire broke out.
(JWK016) Sam Kehler (left) and RJ McBean (right)
(JWK017) Sam Kehler (foreground)
(JWK018) After the fire the wardroom was turned in to bunk space for the officers who gave up their cabins for the civilian guests as the after house was not habitable.
(JWK019) The Zodiac bring supplies for USS Michael Murphy
(JWK020) Without power for the winches, supplies are hauled onboard by hand
(JWK021) A short break before resuming work
(JWK022) USS Michael Murphy makes an approach on the bow of HMCS PROTECTEUR in an attempt to pass a line.
(JWK023) After a miss on the first attempt, USS Michael Murphy swings around to try again.
(JWK024) HMCS PROTECTEUR'S crew makes ready to pass the tow line.
(JWK025) USS Chosin provided much need support and supplies to HMCS PROTECTEUR
(JWK026) With all the guests safely on USS Michael Murphy, USNS Sioux begins the long tow back to Pearl Harbour with HMCS PROTECTEUR
(JWK027) The Canadian Tigers // Family members of the crew of HMCS PROTECTEUR on board USS Michael Murphy
All photos in the Tiger Cruise and fire on HMCS PROTECTEUR collection are Credit / © Jonathan Wade Kehler, Studio479
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(PT032) Awards Ceremony at Rideau Hall, Quebec for 9 members of the crew of HMCS PROTECTEUR
Governor General David Johnston presented medals to nine members of the PROTECTEUR during a special ceremony in Quebec City.
Photographer: MCpl Vincent Carbonneau, Rideau Hall, OSGG - 05 Oct 2016
Medal of Bravery
Petty Officer 2nd Class André Aubry was in the engine room when the explosion occurred. He emptied several extinguishers onto the flames as they spread, but was forced to retreat. His actions allowed his fellow crew members to escape the engine room.
Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division)
Cmdr. Julian Elbourne, the commanding officer, demonstrated leadership and “outstanding actions were instrumental in minimizing injuries and protecting the lives of the 300 crew, and in saving the ship from sinking.”
Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Ian Kelly is credited for leading the effort to identify and locate missing crew during the chaos.
Lt.-Cmdr. Jeffrey Murray showed professionalism in the aftermath of the fire and kept the crew focused on preparing the ship for towing and allowing the ship to arrive safely in Pearl Harbor with no casualties.
Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Penner used his technical acumen to make quick decisions in a smoke-filled compartment to prevent catastrophic explosions and serious injury or death.
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)
Leading Seaman Andrew Astles was the attack team leader and played a critical role in successfully extinguishing the fire.
Capt. Michael Gibbons, who provided pastoral support to the ship, maintained order and motivated the crew to fight the fire.
Leading Seaman Curtis Korolyk entered the intense heat and flames of the fire zone five times, volunteered for the hazardous duty of locking the propeller shaft, and acted as on-scene commander in the boiler room.
Petty Officer 1st Class Peter Storie was able to restore temporary electrical power to the ship, returning to the fire zone to retrieve parts.
(JC-Y01) CCR door from HMCS PROTECTEUR - signed by the members of the Nav Comm branch after the engine room fire - on display at the Communications School, Naden, CFB Esquimalt
Courtesy of Jesse Chin-Yet, Nav Comm
The long tow to the Breaker's Yard
(PT033) Ocean tug Corbin Foss prepares to tow the former HMCS PROTECTEUR from Esquimalt, BC to Liverpool, NS - 24 Feb 2016 // © / Courtesy of Greg Volkman 2016
(PT034) Ocean tug Corbin Foss begins the long tow, taking PROTECTEUR from Esquimalt, BC to the breakers yard in Liverpool, NS - 24 Feb 2016 // © / Courtesy of Greg Volkman 2016
(PT035) PROTECTEUR leaves Esquimalt for the last time, under tow, bound for the breakers yard in Nova Scotia - 24 Feb 2016 // Courtesy of Dean Lang / © Photographer Peter Storey 2016
(PT036) PROTECTEUR leaves Esquimalt for the last time, under tow, bound for the breakers yard in Nova Scotia - 24 Feb 2016 // © / Courtesy of Sandi Dryen 2016
(PT037) PROTECTEUR leaves Esquimalt for the last time, under tow, bound for the breakers yard in Nova Scotia - 24 Feb 2016 // © / Courtesy of Steve Cockerill 2016
(PT038) PROTECTEUR leaves Esquimalt for the last time, under tow, bound for the breakers yard in Nova Scotia - 24 Feb 2016 // © / Courtesy of Steve Cockerill 2016
(PT039) Former HMCS PROTECTEUR, under tow by the salvage tug Corbin Foss, transiting the Miraflores Locks, Panama Canal - 21 Mar 2016
Source: Miraflores Locks webcam / Rick Sideroff (via Royal Canadian Navy Today and Yesterday facebook page) // © / Courtesy of Paul Ouellette 2016
Note: the Corbin Foss turned the tow over to the Atlantic Larch on the eastern side of the canal zone after exiting the Gatun Locks.
The end of the tow - PROTECTEUR arrives at Liverpool, NS
(PT040) In the early morning hours of 22 Apr 2016, the former HMCS PROTECTEUR, under tow by the tug Atlantic Larch, arrived at Liverpool NS to be broken up // Photographer / © Dr. Ross Myers 2016
(PT041) Former HMCS PROTECTEUR alongside at the yard of R.J. MacIsaac Construction, where she will be broken up // © / Courtesy of Colin Machaffie 2016
(PT042) Former HMCS PROTECTEUR alongside at the yard of R.J. MacIsaac Construction, where she will be broken up // © / Courtesy of Bill Brisin
At the Breaker's Yard
(PT034-PT044) The forward house of the former HMCS PROTECTEUR being demolished
(PT045) The former HMCS PROTECTEUR at the breaker's yard 27 Oct 2016. The RAS stations have been removed and her forward house has been demolished.
(PT046) The former HMCS PROTECTEUR at the breaker's yard 06 Nov 2016. The hangar / after house is being demolished and almost
Photographer: © Rick Sideroff 2016
Courtesy of Rick Sideroff
(PT047) The bitter end
The hulk of the former HMCS PROTECTEUR pulled up on shore and being broken up
Photographer: Alain Delisle
Source: HMCS PROTECTEUR facebook page