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James Gordon Rodgers Hutcheson


Capt (N), RCN / C.A.F., ret'd


Submitted by Rod Hutcheson - Dec 2018


1945: Royal Canadian Naval College as naval cadet.


1947: Graduated as Midshipman (L), RCN.

UBC for Electrical Engineering.


1948: HMCS Ontario for training,

UBC for EE.

Prom. A/SLt(L).


1949: HMCS Athabaskan R79 / 219 as Electrical Officer (temp).

Canadian Westinghouse, Hamilton, for industrial training.

UBC for EE.


1950: Graduated UBC with BASc in EE.

HMCS Ontario for training.

HMCS Cornwallis for Divisional Course.

HMCS Stadacona for Long Electrical Course.


1951: Prom. A/Lt(L) 

Naval Air Station Jacksonville \ Naval Air Tech. Training Center.

Naval Air Station Memphis\Naval Air Tech. Training Center.

Confirmed Lt(L)


(The complete unexpurgated story of this interlude in the deep south can be found in “Salty Dips” Vol.11 if and when it is published.)


1952-1956: HMCS Shearwater\ HMCS Magnificent as Air Electrical Officer with various groups and squadrons, including detachments to NAD Scoudouc and RCAF Stn. Summerside. 


(For the complete personal story of these four years read visit “At Work and Play with the Flyboys


Or for a very different ocean-going experience during that time period check out “A Young  Man’s Introduction to Ocean Racing”, in Vol. 9 of “Salty Dips”.)


1956: HMCS Niagara for post-grad studies at the Mass. Inst. of  Technology.


1957: Prom.  LCdr (L).


1958: Graduated MIT with MSC in EE and Engineers Degree.

HMCS Naden additional on staff of COMSUPTPAC.


1959: HMCS Terra Nova as Electrical Officer.


1960-1963: Various technical positions in Naval Headquarters, Ottawa.


1963: Prom Cdr.


1964: HMCS Niobe on staff of CANAVBRIT as Staff Officer (L)


1965: CDLS London on staff of  Senior Naval Liason Officer as Deputy NLO.


1966-1967: HMCS Naden as OIC Engineering Division, Fleet School, Esquimalt.


1968-1972: Various positions in Communications and Electronic Warfare, NDHQ.


1972: Prom. Capt.

National Defence College, Kingston.


1973-1975: NDHQ developing the Defense Progran Management System.


1976-1977: Seconded to Transport Canada to develop the Transport Canada Program Information System.


1978: Retired from the RCN


1979-1988: Joined DND as a public servant in a series of senior executive positions in the followed by final retirement  as Chief of Program to enjoy myself for the following 30+ years.