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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.

Wardroom Trafalgar Mess Dinner

Second Sketch for ‘The Battle of Trafalgar’ c.1823 Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851 Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856

For any Wardroom Associates and friends who might have been missed.

The Officers of Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship STAR request the pleasure of your company at the 2019 Battle of Trafalgar Mess Dinner

October 19th, 2019 18:30 Cocktails – 19:30 Dinner

Dress: Military Mess Kit or No. 2, Civilian Black Tie Formal

Hosted at: The Hamilton Club, 6 Main St E, Hamilton, ON L8N 1E8

Please advise of any dietary restrictions

$80.00 per person

Latest Artefact

Copper one Gill rum measure

Received from Jack Germa, a Leading Seaman Radar Plotter in HMCS HAIDA 1958-1959. A gill (pronounced jill) is five ounces. A half gill of rum mixed with two gills of water formed the grog that was issued in the RCN until 30 March 1972 – Black Tot day.

A half gill measure along with the one gill, two of the complete set of eight which went up to one gallon.

Former STAR officer honoured in Woodstock

Cdr (Ret’d) David Stock

A ceremony was held in Woodstock on Saturday, 28 September, to honour the late Commander (Retired) David Stock, who served as Executive Officer of HMCS STAR during 1971 and 1972. He subsequently went on to be instrumental in establishing a STAR detachment in London which was recommissioned as HMCS PREVOST in 1990.

The Woodstock Navy League building in South Side Park in Woodstock, home to RCSCC #153 Woodstock and NLCC Unicorn, was renamed the “Commander David J.B. Stock, QC, CD Centre” in his honour.

Rear Admiral Jennifer Bennett, herself a former STAR officer, was the reviewing officer. Other guests included Lt (Ret’d) Terry Meloche, a family friend, and Trevor Birtch, the Mayor of Woodstock.

A reception followed at the Oxford County Naval Veterans Association, normally known as the Woodstock Navy Club.