Calendar of Events

Below is a list of upcoming events that may be of interest to CNDA Members:
  1. 12
    May
    SUBJ: CPO1 PAUL WALSH RETIREMENT
    Noon
    1. AFTER 31YEARS OF LOYAL SERVICE TO THE ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY (RCN), CPO1 PAUL (KNOBBY) WALSH WILL RETIRE FROM THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES (CAF), 24 MAR 2017 2. CHIEF PETTY OFFICER 1ST CLASS WALSH ENROLLED IN THE CAF 07 JANUARY 1986, JOINING THE RCN AS A MARINE ENGINEER. UPON COMPLETION OF HIS INITIAL TRAINING, HE WAS POSTED ONBOARD HMCS PROTECTEUR. IN 1987, HE COMPLETED THE SHIP S TEAM DIVERS COURSE AND SUBSEQUENTLY CHALLENGED THE CLEARANCE DIVER PRELIM COURSE 1989, WHICH LED TO THE DISTINCTION OF CLEARANCE DIVER ON COMPLETION OF HIS QUALIFYING COURSE, 1990 AT FDU(A). AS A QUOTE BABY DIVER UNQUOTE, HE WAS THEN POSTED TO FLEET DIVING UNIT PACIFIC. HAVING HONED HIS SKILLS THERE AS A LEADING SEAMAN CLEARANCE DIVER, HE WAS POSTED TO THE DWYER HILL TRAINING CENTER AT OTTAWA 1992 TO 1996. RETURNING TO THE ATLANCTIC FLEET 1996, HE SPENT THE NEXT SEVERAL YEARS AT FDU(A) EMPLOYED IN MANY POSITIONS THAT SAW HIM CLIMB THE HIERARCHY FROM THE RANK OF MASTER SEAMAN TO CHIEF PETTY OFFICER 2ND CLASS. WHILE AT FDU(A) AND RENOWNED FOR ONE THAT NEVER SHIED FROM THE OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE, HE VOLUNTEERED TO AUGMENT 2 CER AS AN IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICE DISPOSAL (IEDD)EOD TECHNICIAN. THE REGIMENT DEPLOYED TO AFGHANISTAN UNDER THE COMMAND OF THE 1 RCR BATTLEGROUP THAT PARTICIPATED IN OP ATHENA 2006. IT WAS DURING THAT OPERATION THAT CPO1 WALSH S EOD PROWESS SAW HIM SUCCESSFULLY LEAD THE 23 FIELD SQN AS ITS EOD TROUP WARRANT. ON RETURN FROM AFGHANISTAN, HE RETURNED TO FDUA, PROMOTED TO CHIEF PETTY OFFICER 2ND CLASS AND IN 2011, POSTED TO CFEME AT DRDC TORONTO - THE EXPERIMENTAL AND UNDERSEA GROUP (EDUG) AS ITS CHIEF DIVER. HE WAS PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF CHIEF PETTY OFFER 1ST CLASS SEP 2016 AND AT THE END OF HIS TENURE AT EDUG, APPOINTED TO THE DIRECTORATE OF DIVING SAFETY (D DIVE S) IN OTTAWA WHERE TO THIS DAY, HE FULFILLS THE POSITION OF QUOTE SENIOR CAF DIVER UNQUOTE AND ASSISTANT PROGRAMME MANAGER FOR THE CAF DIVING SAFETY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM 3. CPO1 WALSH S DEPART WITH DIGNITY CELEBRATION WILL BE HELD, 12 MAY 2017 AT FDU(A) AND ALL ARE WELCOME. THOSE WISHING TO JOIN-IN THE CELEBRATIONS ARE REQUESTED TO FORWARD THEIR NAME PLUS GUEST (S) AND PHONE NUMBER TO WO FINNAMORE (WILLIAM.FINNAMORE (AT) FORCES.GC.CA) AND CPO2 WILLIAMSON (GORD.WILLIAMSON (AT) FORCES.GC.CA) NLT 21 APR 2017 4. ANECDOTES ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED AND ALSO REQUESTED TO BE FORWARDED TO THE SAME PERS AT PARA 3 (ABOVE) NLT 21 APR 2017