DDH 280 Class 5inch/54 Mounts Wear Out After 50 Years

When the construction of the four DDH280 Class destroyers commenced in Quebec in the late 1960s, the main armament choice was the Oto-Melara of Italy’s 127 mm/54 (5″) Compact. The mountings were built in 1969 and shipped to Canada. This weapon system proved popular and was adopted by several navies around the world. They were in service for roughly 20 years and were replaced during DDH280 modernization program in the 1990s by a 76mm mount from the same firm. It is believed Canada returned the original mounts to Oto-Melara who…

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Preserver Scrapping Completed

The final 15 meter section of the former Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) HMCS PRESERVER was broken up in December 2018, concluding an 18 month disposal of the ship. With nearly 1.4 million parts and 8,400 controlled goods certificates verified and catalogued, the storied life of PRESERVER came to an end with the issuance of her final Certificate of Demilitarization on 12 December 2018. PRESERVER’s disposal is part of a larger disposal program managed by the Directorate of Maritime Equipment Program Management (Non-Combatants), Department of National Defence. In recent years,…

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Assistance Needed for HMCS Athabaskan (I) 75th Anniversary Memorial

Hello Everyone, Blair Gilmore, SLt (Ret’d), CD is trying to track down the logbook of his great granduncle AB William Dearl Trickett, RCNVR, Stoker (1st Class), V38773 who served in Athabaskan G07. This is in support of the 75th anniversary of the sinking of G07 next year Here is an extract from his e-mail. “Complicating matters as I continued to dig, his surviving son out in Victoria had financial issues and is estranged from the family. He must have liquidated his father’s possessions because I turned up an old Ebay…

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Ottawa Awards Contract for Disposal of former HMCS Athabaskan

Public Services and Procurement Canada has awarded a contract valued at $5,737,350 to Marine Recycling Corporation from Port Colborne, Ontario, for the disposal of the Royal Canadian Navy’s former Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Athabaskan. The contract includes towing to the contractor’s facility located in Sydney, Nova Scotia, demilitarization of equipment, remediation of hazardous waste and recycling of any remaining materials.

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