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Old 19-08-2015, 17:45
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Tim: The repair work on HMCS Athabaskan is proceeding satisfactorily and she will return to sea in the near future.
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Looks as though we'll squeeze a few more months of service out of the old girl yet.
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Old 20-08-2015, 00:22
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Tim: The Phalanx is back on board. Who knows what else will be re-installed!
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Old 02-09-2015, 23:32
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Tim: HMCS Athabaskan sailed into Bedford Basin today and is berthed at the magazine tonight. The LW-08 radar and certain fire control systems have not been re-installed. Thus, she is a true DDH as she has been since her last refit.

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Old 06-10-2015, 15:59
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Not a big deal in itself, but it would seem that this grand old lady is suffering the "death by a thousand cuts."

(From CBC News)

HMCS Athabaskan tied up in U.K. after engine fails

"HMCS Athabaskan is tied up in the United Kingdom after a lubrication oil failure in the starboard cruise engine."

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http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-s...ails-1.3258059
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Propulsion: COGOG - 2 shaft
2 × Allison 570-KF* cruise gas turbines (5.6 MW)
2 × Pratt & Whitney FT4A-2** boost gas turbines (37 MW)

So she is getting a gas turbine changed out - common procedure the ship was designed to allow pier-side (they would be changed at scheduled intervals, as well as when they break).

The only unusual part is that it is a "non-scheduled" event, so they need to fly a replacement "across the pond" instead of having it waiting when she pulled in.


* Maritime version of the T56 (C-103, P-3, etc)

** Maritime version of the J75 (F-101, F-106, U-2C/F/R & TR-1, B707, DC-8)
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So she is getting a gas turbine changed out - common procedure the ship was designed to allow pier-side (they would be changed at scheduled intervals, as well as when they break).

The only unusual part is that it is a "non-scheduled" event, so they need to fly a replacement "across the pond" instead of having it waiting when she pulled in.
Yup Jon - it's certainly not a big deal, but the story just illustrates how the Canadian media likes to "pile on" with every negative story they can come up with concerning the Canadian military.
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Old 10-10-2015, 23:45
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Tim: This is more about politics than anything.
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Old 17-10-2015, 00:24
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Tim: There was a report yesterday that HMCS Athabaskan sailed from Portsmouth, UK yesterday.
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Old 17-02-2017, 19:08
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The end of an era:

(From the Ottawa Citizen)

Royal Canadian Navy prepares to say goodbye to HMCS Athabaskan in March

"The Royal Canadian Navy has announced that the ‘paying off’ date of the destroyer HMCS Athabaskan will be March 10, the Royal United Services Institute of Nova Scotia pointed out today."

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http://ottawacitizen.com/news/nation...askan-in-march
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Old 18-02-2017, 10:19
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Tim: Indeed it is. In both a symbolic and real sense we now pass the torch of the leading Commonwealth Navy to Australia.
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Old 18-02-2017, 18:05
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Tim: Indeed it is. In both a symbolic and real sense we now pass the torch of the leading Commonwealth Navy to Australia.
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I would suggest that India is a fair way ahead of Australia in this regard!
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Old 20-02-2017, 02:03
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Tim: I think there is a qualitative edge down under. The Indian Navy has the opportunity to lead the pack with a broader range of capabilities.
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Tim: I think there is a qualitative edge down under. The Indian Navy has the opportunity to lead the pack with a broader range of capabilities.
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Thanks Brian but the is a quality in numbers which have a decisive effect on power and whilst it would be nice to think we had an edge (real or imagined) ship on ship I suspect that the IN is a far superior force.

History informs that many a so-called superior forces underestimate the competence of their foe. The IJN in the Pacific comes immediately to mind
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Thanks Brian but the is a quality in numbers which have a decisive effect on power and whilst it would be nice to think we had an edge (real or imagined) ship on ship I suspect that the IN is a far superior force.

History informs that many a so-called superior forces underestimate the competence of their foe. The IJN in the Pacific comes immediately to mind
Yes, and they do sink their own ships too.

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Old 20-02-2017, 17:53
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I get the feeling that (with the exception of the personnel) that the R.C.N. is a "has been" navy what with aging ships, questionable new ships (AOPS), and who knows when promised new ships will really arrive on time?
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Old 21-02-2017, 10:03
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Lee: I don't think the RCN is a "has been" navy but it is at risk of of losing operational capabilities if the new surface combatants or support ships are delayed. There is also the risk of the loss of the submarines which will be very serious in the area of ASW capabilities.
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Old 11-03-2017, 18:28
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The end of an era - a sad day indeed:

(From the Ottawa Citizen)

Goodbye to HMCS Athabaskan

"Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Athabaskan was paid off during a ceremony at HMC Dockyard in Halifax Friday. HMCS Athabaskan, the last of the four Iroquois-class Area Air Defence destroyers, served the Royal Canadian Navy with distinction for more than 44 years, the RCN noted in a news release."

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http://ottawacitizen.com/news/nation...mcs-athabaskan
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Old 11-03-2017, 23:50
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Tim: It was a cold day yesterday but the elderly Athabaskan made a trip around the big harbour and into Bedford Basin under her own power before coming alongside for the last time as a commissioned ship. She was puffing her signature bluish grey smoke. Three even more venerable Sea King helicopters did a fly past. After coming alongside, her flags were lowered, paying off pennant stowed, and her crew marched off, as the Stadacona Band played on. It was the end of an era.

I watched some of this from the Dartmouth side of the harbour but if you want pictures try Twitter. There are many there.

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Old 12-03-2017, 09:41
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No doubt a mixture of proud moments for what she has performed after all these years, and a touch of sadness to see her retire

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Old 12-03-2017, 20:21
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Tim: It was a cold day yesterday but the elderly Athabaskan made a trip around the big harbour and into Bedford Basin under her own power before coming alongside for the last time as a commissioned ship. She was puffing her signature bluish grey smoke. Three even more venerable Sea King helicopters did a fly past. After coming alongside, her flags were lowered, paying off pennant stowed, and her crew marched off, as the Stadacona Band played on. It was the end of an era.

I watched some of this from the Dartmouth side of the harbour but if you want pictures try Twitter. There are many there.

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Thanks Brian - nice to see that she was actually afforded the dignity of a proper "sailpast," unlike Protecteur and Algonquin.
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No doubt a mixture of proud moments for what she has performed after all these years, and a touch of sadness to see her retire

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Many proud moments indeed Brian - she was worked hard during her long career, but always got the job done. A grand old lady, game to the very end.

(Must confess to a little bias - I served in her as Combat Officer from 1981-1983.)
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Here's a video tribute I did for her, enjoy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TE9oA972jI
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Here's a video tribute I did for her, enjoy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TE9oA972jI
Some superb shots there Navy Stoker - brought back some great memories.

Many thanks for your efforts in putting this tribute together and sharing it with us.
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Old 20-03-2017, 01:13
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Bravo Zulu, Navy Stoker.
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Old 29-03-2017, 19:01
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Some great photos from her final sailpast and decommissioning here:

(From Sandy McClearn's blog)

http://sandblings.blogspot.ca/2017/0...l-week-in.html
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