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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS SKEENA 207

HMCS Skeena 207

 

Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1939-44,   Normandy  1944,   Biscay  1944

 

 

Laid down: 01 Jun 1951

Launched: 19 Aug 1952

Commissioned: 30 Mar 1957

Paid off for DDH Conversion: 01 Jul 1964

Re-commissioned: 14 Aug 1965

Paid off for DELEX refit: 12 Apr 1981

Re-commissioned: 20 Nov 1981

Paid off: 01 Nov 1993

Fate: Broken up in 1996

 

Built at Burrard Dry Dock, Vancouver, Skeena was commissioned on 30 Mar 1957. On 16 Jan 1958, Skeena, in company with Cayuga 218, Crescent 226, Fraser 233 and, Margaree 230 departed Esquimalt, BC, for a Far Eastern Training cruise; returning to Esquimalt on 02 Apr 1958. On 26 May 1964, Skeena 207 DDE, departed Esquimalt for the east coast for her conversion to DDH which began on 01 Jul 1964 at Davie Shipbuilding & Repairing Co. Ltd., Lauzon, Que. On 14 Aug 1965, after a year's work, she was re-commissioned in DDH format and allocated for service out of Halifax. On 27 Jul 1970, along with HMCS Annapolis and HMCS Protecteur, she departed Halifax to celebrate Manitoba's Centennial with visits to Fort Churchill, Rankin Inlet, Chesterfield Inlet and Wakeham Bay. In 1972 she was designated a French Language Unit. On 17 Jul 1976, HMCS Protecteur, along with HMCS Skeena and HMCS Fraser arrived at Montreal in support of the 1976 Olympics. Skeena underwent her DELEX refit at Montreal between 12 Apr and 20 Nov 1981. On 22 May 1985 HMCS Skeena 207 and USS Richard F. Byrd departed Leixoes, Portugal to intercept and observe the Kiev Task Group that entered the Atlantic from the Mediterranean. In the summer of 1991 she took part in the NATO exercise Ocean Safari '91, soon afterward visiting St. Lawrence and Great Lake ports to encourage recruiting and public awareness. She was paid off on 01 Nov 1993, and on 03 Jul 1996 left Halifax in tow for India to be broken up.

 

Commanding Officers

Cdr John Peter Tempest Dawson, RCN - 30 Mar 1957 - 20 Aug 1958 

Cdr W.M. Kidd, RCN - 20 Aug 1958 - 01 Oct 1959

LCdr Glen Michael DeRosenroll, RCN - 01 Oct 1959 - 05 Jan 1960

Cdr Thomas Henry Crone, RCN - 05 Jan 1960 - 22 Feb 1960

Cdr Andrew Laurence Collier, RCN - 22 Feb 1960 - 11 Jan 1962

Cdr Richard Hugh Leir, RCN - 22 Jan 1962 - 10 May 1963

Cdr Michael Arthur (Mike) Martin, RCN - 10 May 1963 - 26 Jul 1964

Cdr C.J. Mair, RCN - 14 Aug 1965 - 29 Aug 1966

LCdr Keith Dunham Lewis, RCN - 29 Aug 1966 - 27 Jan 1968

Lt James Bryan Elson, RCN - 27 Jan 1968 - 16 Apr 1968

LCdr William Gould Brown, RCN - 16 Apr 1968 - 23 Jun 1969

LCdr Robert Benjamin Dougan - 23 Jun 1969 - 11 Aug 1969

Cdr R.L. Hughes - 11 Aug 1969 - 23 Jul 1970

Cdr Frederick John. Mifflin - 23 Jul 1970 - 05 Jul 1972

Cdr Neil Ronald Boivin - 15 Jun 1973 - 05 Sep 1975

Cdr J. Chouinard - 05 Sep 1975 - 13 May 1976

Cdr D.E. Pollard - 13 May 1976 - 29 May 1978

Cdr Bernard Emile Derible - 29 May 1978 - 07 Jul 1980

Cdr J.G.R. Boucher, OMM - 07 Jul 1980 - 26 Sep 1983

Cdr I. Foldesi - 26 Sep 1983 - 01 Aug 1985

Cdr P.J. Yans - 01 Aug 1985 - 15 Jul 1987

Cdr David Christopher Morse - 15 Jul 1987 - 09 Jan 1989

Cdr Donald Stuart MacKay - 09 Jan 1989 - 15 Jul 1991

Cdr J.A.C. Gauthier - 15 Jul 1991 - 15 Dec 1991

Cdr J.J. Gauvin - 15 Dec 1991 - 25 Jun 1993

LCdr James Hayes - 25 Jun 1993 - 01 Nov 1993 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Aubut, Roger

1932-2014

Baker, Carl Robert

1947-2017

Served in Skeena as C2CG, Combat Chief

Beauchamp, Ray

____-2014

Bédard, Cécilien

1937-2013

Beecher, Scott Eaton

____-2102

Boivin, Neil Roland

1931-2016

13th Commanding Officer

Brownsey, Lionel John Summers

1923-2017

Burnett, Gerald Clarke

1935-2003

 

 

C-D

Chadwick, Edward Allan

1929-2016

Ciccolella, Antonio Vincenzo

1946-1999

Cloutier, J. Richard

1952-2016

Colclough, Frederick John

1931-2003

Cormier, Clarence Noel

1938-2016

Cruickshank, Robert Douglas

1927-2014

Dayton, Francis James

1924-2013

deRosenroll, Glen Michael

1926-2006

3rd Commanding Officer

Desharnais, Jean Oscar

____-2014

Doutre, Gilles

1942-2016

Downs, Steve

1935-2016

Doyle, Adrian Francis

1941-2015

 

 

 

E-F

Fowlie, William D.

1937-2016

 

 

 

 

G-H

Gentles, Leonard Francis

1942-2014

Gerrior, Marshall James

1927-2004

Gravelle, Gerry

____-2011

Grenier, Réjean

1962-2016

Griffin, Edward Joseph

____-2010

Hannem, Dallas Norris

1940-2016

 

 

 

 

I-J

Jackson, Roy Mathew

1927-2016

 

 

 

 

K-L

Lawlor, Patrick

____-2014

Legendre, Lucien

1948-2013

Leir, Richard Hugh

1921-2015

6th Commanding Officer

Lewis, Keith Dunham

1926-2011

9th Commanding Officer

Logan, Dick

____-____

Lower, Richard Ernest

1924-2009

 

 

 

 

M-N

MacDonald, John MacLeod

____-2012

MacLean, Owen K,

1933-2015

Mannix, George Henry

____-2015

Martin, Sidney Joseph

1937-2013

McGregor, Douglas B.

1943-2006

Mifflin, Frederick John

1938-2013

14th Commanding Officer

Myers, Frank S.

1928-2017

Myles, Thomas

____-2007

Nobles, David Leslie

1948-2012

 

O-P

O'Hara, Robert

1941-2016

Served in Skeena in 1977 as a cook

Ouellet, Rene Joseph

1940-2009

Pelletier, Roger Ivan

1934-2016

Puddifant, James A.

____-1995

Served in Skeena in 1972 as Cox'n

 

Q-R

Richard, Égide

1946-2016

Roberts, Joseph

____-____

Rusk, Harry

1928-2012

Served in Skeena in 1958 as Lt, RCN

 

 

S-T

Scott, James Edward

____-2012

Seibel, Arthur J.

1925-2016

Slade, John Charles

1937-2003

Served in Skeena in 1957 as a Naval Cadet, RCN

Stewart, Harold Douglas

____-2015

Strang, Albert P.

1948-2014

Tessier, Yves Georges

1936-2010

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Bakody, David, C2ERA - 1988 

 

Baril, Marcel, CPO1, Cox'n - 1985

 

Brown, Donald (Buster), Apr 1981 - Sep 1983

 

Hawley, John, OS/AB, FC - 1969-1972

 

Hutton, Robert (Bob), Sig - Commissioning Crew

Jacques, Yves - 1973 - 1975 

 

Larcheveque, Richard, Sig - 1970 - 1972 / Dec 1973 - Aug 1976 // OBSV/AESOP - 1982

 

Milson, Lt (N), SYO - 1972

 

Pelletier, Rene - 1982-1983 

Silvester, Jim Clark, PO1, QR2, RCN(R) - 10 Aug 1957 - 22 Aug 1957

 

Tremblay, Gilbert (Gigi), LS, EW - 01 Dec 1981 - 25 Mar 1982 / PO2, NESOP - 20 Jul 1987 - 03 Jan 1990

 

Vincellete, Michael

 

Weir, Garry, MS RM, - 1990 

 

Photos and Documents

 

RCN Memories

How to Lose Track of an Aircraft Carrier

 

Links

Personal photo gallery for Jim Silvester

Personal photo gallery for Joseph Roberts, RCNVR/RCN(R)

 

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