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Russell, Patrick Francis Xavier

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Title Commodore (RCN)
Official Number O-64450
 
Birth 20/11/1916 Death (nk)
Place Bristol Place (nk)
Area Area (nk)
Country UK Country (nk)
 
Titles
Honours M.I.D.
Awards
Qualifications psc; idc; ndc;
 
Biography
 
 
Military Service
He was appointed as a Naval Cadet RCN (With seniority dated 31/08/1934). 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). In 1935 he served in HMS Dragon for Training. He was appointed as an A/Sub-Lieutenant RCN 1936. In 1936 he served in HMS Royal Oak for Training. He was appointed as a Sub-Lieutenant RCN (With seniority dated 01/11/1937). In 1937 he served in HMCS St. Laurent. In 1938 he served in HMS Excellent. He served in HMCS St. Laurent 1938. He served in RN Naval Base Portsmouth (HMS Excellent and HMS Vernon) for Sub-Lieutenants Courses 1938. He was appointed as a Lieutenant RCN (With seniority dated 15/02/1939). He served in HMS Osprey for RN Anti-submarine Specialist Course 1940. He served in HMCS Margaree 1940. He served in the RCN Barracks Halifax on Staff of Anti-submarine School 1940. He served in HMCS St. Francis as Executive Officer 1942. He was appointed as an A/Lieutenant-Commander RCN 1943. He served in HMCS Skeena (I) (In command) 1943. He served in HMCS Somers Isles as Anti-Submarine Training Officer 1945. He served in NSHQ as Staff Officer (Plans) 1945. He was appointed as a Lieutenant-Commander RCN (With seniority dated 15/02/1947). He served in HMCS Warrior 1947. He served as Officer-in-Charge of Torpedo Anti-submarine School Halifax. He was appointed as a Commander RCN (With seniority dated 01/07/1950). He served as Staff Officer (TAS) on Staff of Naval Member Canadian Joint Liaison Staff Washington 1950. He served in HMCS Algonquin (I) (In command) and Commander First Canadian Escort Squadron and as Senior Officer-in-Command 1953. He served in HMCS Stadacona for RCN Barracks Halifax as Director (RCN) of Joint RCN-RCAF Maritime Warfare School Halifax 1954. He was appointed as a Captain RCN (With seniority dated 01/01/1955). He served in NHQ as Director of Torpedo Anti-Submarine and Mine Warfare 1956. He served in NHQ as Director of Undersea Warfare 1957. He served in HMCS Algonquin (I) (In command) and Commander Second Canadian Escort Squadron 1958-59. He served in the Imperial Defence College Course 1960. He was appointed as a Commodore RCN (With seniority dated 16/09/1964). He served as Naval Member of Directing Staff National Defence College of Canada 1964. He served as Director Reserves Operations (Maritime) 1967. (He was retired.) (He was qualified as an A/S Officer.)
 
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Anecdotes
He survived the sinking of HMCS Margaree in 1940 and the stranding of HMCS Skeena in a violent storm on the coast of Iceland 25/10/1944.
 
References
Government of Canada The Canadian Navy List Ottawa ON; MacFarlane, John M. (1994); Canada's Admirals and Commodores (3rd ed.) (2016);
Last update
2017-02-05

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