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Re: Engine Room Fire in HMCS Protecteur
« Reply #175 on: August 23, 2016, 14:49:49 »
01  11  171231Z AUG  16  RR      UUUU                 CANFORGEN

            NDHQ CMPC OTTAWA
            CANFORGEN
UNCLAS CANFORGEN 146/16 CMP 066/16
SIC WAK
SUBJECT: HONOURS AND DEPARTMENTAL AWARDS ANNOUNCEMENT
BILINGUAL MESSAGE/MESSAGE BILINGUE
1. ON 27 FEB 14 WHILE OPERATING 300 NAUTICAL MILES NORTH THE
HAWAIIAN ISLAND, A MAJOR FIRE BROKE OUT IN THE MAIN ENGINE ROOM OF
HER MAJESTY S CANADIAN SHIP (HMCS) PROTECTEUR. THE MAGNITUDE AND THE
INTENSITY OF THIS EVENT RANKS ONLY SECOND TO THE HMCS KOOTENAY FIRE
OF 23 OCT 69, (WHERE 9 SAILORS PERISHED AND 50 WERE INJURED), THE
SIGNIFICANCE AND IMPACT TO THE RCN WERE CRITICAL, BUT LUCKILY, DUE
IN PART TO THE CREW S TRAINING COMBINED WITH THEIR COURAGEOUS
ACTIONS THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT AND FOLLOWING DAY, THEY WERE ABLE TO
SAVE THEIR SHIP WITH NO LOSS OF LIFE - A SIGNIFICANT ACCOMPLISHMENT
AT THE TIME WHEN CONSIDERING PROTECTEUR HAD CLOSE TO 300 CREW
MEMBERS ONBOARD, INCLUDING 17 PASSENGERS AND 2 CONTRACTORS. THE CREW
REACTED BRILLIANTLY AND WITH STEADFAST COURAGE IN THE FACE OF THE
WORST CASE SCENARIO FOR A SHIP, A FIRE FAR AT SEA, IN A MAIN
ENGINEERING SPACE
2. AS A RESULT OF THIS EVENT, ON BEHALF OF THE QUEEN, HIS EXCELLENCY
THE GOVERNOR GENERAL HAS APPROVED NATIONAL HONOURS FOR THE FOLLOWING
DESERVING INDIVIDUALS
A. MERITORIOUS SERVICE CROSS
(1) CDR J.A. ELBOURNE - FOR INSPIRATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND OUTSTANDING
ACTIONS AS CO. HIS CRITICAL DECISION MAKING KEPT HIS CREW FOCUSED
AND STEADFAST IN THEIR DETERMINED FIGHT TO SAVE THE SHIP
(2) LCDR J. MURRAY - FOR EXCEPTIONAL LEADERSHIP AND REMARKABLE
PROFESSIONALISM AS XO. HIS OUTSTANDING ACTIONS AND FORCEFUL
DETERMINATION WERE INSTRUMENTAL IN SAVING THE LIVES OF THE CREW AND
THE SHIP
(3) CPO 1 I.M. KELLY - FOR REMARKABLE LEADERSHIP AND SELFLESS
DEDICATION AS COXN. HIS BOUNDLESS DRIVE AND PERSONAL KINDNESS WERE
ESSENTIAL IN ENABLING THE CREW TO FIGHT THE FIRE
(4) PO 1 M.A. PENNER - FOR EXCEPTIONAL LEADERSHIP AND UNMATCHED
TECHNICAL ACUMEN AS CERA. HIS TIRELESS ACTIONS IN A SMOKE FILLED
COMPARTMENT PREVENTED CATASTROPHIC EXPLOSIONS AND SERIOUS INJURY OR
DEATH
B. MEDAL OF BRAVERY
(1) PO 2 A.L. AUBRY - FOR GREAT COURAGE AND SELFLESS DETERMINATION
IN IMMEDIATELY ATTACKING THE FIRE IN EXTREMELY HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS
C. MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL
(1) CAPT M. GIBBONS - FOR LEADERSHIP AND OUTSTANDING PASTORAL
SUPPORT AS THE SHIP S PADRE
(2) PO 1 P.R.J. STORIE - FOR OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP IN RESTORING
POWER TO THE SHIP UNDER DANGEROUS CONDITIONS
(3) LS A.C. ASTLES - FOR OUTSTANDING PROFESSIONALISM AND LEADERSHIP
AS ATTACK TEAM LEADER AND FIRE BOUNDARY DUTIES. HE PLAYED A CRITICAL
ROLE IN SAVING LIVES AND EXTINGUISHING THE FIRE
(4) LS C.L. KOROLYK - FOR SELFLESS DEDICATION AND LEADERSHIP AS A
MEMBER OF THE ATTACK TEAM. HE ENTERED THE FIRE ZONES SEVERAL TIMES
AND VOLUNTEERED FOR HAZARDOUS DUTIES. HIS CONTRIBUTION TO THE
FIREFIGHTING EFFORTS HELPED SAVE THE SHIP AND SHIPMATES
3. IN RELATION TO THE ABOVE MENTIONED, THE CDS HAS APPROVED
DEPARTMENTAL AWARDS FOR THE FOLLOWING DESERVING INDIVIDUALS AND
UNITS
A.  CDS COMMENDATION
(1) LCDR J. LAFONTAINE - FOR OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP AND SELFLESS
DEDICATION REGARDLESS OF SUFFERING FROM FIRST DEGREE BURNS TO HIS
LOWER LEGS
(2) PO 2 I.B. CAMERON - FOR SELFLESS ACTIONS AND LEADERSHIP AS ONE
OF THE FIRST RESPONDERS AND ATTACK TEAM LEADER
(3) MS A. BROWN - FOR DEMONSTRATING GREAT DETERMINATION AND SELFLESS
DEDICATION BY PUSHING HIMSELF TO THE POINT OF EXHAUSTION TO PROTECT
THE SHIP AND SHIPMATES
(4) LS S.B. MACDOUGALL - FOR EXCEPTIONAL LEADERSHIP AND DEVOTION TO
DUTY AS A MEMBER OF TWO ATTACK TEAMS. HIS MENTAL AND PHYSICAL
FORTITUDE TO ENDURE EXTREME CONDITIONS ENABLED THE TEAM TO CONTAIN
AND EXTINGUISH THE FIRE
(5) AB D.J.T. GREEN - FOR OUTSTANDING PROFESSIONALISM AND
PERSEVERANCE AS A MEMBER OF THREE SEPARATE ATTACK TEAMS
(6) AB M. CHARLESWORTH - FOR EXCEPTIONAL DETERMINATION AS A MEMBER
OF THE FIRST ATTACK TEAM. HE LED A SHIPMATE IN DISTRESS TO SAFETY
BEFORE RETURNING TO HIS DUTIES
B. CF UNIT COMMENDATION
(1) HMCS PROTECTEUR - FOR PROFESSIONALISM AND REMARKABLE DEDICATION.
THE TEAMWORK OF THE ENTIRE CREW, WHILE LIVING IN EXTREME AND ARDUOUS
CONDITIONS, HELPED SAVE THE SHIP
(2) USS CHOSIN - FOR RENDERING INVALUABLE ASSISTANCE TO HMCS
PROTECTEUR AFTER A CATASTROPHIC ENGINE ROOM FIRE WHILE AT SEA, 1 TO
6 MAR 14
(3) USS MICHAEL MURPHY - FOR OUTSTANDING ACTIONS, COMMENDABLE
SEAMANSHIP AND TECHNICAL ACUMEN WHILE ATTEMPTING TO TAKE HMCS
PROTECTEUR UNDER TOW FOLLOWING AN ENGINE ROOM FIRE, 28 FEB TO 1 MAR
14
(4) USNS SIOUX - FOR EXCEPTIONAL TECHNICAL EXPERTISE AND INCREDIBLE
SEAMANSHIP WHEN SUCCESSFULLY TAKING THE CRIPPLED HMCS PROTECTEUR
UNDER TOW TO PEARL HARBOR, FOLLOWING AN ENGINE ROOM FIRE, 1 TO 6 MAR
14
(5) USN REGION HAWAII - FOR EXEMPLARY COMMITMENT IN ENSURING THE
SAFE RETURN OF HMCS PROTECTEUR TO PEARL HARBOR AND THEN TO CANADA,
FOLLOWING AN ENGINE ROOM FIRE, 28 FEB TO MAY 14
4. THE INFORMATION ABOVE REFLECTS THE SUBSTANTIVE RANK HELD BY THE
MEMBERS AT THE DATE OF INCIDENT. MPRRS WILL BE UPDATED BY DH R UPON
RELEASE OF THIS CANFORGEN
5. I EXTEND MY SINCERE CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL RECIPIENTS. THE
LEADERSHIP, PROFESSIONALISM AND DEDICATION YOU HAVE DISPLAYED
REFLECT WELL ON OUR DEFENCE TEAM
END OF ENGLISH TEXT / LE TEXTE FRANCAIS SUIT
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Re: Engine Room Fire in HMCS Protecteur
« Reply #176 on: August 23, 2016, 15:40:48 »
BRAVO ZULU to all duly honoured members and units.

Best tradition of the service, for sure!  :salute:

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Re: Engine Room Fire in HMCS Protecteur
« Reply #177 on: August 23, 2016, 16:42:23 »
BZ indeed!  Well done, the Ship's crew! :salute:

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Re: Engine Room Fire in HMCS Protecteur
« Reply #178 on: August 23, 2016, 17:35:22 »
BZ to all indeed, thanks for sharing the CANFORGEN (DVPNI is slow).  As I type this I am looking directly at the Stbd side of ExPROTECTEUR as the backdrop (currently on site this week).

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Re: Engine Room Fire in HMCS Protecteur
« Reply #179 on: August 23, 2016, 23:16:05 »
As the son of a survivor of the Kooteney explosion and fire I have an appreciation of what these fine sailors went though.

Bravo Zulu to all on board. :salute:
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Re: Engine Room Fire in HMCS Protecteur
« Reply #180 on: August 24, 2016, 01:27:46 »
A richly deserved series of honours and awards. I am reliably informed that this was probably the finest piece of seamanship displayed within the RCN since World War 2.

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Re: Engine Room Fire in HMCS Protecteur
« Reply #181 on: August 24, 2016, 06:24:16 »
 :salute: BZ

Upstanding seamanship and courage. 
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Re: Engine Room Fire in HMCS Protecteur
« Reply #182 on: August 24, 2016, 08:30:38 »
 :salute:

BZ to all aboard.

I can't wait to read the stories and lessons learned.
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Re: Engine Room Fire in HMCS Protecteur
« Reply #183 on: August 24, 2016, 08:38:49 »
I am disappointed to see some left off the recognition lists.  The EO, CMO and CHT for starters.  They would have had a major role in the actual DC fight for PROs life...

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Re: Engine Room Fire in HMCS Protecteur
« Reply #184 on: August 24, 2016, 16:26:56 »
As with any situation that arises, not all that deserve offical recognition get it.

In my opinion the HTs that made the crappers on the jungle deck are the real heroes. Had some of the most plesant movements of my life in the gentle NELY trade winds off the north coast of Oahu.