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THE NAVAL OFFICER’S ASSOCIATION OF CANADA TORONTO BRANCH NEWSLETTER
Curl is Back!
STV PaThfinder and TS Playfair
Keeping Toronto Nautical!
2nd VP and
Past Pres and Secretary
On the cOver:
Development and Program HMCS ATHABASCAN Officers ready to desembark
and enjoy “Fleet Week” in New York City - May 2009
Sea Cadet liaison,
Scholarship Fund, and
Life Members Fund
Program executive Curl nCdt J. Timmins navy head Shave
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Director at large
Toronto Brigantine Navy Trivia? Canadian Ship Models
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From the Bridge BRuce WAnnAMAkeR, President
Naval Officers Association of Canada - (Toronto)
Toronto continues to be one strongest Branches in Canada. Our member-
ship has continued to drop from last year but still remains around the 200
mark which is about 15% of the National total.
Most of our program activity under the guidance of Moyra Haney and Larry
Barwick has been centered around growth and retention. We had a very
well attended Hoist of about 65. After that we invited the Naval Officers from
CFC to attend a reception and they came by the bus load. At this time we
invited to join the NOAC as serving members when they get back to their
respective bases. Although we didn’t get any members to join our chapter
we did increase the awareness of the NOAC overall which will help all of
the branches. We will also continue our efforts to have more Cadet Officers
join our chapter.
The Navy Centennial has also kept some of the Branch Directors. Richard
Our Lewis, Moyra Haney, John Anderson and Hugh Franks have all been very
active on various committees and in association with the Atlantic Council of
membership... Canada are organizing a Gala Dinner and Ball at The Royal York. It is also
....still remains hoped that NOAC – TB will be involved in the Fleet Week Sept 2 to 7.
around the 200 Our financial position remains strong under the eye of Dick Wilson. Reports
mark which is are issued and reviewed at every Directors’ meeting. As well at these meet-
about 15% of the ing we set plans for next couple of months out but we do want to hear from
our members as to program events that they would like to see being held
national total from luncheon speakers to more social events.
The scholarship Fund for NOAC-TB is also in a very strong position. If
you review Richard Birchall’s report you will see we have slightly changed
course on how we award the scholarships.
BUMPH has a new editor, Capt Paul Simas and as you have seen a new
look. After a few initial bumps and computer we are well on the way to hav-
ing a superb publication for both print and on line reading. Paul would like
contributions to be sent in as this is your means of communication.
At the end of June we will be losing one of our members John Baker. John
has been VP for the Branch for several years
and will be leaving Toronto to take up resi-
dence new assignment in Winnipeg.
We wish John well in his new venture.
The Executive Curl
On Sunday, May 2nd , 2010 at the Wardroom at canadian Forces Base halifax, the honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of
National Defence (MND) announces the reinstatement of the “Executive Curl” on Naval Officers uniforms, and the introduc-
tion of the Sea Service Badge created to recognize time spent at sea.
Prior to 1910, the Royal Navy provi ded mari- gold braid of the reserves gave way to the straight
time defence of British North America and for braided executive curl of the regular force un- Including Canada, 19 of the 22 Common-
the Dominion of Canada from 1867. Early in til 1968. With the integration of the Canadian wealth navies use the insignia. Many republics
the 20th century, Great Britain redistributed the Armed Forces, unembellished straight braid be- who do not use the curl like the United States
British fleet and reduced its stations in Halifax came the common rank insignia for all officers of Navy and the French Navy substitute a star
and Esquimalt. As a result, the Government both the Regular and Reserve Forces. The execu- or other national device above the top row of
of Canada on May 4, 1910, under the author- tive curl rank insignia was reserved for navy mess lace.
ity of the Naval Services Act, created the Naval dress only.
Service of Canada. On August 29, 1911 it was Changes for Navy Uniforms
designated the Royal Canadian Navy by King On March,5,2010 the House of Commons
George V until in 1968 when Canada’s Navy unanimously passed a private members bill rec- Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence,
became Maritime Command within the Cana- ommending, “That the government should con- announces the reinstatement of the “Executive
dian Armed Forces. sider reinstating the Navy executive curl on its Curl” on naval officers’ uniforms. He also un-
uniforms.” Mr. Guy Lauzon, Member of Parlia- veiled the Sea Service Badge, a badge given to
When it was created in 1910 it was natural for ment for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry, any Canadian Forces member who has more
the emerging Canadian Navy to adopt the same explained that the insignia is common to most than 365 days at sea.
straight rings with the executive curl for the per- nations that have a monarch as a head of state.
manent navy and subsequently the “wavy” shaped Subsequently, in recognition of the Canadian Just days before the Canadian Navy celebrated
rings for the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Naval Centennial, the Honourable, Peter MacK- its 100th birthday on May 4, 2010, the Hon-
Reserve (RCNVR) and the rings of narrow in- ay, Minister of National Defence authorized the ourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National
terwoven gold lace for the Royal Canadian Navy use of the executive curl for the Canadian Navy Defence, announced two significant changes
Reserve (RCNR). Sea Cadet Corps officers had on Battle of Atlantic Sunday, May 2, 2010. After to navy uniforms.
a small anchor in place of the executive curl. 42 years absent, the executive curl insignia be-
came effective again on June 11, 2010 on the oc- “To recognise the exceptional contributions of
Following the Second World War, the Royal casion of the Pacific Canadian Naval Centennial our navy, we are reinstating the Navy Executive
Canadian Navy was reorganized with a single International Fleet Review parade of nations in Curl and introducing a Sea Service Insignia,”
reserve component. In 1946 the distinctive wavy Victoria, B.C. 
the current naval rank insignia. The executive curl (3) Rear-Admiral - 1 3/4 inch broad
He made the announcement in the Wardroom will be incorporated into the dominant (top) band lace with one 9/16 inch lace and executive
at CFB Halifax on May 2, Battle of the Atlantic of rank with the exception of the Officer-Cadet curl. Epaulettes shall be removed from the
Sunday. Noting that the announcement would rank insignia which will not have the executive tunic;
be followed by the Battle of the Atlantic cere- curl. Additionally, the upper and lower stripes
mony at the Sailors’rial in Point Pleasant Park, for Sub-Lieutenant rank insignia will be reversed (4) Commodore - 1 3/4 inch broad
the MND observed that the Second World War from the current CF pattern with the executive lace with 9/16 inch lace full circle executive
and the Battle of the Atlantic were pivotal events curl on the dominant (top) wider band of rank. curl. Epaulettes shall be removed from the
for the navy. tunic;
2. Background. From the creation of the
“It was during this time that our navy acquired (5) Captain (Navy) - four 9/16 inch
Canadian Navy on 4 May 1910, until 1968, the
its sense of purpose - and identity - that have lace with executive curl;
executive curl was a distinctive part of the Royal
carried into the present day... What better time
Canadian Navy uniform. In 1968, integration of
to show our appreciation than during the Navy’s (6) Commander - three 9/16 inch lace
the Canadian Forces (CF) with a common green
Centennial year?” stripes with executive curl;
uniform resulted in the removal of the executive
curl from the naval officer’s rank insignia. The ex-
MacKay gave credit to Guy Lauzon, MP for ecutive curl was later restored to rank insignia for (7) Lieutenant-Commander - two
Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry, who in the naval officer’s mess dress, but the service and 9/16 inch lace stripes with executive curl
2009 introduced a private member’s motion in operational clothing uniforms were unchanged. separated by one 1/4 inch lace stripe;
the House of Commons to reinstate the Navy
Executive Curl. (8) Lieutenant (Navy) - two 9/16 inch
3. In 1987, the CF introduced its Distinc-
“This motion received unanimous support from lace stripes with executive curl;
the House,” noted MacKay.
(9) Sub-Lieutenant - Lower stripe
The Executive Curl is a ring above a naval of- shall be 1/4 inch lace with upper stripe being
ficer’s gold lace or braid insignia. Its origins are 9/16 inch with executive curl;
believed to be in the Crimean War, when it was
called Elliott’s Eye in tribute to the heroic ac- (10) Acting Sub-Lieutenant - one 9/16
tions of a Capt Elliott. inch broad stripe with executive curl; and
The Executive Curl was part of a Canadian Na-
val officer’s uniform from 1910 until the unifica- (11) Officer-Cadet - For the Officer-
tion of Canada’s military in 1968. Cadet rank, standard CF gold insignia shall
The second change regarding navy uniforms con- be used without the Executive Curl. Lace
cerned the introduction of a Sea Service Insignia width remains unchanged.
to recognize maritime service.
b. Mess Dress. Mess dress insignia
“The Sea Service Insignia is Canada’s way of say- will be similar to the insignia for tunics as
ing thank you to all members of the Canadian detailed in paragraph 4a. CF personnel, who
Forces who have spent at least 365 days at sea, purchased an obsolete dress pattern while it
tive Environmental Uniforms (DEUs) for its three
“ MacKay said. He emphasized that all CF per- was still authorized, may continue to wear
environmental commands. The executive curl on
sonnel are potentially eligible for this insignia. the naval officer’s rank insignia was not included that uniform until it is worn out. New pur-
As an integrated military, the navy, army and air chases shall conform to current regulations.
as part of this new naval uniform, as the common
force work together to accomplish missions. CF rank insignia was retained for the new naval
For Level 1 of the Sea Service Insignia, person- c. Shoulder Boards. B quality (0.5%
DEU service dress.
nel must have 365 sea days; for Level 2, 1095 sea gold wire) ½ inch and ¼ inch lace shall be
days; for Level 3, 1460 sea days and for Level 4, 4. Details. The re-instatement of the execu- used on all commissioned officer shoulder
1825 sea days. tive curl will lead to certain changes in the naval boards. In addition, the following direction
officer uniform. is provided:
“It is a way to acknowledge the importance of
naval operations,” whether on a sovereignty pa- a. (1) Flag Officer shoulder boards shall
Tunics. B quality (0.5% gold wire) lace
trol or on a deployment, according to MacKay. shall be used on all commissioned officer tunics. remain unchanged from the current stan-
The executive curl will be on the topmost rank dard;
RAdm Maddison thanked the MND for the an- stripe. Rank size shall be as follows for both men
nouncement, saying “Thank you to you and to and women. (photos are included at Annex A): (2) Female officer shoulder boards
your government for expressing the will of Ca- - Current CF naval female sized shoulder
nadians to support our navy.” boards can accommodate all ranks with ex-
(1) Admiral - 1 3/4 inch broad lace with
three 9/16 inch lace and executive curl. Epau- ecutive curl except Captain (Navy). A cus-
EXECUTIVE CURL – tom sized female prototype Captain (Navy)
lettes shall be removed from the tunic;
INTERIM POLICY GUIDANCE shoulder board that is smaller than the male
(2) Vice-Admiral - 1 3/4 inch broad lace shoulder board shall be developed; and
1. The introduction of the executive curl into the with two 9/16 inch lace and executive curl. Epau-
existing rank structure will result in changes to lettes shall be removed from the tunic; (3) Officer-Cadet shoulder boards shall
canadian naval Officer rank Insignia
Insignes de grade des officiers de la Marine canadienne
Admiral Vice Admiral
Rear Admiral Commodore Captain (N)
Contre-amiral Commodore Capitaine de vaisseau
Commander Lieutenant-Commander Lieutenant (N)
Capitaine de frégate Capitaine de corvette Lieutenant de vaisseau
Sub-Lieutenant Acting Sub-Lieutenant Naval Cadet
Enseigne de vaisseau de Enseigne de vaisseau de Aspirant de marine
1er classe 2e classe
not contain the executive curl. The stripe remains unchanged from the current standard.
d. Slip-ons Service Dress and Naval Combat Dress. Slip-ons will be unisex and slightly longer than current naval male slip-on (by
5mm). In order to ensure that the slip-on will fit all service and Naval Combat Dress (NCD) dress articles, a notch modification will be
incorporated on the underside to ensure that it fits all shirts, sweaters and jackets. CF Gold ½ inch and ¼ inch width embroidered thread
with executive curl will be used for Acting/Sub Lieutenant to Captain (Navy) rank. Officer-Cadet slip-ons will also use the embroidered
thread but will not have the executive curl. Flag Officer slip-ons will remain unchanged from the current standard.
e. Slip-ons CADPAT Lightweight Combat Clothing. Distinct navy slip-on identifiers are approved for wear with CADPAT
Lightweight Combat Clothing (LWCC) Temperate Woodland (TW) in Canada dependent on the operational context of the unit – i.e.
in non-tactical situations as deemed by the operational commander in accordance with reference D. The current navy slip-on identifier is
black thread rank insignia on Canadian Average Green. The new navy identifier slip-on for CADPAT LWCC (TW) will be modified to
incorporate the executive curl and it will be a unisex design as per the service dress/NCD slip-on. For tactical situations, the slip-on will
be the CADPAT TW standard slip-on with no navy identifier (no executive curl). Authorization on overseas operations will be at the
discretion of the Theatre Commander based on the operational situation. All other CADPAT designs (i.e. Arid Region, Arctic) will use
the appropriate CADPAT design slip-on, again with no navy identifier.
f. Medical Branch Distinction Cloth. In accordance with reference B, Medical Branch officers will retain the distinction cloth be-
5. Further queries concerning policy issues should be directed to Commander Barry Houle, Director Maritime
Personnel Special Projects Officer at 613 996-8157 and queries concerning procurement or implementation issues
should be directed to Mr. Mark
De Smedt, Project Director NICE, DMRS 3-7 at 819 997-6448.
The STV (Sail Training Vessel) Pathfinder is a traditionally rigged brigantine operated by Toronto Brigantine Inc., a sail train-
ing organization based in Toronto, Canada. The Pathfinder, along with her sister ship the TS Playfair, operate a youth sail
training program during the summer holidays. This program is one of the very few sail training programs where all of the crew
except for the captain are in high school (13-19 years old).
Sail the summer away! ing programs. duty, and free time. Shore leave may be
given during port visits to explore and
It’s a hot summer’s day in late July. TBI provides teenagers with a meaning- enjoy some leisure time in a new place
The sun is shining, the wind is blow- ful opportunity to invest in friendships, with new friends and new sense of ad-
ing, and what better place to be than a new interest and an experience that venture.
out sailing on a tall ship on the Great will last forever. ‘The second you step
Lakes with 18 new shipmates; learn- onto the boats, whether it is just for one Summer Program 2010 is comprised of
ing, living and loving the life at sea. course or for years to follow, you are 7 Courses for youth, and 1 Course for
taking a major step’ (former Trainee) adults. Through July and August, Train-
But don’t be fooled – this is no boat toward becoming a different person. ing Courser range from 6-13 days this
cruise. summer sailing from and to ports such
Sailing with us is not a chance to “I would not be who I am now with- as Toronto, Parry Sound, or Tobermory,
work on your tan -- it is a chance to out TBI” says Captain Julian Schroer. en route to Bay City, Owen Sound, or
change your life. “It has given me skills that I was un- Chicago; just to name a few.
able to develop in a traditional learning
Toronto Brigantine Incorporated environment. It also gave me the con- In the Winter Program, participants
(TBI) is a volunteer-based, registered fidence to apply those skills in various meet weekly at our Harbourfront work
Canadian charity that provides youth other aspects of my life”. shop to continue leadership training, sail
ages 13 to 18 the opportunity of a life and technical training, and to put a lot
time to develop tangible skills while In the Summer Program, 18 Trainees of hard work into the boats. The Winter
learning how to sail. Since estab- (per ship, per Training Course) sail day Program group is responsible for main-
lishment in 1962, more than 20,000 and night and normally moor on every taining the brigs, keeping them safe and
young people have participated in second or third day. During the time at ready for Transport Canada certification
our adventuresome, life-transform- sea there is intense sail training, watch for the next summer at sea.
When asked what they look forward to the most in the
Becoming a Captain is a daunting task on which only Summer Program, both Captain Weed and Captain
the truly committed embark. Transport Canada certifies Schroer had the same response; watching the Crew take
TBI’s Captains through a combination of written exams shape.
and an oral seamanship exam. These certification exams
are required alongside In each Training
Basic Safety training, Course, “the Crew, a
Survival Craft training, group of strangers, be-
Advanced Fire Fighting comes a real team. The
Training, Radio train- proximity of each other
ing, Marine Advanced on the boat, the silence
First Aid training, plus of morning watch, the
a minimum of two years camaraderie of cook-
of sea time. ing, cleaning, sing-
ing, swimming – all
Captain Rhys Weed has contribute to the spirit
been sailing for over 10 of the ships’ compa-
years. Captain Julian ny. It’s just amazing
Schroer too, began sail- to watch it happen”
ing over 10 years ago says Weed. Schroer
under the determined agrees, “It’s usually
pressure of his older two or three days into
brother. a Course when the
Trainees begin to de-
Both Captain Weed pend on each other.
(26) of TS Playfair and It is a truly amazing
Captain Schroer (24) of sight to watch 18 teen-
STV Pathfinder attest to agers, who have never
the greatness of the open met before, working
waters and the level of hard in an outdoor,
personal growth attrib- sometimes tough en-
uted to participating in vironment and having
TBI’s Programs. a great deal of fun as
a team in a previously
“When I was 16, I re- totally unfamiliar en-
member the first time The TS (Training Ship) Playfair sailing on Lake Ontario vironment. This is only
that I got to run the ship possible because of the
myself through a night watch. It was an amazing feel- top notch Officers on board of our ships.”
ing of responsibility and achievement combined with
the unknowns of sailing at night.” Adults often exclaim: ‘Ah! I wish I was 16 again so I
could participate!’ Rest assured there is an opportunity
Reflecting on his sailing experiences, Captain Schroer for adults to have this amazing experience too! Through
comments on how his perception has changed: “When I the Shoulder Season (May, June, September, October),
first started sailing, I didn’t yet see the big picture. As I our tall ships are available for adult groups and cor-
gained more experience, my role changed; the jobs be- porate charters for a half-day, full day, an evening, an
came more complex and the focus much broader. Now, overnight or weekend sailing adventure. And, for those
I spend much more time teaching the Crew. I know that of you looking for a complete sail training experience,
I certainly wouldn’t be doing any of this if I didn’t still Course 8 from Goderich to Toronto is happening Satur-
love it.” day, September 11th to Sunday, September 19th. Waste
no time -- come join us!
Tim Turner AwArd
Presentation of Tim Turner Award
Even if you prefer dry land, there are plenty of other
ways to get involved. TBI welcomes volunteers in our By Bill Qualtrough.
office, to serve on our Board, to pitch in at the shop,
to act as Crew during Shoulder Season, to help with On January 5, 2010 Richard Birchall, Chairman of the Scholar-
events, fundraising and marketing. ship Committee of the Toronto Branch of the Naval Officers As-
sociation of Canada, presented The Tim Turner Award to Jonathan
Timmins, former Coxswain of RCSCC Patriot in Newmarket,
And of course, TBI is always seeking funding, Bursar Ontario at Ceremonial Divisions at his old Corps. The parade was
Fund donors and in-kind donations. Presently, financial led by the Commanding Officer, Lt.(N) Jill Bottomley,CD.
contributions and materials for our brigantines are two
of TBI’s greatest needs. Richard Birchall was invited to inspect the Corps. Jonathan Tim-
mins is now a cadet at the Royal Military College, Kingston, On-
It is the dedication of our volunteers and the generos-
ity of all of our donors who keep our awesome organi- At the previous Annual Ceremonial Review held on May 31, 2009
zation afloat and heading for our 50th Anniversary in the then CPO1 Timmins had received the NOAC(TO) Bluenose
2012! Award because he was an outstanding Cadet.
After the submission of more information and documents with
respect to his educational levels Timmins was selected as the
Please find the Toronto Brigantine online at first winner of the New Award announced by the NOAC(TO)
www.torontobrigantine.org, or call Scholarship Committee. The new Award provides the winner with
416.596.7117. $2,500 for his first year of studies and a further $2,500 in each of
the next three years if he continues to qualify, for a possible total of
$10,000. This being the first time this scholarship has been award-
ed it was named “Tim Turner Award” after the late Captain (N)
Tim Turner, (Ret) who initiated the Scholarship Fund in 1977.
This is a picture of the 1914-15 Star as awarded
This medal was always issued with the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
1914-15 Star if it was awarded to an RNCVR or RCN rating. Ca-
nadians serving with the RN had their stars named to that HMS
(ship) as shown in the photos.
Canada’s criteria for the award was “to all who saw service in
ANY theatre of war between 05 August 1914 and 31 December
1915 except those eligible for the 1914 Star”. Overseas service
Timmins’ application was selected from several applications re- was defined as being beyond the three mile limit and this qualified
ceived from several outstanding Sea Cadets in the 13 Sea Cadet the men of many RCN small ships. Some of the ships included
Corps in the Greater Toronto Area. The selection was initially HMCS Niobe, HMCS Florence, HMCS Rainbow, and HMCS Earl
made by a committee of the Toronto Sea Cadet Alumni Asso- Grey. Medals are also known to HMCS Shearwater, HMCS Cana-
ciation, comprised of Chairman Jack Cooke, Saul Glass, Bruce da, HMCS Margaret, HMCS Sable Island and HMCS Stadacona.
Morgan and Bill Qualtrough, who recommended Timmins to the
Scholarship Committee of the NOAC(TO). In the picture attached, a portion of the reverse of the 1914 – 15
Stars, awarded to Able Seaman Filler and Chief Stoker O’Connell,
We congratulate Jonathan Timmins and wish him well in his stud- the naming omits the usual service number but includes their re-
ies and his chosen Naval career. His family, his Comanding Of- spective rank, i.e. “A.B.”, and the name of the ship, “H.M.C.S.
ficer and his fellow Sea Cadets are extremely proud of Jonathan as Shearwater”, where he qualified for the award. The die uses a
are we who have had a hand in this Award. school book style serif face which allows font size variants for
The British War Medals and Victory Medals awarded to Cana-
dian naval personnel are impressed in the standard format and in
the standard sans serif font style and included either ‘R.C.N.’, or
‘R.N.C.V.R.’.The first question is why were the stars named this
way, so different than those of the Army’s CEF. The naming was
The 1914-15 STar aS awarded To The done here in Canada and the format was probably decided at Na-
royal CaNadiaN Navy val Headquarters in Ottawa
Second, how many 1914-15 Stars were awarded to the RCN? The
The medals awarded to those who served in the RCN and RNCVR
1914 RCN manpower level of the RCN was not more than 350
during WW1 were the usual trio; the 1914 – 15 Star, the British
officers and men. A further 1000 were recruited and enrolled dur-
War Medal and the Victory Medal. The naming on the Stars award-
ing the war, but, how many before the end of 1915 and were as-
ed to the RCN are particularly interesting as the style used was
signed duties which took them ‘overseas’? The navy’s principal
different than that of those issued to members of the RN and other
manpower base was the RNCVR where 8000 were recruited and
Empire navies. The naming style used omitted the usual service
assigned to a variety of naval duties including Overseas. Uncon-
number but included their respective rank and the name of the ship
firmed estimates of the medal recipients to the RCN and RNCVR
where he qualified.
is about 5000.
As well, you cannot tell from the naming on a Canadian naval
All Heads on Deck!!!
Toronto’s Navy Team Shaves Head and raises $10000 the Terry Fox Foundation!
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Its a great cause and its all worth it!!!
At HMCS YORK’s Battle of the Atlantic mess dinner on
June 30th, with 3 of those that were actually there 65 years
ago and more: Fraser McKee, Diana Hirschmann and
Werner Hirschmann, late of U-190, Elaine and Andy Irwin,
who was the featured speaker at the dinner.
Seaworthy, impeccably detailed and
fully operational models of HMCS
TORONTO, a Halifax Class Frigate
currently in use by the Canadian Navy,
and HMCS LOUIS St. LAURENT, were
displayed at TASK FORCE 72 Annual
Regatta in Forestville NSW, Australia.
Who doesn’t like Ship Models? then Governor of New South in the UK that they have started their
Wales and now Patron of their own offshoot branch, “TASK FORCE
TASK FORCE 72 Scale Model Ship association, Rear Admiral Peter 72 UK”.
Association Inc. was first conceived Sinclair, AC, RAN (Ret’d.) and In over 10th years of operations, we
in 1994 following discussions over a the then Naval Support Com- now display all around Australia under
few beers, as all good ideas are! It was mander, Rear-Admiral David the TASK FORCE 72 Banner. Those
thought that “it might be nice” to see all Campbell, RAN, (Ret’d.) were of us who were lucky enough to have a
the 1:72 scale model ships that we knew also suitably impressed by the hand in the starting up of this associa-
were being constructed at the time, sail- presence of so many models. tion are immensely proud of what has
ing together in one place. The lake is a picturesque site, been achieved and the reputation that
surrounded by bushland with the association can now boast.
A venue was found by David Rowland houses tucked into the trees. It
who lived in the area, tested and found is large at approximately four Thousands of the general public, and we
to be quite suitable to hold a display hectares with a sandy, shallow tend to agree with them, have told us
that was to be the first of its type held in bottom along the edge, ideally that TASK FORCE 72 members pro-
Australia. This “First Regatta” took place suited to moor or anchor ves- duce some of the finest models of Na-
over the weekend of the 25th and 26th sels and be close enough to the val and Merchant Vessels anywhere in
of November 1995. shore that the public can view the world and display them in a novel
the models, without getting too way. Where else in the world can you
As the Saturday morning drew around, close. Since this humble begin- go and see up to 100 models of historic
they could feel that this was going to a ning of 35 members with around and present day ships and submarines
great success. Over 60 models had ar- 70 models between us, the as- all together in their natural element and
rived and were now gathering on the sociation has grown to over 100 all built to one common scale.
beautiful waters of Wentworth Falls members with over 300 models. At the moment, the answer is,
Lake in the beautiful Blue Mountains This includes overseas members “Nowhere, except here at TASK
about 60 km west of Sydney. in Canada, New Zealand, USA, FORCE 72.”
Their special guests of the weekend, the Germany and enough members
From the ediTOr
PAuL SiMAS, editor
SALUTING CANADA’S NAVAL HISTORY AND CULTURE
What a year for our Navy! I have just gotten news that as we speak, the Canadian
Senate is tabling a bill to restore the official use of the term Canadian Navy, in-
stead of the post-unification more generic term “Maritime Command”. Let’s hope
they are successful!
It is also interesting to observe the reaction of those involved in the realm of the
Navy Family, and the public at large. There has been some rumblings about the
financial investments into a largely “cosmetic” change to the Naval Officer’s uni-
form by the addition of the Executive Curl. Some say that the investment could
have been put to better use, such as on the refurbishing of the MCDV’s, or even
investment into recruiting for the Naval Reserves, however history has shown us
that not investing into culture and traditions can have rippling effects, as the Navy
experienced while wearing Green Uniforms during the “unification” years.
416-824-8351 Although the resurgence of the Executive Curl isn’t as dramatic as the implemen-
tation of the DEUs (Distinctive Environmental Uniforms) was in the 80’s, it is a
symbolic, but powerful gesture that Canada is now ready to recognize that it has a
...canada is now proud Naval history. Now a name change is proposed. It is great to see Canadians
getting involved and caring for their Navy and other uniquely Canadian institu-
ready to tions. Creating and molding its own structures, history and culture.
recognize that it
While it is true that the government is paying more attention to the Navy, it is
has a proud also true that the Navy must engage Canadians. While parades and uniforms help
to show a Naval presence, it is by truly participating in their community that the
naval history... Navy will shine! Our head shave event was fantastic fun and the folks at the Terry
Fox Foundation now have a wonderful memory of their joint activity with the
Navy! The NOAC can be a wonderful vehicle that can tie and facilitate and even
organize events in which the Navy can engage with their Naval Family. From
Veterans to Sea and Navy League Cadets. They are the past, present and future of
our Navy, and if not that, they are supporters! Talking and getting involved with
Canadians also help to personify and recognize their Navy.
After all, this is the CANADIAN NAVY! YOUR NAVY!
2010 Naval Community Calendar
Canadian National Exhibition ON - Toronto 2010-08
Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve (R.C.N.V.R.) Plaque to be Remounted
ON - Toronto 2010-09
Dedication of Gun ON - Toronto 2010-05-02
Citizenship Ceremony at HMCS YORK ON - Toronto 2010-05-04
Open House ON - Toronto 2010-05-29
Freedom of the City / Sunset Ceremony ON - Toronto 2010-09-03
NOAC Centennial Ball ON - Toronto 2010-10-23
Great Lakes Deployment - Ships Visit ON - Toronto 2010-09-02
Toronto Fleet Week & International Air Show ON - Toronto 2010-09-02
TD Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-Up ON - Toronto 2010-09-18
Canadian Naval Centennial Ball ON - Toronto 2010-10-23
Street Banners ON - Toronto 2010-07
If you have any events that you would like included in the calendar in Fall 2010
please contact Paul Simas, email firstname.lastname@example.org - phone 416-824-8351
The deadline for the Fall BUMPH is 30August 2010.
Members are requested to make advance, prepaid reservations for all social and educational events, using the
addressed envelope that will be included with the notice of event mailed to you.
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