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About Dinger

A sea cadet at RCSCC LION from 1963 to 1968, I joined the Naval Reserve at HMCS STAR in 1968 as a Bos'n. I was an Officer Cadet in the ROUTP, commissioned in 1971, and awarded my watchkeeping ticket in 1973. I served at sea, at one time or another, in all five Gate Vessels and HMCS FORT STEELE & CHAUDIERE as well as the Coast Guard icebreaker Louis St. Laurent and served as OIC of the patrol vessels RALLY and RAPID. At STAR from 1968 to 2007, I served as XO twice and then as CO from 2002 to 2005. I rounded out my career by serving as SSO Training at NAVRESHQ in Quebec City in 2008, retiring in 2009 as CO of HMCS HUNTER in Windsor. I was Executive Director for the Friends of HMCS HAIDA till 2011 and have been an active volunteer onboard HAIDA since she arrived in Hamilton in 2003.

Former STAR officer speaks at NAC Toronto

Guest Speaker: LCdr Ryan G.S. Bell, CD
Topic: “Maritime Forward Presence and Defence Diplomacy”
LCdr Ryan Bell joined the Royal Canadian Navy as a Naval Reserve MARS Officer at HMCS Star in Hamilton in 2002. Upon completion of his MARS training he commenced full time service on the East Coast, serving roles as Deck Officer, Navigating Officer and Operations Officer in Kingston Class vessels. In 2010, LCdr Bell transferred to the Regular Force, serving as Navigating Officer in HMCS Athabaskan and Combat Officer in HMCS Halifax. Ashore, LCdr Bell has served as the Navigation Instructor and Operations Room Officer Course Officer at the Canadian Forces Naval Operations School, as well as serving on the Commander Canadian Fleet Atlantic staff. Prior to commencing the Joint Command and Staff Programme, LCdr Bell was posted to the Naval staff in Ottawa in the Directorate of Naval Operations and Plans, serving as the regional desk officer for Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Where: Armour Heights Mess.Canadian Forces College, 215 Yonge Boulevard, Toronto
When: Tuesday, 5 November, 2019
Time: 1730 – 1830 for optional dinner at the CFC Armour Heights Officers Mess
1930 for presentation and discussion
Cost: Presentation free but donations to the NAC appreciated,
Tax receipts given for amounts $10.00 or more – (cheques preferred)
Dinner on a cash basis
Dress: Business Casual
Reservations: before noon Tuesday, 5 November 2019
E-Mail: or Call: NAC-TO (416) 366-2630

LCdr Ryan Bell, JCSP 46, receiving thanks from Mark Phillips, President of Naval Association of Canada, Toronto Branch

Trafalgar Day 2019

The Wardroom of HMCS STAR, along with retired members and family gathered at The Hamilton Club on Saturday, 19 October to celebrate Trafalgar Day. A beautiful venue and a great meal. Great contributions from some junior officers on the significance of Trafalgar to the modern RCN, HMCS NIOBE’s arrival in Halifax on 21 October 1910, and a spirited rendition of the poem “Gunner Joe”. The XO, LCdr Marie-Sonya Sowa presided as PMC with Lieutenants DiBerardo and Shim as VPMCs. Thanks to SLt Marko Babic for the organization.