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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.

Great Lakes Deployment 2023

No firm information yet but look for:

HMCS ORIOLE during the last week of August;

HMCS GLACE BAY, fresh from an African and then Haitian deployment and participation in the search for the TITAN submersible, on the lakes all the way to Windsor but not scheduled for Hamilton this year, sometime in September; and

HMCS HARRY DEWOLF, first Canadian warship to circumnavigate North American since LABRADOR in 1954, in November prior to the Grey Cup.

Stay tuned.

HMCS HAIDA 2023 Season

2023 Opening Hours:

  • Saturday, 20 May till Sunday, 24 September
  • Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 till 17:00, 20 May till 3 September
  • Thursday from 10:00 till 20:00, 6 July to 31 August
  • Saturdays and Sundays only from 10:00 till 17:00, 9 September till 24 September

STAR Centennial Gala

A great time was had by over two hundred fifty participants at a Centennial Gala at Hamilton’s LIUNA Station on Saturday, 11 March, celebrating the establishment of the Hamilton Half Company of the RCNVR on 15 March 1923. Here are fifteen former Commanding Officers and Cox’ns of STAR along with Commodore Montgomery, Commander Naval Reserve.