Monday, Oct. 23, has been proclaimed HMCS Kootenay Day in remembrance of the worst peacetime accident in the history of the Royal Canadian Navy.
“We honour the crew of HMCS Kootenay as we remember the terrible casualties on that fateful day in October 1969,” said Premier Stephen McNeil, who is also Minister responsible for Military Relations.
Nine crewmen died and 53 others were seriously injured as fire and smoke, caused by an explosion, ripped through HMCS Kootenay’s starboard gearbox. The ship had been performing sea trials off the coast of England.
“We will always remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the protection of the freedoms that we as Canadians enjoy,” said Premier McNeil.
A commemorative event marking HMCS Kootenay Day will take place Monday at 10 a.m. at the Damage Control Training Facility, 11245 John Brackett Dr., Herring Cove, Halifax Regional Municipality.