THE BEGINNING

The autumn of 1984 the idea of establishing a Submariners Association on the West Coast of Canada was born. We are based in Victoria, British Columbia, where we meet once per month. We attend local annual Memorial Ceremonies and Services, Naval Commemoratives and functions, and provide financial assistance to Veterans Groups and area Sea Cadets. We publish an informative on-line Scuttlebutt, plus maintain an eMail distribution list for our members and fellow associations, along with the annual hosting of our mid-Island Meeting, Summer BBQ & Horseshoe Tourney, and Christmas Luncheon. During 1993, 1997, 2003, and 2008, we hosted in Victoria, BC, Gatherings and Reunions of Submariners from all parts of the world. During May of 2011 we commemorated the 50th Anniversary for the Commissioning of HMCS Grilse SS71, and during 2014 commemorated the Canadian Submarine Centenary. Our membership criteria is simple - any person designated 'Qualified In Submarines' according to the requirements of the Navy in which they served may join our Association. If interested, our membership details, plus downloadable application form, can be viewed by following our 'Membership' link below. Thank you for taking the time to visit us and we trust you will find our site interesting.
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SUBMARINER

We Submariners consider ourselves a special breed, rarely understood by mortals and never understood by mere skimmers. Fellow Submariners of all nations understand this and we have the utmost respect for each other, experiencing first hand the hardship and danger faced while achieving our membership intoto that elite of brotherhoods ... 'Submariner'. Like most countries maintaining a Submarine Service, Canada has an Association to which Submariners may join to keep contact with old shipmates, enjoy the occasional social event and commemorate our Departed Shipmates. Our membership criteria is simple ~ any person who 'Qualified in Submarines', according to the requirements of the Navy in which they served, may join our Association. The purposes of our Association are: to foster an opportunity for persons who share a unique background as Submariners to meet in fellowship; to foster and build on that friendship, goodwill and esprit de corps which members experienced during their Naval service; to provide such support and assistance to other Submariners, whether members or not and as is considered necessary or requested, commensurate with the resources of the Association; to liaise with kindred organizations, both nationally and internationally.
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