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R.C.N. Leading - Seaman Richard Blackwolf | Bio*

Richard passed the national entry examination and initially entered the Royal Canadian Navy as a Seaman Apprentice. When the seven-year Naval Apprentice Program was reduced to two courses, dropping the Armor Artificer (serviceman trained in mechanics) program, Richard transferred to the Regular Naval Force on September 7, 1959.

A "New Navy" was being formed that stressed electronics and requiring a minimum senior matriculation for the personnel manning the new St. Laurent, Restigouche, and Mackenzie class ships, being built nicknamed "Cadillac's" by the American Navy. After four months of basic training at H.M.C.S. Cornwallis in Nova Scotia, Richard's first ship was the H.M.C.S. Sheena, a St. Laurent class destroyer escort where he received twelve months of extensive training in electronics and Sonar system operation and maintenance, prior to writing the East and West coast Fleet Exams, finishing in the top ten.

Richard was posted in January 1962 to Fleet School H.M.C.S. Naden in, Esquimalt B.C. to attend a twelve-month Electronic and Sonar systems course, finishing in the top five, (December 1962).

In January 1963, Richard was selected along with several of his classmates to join of the Commissioning crew of H.M.C.S. Saskatchewan in March of 1963, after commissioning trials and combat workups the Saskatchewan set sail on her maiden voyage to Halifax, Nova Scotia for a tour of duty with the NATO's Atlantic Fleet, with Saskatchewan returning to Esquimalt in December 1963, after completing a 60,000 mile first voyage.

After almost three years aboard the Saskatchewan, logging over a 120,000 miles during tours to Europe and the far East, Richard was posted in January of 1966, to H.M.C.S. Venture Naval Officer Cadet Training facility, and became an instructor of Officer Cadets (as IC of the Venture Boats Division). There he taught Cadets small boat handling and fiberglass repairs.

A transfer followed this period to Venture's Expedition Training staff, where on joining Richard was sent on an Air Force Survival course near Edmonton, Alberta for six weeks of training in the mountains bordering Jasper National Park. On returning to Venture Richard be joined Expedition Training's four person staff, instructing Officer Cadets in wilderness crafts and survival techniques prior to the Cadets embarking on an self directed seven day overland navigation trek in the Copper Canyon area of Vancouver Island, BC.

Richard's next posting in June of 1967 was to Fleet School H.M.C.S. Stadacona in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to attend a two year Sonar Systems electronics course, finishing in the top three.

On return to the West Coast of British Columbia, in June of 1969, Richard was posted to the Instructional staff of the Sonar School H.M.C.S. Naden. This two year posting was interrupted by a sudden call on a Sunday (in late August 1969), to H.M.C.S. Yukon a McKenzie class Destroyer Escort sailing for a three month tour of Central American countries.

In December 1969, Richard was one of two personnel selected from the West Coast for training in the "New Digital Navy" and left the Yukon to attend Fleet School Halifax, starting in January 1970 on an 18 month Digital Electronics course, followed by 4 months of Factory Training on the Navy's new Underwater Combat Systems in 1971. [N.V. Hollandsche Signaal Apparaten (Signaal), city of Hengelo, province of Overijssel in the Netherlands].

On returning to Halifax in May 1971, Richard joined the instructional staff at the 280/IRE Combined Support Center in Dartmouth Nova Scotia, as an Underwater Combat System instructor, familiarizing Senior Officers while instructing Combat System Engineers and Ship's Staff.

In March of 1972, Richard received a job offer from the Ship Repair Unit - Atlantic (now FMF Cape Scott) Halifax to work in Shop 15 - Sonar Systems ($4.10 an Hour) [~$26.20 an hour, 2014 equivalent], as part of a team of four carrying out the installation and Set-to-Work of the new digital Underwater Combat Systems on IRE Class ships.

On returning to the West Coast and settling in Courtenay on Vancouver Island, in 1973. Richard received a job offer from Ship Repair Unit - Pacific (now FMF Cape Breton) to work in Shop 27 - Sonar Systems ($5.10 an hour)[~$28.00 an hour, 2014 equivalent], starting in May 1973 and moving to Shawnigan Lake (Southern Vancouver Island) in October of 1973, to be closer to work.

In 1975, Richard designed and general contracted the conversion of the family home at Shawnigan into a Neighborhood Pub opening in May 1976 as the Black Swan Inn. The Pub business proved very demanding and Richard left SRU-P to run the business full time.

After the Pub business, Richard work at Bamberton Cement as a Shift Electrician, and went on to Yarrows Ship Building in 1981, as a Marine Electrician/Electronic Technician.

In 1989, Richard received a job offer from Ship Repair Unit -Pacific Shop 27 Sonar/Gyro, worked there until 1995, and then changed to Shop 35 Weapons/Fire control systems, now Shop 163 being employed there as a electronic technician to this time.

Special Projects: 1997 Canada Coast Guard Contract - Designed and Instructed course on GPS Marine Navigation for Commercial Mariners.
Camosun College - Night School - Designed and Instructed GPS Marine Navigation and UTM/GPS Land Navigation.

Certificates: Applied Science Technicians and Technologist of British Columbia -
Certified Electronic Technician Camosun College -
British Columbia Certificate - Management and Supervision

President: Strait View Holdings - Qualicum Beach from 1997 to 2004
President: NAVA Warriors Vancouver Island Division
President: 500 Nations Enterprises Inc
President: Micro Dynamics Corporation
President/Commanding Officer - Aboriginal Veterans Association BC

Current President/Officer Commanding Canadian Aboriginal Veteran National Alliance


See also:

Veterans Affairs Committee on March 15th, 2012 - Evidence of meeting #25 for Veterans Affairs in the 41st Parliament, 1st Session.

On the agenda: Review of the Delivery of Front-Line Health and Wellbeing Services for Canadian Veterans

1 of 17 speakers: Richard Blackwolf President, Canadian Aboriginal Veterans and Serving Members Association transcript


Veterans Affairs Committee on April 1st, 2014

Evidence of meeting #19 for Veterans Affairs in the 41st Parliament, 2nd Session.

On the agenda: New Veterans Charter

1 of 16 speakers: Richard Blackwolf transcript


Aboriginal Veterans Tribute homepage

Aboriginal Veterans - Royal Canadian Navy

*Source: Blackwolf, Richard: my naval experiences - abstract UVic 'Canadian Military Oral History'
Transcript editing, Jeff Schlingloff - 2015