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Pickford, Richard John

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Title Rear-Admiral (RCN)
Official Number (nk)
Birth 22/04/1920 Death 01/05/2012
Place Outremont Place Ottawa
Area PQ Area ON
Country Canada Country Canada
Honours M.I.D. Legion of Honour (France).
Qualifications psc.
He was elected as the President of Maritime Museum of British Columbia in 1974. He claimed the distinction of having been the youngest commanding officer of a Canadian naval vessel (at age 21 - this claim was also made by Charles Wills, also apparently also 21 years of age. K.J. Pickford notes: "Thus, while Charles Wills may also have been 21 years of age when taking command, 22 April as a DOB trumps 01 March, thus, Admiral Pickford was 7 weeks younger and therefore takes the position as the youngest Canadian naval officer to have command of a ship in WW II.")
Military Service
He joined the RCNVR Supplementary Reserve in 1937. He was appointed as a A/Sub-Lieutenant (Temp.) RCNVR (With seniority dated 12/04/1940). He served in H.M.S. Broke for Demolition of Brest Dockyard 1940. He served in H.M.S. Listrac (French-manned) 1940. He survived the sinking of H.M.S. Listrac in English Channel in October 1940 in action with German destroyers. He served in HMCS Kings (Officer Training Establishment) 1941. He served in H.M.S. Osprey for Short Anti-Submarine course 1941. He was appointed as a Sub-Lieutenant (Temp.) (With seniority dated 01/04/1941). He served in H.M.S. Stoke City. He served in HMCS The Pas 1941. He was appointed as a Lieutenant (Temp.) RCNVR (With seniority dated 12/04/1942). He served in HMCS Kings (Officer Training Establishment) for Short Navigation Course 1942. He served in HMCS Rimouski (In command) 1942, (Transferred to RCN) 1942. He was appointed as a Lieutenant RCN (With seniority dated 12/10/1941). He served in H.M.S. Ocean 1944. He served in H.M.S. Pretoria Castle 1945. He served in HMCS Stadacona as Officer-in-Charge Navigation and AIO School 1945. He served in HMCS Uganda as Navigating Officer 1946. He was appointed as a Lieutenant-Commander RCN (With seniority dated 12/10/1949). He served in HMCS Ontario as Navigating Officer 1950. He served in RN Staff Course 1952. He was appointed as a Commander RCN (With seniority dated 01/01/1953). He served as Assistant Chief of Staff to Flag Officer Pacific 1953. He served in HMCS Ontario as Commander 1954. He served in HMCS Niobe for Duty With the Directing Staff of the RN Staff College 1956. He served in HMCS Kootenay (II) (In command) 1959. He was appointed as a Captain RCN (With seniority dated 01/07/1960). He served in NDHQ as Director Naval Plans 1960. He served as Commander Second Canadian Escort Squadron and Senior Officer-in-Command 1964. He was appointed as a Commodore RCN (With seniority dated 01/07/1965). He served as Chief of Staff to Flag Officer Atlantic Coast (MARCOM) 1965. He served as CANCOMFT 1967. He served in NDHQ as Director General Equipment Requirements 1968. He served as Canadian Naval Attache Washington DC and National Liaison Representative to Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic 1970. He was appointed as a Rear-Admiral (With seniority dated 15/06/1973). He served as Maritime Commander Pacific. He served as Deputy Maritime Commander and Commander of the Pacific Region 1973. (He was retired 1975). (He was qualified as a Navigating Officer at a Long Course in the UK and at the Advanced Navigation Course (Dagger) in the UK.)
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Named Features
Government of Canada The Canadian Navy List Ottawa ON; MacFarlane, John M. (1994); Email Communication (K.J. Pickford - John MacFarlane 20120507); Canada's Admirals and Commodores (3rd ed.) (2016); Email (Stephen Pickford-Nauticapedia 26/06/2018);
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