Join us for the
ACAM Annual General Meeting
Saturday, October 20th
1:00 - 3:00 pm
Guest Speaker: Colonel (Ret’d) John Orr CD
“Seven Flags over Shearwater”
Come learn about the great things ACAM members and volunteers are doing and the benefits of becoming a member. Everyone can make a difference - whether your skills are restoring planes, or updating our collections database, helping with events, etc. - there is a role for you!
Attend the AGM and find out how you can help!
There will be refreshments and prizes.
We hope to see you there!
- Welcome and Introductions
- Approval of Minutes of last AGM
- Financial Report
- Directors’ Annual Report
- Highlights for 2019
- Board of Directors
- 2017/18 Board Members
- 2018/19 Board Members – Nominations/Election
- Presentation: Colonel (Ret'd) John Orr CD - "Seven Flags Over Shearwater"
- Wrap up/Door Prizes/Refreshments
Colonel (Ret’d) John L. Orr CD
John Orr joined the Royal Canadian Navy in September 1963 and graduated in 1967 from Royal Military College of Canada. Selected for aircrew training, he completed five operational tours on Sea King helicopters culminating in the command of 423 Squadron. Colonel Orr has held a number of command and staff appointments in Canada, NATO and the Middle East. He retired from the Canadian Forces in September 2000.
“Seven Flags over Shearwater “
In his presentation “Seven Flags over Shearwater “ Colonel (Ret'd) John Orr CD, will provide an overview of the many masters, roles and functions that Shearwater has served over the last 100 years.
Shearwater’s role in Canadian air operations is significant, today few people realize the significant role it has played over the last one hundred years.
The first air operations at Dartmouth, was established as United States Naval Air Station Halifax in the final year of the First World War. Dartmouth was tasked with countering German U-boats attacking shipping off the coast of Nova Scotia. After the war Dartmouth was transferred to the fledgling RCAF, Dartmouth became a larger seaplane base. With the looming Second World War RCAF Dartmouth would become both a seaplane and land base, becoming the principle air station of the RCAF’s Eastern Air Command. Dartmouth would have the unique distinction of being the only air station in Canada to have had an operational role in both World Wars.
With the end of the Second World War, Dartmouth would become RCN Shearwater, home to the Royal Canadian Air Branch, providing air power to the RCN. As the Cold War progressed throughout the Sixties and Seventies, the RCN and the Canadian Armed Forces would pioneer the use and development of medium-sized helicopters use with a destroyer/escort vessel, furthering the role of the helicopter in anti-submarine warfare.
Today Shearwater (12 Wing) is beginning a new chapter in its history as Canada’s newest helicopter; Cyclone is now being operationally deployed for the first time.
John Orr’s presentation provides a true picture of the history and depth of the role that Shearwater has played in all the significant conflicts of the past one hundred years. Combining the overall theme of the many roles and masters that Shearwater has seen over the century, John will provide the detail and context to the significance of Shearwater’s history.