New CO & XO for STAR

On 26 June, LCdr Marie-Sonya Sowa succeeded Cdr Stephen Churm as the 36th Commanding Officer of HMCS STAR and Lt(N) Mike DiBerardo, on promotion to LCdr became Executive Officer. Cdr Churm has been appointed as Special Advisor Workplace Relations at NAVRESHQ. Congratulations to all.

LCdr Marie-Sonya Sowa,

36th CO of HMCS STAR

LCdr Mike DiBerardo, XO

Battle of the Atlantic

The Battle of the Atlantic is always remembered on the first Sunday of May.  Being the 75th anniversary of VE Day (Victory in Europe), this year’s ceremonies were to be very special.  COVID-19 has resulted in an amended program.  A virtual commemoration will take place on Sunday 3rd May, on the Navy’s national Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.  Battle of the Atlantic content and programming will begin at 0700 EST and continue throughout the day. 
The content includes:
0800 EST:  Battle of the Atlantic feature video;
0900 – 1000 EST:  Historical overview of key victories and events; and
1100 – 1130 EST:  Modified wreath-laying ceremony by Vice Admiral Art McDonald, Commander of the RCN, and CPO1 David Steeves, Comand Chief Petty Officer. 
 These times are tentative and subject to change.  For more information, please visit:

William Millman McCulloch 1927-2019

Bill at the Sir John A Macdonald statue in Gore Park in 2003

Bill joined the RCN(R) at HMCS STAR in 1946 as an Ordinary Seaman (Officer Candidate) at McMaster University. During his training, he sailed in the cruiser HMCS UGANDA in 1947. He eventually reached the rank of Lieutenant Commander (Supply) in 1958 before retiring. He served as a Hamilton City Councillor and Controller for over thirty years. He was instrumental in the acquisition of the HAMILTON & SCOURGE by the City of Hamilton as well as being involved in numerous other historical and heritage endeavours.

Some information courtesy of Mark McNeil of the Hamilton Spectator –

Bill McCulloch middle front as a UNTD cadet in May 1947 when STAR’s UNTDs left from the TH&B station to go to summer training in HMCS UGANDA on the west coast. LCdr S.F. Ross, CO, on the left and LCdr Boyd McLay, Staff Officer UNTD on the right. Picture from UNTiDy Tales by Cdr (Ret’d) Bob Williamson.
LCdr Jack Jamieson & LCdr Bill McCuloch as newly promoted Sub Lieutenants circa 1950. Pictures from UNTiDy Tales by Cdr (Ret’d) Bob Williamson