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									www.navres.dnd.ca                                                                                  Vol.13, No.3, December 2004



HMC Ships cross the Arctic Circle
by Ms. Jeri Grychowski, MARLANT Public Affairs




I       t was a first for HMCS Goose Bay
        as the ship crossed the Arctic Circle,
        as well as a first for any Canadian
naval vessel when, on August 30, Goose
Bay, along with HMCS Montréal, crossed
                                                  boundary. With the sun shining brightly and
                                                  with a clear view of the mountains behind
                                                  them, Goose Bay and Montréal crossed
                                                  the Arctic Circle. As this was the first time
                                                  that an MCDV has ever “crossed the line,”
                                                                                                  Those who have not crossed previously
                                                                                                  are referred to as “pollywogs,” and must
                                                                                                  go through a special ceremony to become
                                                                                                  “shellbacks” (fit subjects of King Neptune).
                                                                                                  These ceremonies are unofficial and parti-
the Arctic Circle in Canadian waters. This        Goose Bay can proudly add this to their         cipation is on a voluntary basis and while
is the first time that a Maritime Coastal         long list of accomplishments, which includes    not the most dignified of nautical customs,
Defence Vessel (MCDV) has sailed this far         participation in EX BLUE GAMES in 2001          it is certainly one of the oldest and most
north. Both ships traveled more than 1690         and being one of two MCDVs to participate       widely observed.
nautical miles to reach the Arctic Circle.        in EX NARWHAL in 15 years.

HMCS Goose Bay had a rendezvous with              The Arctic Circle crossing has a long sea-
HMCS Montréal five nautical miles south of        faring custom, and is an integral part of the
                                                                                                                       ed
the Arctic Circle in the Davis Strait, and then   naval tradition meant to celebrate and recog-                    tinu
                                                                                                               Con age 4
both ships proceeded towards Neptune’s            nize the achievement of individual sailors.                   on p




HMCS Goose Bay and HMCS Montréal
cross the Arctic Circle together.
IN THIS ISSUE                                                                    The Naval Reserve LINK
                                                                                  Vol.13, No.3, December 04

                                                                                              Director
3          From the Commander                                                           Lt(N) Peggy Thériault
                                                                                               Editor
           Operations                                                                   Lt(N) Peggy Thériault
4          HMC Ships cross the Arctic Circle (continued)                                    Contributors
5          Canadian NCAGS Participation in Exercise BRIGHT FUTURE 04             Cmdre R. Blakely, Cdr J.A. Cotter,
                                                                                 Cdr H. Létourneau, Cdr A. Zuliani,
6          NCAGS at Sea in Support to Sovereignty and Fisheries Patrols        LCdr R. Gwalchmai, LCdr P. Henault,
7          Discovery Sails as a Unit                                             Lt(N) S. Candow, Lt(N) J. Nadeau,
                                                                                Lt(N) C. Pelletier, Lt(N) D. Podolchuk,
           Training                                                                 Lt(N) B. Sweet, SLt J. Banke,
                                                                                 SLt J. Savidge, SLt A.G. Wordley,
8          Operational MOS Will See New Changes in Training                  A/SLt J. Blatherwick, CPO2 S. Cakebread,
9          R82B Maritime Intelligence — Training and Employment Way Ahead   PO1 D. Bennett, PO2 B. McCulloch Morden,
                                                                                  PO2 I. Tremblay, LS F. Mosseray,
10         The C-OJT Program Improves Hard Sea Training                        LS J.-P. Simoneau, Ms. J. Grychowski.
12         A Kingston Getaway                                                                Translation
                                                                                        Lt(N) François Ferland
           In the NRDs
                                                                                          Graphic Design
13         HMCS Cabot — Ready Aye Ready: Parading in Record Numbers
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14         A New Commanding Officer for HMCS Malahat                                     Boischatel (Québec)
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                                                                                   FROM THE
                                                                                 COMMANDER


                                                      Christmas Wishes
                                                      by Cmdre R. Blakely, Commander Naval Reserve



                                                              n behalf of the Naval Reserve Command

                                                      O       team and our “significant others”, I wish you
                                                              the joy and happiness of this Holiday Season.

                                                      May the New Year be filled with joy, health and
                                                      prosperity.

                                                      Please, take every opportunity during this Season
                                                      to gather with your friends and family and share
                                                      the happiness of the Season.




             THE “JOBS AVAILABLE” PAGE ON THE INTRANET
                                 by Lt(N) Jocelyn Nadeau, NAVRESHQ

    For those of you who didn’t know yet, the NAVRES site on the Intranet (the DIN) includes a page
  where are listed all the jobs available to Naval Reserve personnel, both in and out of the Naval Reserve
          itself (http://navreshq.mil.ca/perl/jobs/jobs.pl?l=e). Here are a few improvements that
                                     have recently been made to the page.

      The Description column alone was often not sufficient to explain what the position was all about.
  To rectify this situation, some positions on the “Results” page now have a “Terms of Service” hyperlink
that provides amplifying information provided by the appropriate Career Manager. As well, positions offered
         to Class A personnel will now be clearly identified, thus eliminating any misunderstanding.

            The search engine has also been improved, in that positions that are open to more
                       than one rank will now be shown in all appropriate reports.

           Hopefully, these few changes will make your search easier and improve the accuracy
      of the information provided. If you have other ideas on how to improve this page or any other,
      please do not hesitate to click on the “Contact Us” button (at the top of every page on the site)
                                     and send us your recommendation.



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OPERATIONS

HMC Ships cross the Arctic Circle                                                                    (continued)
by Ms. Jeri Grychowski, MARLANT Public Affairs




A total of 38 personnel aboard Goose Bay,       HMCS Goose Bay, under the command of              HMCS Montréal, under the command of
including seven from the 5th Canadian Ranger    Cdr Mark Cameron and carrying a crew of           Cdr Bill Woodburn and carrying a crew of
Patrol Group, and 131 pollywogs from            42, patrolled the north as part of OPERA-         225, completed Exercise NARWHAL, a
HMCS Montréal, prepared to be shellbacks.       TION SAGLEK. Sailing aboard Goose Bay             CF joint exercise involving approximately
All pollywogs appeared before King Neptune      were members of the 5 th Canadian Ranger          600 personnel from the Navy, Army and Air
and his court to demonstrate their worthiness   Patrol Group who conducted security checks        force. During the exercise, HMCS Montréal
as subjects of the sea. Also in attendance      at various North Warning System sites             operated in the Pangnirtung and Kingnait
were Queen Aphrodite, Davy Jones, the           located along the Labrador coast. During          Fjords and the Cumberland Sound area.
Royal Barber, the Royal Dentist and the         OP SAGLEK the ship visited ports at               EX NARWHAL was designed to challenge
Royal Doctor. As a symbolic gesture to          Forteau Bay, Port Hope Simpson, Black             the Commander Canadian Forces Northern
King Neptune, the pollywogs painted the         Tickle, Cartwright, Makkovik, Postville and       Area and his staff as an operational-level
bullring blue to indicate that the ships had    Hopedale. The ship also sailed to its name-       headquarters in a domestic operation.
entered King Neptune’s icy arctic realm.        sake city of Goose Bay, Newfoundland and
With this done, permission was granted          Labrador, for an official port call, and hosted   HMCS Goose Bay returned to Halifax mid-
by King Neptune to carry on with their          the community with an open house.                 September, and HMCS Montréal returned
business in his icy waters.                                                                       after a port visit to its own namesake city.




      HMCS Goose Bay visits the North
      by SLt A.G Wordley, Bridge Watchkeeper, HMCS Goose Bay




      O
               n Monday, August 30, 2004, HMCS Goose Bay                While North of the Arctic Circle Goose Bay visited the remote
               crossed the famous 66° 40´ 00 Northern parallel,         community of Qikiqtarjuaq on Baffin Island. An isolated Inuit
               becoming the first KINGSTON class vessel to cross        community of 600, they were quite intrigued by the ship.
      the Arctic Circle. The ship was deployed to the Labrador          Several members of the crew had the chance to disembark
      coast, visiting several small, out-port communities on its way    in Qikiqtarjuaq; the opportunity to meet members of the
      north to Baffin Island.                                           community and to set foot on Baffin Island was appreciated
                                                                        by all.
      Seven members of Canada’s Northern Rangers were onboard
      to recruit and promote the Ranger program in Labrador. The        On the way back to Halifax the ship enjoyed a namesake port
      Rangers also conducted four patrols to Northern Radar Early       visit to Goose Bay, which was thoroughly enjoyed by commu-
      Warning sites along the coastline.                                nity and crew alike. The five-week deployment was very busy
                                                                        and rewarding. The freshly painted blue bullring on the foc’sle
      The Commanding Officer of Goose Bay, Commander Mark               of Goose Bay marks the significance of the event.
      Cameron, described how “this event best demonstrates both
      the flexibility and capability of the KINGSTON Class. While
      supporting domestic security objectives as well as relations in
      remote communities, we were very fortunate to have been
      permitted to go just a little further and gain rare knowledge
      of our Northern boundaries.”




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                                                                                                         OPERATIONS

Canadian NCAGS Participation
in Exercise BRIGHT FUTURE 04
by Lt(N) David Podolchuk, Unit Information Officer, HMCS Chippawa



F
        rom October 7 to 15, 2004, a total       Given the NCAGS migration to R82 Maritime       Canadian NCAGS Officers SLt Kevin Fu
        of five Canadian officers participated   Intelligence in Canada, both Lt(N) Patricia     from HMCS Cabot and SLt Jason Giroux
        in BRIGHT FUTURE, an exercise            Girard from NAVRESHQ and Lt(N) David            from HMCS Donnacona also served, in
involving Naval Cooperation and Guidance         Podolchuk from HMCS Chippawa felt that          Copenhagen and Toulon respectively.
for Shipping (NCAGS) personnel from              the opportunity to serve as Briefing and
Canada, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany,       Watch Officers during their rotation at the     The European NCAGS Officers were grate-
Great Britain and France, with an observer       Shipping Control Point in Ostend provided       ful for Canada’s contribution and look
from Romania. Canadian participants              valuable experience in the areas of informa-    forward to the opportunity to serve in
operated out of Exercise Headquarters in         tion gathering and dissemination, areas of      future Canadian exercises as part of a
Stavanger, Norway, as well as Shipping           increasing importance in the evolution of       NATO NCAGS team.
Control Points in Ostend, Belgium,               their occupation. Given the relative infre-
Copenhagen, Denmark and Toulon, France.          quency of multi-national exercises, the
                                                 opportunity to practice and hone their skills
Lt(N) Lee Whitmore from HMCS York,               alongside their NATO counterparts was
who served as the Allied Worldwide               considered the chance of a lifetime. Also
Navigational Information System (AWNIS)          attached to the staff of Shipping Control
Officer in Stavanger, stated that the most       Point Ostend was a Romanian Naval Officer
advantageous aspect he found to the exercise     monitoring the exercise in advance of
was the possibility to see how our foreign       Romania’s joining NATO.
counterparts did similar tasks in different
ways. All of the Canadian participants com-
mented on the high level of professionalism
demonstrated by our allies and how quickly
a sense of camaraderie developed.
                                                 On their spare time, among other things,
                                                 Lt(N) Patricia Girard, from NAVRESHQ, and
                                                 Lt(N) David Podolchuk, from HMCS Chippawa,
                                                 travelled between Ypres and Bruges, where the
                                                 Canadian Memorial of St. Julien stands in
                                                 remembrance of those who died during
                                                 the heroic stand of Canadians through
                                                 the first gas attacks of WWI.




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OPERATIONS

NCAGS at Sea in Support
to Sovereignty and Fisheries Patrols
by Lt(N) Brad Sweet, HMCS Scotian




O
        n 23 September 2004, Lt(N)              Our primary role was to help the operations
        Malcolm French (R82O) from              department identify merchant ships and
        HMCS Queen and Lt(N) Brad               fishing vessels in the region. We also cap-
Sweet (R82O) from HMCS Scotian                  tured valuable information related to fishing
embarked with HMCS St. John’s for               operations off the Canadian coast. In addi-
two and a half weeks of directed workups        tion to maintaining the database created
(DWUPS) and, originally, a Sovereignty          before sailing, the NCAGS personnel
Patrol. For both Lt(N) French and Lt(N)         researched and collected information related
Sweet, the trip was a valuable learning tool    to the fishing vessels, their parent companies,
and a means of exercising the NCAGS role        and general movements in the region.
in recognized maritime picture and mer-         Hailing the fishing vessels themselves pro-
chant ship and fishing industry knowledge.      vided the opportunity to verify Open Source       Lt(N) Brad Sweet, HMCS Scotian, and Lt(N) Malcolm French,
With the expanded role of the recently          information.                                               HMCS Queen, on board HMCS St John’s.
changed Naval Cooperation and Guidance
for Shipping (NCAGS) classification, this       While expanding our role into Fisheries, the      The role of NCAGS at sea is flexible and
deployment was an excellent opportunity         function of maintaining the database for          allows the NCAGS officers to focus their
to trial some functions traditionally           merchant ships continued. Working with            skills in areas that can often be overlooked
employed in overseas scenarios such as in       HMCS Kingston via MCOIN III chat and              by a heavily tasked ship’s staff. Open source
exercises and deployments in the Persian        email, the number of duplicated hailings          information, contacts ashore, and use of
Gulf. Following DWUPS, however, HMCS            was reduced, a fact no doubt appreciated          deployable software make it possible to
St. John’s was re-tasked to Fisheries Patrol,   by the merchant ship community. The               operate remotely while providing the best
which changed the work of the NCAGS             creation of a database to record information      service possible to the command team.
detachment.                                     on ships hailed allowed for a better indication
                                                of what has already been confirmed and            The deployment allowed Lt(N) French to
For both officers, the deployment on board      identified. This database was then turned         visit the province of Newfoundland and
a frigate meant recalling previous experi-      over to TRINITY, the East Coast Maritime          Labrador for the first time. He will not soon
ences and re-learning shipboard routines.       Operations Support and Intelligence Centre,       forget St. John’s, always one of the best port
Safety drills, FF/DC, and general seamanship    for analysis and information capturing.           visits. Both Lt(N) French and Lt(N) Sweet
proved a worthwhile venture in themselves       The photographs and information gleaned           have gained valuable experience from this
and helped integrate the two officers with      from the database will help with Mari-            deployment. Their experiences will benefit
the ship’s company during three days            time Interdiction Operations and future           the NCAGS community and will be used
of preparation with Sea Training staff on       Sovereignty/Fishing patrols.                      to inform both MAROPSGRU 5 and
board. With the patience and support of                                                           MAROPSGRU 4, ultimately allowing more
many in the ship’s company, the two                                                               NCAGS officers to participate in similar
NCAGS officers became valued members                                                              patrols off our coasts. The ability to use the
of the crew of HMCS St. John’s.                                                                   knowledge gained through the experiences
                                                                                                  of the NCAGS personnel will enable Canada
                                                                                                  to better safeguard her sovereignty over her
                                                                                                  territorial waters and enforce international
                                                                                                  agreements over fishing stocks in a world
                                                                                                  of rapidly depleting natural resources.




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                                                                                                OPERATIONS

Discovery Sails as a Unit
by A/SLt Jim Blatherwick, Unit Information Officer, HMCS Discovery




S
         ixty-four crewmembers of HMCS        The YAG weekend was beneficial in several
         Discovery spent the weekend of       ways. Sailing together as a unit helps pro-
         October 1–3 honing their skills on   mote cohesion and teamwork within the
yard auxiliary gate vessels (YAGs). This is   unit. It also allows the crew to practice their
the first YAG weekend in several years for    respective trades in a practical environment.
Discovery and the crew was excited to hit     There is no substitute for at-sea training, as
the water. The three YAGs left the jetty at   shore-based training alone is insufficient to
Discovery and conducted training in the       maintain the nautical flavour of what it is to
waters around Vancouver. Port visits were     be a sailor.
made to Gibsons and Snug Cove on
overnight stays.

The new XO of Discovery, LCdr Mark            HMCS Discovery conducts
Fletcher, was pleased with the weekend.       a RAS evolution.

“I'm impressed with the number of evolu-
tions that were completed,” he indicated.
The type of evolutions referred to included
towing approaches, man overboard drills,
boat operations, officer of the watch
manoeuvres, as well as many others.




                                                                        7                         LINK Vol.13, No.3, December 2004
TRAINING

Operational MOS Will See
New Changes in Training
by Cdr J.A. Cotter, Naval Reserve Command Development Programs




T
          he training year 2003–2004 con-        My thanks to the NRDs who prepared the           The Naval Part Task Trainer (NPTT) was
          tained many new initiatives for the    initial set of study material; their efforts     introduced into the NRDs over a year ago.
          Operations Branch, in particular a     have been helpful to everyone. For instance,     Properly used, these systems will enhance
number specifically designed for MARS            Administration/Logistics exam pass results       the training and retention of skills for
officers. These are summarized as follows:       went up by 30 % this past spring. Parti-         BOSNs, NCIOPs, and MARS officers alike.
                                                 cipant feedback from those who have gone         Unit Training Officers are encouraged to
                                                 through the tutorials or used the packages       seek regional assistance to ensure that their
↵   Command Exam Tutorials:                      is essential to keeping them current and         sailors take full advantage of these systems.
                                                 useful for all. The packages and tutorials
    There are now tutorials offered to assist
                                                 will assist those who have done some             Earlier in June, I attended a focus group
    in the preparation for Nav 2, Nav 3 and      preparation on their own, as this material       sponsored by CMOG 4. CMOG 4 has
    Ops Comm. Two tutorials will be              is designed to help understand the more          undertaken the task to develop the concept
    offered in the fall and two in the spring,   complex principles.                              of employment for the YAG replacement.
    hosted by a Naval Reserve Division                                                            These new vessels will provide the Navy
    (NRD) near you.                              The mentoring program continues for              with far more capability than the current
                                                 another year. Two new mentors have been          vessels, yet the training mission, and support
                                                 added, Cdr Chris Ross, Commanding                to Reserves and Cadets, remains a promi-
                                                 Officer of HMCS York and LCdr Al Offer,          nent role. These vessels will be tasked with
↵   Command Exam Study Guides:                   Commanding Officer of HMCS Prevost.              missions; when that happens there may well
                                                                                                  be a Class A Command Qualified CO on
    There are four study guides in place
                                                 Over the years, there have been many             the bridge.
    covering Administration/Logistics, Engi-     efforts to fine-tune the basic MARS training
    neering/Damage Control, Seamanship/          program. Each of these attempts has had          In short there is opportunity for Class A
    Ceremonial, and Rules of the Road.           consequences for our community. This             MARS Officers; the pursuit of command is
    The latter two have been added or            resulted in a January meeting with the           demanding, but it is also ultimately reward-
    updated for Fall 2004.                       Director, Training and Education Policy          ing. I encourage each and every one of you
                                                 (DTEP) and Naval Reserve Headquarters            to complete your Part 1, get sea time so as
                                                 staff like N1, N13, the Branch Advisor and       to remain current and go for it. The support
                                                 Capt(N) Gagliardi, to help convey to the         from the Formation is there to assist you in
↵   Mentoring Program:                           Naval Operation Training Centre (NOTC)           your efforts and help you attain the goal.
                                                 and DTEP that certain fundamentals were          Persevere and seize the moment; with a
    Aimed at assisting the Part 1 qualified
                                                 understood as hard constraints. NERVS, a         good plan and dedication you can complete
    officer in his preparation for the           study of the Naval Reserve conducted in          the exams in short order. Feedback on the
    Command Board. Participation is by           2001, showed that if MARS training               quality of the study material gives me
    application and is advertised annually       exceeds three years, our MARS attrition          guidance and support to get them improved
    each spring.                                 rates skyrocket; hence a three-year window       so that the goal remains in reach.
                                                 is what the system must work towards to
                                                 create a capable and safe bridge watch-
↵                                                keepers (BWK). Some officers may take
    Command Appreciation:                        longer than that, so there is flexibility to
    Capt(N) David Gagliardi offers a             handle those officers, but the norm must be
    demanding session in the Navigation          for candidates to complete their training
    and Bridge Simulator (NABS) twice            within three years. Furthermore, it was
    yearly. This program is designed for         agreed that the BWK board would be
    MARS officers who have a few exams           reinstated in 2005. This serves many
    under their belt and are actively            purposes, not the least of which is that it is
    pursuing their command qualification.        a common standard for qualifying BWKs.
    The purpose is to help them understand
    how to work out complex problems in
    a bridge setting.




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                                                                                                           TRAINING

R82B Maritime Intelligence —
Training and Employment                                                                                      Intelligence
                                                                                                             Branch Crest.

Way Ahead
by LCdr Paul Henault, Executive Officer,
HMCS Tecumseh




W
        ell, it’s official! With the release
        of CANFORGEN 130/04 on 25
        October 2004, the Intelligence
occupation is now organized into environ-
mental sub-divisions for both the Regular
Force and Primary Reserve, the R86
NCAGS occupation is officially deleted, and
                                                                               Descent
NCAGS training is now a component of the                     by LCdr R. Gwalchmai, Clearance diver
new R82B Primary Reserve Intelligence —
Sea (R82B P RES INT SEA) qualification.               I have been diving for over 30 years now and throughout that time,
This change is effective 1 September 2004.         I was constantly asked by people “what was it like?,” or “why did I like
                                                  diving so much?,” and for the longest time, I just couldn’t find the words
The change in occupation also means a            to explain what it was I found in diving that made me want to make diving
change of cap badge for former R86 officers.          my life’s purpose. Many years later, I came across the famous poem
Qualified P RES INT SEA officers now wear           High Flight, written by John Gillespie, a pilot in World War II, and he
the Intelligence Branch cap badge, qualified       so perfectly captured what it felt like to fly... I thought that if I followed
NCAGS officers will replace their Naval                  the same “ebb and flow” that Gillespie did in writing his poem,
Operations Branch cap badge with the                 then perhaps I could capture the true essence of diving with words…
Intelligence Branch cap badge upon com-             After about one year of juggling words around, I finally came up with
mencing INT training, and new entry officers     DESCENT and when I showed it to fellow divers, the response was always
will commence wearing the Intelligence            the same: a smile and a sigh and then the words “you couldn’t have said
Branch cap badge upon entry.                         it more clearly.” Just as John Gillespie wrote his poem for the pilots
                                                        of the world, I have written this poem for the divers of the world.
To put the significance of these changes in
perspective, the migration from NCAGS to
Intelligence is as significant for the Regular
Force Intelligence and Primary Reserve                   Oh, I have shrugged off the noise and calamity of modern day
NCAGS occupations as the migration from                    and floated through the depths on bubble-glistening fins.
Gate Vessels to MCDVs was for the Primary                    Downward I have drifted and joined the ebb and flow
Reserve MARS and NCM operational
                                                                          of wind-driven currents,
occupations. And it’s anticipated that the
long-term impact on the Naval Reserve and               and done a thousand things you would never have dreamed of.
Canadian Navy will be just as significant.               Dipping and swooping deep in the limpid pools of silent seas,
                                                                              Floating…. Drifting….
So what’s next and what does it mean to you?
                                                                     I’ve chased shimmering schools of fish,
To help answer those questions, an in-depth
article is available at the LINK online                             laughed through coral-carpeted canyons,
(www.navres.dnd.ca) that examines two key          and eased my rubber-covered body through the floorless oceans of blue.
issues: Training and Employment. The                          Deeper and deeper into the bone-chilling depths
in-depth article will be of interest to R82
                                                          I’ve descended to the sand covered bottom of the universe,
officers under training, R82 officers seeking
conversion training, all Commanding                    with peaceful reserve, where sunshine nor rain have ever danced.
Officers, and Naval Reservists in general                           And…. While with silent questioning mind,
who seek to understand the significance of          I’ve slipped through the blue un-trespassed serenity of the heavenly sea,
this change and what it will mean to them in                                   Raised up my face
the long term.
                                                                        and felt the cool embrace of God




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TRAINING

The C-OJT Program
Improves Hard Sea Training
by CPO2 Samantha Cakebread, Coxswain C-OJT/HMCS Saskatoon



C
          oordinated On the Job Training          This summer, the C-OJT program was a                 The program also acquired three rigid hull
          (C-OJT) — a term that brings forth a    joint venture between Maritime Forces                inflatable boats (RHIB) for extensive boat
          multitude of questions and opinions.    Pacific (MARPAC) and Naval Reserve                   work and deployed up to three Yard
Having spent seven years as a coxswain            Headquarters (NAVRESHQ). Representing                Auxiliary Gate Vessels (YAGs) in local
in the MCDV community, I was skeptical            MARPAC, LCdr Lorne Carruth was                       waters. Modified operations rooms involving
of this new way of training and the concept       appointed as OIC and CPO2 Mario Beaudet              two NAVCOMMs and two NCIOPs were
of “coordinating” OJT. Back home at               acted on behalf of NAVRESHQ’s Training               stood up on each YAG. They simulated
HMCS Hunter on Class “A”, I ruthlessly            section in the capacity of Course Training           the use of Command & Control Personal
questioned returning participants from the        Officer. With the support of Canadian Fleet          Computers (C2PC) to convey information
2003 Pilot Program in Halifax and gathered        Pacific and, more specifically, the Fourth           via messages on all ship incidents and
all sorts of stories from my various sources.     Maritime Operations Group (MAROPS-                   movements, which were recorded, tracked
In the end, I was not able to discover exactly    GRU 4) HQ, the program benefited greatly             and plotted in the operations centre on
what C-OJT was until I was attached to            from the allocation of HMCS Saskatoon,               Saskatoon. To ensure things were kept
MARPAC N15 for the summer and volun-              the down ship, as its central operating base.        interesting, incidents such as fires, ground-
teered to be coxswain of the program itself.      This allowed the trainees to be exposed to           ings and encounter exercises were injected.
                                                  the KINGSTON Class platform in an along-
Once involved, I came to realize that this        side daily routine. It also provided a conve-        The most significant boost to resources
training was not that different from what         nient location to liaise with the other              came when MARPAC and MAROPSGRU 4
the ships have already been providing tradi-      MAROPSGRU 4 ships. Most importantly, it              were able to divert HMCS Nanaimo’s
tional Class “A” Reservists. It is very similar   streamlined the at sea OJPR requirements             79 sea days from MARS training to the
to the Naval Reserve Division training            by providing a platform for the trainees to          C-OJT program. Nanaimo established a
deployments that occur on both coasts,            lay much of the groundwork alongside. The            new benchmark in NCM training. Under
usually in February or March, only extended       MESOs were able to complete all their                the leadership of LCdr Martin, Nanaimo
and enhanced. The C-OJT version provides          drawings, the NCIOPs and NAVCOMMs                    successfully implemented an ambitious
more resources, a very qualified instructor       could use their regular workspaces and               training schedule. The extraordinary effort
cadre and excellent administrative support.       equipment, and the BOSNs could execute               put forth by the ship’s company was
The entire schedule is built around the           slow time layouts of all evolutions. The             truly outstanding during this hectic and
individual training requirements of the NCM       training even included “coming to a buoy,”           demanding schedule. The ship served as the
OJPRs embarked. In a nutshell, the program        facilitated by QHM who placed a buoy                 backbone for the success of the program
utilizes senior tradespersons to streamline       off the bow of Saskatoon. With a galley              this year and demonstrated how valuable
training opportunities. For the traditional       up and running, all West Coast OJT cooks             one ship, dedicated for an extended period
Class “A” sailor in the past, completing a        were brought under the program’s control             to NCM training, can be. Further, the efforts
package could take years. Now all trainees        as well.                                             of Nanaimo, Yellowknife and Edmonton
are given access to the necessary resources                                                            have provided invaluable lessons learned
and guidance to complete their OJPRs              C-OJT has been scheduled for every sum-              with respect to how the efficiency of OJT
within each trade’s serial (ie. NAVCOMM,          mer until 2008 with an allocated MCDV.               can be maximized.
NCIOP, BOSN – eight weeks and MESO –              This year, HMCS Edmonton was allocated
16 weeks). Further employment is now              to the program for two weeks in serial one
possible, enabling those who can to consoli-      and both Edmonton and Yellowknife for
date training by adding greater depth and         one week each in serial two. The ships
prepare for KINGSTON Class core/com-              delivered excellent training.
mon billets.




                                                                                     C-OJT trainees
                                                                                          launching
                                                                                       the sea boat.




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C-OJT is now the way the Naval Reserve                                                             Is the C-OJT program perfect?
accomplishes the majority of NCM OJT.
Traditional OJT contracts in the future will                                                       This is still an evolving project with a
be offered on a limited basis only. With                                                           mandate to improve and incorporate
that in mind, it is time to set the record                                                         recommendations each year. The need
straight and explain exactly what the C-OJT                                                        for more sea time and greater KINGSTON
program is. Here are some answers to                                                               Class familiarization is being addressed.
some of the more popular questions and                                                             Ultimately, this program is only as strong
                                                      VERTREP of HMCS Nanaimo.
misconceptions:                                                                                    as the Fleet that supports it. If you want
                                                                                                   to see improvements, ensure that each
What is the goal of the C-OJT program?            Does the C-OJT program create                    C-OJT participant is welcomed onboard
                                                  a complete sailor?                               and gets the maximum training benefit
The program’s minimum target is to provide                                                         for the limited time there. Get involved
“just enough training in just enough time”        There isn’t enough time and resources to         with the program itself by volunteering on
and enable traditional Class “A” Reservists       do that for everyone. It happens after OJT       your AVREP to be an instructor or backfill
to achieve their training and legitimate          through the consolidation contracts currently    to free up more experienced personnel.
career progression. All personnel on the          available. However, the program does realize
program are expected to achieve 100%              the importance of general seamanship and         Is the C-OJT Program a success?
OJPR completion. Every attempt is made            the full integration of a sailor into a ship’s
to ensure that each trainee is given the          company. Efforts are underway to implement       Yes. Prior to C-OJT, both coasts combined
necessary resources to complete his/her           improvements in this area and place              produced an average of 40 completed
OJPR. If a trainee fails to complete the          the KINGSTON Class Know-Your-Ship-               OJPRs. This summer, on the West Coast
OJPR, a review is scheduled to determine          Book online.                                     only, 114 trainees attended serial one and
the reasons for failure and recommenda-                                                            108 attended serial two. At the end of
tions are made accordingly.                       C-OJT trainees have no sea time.                 four months, 146 OJPRs were completed,
                                                                                                   including 19 MESO Engineering Roundsman
Does the C-OJT program meet                       Every effort is made to maximize sea time.       qualifications (“A” Tickets) granted.
the requirements of the OJPR?                     The NCIOPs, NAVCOMMs and BOSNs
                                                  spend on average 50% of their available
No performance objective is signed off before     training days at sea. QL2 trainees received
the trainee meets the criteria set out in         priority for sea billets over QL1s, as the
his/her OJPR. The program prioritizes those       requirement for KINGSTON Class watch-
signatures that can only be obtained at sea       keepers is QL2. MESOs are given the
and makes arrangements at shore establish-        most intense training. All drawings were
ments and/or the down ship to complete            completed utilizing ships alongside in the
the others. To ensure a consistent standard,      first six weeks. After 100% completion of
there is a requirement for each lead instructor   their drawings, they averaged 25 to 30
to have previously held a senior position         actual sea days. All met the minimum
onboard an MCDV (Senior NCIOP, CBM,               prerequisite of 50 watchkeeping hours prior
Senior NAVCOMM, Chief Engineer, as the            to proceeding to their boards.
case may be). Most importantly, all MESO
trainees sit their board with the ship they
did their post-drawing training on, the
same as any other ER trainee in the Fleet,
and only current KINGSTON Class Chief
Engineers qualify these tickets. QL3 trainees                           Small arms shoot.
loaded on the C-OJT are sent into the
Fleet to be double banked with the “top”
QL3-qualified counterpart available. That
section head is responsible for signing off
their OJPR. The program only monitors QL3
training to ensure satisfactory progress.
MESO QL3s are loaded on directed OJT.




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TRAINING

A Kingston Getaway
by LS Fabrice Mosseray, HMCS Carleton




                                                                                                                        Two divers in trouble.



A
        radiant sun never stopped shining        themselves by giving the rescuers a hard time,
        in Kingston during the weekend           acting as hysterical “winos” and casualties in
        of 25 September. HMCS Carleton           a state of shock. And these fledgling actors
was conducting a Port Security exercise,         were not shy about drenching their friends
organized by and for herself in collaboration    as they attempted to bring them aboard
with HMCS Cataraqui.                             their RHIB.

Led by the Operations Officer, LCdr Curtis       The activities went off with enthusiasm
Coates, and under the almost paternal            and in the spirit of good companionship.
gaze of our former Commanding Officer,           According to the Senior Training Coor-
Cdr Evan Boettger, now Commander of              dinator, Lt(N) Dwight Kane, the ship’s com-
Port Security Unit 3, who was there as           pany greatly appreciated the exercise, while
an observer, Carleton engaged in a whole         understanding the importance and relevance
series of activities.                            of its goals. He added that the exercise has
                                                                                                                       A Hurricane in action.
                                                 enhanced the significance the sailors grant
The Saturday was largely devoted to briefings    Port Security and that Carleton has been
on diverse subjects: plans for the weekend,      able to send ten members to Halifax for
first aid, firefighting, rules of engagement     Exercise PORT SHIELD. Our clerk friends
and administrative procedures. In contrast,      were arguably the happiest sailors there
Sunday was all action; among other things,       were, as they were able to actively partici-
the Reservists from Carleton had the             pate in the exercise, which took them out
assignment to protect Cataraqui against a        of their offices. But it would have been
terrorist attack — sticking to current events    impossible for the exercise to be so successful
enhances interest — and conduct patrols          without the unfailing collaboration and
and intercept operations, from rigid hull        support of Cataraqui, who gave Carleton
inflatable boats (RHIBs), Zodiacs and            access to their ship and their boats. And it is
Hurricanes.                                      impossible to forget the excellent work of
                                                 the cooks of the Kingston unit.                   NCdt Cowie and LS Harvey (HMCS Queen)
For their part, the divers, while they had                                                               en route to the site of the accident.
their own diving tasks to perform, had a lot     It is undeniable that an exercise of this type
of fun becoming actors. They were to simu-       has enabled the ship’s company in Carleton
late an accident in a little bay in the shadow   to get to know each other better, and conse-
of a high Martello tower. The scenario was       quently has reinforced teamwork and esprit
as follows: a zodiac full of impaired yachts-    de corps.
men has collided another full of diving
aficionados. Our show-off divers amused




                                                                                                            NCdt Tucker and LS Tesfamichael
                                                                                                               proceed with a routine check.




The drunken yachtsmen’s Zodiac
has collided with the dicers’ boat.
                                                                                                                            Final instructions.
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HMCS Cabot — Ready Aye Ready:
Parading in Record Numbers
by Lt(N) S. Candow, HMCS Cabot



O
        n September 25, a beautiful Saturday   The result of the hard work of the team at
        morning in St. John’s, the ship’s      HMCS Cabot is a well-trained and highly
        company of HMCS Cabot formed           motivated ship’s company. We are proud
up on the Cabot apron to conduct Colours       to serve. Cabot looks to continued growth
and start the training day.                    and contribution to the Naval Reserve.
                                               Ready Aye Ready!
On parade were 125 members of Cabot —
a record turnout! Over the past four years
we have nearly doubled in parade strength.
With competing opportunities offered by
five other Militia and Air Reserve units in                                                                       Colours on the Apron —
the St. John’s area, we have developed an                                                                         Southside St. John’s
                                                                                                                  Harbourfront.
exceptionally strong and active recruiting                                                                        (Photos by Lt(N) D. Aylward)
program. The success enjoyed is comple-
mented with a balanced training program,
a strong divisional focus, and a positive
work environment that is reflected in high
retention.




                               Naval Reserve Divisions this year have gone through major change.
           In addition to having greeted a new Commander for the Naval Reserve in Commodore Robert R. Blakely,
        as well as a new Formation Chief in CPO1 Glenn M. Woolfrey, some units have switched Commanding Officers,
                                              Executive Officers and Coxswains.

                  “The Naval Reserve is proud to have on board these new leaders, who will undoubtedly be up
                  to the challenges ahead,” said Capt(N) Viateur Tremblay, Deputy Commander Naval Reserve.
                           “But the excellent work done by their predecessors is not to be forgotten.”

        Incoming Commanding Officers                  Incoming Executive Officers                   Incoming Coxwains
      HMCS   Carleton: LCdr Roberts              HMCS Carleton: LCdr Hopper                 HMCS   Carleton: CPO1 Redican
      HMCS   Chippawa: LCdr Heuthorst            HMCS Champlain: LCdr Thibeault             HMCS   Champlain: PO1 Desautels
      HMCS   D’Iberville: LCdr Moutillet         HMCS D’Iberville: Lt(N) Bisson             HMCS   Discovery: CPO1 Munro
      HMCS   Donnacona: LCdr Dethier             HMCS Discovery: LCdr Fletcher              HMCS   Malahat: CPO2 Martin
      HMCS   Griffon: LCdr Marrack               HMCS Donnacona: LCdr DeVillers             HMCS   Montcalm : CPO2 Picard
      HMCS   Malahat: LCdr Zezza                 HMCS Jolliet: LCdr Nault                   HMCS   Queen: PO1 Mauro
      HMCS   Nonsuch: LCdr Smith                 HMCS Malahat : LCdr Guinchard              HMCS Queen Charlotte: CPO1 MacFadyen
      HMCS   Queen: LCdr Bell                    HMCS Nonsuch: LCdr Van Staalduinen         HMCS   Star: PO1 Bennett
      HMCS   Radisson: LCdr Brisson              HMCS Queen Charlotte: LCdr Mundy           HMCS   Tecumseh: PO1 Rasmussen
      HMCS   Unicorn: Cdr Christ                 HMCS York: LCdr Davies                     HMCS   Unicorn: PO1 Titus
      HMCS   York: Cdr Ross                                                                 HMCS   York: CPO2 McLennan




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IN THE NRDs

A New Commanding Officer
for HMCS Malahat
by SLt Jennifer Savidge, Unit Information Officer, HMCS Malahat



A
        t a September 25 Change of               Capt(N) Gagliardi expressed confidence in
        Command ceremony, Lieutenant-            LCdr Zezza’s ability to command Malahat
        Commander Lisa Zezza officially          effectively: “LCdr Zezza has offered her
took the helm of HMCS Malahat to become          commitment, dedication, and leadership
the unit’s 16th Commanding Officer.              to the Naval Reserve and to Malahat for
Captain(N) David Gagliardi relinquished          many years, and I am confident that she
his command of Malahat to LCdr Zezza,            will continue to provide inspiration to the
turning over an operational and well-trained     Ship’s Company as she takes up command.”
Ship’s Company. Commodore Robert                 Capt(N) Gagliardi has since taken up the
Blakely, Commander of the Naval Reserve,         position of Western Region Coordinator for
presided over the ceremony.                      the Naval Reserve. A pilot in civilian life, he
                                                 flies for a firm specializing in aerial forest
LCdr Zezza expressed her gratitude to            fire suppression.
Capt(N) Gagliardi for his achievements
while in command of Malahat: “I would like       In true naval tradition, the Ship’s Company
to thank Capt(N) Gagliardi for leaving me        mustered on the jetty at the conclusion of the
with a motivated, cohesive, and operational      ceremony to “cheer ship,” as their officers
Ship’s Company. His command will be a            symbolically “rowed ashore” their outgoing
very hard act to follow.” LCdr Zezza had         Commanding Officer.
                                                                                                                            Malahat’s officers row Capt(N) Gagliardi
assumed the position of Commanding                                                                                               ashore in a whaler in a traditional
Officer on June 15.                                                                                                                      “rowing ashore” ceremony.
                                                                                                                       (Photo source: Base Imaging CFB Esquimalt)

LCdr Zezza has served in the Naval Reserve
since 1981, beginning her career as a
Naval Signalman at HMCS Donnacona
and later reclassifying into the Naval
Control of Shipping (NCS) branch. In 1988,
LCdr Zezza took part in the trial sailing that
resulted in the unrestricted access of hard
sea trades and occupations to women, and
soon reclassified to the MARS branch.
She held a series of operational Class B
positions before joining Malahat in 1992.
LCdr Zezza acted as the ship’s Executive
Officer from 1999 to 2002. She is married
with two children.




                                                                                      Signing Ceremony: LCdr Zezza
                                                                                      and Capt(N) Gagliardi sign the
                                                                                      change of command certificate
                                                                                      as Commodore Blakely presides.
                                                                                      (Photo source: Base Imaging
                                                                                      CFB Esquimalt)




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A Sunday Morning Run
to Promote the Naval Reserve
by PO2 Isabelle Tremblay, HMCS Montcalm




F
       or the second straight year, some
       15 military personnel from Pointe-
       à-Carcy participated in the Mara-
thon des Deux-rives, the seventh edition of
which was run on 29 August 2004.

Financially supported by the PAC Consoli-
dated Fund, the 15 brave runners only had
to pay a small part of the registration fee. In
return, they proudly wore the Naval Reserve
t-shirt and “Navy” baseball cap during the
race. The goal, of course, was simple: maxi-       The running team from Pointe-à-Carcy participating
mum visibility for the naval presence in the           in the Marathon des Deux-rives, in Quebec City.
Québec community. Plus, naturally, the
direct benefit to our sailors’ physical fitness!

Dear reader, don’t fret, they did not run
the whole 42.3 km! Rather, three teams of
four runners were formed to run 10 km
each. Timings were calculated taking into
consideration each member’s age and
gender. Despite having to run into the
wind for the whole course, some runners
managed impressive times. Among the
women, PO2 Marie-Joëlle Gosselin from
Montcalm reached the finish line in 50 min;                               LS Karine Verrette.
among the men, Lt(N) Doug Jost from
CFFS(Q) ran the course in 43 min.

We must also emphasize the excellent
performances of PO2 Tim O’Brien from
Brunswicker, LCdr Nicole Girard and Lt(N)
Patricia Girard, both from NAVRESHQ,
who accepted the challenge of the half-
marathon, for 21 km. They ran their course
respectively in 1 h 52 min, 2 h 06 min, and
2 h 13 min.

Congratulations to all our runners!                                       LCdr Nicole Girard.
                                                                                                             LCdr Margaret Therrien
                                                                                                         receives a CMS commendation
                                                                                                           from Cmdre Robert Blakely
                                                                                                           for leading change, creative
                                                                                                         problem solving, mission-focus
                                                                                                          and delivery of leading edge
                                                                                                                training to the new
                                                                                                          Primary Reserve Intelligence
                                                                                                                  Sea Occupation.


                                                                      CPO2 Ronald Roberge.




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IN THE NRDs

Who Are You Running For?
HMCS Star up to Make a Difference!
by PO1 David Bennett, Coxn, HMCS Star



T
         he motto of HMCS Star is “Dili-          It is difficult to describe the energy and spirit
         gence.” Diligence is defined as          that we witnessed on Run day. At the
         “careful and persistent application      Hamilton/Burlington site, there were hun-
or effort.”                                       dreds of people with the “I’m running for”
                                                  bib on, proudly displaying pictures and the
The Ship’s Company of Star brought the            names of family members and loved ones
ship’s motto into action, in response to a        that have been affected by this dreadful
challenge that was issued by the LCdr             disease. Breast cancer is the most frequently
Bennett, Commanding Officer of HMCS               diagnosed cancer in Canadian women, and
Cataraqui, for participation in the Run for       approximately 21 200 women will be
a Cure.                                           affected in 2004 alone. Seeing the thousands
                                                  of people connected to this horrible disease
On Sunday October 3, 170 000 Canadians            come together — and knowing that you
nationwide participated in the CIBC Run           played a role in helping to create a future
for the Cure, to raise money and awareness        without breast cancer for our daughters and
                                                                                                            The HMCS Star band playing “Heart of Oak”
for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.        mothers, our wives and sons, our husbands,                                    at the start/finish line.
HMCS Star fielded a team 102 people               and our friends — it moves you beyond
strong and generated just over $6000              words.
for this one-day event. The team, with
HMCS Star emblazoned on the back of               The team was organized and administered
their shirts, and wearing their Star ball caps,   by LS Tavares and LS Lewis, with the assis-
ran, walked and in some cases were carried        tance of the RPO, PO2 Stiller. Without their
over the 5 km course.                             hard work and diligence, we would not have
                                                  been able to have such a strong showing!
All members crossed the finish line with a
great deal of pride and satisfaction, knowing
that collectively they were giving back to the
community who supports them. To assist in
the spirit of the event, the HMCS Star Band                                                             LS Potter (on the left) and LS Dans (on the right)
                                                                                                      shown here with the first ever “Star running Float”,
played at the start/finish line, sending the                                                                              hand crafted by LS Jody Dans.
participants off on their journey with “Heart
of Oak” playing in the background and
greeting them as they returned from their
trek crossing the finish line. One member
of our team, OS Baker, was so inspired by                           “We made it!”
the send off that he finished 7th overall in             The HMCS Star team is
                                                         all smiles after the race.
the race.




                                                                                                                                   The HMCS Star team
                                                                                                                              warming up before the run.


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Carleton’s New Commanding Officer
Accepts Challenge of Command
by PO2 Bettina McCulloch Morden, Assistant Unit Information Officer, HMCS Carleton



A
        t a change of command ceremony          When the Logistics occupation was opened              However, LCdr Roberts has had other
        held on Saturday, September 18,         to men in 1979, LCdr Roberts reapplied                rewarding and challenging experiences in
        2004,      Lieutenant-Commander         for Officer Training and was this time                the Naval Reserve. “My greatest challenges
Randolph Roberts officially assumed             successful. In 1983 he had the opportunity            in the Naval Reserve have been my two
command of HMCS Carleton. After                 to be a Supply Officer for two of the patrol          terms as Executive Officer of Brunswicker
recognizing his predecessor, Commander          boats assigned to support the Canada 1                and Carleton,” admits LCdr Roberts.
Kevin Sanford, for his outstanding contri-      yacht team during the America Cup being               “Being an XO at Carleton has enabled me
bution to the unit, LCdr Roberts spoke to       held in Newport, Rhode Island. “PBL                   to work with people from all departments,
his sailors about the future: “I want           Acadian from HMCS Donnacona and                       not just those in Logistics. It has exposed
Carleton to be a place where people want        PBL Detector from HMCS Cataraqui                      me to a myriad of issues: policy, personnel,
to be and where they feel that they are         departed Kingston, crossed Lake Ontario,              administration, finance, discipline and cere-
obtaining meaningful training and making        sailed down the Erie Canal to New York                monies.”
a meaningful contribution.”                     City and up the Long Island Sound to
                                                Newport,” remembers LCdr Roberts. “The                As Carleton’s new Commanding Officer,
The first Logistics Officer to become           trip took seven days. Each day I had to find          LCdr Roberts wants to “continue to build on
Carleton’s Commanding Officer, LCdr             berths for the boats and purchase rations,            the achievements of the past; a mature/adult
Roberts encouraged the ship’s company to        stores and repair parts.”                             approach to training enhanced through
seek opportunities, to face challenges and                                                            the use of trips to the coast and schools,
to accept responsibility. “The responsibility   In Newport, LCdr Roberts was faced with               a strong Divisional System and good
of command presents me with the biggest         the challenge of finding accommodation for            Divisional work, a well controlled unit
and most important challenge of my              the twenty crewmembers because the boats              establishment and high quality staff work.”
(Naval Reserve) career,” said LCdr Roberts,     were too small for personnel to live onboard
who joined the Naval Reserve in Halifax,        for any extended period. “It was no easy
Nova Scotia, in 1977.                           task in a resort town during the racing
                                                season,” confesses LCdr Roberts. Finally he
LCdr Roberts’ earlier experiences with the      had to sublet the third floor of a mansion
Naval Reserve are filled with further exam-     from one of the Australian teams. “I was
ples of opportunities sought and challenges     never taught this on my Supply course!”
overcome. “Originally, when I applied to
the Naval Reserve, I had applied for the
Naval Reserve Officer Candidate Program
but was turned down because my eyesight
didn’t meet the standard for a Maritime
Surface (MARS) Officer which was the only
occupation open to men in those days,”
says LCdr Roberts. Determined to continue
with the Naval Reserve, LCdr Roberts
joined HMCS Scotian as a Supply Tech-
nician instead, completed his courses and                                                             LCdr Roberts returns a salute from
met the on-the-job training requirements                                                              the ship’s company of HMCS Carleton.
necessary for his eventual promotion to
Leading Seaman.




                                                              LCdr Roberts takes over command
                                                        of HMCS Carleton while the outgoing CO,
                                                        Cdr Sanford (far left), and Cmdre Blakely
                                                                                  (middle) look on.

                                                                                                                                         LCdr Roberts shares
                                                                                                                                         his thoughts with
                                                                                                                                         the members of
                                                                                                                                         HMCS Carleton.




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IN THE NRDs

HMCS Tecumseh Sailors Take to the Water
by SLt Joseph Banke, Unit Information Officer, HMCS Tecumseh




T
        ecumseh sailors once again took                Owing to a miscommunication with one of        The final race of the day began under
        part in the Calgary Cup Sailing                the race judges the Tecumseh crew was          scattered showers, though Lt(N) Clark and
        Regatta on the Glenmore Reservoir.             charged with a false start and despite some    OS Steele were well prepared, having
The 10 th Annual instalment of the Regatta             excellent sailing, finished the race at the    already donned their wetsuits. Tecumseh’s
was held September 5 th under beautiful skies          back of the field.                             fortunes fared no better in this race as the
and variable winds. The field of competitors                                                          bowline of another boat snagged the rudder
was made up of 13 teams from a number of               The second Tecumseh crew also met with         of the Tecumseh boat, which needless to
organizations in the Calgary naval commu-              misfortune at the starting line. The crew of   say resulted in a loss of speed and steering.
nity as well as a team from HMCS Calgary               SLt Pon and A/SLt Kocot lost their wind at
that had flown in specifically for this event.         the sounding of the race horn as it was        Despite the misfortunes on the water, a
                                                       taken by a collection of competitor boats to   great time was had by all and Tecumseh
The crews that were a part of this year’s              windward. For a time the pair were actually    certainly looks forward to the challenge
Tecumseh entry were experienced and                    seen to be moving backwards, which pre-        again next year.
enthusiastic, but were nevertheless the                sented an insurmountable handicap. Before
victims of ill winds and misinformation. The           the race’s end, this crew was able to make
first race of the day saw OS Ellestad and              up several places and improve Tecumseh’s
OS Hale take to the water in a bid to set              overall race standing.
a winning tempo for the competition.




Clockwise from right: OS Hale, SLt Pon, A/SLt Kocot,
OS Steele, Lt(N) Clark; centre: OS Ellestad.




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HMCS Donnacona Divers Perform Clean Work
by LS Jean-Pierre Simoneau, Port Inspection Diver, HMCS Donnacona




P
       IDTs (Port Inspection Diving Teams)      The embankment in that sector comes from         In charge of our own sector beside the
       are trained to find objects and then     the digging of the city subway. Unfortu-         civilian area, we were pretty much under
       photograph them, repair them, bring      nately, all sorts of objects lay in the water,   the spotlight and we scored some great
them back to surface or just blow ’em up.       ranging from bottles to cars. You know, cars     visibility and “service to the community”
The work can be very… intense!                  are like a box of chocolates: you never          points. On behalf of our recruiting depart-
                                                know what you’re going to get inside it!         ment, we were happy to distribute a few
Located in downtown Montreal, HMCS                                                               souvenirs to the curious people who took a
Donnacona does not have a close-by har-         Several civilian diving clubs organize such      look at our DSV. We were proud to show
bour or jetty to protect, so we rather deploy   a clean-up every year. In partnership with       civilian divers how a PIDT gets things done,
with our DSV (Diving Support Vehicle) to        the City and sponsors, they provide their        and I’m not talking about the BBQ!
train at various diving sites, making some      voluntary divers with air refills and lunch,
beaches and jetties the safest ever for         sometimes even participation prizes. The         Those who did not have the chance to see
fishermen and the general population.           Waddell Aquatics diving shop, or the             us or to participate as civilian volunteer divers
                                                Total Diving diving club, if you prefer,         will have another opportunity next year.
But on Saturday 18 September 2004, we           takes charge of the Verdun embankment in
did it in a new and special way: to celebrate   that way. But this year, six of their divers     Ready Aye Ready!
International Earth Day, we participated        were an autonomous HMCS Donnacona
in a clean-up effort in the Verdun neigh-       diving team, arriving on site with trucks,
bourhood (Montreal), taking garbage out         boat, and training.
of the waters of the St. Lawrence River.




          Change of Coxswain                                            With the passing of a paddle, an era ended and a new one
             for Tecumseh                                               began at HMCS Tecumseh. September 29 th was the date
                                                                        of the Change of Coxswain parade, where the paddle was
                  by SLt Joseph Banke,                                  passed from PO1 Jon O’Marr to Tecumseh’s Commanding
                                                                        Officer, LCdr Derek Carroll, and on to the incoming Coxswain,
                 Unit Information Officer,                              PO1 Daryl Rasmussen.
                    HMCS Tecumseh
                                                                        While the administrative turnover took place on June 24th,
                                                                        this special night was an opportunity to publicly thank
                                                                        PO1 O’Marr for all of his hard work and accomplishments
                                                                        over the course of his three-year term. LCdr Carroll praised
                                                                        PO1 O’Marr’s dedication to the unit and presented him with
                                                                        a number of mementos including a print of a cougar, the
                                                                        animal of Tecumseh’s crest. Certainly to the great benefit
                                                                        of the unit, PO1 O’Marr has opted to remain aboard and
                                                                        continue to provide leadership as the Operations Chief.

                                                                        PO1 Rasmussen brings a wealth of experience to the position
                                                                        of Coxswain and an enthusiasm for bringing out the very
                                                                        best from Tecumseh’s sailors. With a challenging and
                                                                        packed training schedule for the unit this year, Tecumseh
                                                                        remains in good hands with PO1 Rasmussen.




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GENERAL INTEREST

Welcome to the N1 Corner
by Cdr A. Zuliani, NAVRESHQ COS Personnel and Training




N
        ow that the 2004–2005 training           EX PORT SHIELD 04 was held in Halifax             The 2005 NAVRES Professional Develop-
        year is well underway, I would like      this past November, a time of year not            ment Program (NRPD) is ramping up and
        to take this opportunity to provide      usually associated with Reserve training.         instructions will soon be out to the NRDs.
an update on some of the ongoing issues of       This was a manning challenge, and much            The vision of the NRPD Program is to
the Naval Reserve Headquarters Personnel         thanks goes out to all involved in the            positively influence the development of our
and Training (N1) Department.                    planning for this event. A very sincere           junior Naval Reservists in leadership posi-
                                                 “Well Done” to all personnel who were able        tions. All personnel are encouraged to fully
This past summer saw many changes in the         to arrange school and work schedules to           support this endeavour.
N1 shop, including my own arrival. I have        meet this important commitment!
found the N1 staff to consist of hard working,                                                     So that was a quick synopsis of the current
committed individuals who strive to make         The Training Department is currently dealing      issues being dealt with in the N1 world.
the Personnel and Training shops as              with future course planning, including the        What with merit boards, career manager
responsive as possible to the needs of the       implementation of our new Military Indivi-        visits, HRMS implementation, Recruiting,
Naval Reservists — not an easy task, but         dual Training and Education (MITE) cell, and      Regenerative training weekends, Training
certainly a rewarding one.                       the course management cell (associated with       Evaluation Visits (TEVs), C-OJT planning,
                                                 HRMS), to be utilized to load all courses as of   to name just a few items on the go, the
In the Personnel world we continue to face       January 2005. This system will include a          world of N1 continues to be an extremely
many challenges, including the ongoing           nomination message at 90 days prior to            challenging place to work. I have full confi-
implementation of the CF Human Resource          courses, an important tool in managing            dence that our efforts will be rewarded as
Management System (HRMS), or Peoplesoft,         personnel contracts and course loadings.          we start the course management and con-
system. This is progressing, though it will                                                        tract generation in earnest in the New Year.
require patience from us all as we work          It is also noteworthy that the MESO Trainer
towards full implementation. At the HQ level,    project is being moved forward, in order to       A current list of Career Managers can be
there are ongoing efforts to ensure we pro-      provide more effective MESO training at the       found below, along with the Senior Staff
duce contracts for our sailors in as timely a    NRD level.                                        Officers (SSOs). If you have questions or
fashion as possible. I want to reiterate that                                                      concerns, please forward them through
this is by far our number one goal.              This past summer the Coordinated OJT              your chain of command.
                                                 (C-OJT) Program was successful in getting
The Merit Boards are completed for another       our young sailors to sea for the express
year, and I would like to pass along my          purpose of completing On-Job Performance
sincere thanks for a job well done to all        Records (OJPRs). The average number of
who participated in this important task.         days at sea was significant and contributed
Promotion messages should be out in early        to its overall success. The Initial Planning
December.                                        Conference for C-OJT 2005 is scheduled
                                                 for late November. The success of this past
Now that the Merit Boards are done, career       summer bodes well for a fully effective
managers are planning for their visits to the    C-OJT Program for 2005.
West and East coasts. Plans are underway
to ensure that the same information gets
distributed to all Naval Reserve Division             ➩ SSO Training and Readiness – LCdr D. Baars
personnel. More to follow on this topic in
the New Year.
                                                      ➩ SSO Personnel and Careers – LCdr F. Caron
                                                      Career Managers
It is worthy to note the release of the Naval
Reserve Training Strategy Blueprint in                ➩   PC Officers — Lt(N) I. Kirby
July 2004. This is a significant document             ➩   CPO1 — CPO1 G. Pelletier
in that it provides the high-level strategic          ➩   CPO2 — CPO2 S. Johnson
guidance or framework for all Naval Reserve           ➩   PC NCMs — Lt(N) J.-F. Leblanc
training — something we have been missing
                                                      ➩   Cook/Musician — WO B. Lavoie
in the past. This document will be available
for all to read on the NAVRES website.                ➩   RMS Clerk/Supp Tech — WO F. Rozon
                                                      ➩   Bosn/Diver — PO1 S. Zahorak
                                                      ➩   MESO — PO1 M. Savard
                                                      ➩   NAVCOMM/NCIOP — PO1 B. Champigny


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                                                                                   GENERAL INTEREST

Naval Reservists Honoured
at CMS Change of Command
by PO2 Bettina McCulloch Morden, Assistant Unit Information Officer, HMCS Carleton



«T
       he training and professionalism of   was made up Naval Reservists from HMCS
       our sailors is second to none, and   Montcalm, HMCS Radisson, HMCS Don-
       I am confident the Navy is ready     nacona, HMCS Carleton, HMCS Cataraqui
and able to respond to any task that is     and HMCS York. With less than 24 hours
asked of us, at home and abroad,” said      of practice every one of the Naval Reservists
Vice-Admiral Bruce MacLean upon his         present put forth their best effort.
assuming command of Canada’s Navy.
                                            Before handing over command to VAdm
Members of the Naval Reserve were indeed    MacLean, VAdm Ron Buck thanked the
quick to respond when a request came to     men and women who took part in the
form an honour guard for the Chief of       ceremony and continued by stating: “It has
the Maritime Staff’s change of command      been a tremendous honour to lead the men
                                                                                              The Chief of the Defence Staff, General Ray Henault,
ceremony on Wednesday, August 25, 2004.     and women of Canada’s Navy. The reputa-         stops to speak with an RMS Clerk from the Naval Reserve
On the day of the ceremony, over 70 per-    tion of our sailors and ships gives Canada         who was one of 43 Naval Reservists who participated
                                                                                                       in the change of command ceremony
cent of the honour guard for the ceremony   credibility around the world.”                              for the Chief of the Maritime Staff.




                 Naval Reserve Establishment Validation
                and Sustainement (NERVS) Project Review
                                       by Lt(N) Jocelyn Nadeau, NAVRESHQ

   The year 2000 marked the beginning of a fundamental              data will also be gathered from the other Formations and
   review of the entire Naval Reserve Establishment. This was       management systems currently in use. When all the infor-
   a major undertaking that resulted in the creation of new         mation is collected, we will be in a position to validate the
   establishments for both the Class A and full time positions.     premises used in the model used by NAVRES and subse-
   This first review was designed to ensure the establishment       quently update the Naval Reserve Establishment.
   fully supported the new roles and missions assigned to the
   Naval Reserve and that each Naval Reservist would have           This project is important to the future of the Naval Reserve
   the opportunity for a full and rewarding career                  and the cooperation of all will be required to ensure its
                                                                    success. To oversee the timely completion of the NERVS
   The establishment resulting from this project was imple-         Project Review, Capt(N) D. Gagliardi, the Regional
   mented at the end of 2002. As part of the transition plan,       Coordinator Western Region has been designated as the
   it was agreed that a subsequent review would be required         Project Manager. He will be assisted by Lt(N) J. Nadeau, the
   in order to validate the many assumptions that had been          NAVRES Organization & Establishment Supervisor. On an
   made and to adapt to the evolution of the roles of the           “as required” basis, LCdr H. Harvey (Cabot), LCdr P. Mundy
   Naval Reserve. This review is now underway and started           (Queen Charlotte) and LCdr J. Marrack (Griffon) will also
   with a Data Gathering phase; most of you have probably           be assisting Capt(N) Gagliardi.
   read NAVRESGEN 13/04, heard of, or participated in, one
   of the Focus Groups conducted across the country. As part        Regular updates on the status of this project will be provided
   of the data gathering, a survey on personnel retention in the    in the Link, as well as through the other NAVRES internal
   Naval Reserve will be conducted in February. Other key           communication tools.




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GENERAL INTEREST

The NATO Fleet Visits Québec
by Lt(N) Peggy Thériault, Public Affairs Officer, NAVRESHQ




I
        t was a cool and grey day when six       For the sailors, the stay was a well-deserved
        ships representing different NATO        rest period. After a few weeks at sea, without        Visitors tour the upper decks of HMCS Ville de Québec
        countries, including Canada’s own        any real opportunity for exercise, they had         during the NATO Fleet’s visit to the Old Port of Québec.
HMCS Ville de Québec, docked in Québec           a whale of a time with the diverse team
City’s Old Port for a few days, from 22 to       sport events that had been set up for them.      These operations will permit calls to
26 October, 2004.                                Among others, they were able to show off         Canadian and American ports, aiming to
                                                 at summer hockey, basketball, volleyball,        reinforce the ties with North America.
This visit marked the Canadian Navy’s            soccer and tug-of-war. A special mention
return to the NATO Fleet, after three years      must be made of all the hard work done by        Since it was stood up 36 years ago, the
of operations dedicated to Operation Apollo.     HMCS Montcalm in preparation for the             Standing Naval Force, Atlantic (STANAV-
And both the media and the general popu-         Fleet’s stay in Québec; our sincere thanks to    FORLANT), has developed into a flexible
lation of Québec City took notice.               the ship and her personnel.                      and fast reaction force, able to contribute to
                                                                                                  peacekeeping and humanitarian operations.
The ships opened for visits during their stay.   The NATO Fleet had been participating in         The Fleet is the naval arm of the new NATO
Several thousand Quebecers took advantage        the war against terror in the Mediterranean      Reaction Force (NRF), and as such is well
of the opportunity, while many more              since October 2001. Other warships have          prepared for any high-intensity conflict,
admired from afar, taking pictures.              now taken over this task, and the squadron       acting as a nucleus for additional forces,
                                                 is now concentrating its efforts on opera-       anywhere in the world, whenever the
                                                 tions off the coasts of Canada and the USA.      need arises.




         Primary Reservists Can Still Get Education Benefits
    A four-year trial to a program aiming to provide education           To access the program, members shall submit an individual
    reimbursements for Primary Reserve (P Res) personnel                 learning plan (ILP) through their unit to the Base Personnel
    concluded in August 2004. The trial was most successful              Selection Officer (BPSO), outlining their education priorities,
    and the benefit is being implemented as a substantive                objectives and associated costs.
    CF program that includes undergraduate and graduate
    programs at Canadian universities and colleges.                      More information on the program can be found on the
                                                                         Canadian Defence Academy (CDA) Websites: on the
    Effective September 2004 in accordance with the terms and            Intranet at http://cda-acd.mil.ca/index/engraph/home_e.asp
    conditions set out in CBI 210.801, eligible P Res Officers           and on the Internet at http://www.cda-acd.forces.gc.ca/
    and NCMs who have successfully completed the Basic                   index/engraph/home_e.asp.
    Military Qualification (BMQ) course required by their
    environment may claim 50% of their education expenses up             Questions may be directed to the BPSO through your
    to a maximum of $2000 per academic year and a career                 unit. As well, a toll-free number has been established at
    maximum of $8000 (including expenditures made and reim-              1-888-541-6889, where members can find assistance for
    bursed during the trial period) for post secondary education         extended hours, as per the CDA Website.
    leading to a diploma, degree or advanced degree at a
    Canadian College, University or accredited education insti-          For Regular Force members, new regulations were also
    tution. Reimbursement is subject to successful completion            put in place for education reimbursement. More information
    of academic courses and maintenance of effective strength            can be found on the CDA Websites, as well as in CANFORGEN
    status in the Primary Reserve.                                       136/04 (http://vcds.mil.ca/vcds-exec/pubs/canforgen/
                                                                         2004/136-04_e.asp).




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                                                                                         GENERAL INTEREST

Spouses also Eligible for CFUP Benefits
The Canadian Forces University Program
(Télé-université, University of Quebec) Introduces
Itself in the Military Family Resource Centres
by Pierre Lafleur, CFUP Coordinator




O
          ver the past year, the Canadian         Furthermore, CFUP offers induction and          Note: The Télé-Université of University of
          Forces University Plan (CFUP) has       information services, educational counselling   Quebec-affiliated CFUP provides services
          endeavoured by diverse means to         and guidance and administrative assistance      only to French-speaking members, spouses
make itself better known to the spouses of        (registration, postponing of exams) that        and civilian DND employees. The Univer-
military personnel, a part of its target          enable students to optimize the process         sity of Manitoba-affiliated CFUP provides
audience that seems to be ignoring it.            leading to a university degree.                 equivalent services to English-speaking
Indeed, this important group of people                                                            members.
make up only about 17% of the total number        In order to make its services better known
of participants in CFUP, the rest being           to the spouses of military personnel, CFUP      Editor’s Note: As was mentioned in a pre-
comprised of actual military personnel and        has mailed information packages to all          vious edition, CFUP applies to all military
civilian employees of DND.                        Military Family Resource Centres (MFRC),        members and their spouses, be they part of
                                                  and will repeat these mailings regularly in     the Regular or the Reserve Force, as well as
Spouses of military personnel often face the      the future. In addition, Mr. Pierre Lafleur,    civilian DND employees. It is part of the
same difficulties as the members themselves:      CFUP Coordinator, has recently embarked         larger personal and professional develop-
transfers and family and professional             on a tour of all MFRCs in the Province of       ment program that the CF have implemented
responsibilities can interfere with the pursuit   Quebec to meet face to face with those          over the past few years, aimed at NCMs
of a university-level education. The university   in charge of educational issues; this tour      and officers alike. All members of the
level services offered by CFUP to military        will extend to MFRCs in other provinces         Naval Reserve are encouraged to avail
personnel can thus be a very welcome help         next year.                                      themselves of this program. For more
to their spouses as well. By offering all                                                         information on CFUP, please contact the
courses via distance learning everywhere in                                                       Personnel Selection Officer, the MFRC or
Canada and abroad, by offering year-round                                                         the Learning and Career Centre at your
registration, by being extremely flexible                                                         unit’s support base.
as to the rate of studies (part- or full-time,
possibility of getting extensions), and by
recognizing professional experience and
training from other universities, CFUP
enables its students to study and earn a
degree in spite of the demands of their
professional, family and personal lives.




                                                                   23                                               LINK Vol.13, No.3, December 2004
HISTORY

                                                  The Bravest of the Brave
                                                  by LS Fabrice Mosseray, HMCS Carleton




                                                               n this 150th anniversary of the Victoria Cross, a medal awarded


                                                      O        for acts of exceptional valour, it is undoubtedly timely to recall the
                                                               feats of arms of four of our heroes who received this prestigious
                                                               decoration while serving in the Navy.



                                                  Decorated by the King                           An unlucky hero
The Victoria Cross, whose 150 th anniversary
is celebrated this year. Four of our heroes
have been awarded it for deeds while              Rowland Bourke, who was born in London          Frederick “Frantz” Peters, a Prince Edward
serving in the Navy. (Source: Canada Post)
                                                  in 1885, arrived in Canada at the age of 17.    Island native, grandson of one of the
                                                  The owner of a farm in Crescent Bay, B.C.,      Fathers of Confederation and son of a
                                                  he answered the call when the country went      former Premier of his province, enlisted in
                                                  to war against Germany in 1914. But he          the Royal Navy in 1939. A veteran of the
Courage has no color                              was rejected by our Army and Navy because       First World War, already decorated for
                                                  of his nearsightedness, and returned to         bravery, he distinguished himself by
The first Canadian recipient we’d like to         England, where he enlisted in the Royal         sinking two German submarines and was
mention was William Edward Hall, the son          Navy Volunteer Reserve as a Lieutenant. In      awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.
of American slaves and a native of Nova           April 1918, the Royal Navy decided to use       On 8 November 1942, his destroyer,
Scotia, who enlisted in the Royal Navy at         commandos and some old cruisers ballasted       HMS Walney, took part in the attack on
the age of 20, in 1847. He first distin-          with cement and explosives to neutralize the    the port of Oran, in Algeria. Having been
guished himself as a Royal Marine aboard          Belgian ports of Bruges, Zeebrugge and          ordered to break down the barrier of ships
HMS Shannon during the Crimean War                Ostend, where part of the German Imperial       that blocked access to the port and to land
(1853–1856), and later for his courage            Fleet had taken shelter. Bourke, commanding     some boarding crews, Peters launched his
during the Indian Mutiny (1857–1859). In          a fast patrol boat, distinguished himself by    destroyer at top speed and rammed the
November 1857, on disembarking from               evacuating — under enemy fire — the crew        chain of ships. Under intense fire from
the Shannon at Allahabad (800 miles from          of one of the cruisers charged with blocking    the batteries and ships from Vichy France,
Calcutta), the Royal Marines were ordered         the entrance to the port of Ostend. He even     HMS Walney was seriously damaged,
to seize Shah Nullif Fort. Among the gunners      managed to tow away a damaged patrol            forcing Peters to give orders to abandon
who deployed the 24-pound guns within             boat. Awarded the Distinguished Service         ship. He and the survivors from the Walney
200 feet of the walls was William Hall, who       Order, he took part in another attack on        were imprisoned, but were quickly released
had volunteered to be a member of the gun         Ostend on 9 May of the same year.               when the city fell into the hands of the
crew. The resistance of the Sepoys was so         Although his boat was hit some fifty times,     Allies. Peters was even carried on the
fierce that the gunners were ordered to           once by a six-inch shell, Bourke rescued        shoulders of the citizens of the liberated city.
move their pieces up to a distance of thirty      an officer and two seamen from a cruiser        For his act of bravery, described by Prime
feet from the walls. While a hail of bullets      packed with cement and explosives which         Minister Churchill himself as “the bravest
decimated the gun crews, Hall, aided by a         was charged with blocking the entrance to       deed since the battle of Trafalgar,” Peters
wounded comrade, managed to maintain              the port. For his exploit, he was promoted      was ordered to fly to England to receive
heavy fire and breach the walls, through          to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander and         the Victoria Cross. His plane took off on
which the Royal Marines could move in to          was presented with the Victoria Cross           13 February 1943, a Friday, and Peters did
take the fort. For his courage, Hall was          by King George V. He was also made a            not hesitate to remind the other passengers
awarded the Victoria Cross in October 1859,       chevalier of the French Legion of Honour.       of the superstitious side of Navy men.
making him not only the very first                                                                Whether Peters had had a dark premonition,
citizen of a British Dominion, but also the       After the war, he returned to his farm, later   or whether it was just an accident, his plane
first Black to receive this distinction. Hall     moving to Victoria, in 1931, and then to        got lost in the fog and went down in the
left the Royal Navy in 1876 with the rank         Vancouver, where he had the task of             English Channel. Only one man died in
of Petty Officer 1st Class, and came back to      setting up the British Fishermen’s Volunteer    the crash: Frederick Peters. His Victoria
settle in his native Nova Scotia, in Hantsport,   Reserve. In 1939, he enlisted in the Royal      Cross was mailed to his family, but General
where he died in 1904. His Victoria Cross         Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve, where         Dwight D. Eisenhower, the future President
and other medals are on display at the            he was assigned administrative duties.          of the United States, dispatched two senior
Nova Scotia Museum in Halifax.                    Bourke, recognized for his humility and         officers to present his mother with the
                                                  his sense of humour, died in 1958.              Distinguished Service Cross.



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                                                                               A $10 000 Donation
                                                                              to the Naval Museum
                                                                              of Québec Foundation
                                                                                    by Lt(N) Chantal Pelletier,
                                                                               Naval Museum of Quebec Foundation

                                                              On September 6 th, 2004, aboard the frigate HMCS Montreal, Mr. Moïse
                                                              Tousignant, President of the Naval Museum of Quebec Foundation, and
             A magnificently restored Vought F4U Corsair,
      bearing the same camouflage and insignia as the one
                                                              Mr. André Kirouac. Director of the Naval Museum of Quebec, were presented
                 piloted by Lt H. Gray on his last mission.   with a donation for $10 000 by a patron, the Honourable René J. Marin. With
                                                              this contribution from Mr. Marin and the W. Garfield Weston Foundation,
                                                              the Naval Museum of Quebec will be able to carry further its research, that
The Victoria Cross                                            will lead in 2005 and 2006 to an exhibition on the privateers who roamed the
                                                              St. Lawrence River between the 17th and the 19 th centuries.
for one our reservists
                                                              Having grown from 4 000 to over 25 000 visitors, the unique Naval Museum
After studying at the University of Alberta
                                                              of Quebec has come over the years to be considered a benchmark in matters
in Edmonton and the University of British
                                                              of naval heritage. Ever since it opened in 1995, the Museum has been granted
Columbia in Vancouver, Robert Hampton
                                                              numerous research mandates, along with numerous partners, both private and
Gray enlisted as an ordinary seaman in the
                                                              public, whose common objective is the development of the naval heritage of
Naval Reserve, in Calgary, in June 1940.
                                                              the St. Lawrence.
In August of that year, Gray, a British
Columbia native, was attached to the Royal
                                                              Thanks to these donors, the Museum has also presented several exhibitions
Navy and then to the Fleet Air Arm as a
                                                              over the past few years, including a travelling one dealing with the Battle of
pilot. Whether aboard HMS Illustrious or
                                                              the St. Lawrence, which in 2003 won an Award for Outstanding Achievement
HMS Formidable, the two aircraft carriers
                                                              from the Canadian Museums Association.
on which he served, Lt Gray was quickly
recognized for his courage and daring.
                                                              “We’ve also won a very special mention this year at the Québec Tourism Awards
HMS Formidable having been sent to the
                                                              for the quality and innovation of our Web site; we’re always proud to share our
Pacific a few months earlier, Gray’s squadron
                                                              passion for the naval heritage of the St. Lawrence with the population of Québec
was ordered to attack Japanese ships in
                                                              and our many visitors,” said Mr. Kirouac. “We’re committed to the population
Ogawana Bay, Japan. So, on 9 August 1945,
                                                              and working closely with several representatives from the education world to
a few hours before the Japanese capitula-
                                                              preserve the memory of the witnesses to our history for the young. That is one
tion, the Corsairs dived toward their targets,
                                                              of the missions these donations enable us to carry on with,” he added.
in the face of heavy fire from ships and
anti-aircraft guns. Although his plane was
hit and on fire, Gray pursued his attack and
dropped his bombs, which gutted the
destroyer. But the plane went out control,
flipped over and slammed into the water.
Lt. Gray’s Victoria Cross — the very last of
the Second World War — was presented
to his parents, in Ottawa, by the Governor
General of Canada. It should be noted
that Gray is not only the sole member of
the Naval Reserve, but also the sole mem-
ber of our Navy, to have received the
Victoria Cross.                                                         Left to right: Mr. Moïse Tousignant, President of the Naval Museum of Quebec Foundation
                                                                        and an Honorary Captain(N) in the Canadian Navy, the Honourable René J. Marin, judge
                                                                       and a Commodore in the Canadian Navy, Mr. André Kirouac, director of the Naval Museum
                                                                         of Quebec, and Commander David Woodburn, Commanding Officer of HMCS Montreal.
                                                                         A donation from the W. Garfield Weston Foundation, via the Honourable René J. Marin.




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GENERAL INTEREST

The Availability Report (AVREP)
in the Naval Reserve
by Lt(N) Jocelyn Nadeau, NAVRESHQ



S
         eptember 13, 2004, marked another      Remember, keep your AVREP current, as                The new AVREP form and guide are available
         milestone for the Naval Reserve        this will reduce the number of last minute           online at:
         Availability Report (AVREP) system.    employment and training cancellations,
You can now have one AVREP with up to           which often results in missed training and           http://navreshq.mil.ca/Doc/
10 different periods, with access to dynamic    employment opportunities for other mem-              other-formulaire/RAPDIS-AVREP.pdf,
choices.                                        bers: the Career Manager must scramble to            http://navreshq.mil.ca/
                                                fill the position, resulting in short notification   dep-IS/manual/index_e.htm
Did you know that the Naval Reserve is the      to the next incumbent, when the position
only one of the four elements forming the       can be filled at all. It is also important to        or contact your Training office.
Primary Reserve that uses the AVREP system      remember that the Career Managers’ ulti-
for its members to inform their Career          mate goal is to ensure that the Naval
Managers of their periods of availability and   Reserve fulfills its operational mission. To
employment preferences? (The Naval Reserve      do so they need to ensure that key positions
is indeed the only one that actually employs    are manned and appropriate training is
Career Managers at all!) Over the years,        received by all in a timely fashion. They may
the AVREP system has gone through major         need, at times, to override some of your
changes, keeping pace with the evolution of     personal choices for the good of the service.
technologies and requirements. Gone are
the days when each Naval Reserve Division
would once a year send a floppy disk to
headquarters for study and consideration.
With the arrival of the MCDVs came the
increased requirement for the Career
Manager to match the best individual to
the position to be filled or to courses, and
to do so on the first attempt. Accordingly,
the AVREP system was updated and adapted
to our ever-changing requirements. AVREP
updates went from yearly to daily, and now
to continuous in real time, providing the
Career Managers with a more accurate
depiction of the personnel situation and
enhancing their capability to evaluate the
possibility of satisfying all the manning
requirements.

The new AVREP system still does not meet
all our requirements; we are currently
working on having the form available on the
Intranet and Internet, thus enabling each
Reservist to have access to the dynamic
choices and complete his AVREP form
online. This will be a definite improvement
over the use of a paper list or having to ask
the Training office to match your request to
one of the available choices.
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