HMCS NCSM Hunter

90 Mill Street
Windsor ON  N9C 0C9

Phone: 519-254-4373

HMCS NCSM Hunter

"Ready When Required"

HMCS Hunter, Windsor's Naval Reserve Division, had inauspicious beginnings. From being based at the old Toledo Scale Company building and boasting a small contingent, it has grown over the past seventy years to become a large, productive unit, and a significant member of the Windsor community. She was commissioned the first of November, 1941. Hunter was named after the HMS GENERAL Hunter, which took part in the battle of Lake Erie in 1813. From that first building, Hunter moved in 1944 to the former "Old City Marketorium" at 960 Ouelette Avenue. Recently, she moved to a beautiful location on Mill Street in Sandwich, where she benefits from direct access to the Detroit River.

Over the past seventy years, Hunter has seen twenty-six changes of command. Most of Her Commanding Officers have seen wartime experience, from the first COs who returned from Naval service in the Second World War, to those who participated in action in Afghanistan.

She has also had many training craft attached to her. Mr. Seagram lent HMCS Hunter her first boat in 1940; it was an 85 foot twin-diesel yacht named HAIDIE. Its second was a Fairmile Motor Launch PTC 762 in 1949. In 1970, Hunter gained a 40 foot, twin diesel, steel Cutter, named M-925. In 1977 Hunter gained another training platform, the 26 foot Patrol Boat YMU 116 which was renamed PB-197 CROSSBOW (in 1978).

A Woman's Royal Canadian Naval Service attachment was formed in 1942 in Windsor. The WRCNS from Windsor had a long and distinguished service record both in war and at peace. Aside from the WRCNS, Hunter has shared a building with many other units - notably the 1969 arrival of the 39th Technical Squadron of the Royal Canadian Electrical Mechanical Engineers. Hunter currently shares its facilities with cadet units.

HMCS Hunter participated in a Royal Visit from Their Majesties Princess Elizabeth and Prince Phillip in the fall of 1951.

Read-Admiral Walter Hose, CBE, DScM, ADC, RCN, considered the father of the naval reserve, was a long-time supporter of HMCS Hunter, and he is buried in Windsor. His funeral was held the 21st of June 1965.

Hunter was granted Freedom of the City of Windsor on the 75th anniversary of her Naval Service in Canada. This ceremony and parade took place on the 21st of April 1985.

There have been several important "firsts" for women that took place at HMCS Hunter. The first female officer to command a Naval Reserve Division was Commander (W) J.M. O'Hearn, CD who took command on the 1st of August 1981. The first Hunter female to command a naval vessel was Sub-Lieutenant Judy Barker, who commanded the CROSSBOW for a 22 day cruise around the great lakes. Also, the first "covered" Muslim in the Canadian Forces (Ordinary Seaman Wafa Dabbagh) joined Hunter in 1996. She has since progressed through the ranks to Lieutenant Commander.

Le NCSM HUNTER, division de la Réserve navale à Windsor, a connu des débuts incertains. Avec à l'origine seulement quelques membres logés dans l'ancien édifice de la Toledo Scale Company, il devient, au cours des 70 dernières années, une entité importante dans la communauté de Windsor. Il est mis en service le 1er novembre 1941. Le HUNTER est nommé ainsi d'après le HMS GENERAL HUNTER, qui a joué un rôle dans la bataille du lac Érié en 1813. Le HUNTER a quitté son premier emplacement en 1944 pour s'installer à l'ancien " Old City Marketorium ", au 960 Ouelette Avenue, où elle se trouve encore à ce jour.

Au cours des 70 dernières années, le HUNTER a connu 25 passations de commandement. Ses commandants ont vécu l'expérience en temps de guerre, allant de la Seconde Guerre mondiale aux conflits actuels en Afghanistan.

Il compte aussi de nombreuses embarcations d'instruction qui lui sont rattachées. Le premier bateau Hunter a été prêté en 1940 par M. Seagram et représentait un yacht à deux moteurs diésel mesurant 25,9 m appelé HAIDIE. Le deuxième était un Fairmile à moteur PTC 762, en 1949. En 1970, il obtient un Cutter en acier - M-925 à deux moteurs mesurant 12,2 m. Il était l'ancien EGRET de l'ARC qui avait été retiré de sa fonction de remorqueur de cibles du champ de tir de Meaford. En 1977, le HUNTER obtient une autre plate-forme d'instruction, le patrouilleur de 14 m YMU 116, qui a été renommé PB-197 CROSSBOW (en 1978).

Un détachement du Service féminin de la Marine royale du Canada (WRCNS) est formé en 1942 à Windsor. Le WRCNS de Windsor détient des états de service longs et remarquables en temps de guerre et de paix. Outre le WRCNS, le HUNTER partage un édifice avec de nombreuses autres unités, plus particulièrement, l'arrivée en 1969 du 39e escadron technique du Corps royal canadien des ingénieurs électriciens et mécaniciens. Le HUNTER partage actuellement ses locaux avec trois unités de cadets.

Le NCSM HUNTER participe à une visite royale de Sa Majesté la princesse Élizabeth et du Prince Phillip à l'automne 1951.

Le Contre-amiral Walter Hose, CBE, DScM, ADC, RCN, considéré comme le père de la Réserve navale, a appuyé pendant longtemps le HUNTER et est enterré à Windsor. Ses funérailles ont eu lieu le 21 juin 1965.

Le HUNTER obtient le Droit de cité par Windsor au cours du 75e anniversaire de service naval au Canada. La cérémonie et le défilé ont eu lieu le 21 avril 1985.

Plusieurs " premières " pour les femmes se sont déroulées au NCSM HUNTER. La première femme officier à commander une division de la Réserve navale a été la Capitaine de frégate J.M. O'Hearn, CD, qui a pris le commandement le 1er août 1981. La première femme à commander un navire a été l'Enseigne de vaisseau de 1re classe Judy Barker, qui a commandé le CROSSBOW pour un voyage de 22 jours dans les Grands Lacs. De plus, la première femme musulmane à porter le voile dans les Forces canadiennes, la Matelot de 3e classe Wafa Dabbagh, s'est jointe au HUNTER en 1996. Elle a depuis été promue au grade de capitaine de corvette et sert toujours la Marine.

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