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RIP Gerry McNair

Gerald Andrew McNair, RCNVR V-65487, 27 May 1924 – 17 August 2023

Well known among the senior HAIDA volunteers. Only last December I had the privilege of chatting with Gerry in his home when he donated some artefacts from HMS VICTORY. They now hang in the wardroom of HMCS STAR.

HAIDA Sentry Program

The HAIDA Sentry Program brings Naval Reserve sailors from across the country to HMCS HAIDA, the RCN’s ceremonial flagship, to learn more about our history and engage with Canadians. Developed in collaboration with partners at Parks Canada and the Friends of HAIDA, this inaugural year will see groups of four onboard for a week each. The first four, two from TECUMSEH and two from DISCOVERY, were excellent ambassadors for their NRDs and the Naval Reserve and added considerably to the visitor experience. Looking forward to welcoming other groups throughout July, and, hopefully, an expanded program in years to come.

Gabe Camozzi from Parks Canada on the left, Chief Kelly Mills from HMCS GRIFFON third from left and Jeff Topping of Friends of HMCS HAIDA on the right, along with the first four HAIDA Sentries.

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.