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  • 13 Apr 2021 10:23 | Barry Walker (Administrator)

    Almost 80 members and friends of NAC joined in an online session to hear Mr. James Davies, President and CEO of Chantier Davie Shipbuilding speak about the shipyard's strategic Journey to 2040.  In his presentation, he noted the long history of the yard and the contributions it has made to Canada's navy and Coast Guard.  Mr Davies also spoke of its potential for the future, noting that he sees enough work for three major Canadian yards in the National Shipbuilding Strategy, and advocating that Canada could become an exporter of specialized ships.  A copy of Mr. Davie's presentation is available at https://nac-o.wildapricot.org/resources/OTTAWA%20BRANCH/Documents/Meetings/2021-04-12-ChantierDavie.pdf

  • 3 Nov 2020 08:00 | Barry Walker (Administrator)


    Our November Speaker's Evening featured RAdm Chris Sutherland, Deputy Commander of the RCN, who gave us an interesting and provocative look at the personnel challenges facing the navy and the action underway to address them.  

    Over 80 members and guests attended the online presentation, which also set the stage for follow-on presentations throughout the coming year.

  • 23 Sep 2020 15:13 | Barry Walker (Administrator)

    A video transcript of our September Speaker's Evening is now available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQPHrKUhqA4&t=18s


  • 3 May 2020 12:59 | Gerard Powell (Administrator)

    For those that had not yet seen this in other posts, some wonderful words from the Admiral in the days leading up to today that speak well as to why it remains so significant to all Canadians.

    https://www.facebook.com/RoyalCanadianNavy/videos/1193128941039219/?t=675  

    And, while we cannot gather this year as we traditionally do, they are not forgotten...

    https://www.facebook.com/RoyalCanadianNavy/videos/2946238175422043/?t=0  


  • 16 Apr 2020 12:10 | Gerard Powell (Administrator)

    Information and contact details on the newly announced Veteran's Emergency Fund to assist during the COVID-19 crisis has been posted on the COVID19 updates page at https://nac-o.wildapricot.org/sys/website/?pageId=18155 

  • 18 Mar 2020 10:30 | Barry Walker (Administrator)


    COVID-19 Update - 18 March 2020

    In view of the state of emergency declared by the Province of Ontario on 17 March,  and the apparently worsening situation across the country, the Directors  of the Naval Association of Canada have assessed that it is unlikely that we will be able to hold the BOA Gala, Conference and AGM at this time.   We recognize that the current state of emergency in Ontario is announced to exist until 31 March, but other indicators suggest that the situation may endure for several months.

    We have therefore decided to postpone this year’s gala and conference at this time. While this decision is personally disappointing to many of us, we believe that it is the correct thing to do to reduce the risk to both NAC and CF members who planned to attend the event.

    In the next few days, we will be working with our sponsors and venue partners to determine an alternate date for the events. As previsoulsy stated, we will aim to reschedule for the month of October, subect to the availability of our venues.

    The organizing committee will also begin refunding existing ticket purchases, a process which may take several days to complete.

  • 27 Nov 2019 11:44 | Barry Walker (Administrator)

    NAC-O member Bill Dziadyk has written and published on 11 November 2019 (Remembrance Day) an historical nonfiction book “S.S. Nerissa, the Final Crossing: The Amazing True Story of the Loss of a Canadian Troopship in the North Atlantic”.  The S.S. Nerissa was the only ship transporting Canadian troops which was lost to enemy action during the entire war. The details were highly classified until almost 50 years after the sinking. The tragic loss of this ship on 30 April 1941, resulted in the third largest loss of life for a ship sunk by U-boats in the approaches to the British Isles. The deaths of 81 Merchant Navy seamen, 100 Canadian, British and Norwegian forces, 9 American Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) pilots and 17 civilian passengers touched not only Canadian families at the time, but also many families in the allied nations and the neutral United States. This book focuses on  the events which led up to the sinking by U-552 (Erich Topp) and the resulting public relations dilemma on the Canadian Homefront. Also included are eye witness accounts from many of those that survived and some stories of those that perished. Much of the material is based on the analysis of: testimony, recollections and/or official reports taken from survivors; and Canadian, British and German source documents which have since been declassified. The book is available via Amazon.ca.

  • 14 Oct 2019 18:50 | Barry Walker (Administrator)


    The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) is preparing to honour the 75th anniversary of the end of the Battle of the Atlantic which will be commemorated throughout 2020 by painting Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships (HMCS) Moncton and Regina in a Second World War Admiralty disruptive paint scheme. This scheme is sometimes colloquially referred to as ‘dazzle’ paint.

    The Battle of the Atlantic (BOA) was the longest battle of the Second World War and one in which Canada played a central role. The heritage paint scheme is just one way the RCN will commemorate its legacy, pay tribute to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and celebrate those who continue to serve today.

    HMCS Moncton recently returned to the Halifax waterfront painted in a retro white and blue wave pattern, following the ship’s recently completed planned docking period at the Shelburne Ship Repair yard. Work on HMCS Regina, which will be painted in a white and blue geometric scheme, is currently underway at CFB Esquimalt, and is expected to be complete by mid-October. Both ships will remain in their retro paint schemes for approximately one year and will showcase this important chapter in Canada’s naval history to Canadians and the world alike.

    HMCS Moncton will proudly showcase its dazzle paint to Canadians when it participates in next year’s Great Lakes Deployment. The public will have the opportunity to see the ship up close, meet with sailors and tour the vessel when it visits communities along the St. Lawrence Seaway and Great Lakes.

    Next summer HMCS Regina is set to participate in Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2020 (RIMPAC) and will make a dramatic entrance into Pearl Harbor for the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise.

    During the Second World War, these unique and unusual paint schemes were used as a form of camouflage. The unusual patterns made targeting more difficult and disrupted our enemy’s ability, particularly the ability of enemy submarines, to accurately track ships. Each ship had its own unique pattern, making it harder for enemies to identify classes of ships based on physical markings.


  • 8 Oct 2019 11:17 | Barry Walker (Administrator)

    The latest edition of Your Navy Today is now available on the RCN's website at http://www.navy-marine.forces.gc.ca/en/news-ynt/2019/09-your-navy-today.page?

  • 29 Jun 2019 07:03 | Barry Walker (Administrator)

    The latest news update from the Commander of the RCN is available at http://www.navy-marine.forces.gc.ca/en/news-ynt/2019/06-your-navy-today.page?

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