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Welland, Robert Phillip

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Title Rear-Admiral (RCN)
Official Number O-76950
Birth 07/03/1918 Death 28/05/2010
Place Oxbow Place White Rock
Area SK Area BC
Country Canada Country Canada
Honours DSC & Bar. M.I.D. Officer of the Legion of Merit (USA)
Qualifications psc.
He grew up in McCreary and Dauphin MB. After his naval service he was a Director of the Canadian Air Industry Association. He was President of an air traffic control company for many years. He was Honorary Chairman of the Navy League of Canada.
Military Service
He was appointed as a Naval Cadet RCN 1936. He served in H.M.S. Frobisher for Training (Special Entry No. 40) 1936. He was appointed as a Midshipman RCN 1937. He served in H.M.S. Glasgow for Training 1937. In 1938 he served in HMS Emerald for Training. He was appointed as a A/Sub-Lieutenant RCN (With seniority dated 01/05/1939). He was appointed as a Sub-Lieutenant RCN 1939. He was appointed as a Lieutenant RCN (With seniority dated 15/05/1940). He served in HMCS St. Laurent 1940 (participated in the evacuation of Dunkerque). He served in H.M.S. Osprey for RN Anti-submarine Specialist Training 1941. He served as Staff Officer (Anti-submarine) to Commanding Officer Pacific Coast 1942. He was awarded the DSC 11/03/1942 for "courage and enterprise in action against enemy submarines." HMCS Assiniboine as First Lieutenant 1943. He was appointed as an A/Lieutenant-Commander RCN 1943. He served in HMCS Assiniboine (I) (In command) 1943 (he was aged 25). He served in Haida (In command) 1944. He was appointed as an A/Lieutenant-Commander RCN 1946. He served in RCN College Royal Roads as Executive Officer 1945. He was appointed as a Lieutenant-Commander RCN (With seniority dated 15/05/1947). He served in NSHQ as Staff Officer (TAS) on Staff of Director Weapons and Tactics 1947. He was appointed as a Commander RCN (With seniority dated 01/07/1949). He served on RN Staff College Course 1950. He served in HMCS Athabaskan (II) (In command) (Korean War Service) 1950. He was awarded a Bar to the DSC for "courage initiative and vigorous leadership during the voyage up the Daid-ko Estuary on 05/12/1950." He served in HMCS Naden for Staff of Flag Officer Pacific Coast as Chief of Staff 1953. He commanded the RCN contingent at the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth June 1953. He was appointed as a Captain RCN (With seniority dated 01/07/1953). He served in NHQ as Director of Naval Training 1953. He served in HMCS Venture (Officer Training Establishment) as Commanding Officer 1954. He served in HMCS Ontario (In command) 1956. He served in HMCS Shearwater as Commanding Officerr 1958. He was appointed as a Commodore RCN (With seniority dated 10/04/1961). He served in NHQ as Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Air and Warfare) 1961, Senior Canadian Officer Afloat Atlantic 1962. He served in NHQ as Acting Vice-Chief of Naval Staff 1964. He was appointed as a Rear-Admiral RCN (With seniority dated 01/08/1964). He served in CFHQ as Chief of Operational Readiness 1964, NDHQ as Vice-Chief of Naval Staff 1964. He served in CFHQ as Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Operations) 1966. (He resigned in 1966.)
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Obituary in The Vancouver Sun Tuesday June 1, 2010. Government of Canada The Canadian Navy List Ottawa ON; Blatherwick, John (1992); MacFarlane, John M. (1994);
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