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Caldwell, Frank Birch

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Title Commodore (RCN)
Official Number O-11210
 
Birth 15/09/1917 Death 28/10/2007
Place Amherst Place Ottawa
Area NS Area ON
Country Canada Country Canada
 
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Military Service
He was appointed as an Officer Cadet 1932. He served in the Royal Military College of Canada 1932. He was appointed as a Naval Cadet RCN 1934. He served in H.M.S. Frobisher for Training (Special Entry No. 36) 1934. He was appointed as a Midshipman RCN (With seniority dated 01/09/1935). He served in H.M.S. Dragon for Training 1935. He was appointed as an A/Sub-Lieutenant RCN 1936. He was appointed as a Sub-Lieutenant RCN (With seniority dated 01/09/1937). He served in H.M.S. Royal Oak (for Non-Intervention Patrol Spanish Civil War) 1937. He served in HMCS Venture 1938. In 1938 he served in HMS Excellent for Training. He was appointed as a Lieutenant RCN (With seniority dated 01/02/1939). He served in HMCS Saguenay 1939. He served in HMCS St. Laurent as First Lieutenant 1940. He served in the RCN Barracks Halifax 1941. He served in HMCS Niobe as Executive Officer 1942. He served in HMCS Ontario 1944. He was appointed as an A/Lieutenant-Commander RCN 1946. He served in HMCS Niobe as Staff Torpedo Officer 1946. He was appointed as a Lieutenant-Commander RCN (With seniority dated 01/02/1947). He served in HMCS Haida (I) (In command) 1947. He served in the National Defence College of Canada (Course 1) 1948. He served in NHQ as Staff Officer (TAS) to Director of Weapons and Tactics 1948. He was appointed as a Commander RCN (With seniority dated 01/07/1950). He served in NHQ as Director Naval Standardization and as Deputy Director of Weapons and Tactics 1950. He served in HMCS Naden for RCN Barracks Esquimalt as Executive Officer 1951. He served in HMCS Ontario as Executive Officer 1952. He was appointed as a Captain RCN (With seniority dated 01/07/1954). He served in HMCS Star as Chief of Staff to Commanding Officer Naval Divisions 1954. He served in NHQ as Director Naval Intelligence 1956. He served in NDHQ as Director Personnel (Officers) 1958. He served in HMCS Gatineau (II) (In command) and Commander Fifth Canadian Escort Squadron 1959. He was appointed as a Commodore RCN (With seniority dated 23/05/1961). He served in CFHQ on Staff of Naval Comptroller 1961. He served in NDHQ as Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Plans) 1962. He served in HMCS Niobe in command and Naval Member Canadian Joint Staff (London) 1963. He served in CFHQ as Secretary of the Defence Staff 1965. (He was retired 27/09/1969.)
 
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References
Government of Canada The Canadian Navy List Ottawa ON; MacFarlane, John M. (1994); Starshell (NOAC Newsletter) Obituaries Spring 2008; http://www.noac.ottawa.on.ca/Spring08Soundings.pdf;
Last update
2015-10-08

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