For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS PROVIDER 508

 

READY TO SERVE

HMCS Provider 508 - 1972

Courtesy of Robert Berbeck

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Laid down: 21 Jun 1961

Launched: 05 Jul 1962

Commissioned: 28 Sep 1963

Paid off: 24 Jun 1998

Fate: Broken up in 2003

 

Built by Davie Shipbuilding & Repairing Co. Ltd., Lauzon, Que, she was commissioned there on 28 Sep 1963. She was the first Operational Support ship in the RCN and was designed with the capacity for the stowage of fuel, ammunition, supplies, provisions (dry and refrigerated) and replacement helicopters. She was also designed to transfer supplies and personnel underway and provided support to operational forces at sea. At the time, she was the largest ship built in Canada for the RCN. She had 26 fuel cargo tanks which held approximately 14,000 tons of FFO, 1,500 tons of diesel and 900 tons of aviation gas (JP5) along with 430 tons of ammunition, provisions and spare parts. HMCS Provider had the capability of replenished and refueling up to 4000 gals/min at 18 plus knots. 

Late in 1969, with the arrival of the two follow-on AORs, HMCS Preserver and HMCS Protecteur, she was transferred to the west coast. On 04 May 1970, HMCS Provider 508, HMCS Mackenzie 261, HMCS Yukon 263 and HMCS Terra Nova 259 departed Esquimalt for a Far East cruise. On 08 May 1986, HMCS Provider 508, HMCS Restigouche 257, HMCS Terra Nova 259 and HMCS Kootenay 258, departed Esquimalt for Exercise RIMPAC 86 and returned on 21 Jun 1986. In the spring of 1990 she took part in the Pacific Rim countries' exercise RIMPAC 90, along with units of the 2nd and 4th Destroyer Squadrons, which afterward visited Vladivostok, the first western warships to do so since 1939. Afterward, en route to visit Manila, she rescued a large number of Vietnamese boat people that had spent nine days without food or water after their boat had broken down. In late 1993 and early 1994 she took part in the UN embargo of Haiti. She returned to Halifax in June 1996. The ship was paid off 24 June 1998, two years later than originally planned, and remained in Halifax Harbour until 2002 while she awaited auction. She was sold to Greek interests and on 26 Jul 2002 left Halifax under tow for Greece, to become a water storage vessel. The following year she was towed to Turkey and broken up.

 

Commanding Officers

Capt Thomas Charles Pullen, RCN - 28 Sep 1963 - 08 Dec 1964

Capt Kai Hugh Boggild, RCN - 08 Dec 1964 - 24 Aug 1966

Capt D.W. Knox, RCN - 24 Aug 1966 - 16 Aug 1967

Capt W.J.H. Stuart, RCN - 16 Aug 1967 - 05 Sep 1969

Capt James Andrew Fulton - 05 Sep 1969 - 02 Aug 1972

Capt F.W. Crickard - 02 Aug 1972 - 30 Sep 1974

Capt Colin Heggerston Purves Shaw - 30 Sep 1974 - 05 Aug 1976

Capt K.M. Young - 05 Aug 1976 - 21 Jul 1978

Capt Richmond (Rip) Hill Kirby - 21 Jul 1978 - 20 Jun 1980

Capt Richard Lockwood Donaldson - 20 Jun 1980 - 12 Apr 1982

Capt Jan Jansz Drent - 12 Apr 1982 - 09 Jul 1984

Capt Dale Edward Gibb - 09 Jul 1984 - 15 Jul 1986

Capt Russell Donald Moore - 15 Jul 1986 - 05 Dec 1988

Capt K.R. Scotten - 05 Dec 1988 - 13 Jul 1990

Capt I. Stephan Foldesi - 13 Jul 1990 - 27 Jul 1992

Capt M.B. McLean - 27 Jul 1992 - 05 Aug 1994

Cdr I.G. Parker - 05 Aug 1994 - 15 Dec 1995

Capt S.D. Andrews - 15 Dec 1995 - 25 Jun 1997

Cdr D.O. Thamer - 25 Jun 1997 - 24 Jun 1998

  

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

deBALINHARD, William Gordon

ABSW, C.F.

1971 (lost at sea)

TURCOTTE, Bruno Joseph

PO1, RCN

died - 16 Jun 1964 

URIE, Joseph Clifford

LS, RCN

died - 11 Feb 1966 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Bateman, John Steven

1968-2016

Bauer, William Harold

1925-2016

Beasley, Doug Harold

1948-2012

Served in Provider as an LSER and later as Cox'n

Beckett, Brian Harwood

1936-2013

Bédard, Cécilien

1937-2013

Commissioning crew as a PO

Bernays, Max Douglas

1936-2013

Biles, H.A.

1942-2016

Birch-Jones, Peter Meredith

1925-2009

Served in Provider 1972 - 1974 as Cdr, XO

Boggild, Kai Hugh

____-2002

2nd Commanding Officer

Bradford, Wayne

1935-2012

Bushnell, Robert

____-2007

Butterfield, James

1922-2009

 

 

 

C-D

Callaghan, Brian

1934-2013

Served in Provider approx 1972-76 as a P2HT

Clark, George

1936-1977

Coppard, John George

1966-2012

Cottenden, Harry Roland

1930-2016

Crickard, Frederick William

1930-2012

6th Commanding Officer

Dayton, Arthur David

1930-2005

Served in Provider 1972-1976 as P1ER

Downie, Robert E.

____-2003

Draibye, Mark

1930-2014

Drent, Jan Jansz

1935-____

11th Commanding Officer

Duncan, Michael John

1938-2012

Served in Provider as XO

Dzioba, Lawrence

1932-2007

 

 

 

 

E-F

Edmundson, Ken

1945-1995

Edwards, Roland James

____-2003

Fisher, George Maurice

1935-2004

 

 

G-H

Geddes, Andre Jules

1929-2014

Gibb, Dale Edward

____-2002

12th Commanding Officer

Goldring, Gerald Allan

1931-2014

Goronuk, Bill

____-____

Graham, Stephen P.

1951-2015

Grover, Douglas Wayne

1949-2005

Guilderson, Ron

1943-2001 

Hannem, Dallas Norris

1940-2016

Holland, Orville Derrick

1929-2016

Served in Provider approx 1972-76 as a P2ER

 

I-J

Jessop, Andrew James

1965-2016

 

 

 

 

K-L

King, Herbert Frederick

1928-2014

Kirby, Richmond Hill

1929-2006

9th Commanding Officer

 

 

 

M-N

MacIntyre, Norman Elwell

____-2015

Marsh, Ronald Thomas

1931-2007

Commissioning Crew as a PO

McGowan, Harold Austad

1924-2010

McIntyre, Earl L.

1934-2016

McLaughlin, Harry

1942-2013

Milley, Gary Gordon

____-2014

Mohr, Richard Walter

____-2008

 

 

 

O-P

Parkinson, Colin

1919-2004

Pelletier, Roger Ivan

1934-2016

Parsons, Harvey

1936-2016

Proctor, Alan Franklin

____-2017

Served in Provider as POTEL

Pullen, Thomas Charles

1918-1990

1st Commanding Officer

Q-R

Quick, Fred Albert

____-2016

Reeves, Robert Michael

____-2011

Rombough, Wallace Ormand

1926-2006

Russell, William

1939-2014

 

S-T

Sauer, Eugene Gilbert

1948-2015

Shaw, Colin Heggerston Purves

1925-2009

7th Commanding Officer

Silver, Fredie Gorman

1942-2003

Strum, Gordon Eugene

____-2012

Sunderland, Albert Eldon

____-2011

Drafted to Provider 508 in 1967, HS 50

Taylor, Richard Keith

1954-2006

 

 

 

 

U-V

Vander-Hoek, Harry

1927-2015

 

 

 

 

W-X

Way, Clifford James

1922-2007

Served in Provider 1966-1969 as LCdr, Supply Officer

Webster, Ronald D.

1926-2016

Wondga, Arthur Frank

1945-2012

Served in Provider approx 1972-76 as a LSBN

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

 

SH - pers identified in photos from the collection of Steve Hlasny - 1972 to 1976

Abbott, Freeman, ABBN - (SH)

 

Adamthaite, Slt - 1970

 

Akhurst, ABBN - (SH)

 

Alexander, LS - (SH)

 

Alleyne, LSBN - Nov 1967

 

Armstrong, Dave, LSAW - (SH)

 

Bader, Bob, P2ET - (SH)

 

Badiuk, LSER - (SH)

 

Barlow, C1BN - (SH)

 

Baumann -

 

Becevel, Michael

 

Berbeck, Robert, LS - Aug 1969 - Jul 1972

 

Bertrand, Lou, P2HT - (SH)

 

Booth, Brian, P2BN - (SH)

 

Bone, Norman, P2BN - (SH)

 

Brain, LCdr - (SH)

 

Brydon, Glen, P2MET - (SH)

 

Cain, P2RP - (SH)

 

Catchpole, Eric, C2ER - (SH)

 

Chan, Victor, P2HT - (SH)

 

Chandler, CPO - Nov 1967

 

Charette, L., OSS, R-33052 - until 30 Oct 1967

 

Chenier, Allan, OS/ABBN - (SH)

 

Clarabut, D.G., ABHT, 59337-H - until 30 Oct 1967

 

Cooper, Mike, Lt (N) - (SH)

 

Cornell, B., P2 Cadet - until 30 Oct 1967

 

Cryer, John, LSHT - (SH)

 

Davidson, ABRM - Nov 1967

 

Davorin, P2HT - (SH)

 

Dennings, MS - 1985

 

Desroche, Mel, LSBN - (SH)

 

Dickson, ABSW - Nov 1967

 

Downing, J., ABNQ, R-25801 - until 30 Oct 1967

 

Dunfield, LSHT - Nov 1967

 

Eatmon, LSER - Nov 1967

 

Fast, Frank, P2ET - (SH)

 

Fenton, ABET - Nov 1967

 

Fitzsimonds, C1WS, Cox'n - (SH)

 

Gallagher, Jean, Cook

 

Gardner, ABER - Nov 1967

 

Gasse, ABBN - Nov 1967

Gloor, R., C2TM, R-10185 - until 30 Oct 1967

 

Gravelle, ABCK - Nov 1967

 

Gunther, Mel, P2ET - (SH)

 

Harris, B., P2 Cadet - until 30 Oct 1967

 

Hlasny, Stephen, P2RT - 1972 - 1976

 

Hunt, P2ER - (SH)

 

Hunter, (Smiley), C1BN - (SH)

 

Hutchings, Steve - May 1974 - Jun 1978

 

James, G., P2 Cadet - until 30 Oct 1967

 

Jefferies, Al, PO1 - 1985

 

Jenkins - Nov 1967

 

Jolicoeur, LSST - Nov 1967

 

Johnson, Clair, P2ER - (SH)

 

Kelley, Clem, P2RM - (SH)

 

Kesler, LS - (SH)

 

Kinsey, David - 1969-1974

 

Knox, LSBN - (SH)

 

Lance, Mark

 

Lascelle, Ed, P1BN - (SH)

 

Lemier, P2 - (SH)

 

Little, Don, CPO2 - 1985

 

Lothian, P2 - (SH)

 

Lowrie, Lt (N) - (SH)

 

Lythall, R., LSAW, R-22544 - until 30 Oct 1967

 

MacDonald, C., A Cadet - until 30 Oct 1967

 

MacLean, H., C2CV, R-12062 - until 30 Oct 1967

 

Maddeaux, ABBN - Nov 1967

 

Malott, Fred

 

Marsh, P1ER - (SH)

 

McConnell, J., P2AW, R-8695 - until 30 Oct 1967

 

McCormick, K., P2WS, 10487-H - until 30 Oct 1967

 

McDougall, C1ER - (SH)

 

McDougall, Keith, P1ER, Dec 1983 - Jan 1988   

 

McEvoy, Tom - 1969

 

McLellan, W, P2CK - (SH)

 

Mitchell, Mike, MSHT - 1969-1974

 

Moore, Basil Patrick, Cdr, XO - 1974 - 1976

 

Montgomery, P1ER - Nov 1967

 

Murray, Lawrence Edward, Cdr, OpsO/Navo - 1974 - 1976

 

Negrich, Ray, C1SG, Cox'n - (SH)

Nowle, Tony, C2RT - (SH)

 

Oliver, L., P1HT, R-25957 - until 30 Oct 1967

 

Parenteau, Gerry, P2NS - (SH)

 

Parr, Westall H., AB 43164-H - 1957-1960

 

Parsons, Jim, P2NS - (SH)

 

Patterson, ABST - Nov 1967

 

Perry, J., Major, ZA-4987 - until 30 Oct 1967

 

Piel, P1AW - (SH)

 

Porter, LSST - Nov 1967

 

Potter, John, C2SW - (SH)

 

Reardon, P2CK - (SH)

 

Roberge, ABBN - (SH)

 

Sailor, Frank, C1, Cox'n - (SH)

 

Sawatsky, Larry, P2HT - (SH)

 

Seddon, Nov 1967

 

Seminuk, Ben, PO1 - 1985

 

Senebald, Gordon, Bos'n - 1965 - 1968

 

Silcox, P2VS - (SH)

 

Spooner, Sydney, P2ER - (SH)

 

Stewart, Allen, LS, MS, PO2, Pay Writer - Feb 1973 - Aug 1978 

 

Storey, Ed, C2RT - (SH)

 

Sullivan, Leo, P2ER - (SH)

 

Taylor, Barry, Slt - (SH)

 

Thibault, MSBN - (SH)

 

Tiffin, Rick - 1988-1988

 

Torris, Ralph, P2ER - (SH)

 

Valleau, P2CK - Nov 1967

 

Verhuel, (Dutch), P2ER - (SH)

 

Voss, John, C1ET - (SH)

 

Vuillemin, Patrick, Leading Cadet - until 30 Oct 1967

 

White, ABSG - (SH)

 

Wilkinson, G., Leading Cadet - until 30 Oct 1967

 

Wilson, A., P2 Cadet - until 30 Oct 1967

 

Woychuk, PONS - (SH)

 

Yates, Andy (Amy), P2BN - (SH)

 

Yerrill, R., P1RM, 34257-H - until 30 Oct 1967

 

Younger, LSSG - Nov 1967

 

Zwicker, R., LSCO, R-26956 - until 30 Oct 1967

 

 

Photos and Documents

 

Links

HMCS Provider Commissioning Booklet

 

RCN Memories

Man Overboard!!

 

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