Submarine Museum

 

HMCS OJIBWA

 


 

HMCS OJIBWA Museum Operation Paint EX 2020

 

Carried out from 13 to 26 July 2020 in Port Burwell, Ontario

 



1. A total of $10, 205 was raised thru the 3 Branches of the SAOC, plus donations from across Canada and the United States. To date we have expended @ $5,000 of the monies raised, plus $1,000 has been set aside for OP Walter Pigeon Eviction 20-26 Sept which is the covering all areas that the pigeons are using to gain entry into the fin and under the casing, plus to pressure wash all the pigeon dropping away.

 

2. There was approximately 130 volunteers from across Ontario and even one from Nova Scotia that provide @ 260-person days of labour from 13 to 26 July 2020.

 

3. Retired submariners, veterans and members of Team Rubicon, the Canadian

 

4. Heroes Foundation, Eastern Ontario and the Canadian Forces volunteered to help repaint the vessel, with volunteers travelling from Ottawa, Kingston, Coburg, Oshawa, Peterborough, Hamilton, London, Port Dover and Niagara.

 

5. We had numerous people that volunteered that had no association with the military or the submarine, they just heard about the project thru social media, friends, or family.

 

6. We had families that show up to volunteer, and even had one father and his 10-year son come twice so that they could spend the night on board Ojibwa. All volunteers were given a tour of Ojibwa during the lunch break.

 

7. Team Rubicon Canada (Team Rubicon Canada unites skilled military veterans with first responders to serve disaster-affected communities at home and abroad) provide numerous volunteers from 20 to 25 July.

 

8. Twelve members of the Highway of Heroes cleaning team drove down and joined Team Rubicon with helping paint the sub for the day on 20 July. Among them was Silver Cross mother, Port Hope resident Anna Loveman who said it was an honour to drive over three hours to paint.

 

9. We had exceptional weather during Paint EX. We only lost one day of painting due to rain, but it was in the first week, so we used that day just to pressure wash the exterior to prep for more painting. We also had a Tornado Warning on the first weekend, so Ojibwa was used has a tornado shelter. We did also have a couple of small rain showers over the period, but these helped cool down the boat, as we could not paint when the hull temp was over 90F.

 

10. Ceremonial pictures were taken of some of the Volunteers with a Bottle of Wine pretending to dedicate the Ojibwa again after a job well done.

 

11. Bravo Zulu to all involved.

 


 

Operation Walter Pigeon Eviction

 


 

Paint Ex 2020 included a side operation to evict Walter Pigeon and his friends and family for non payment of rent and trashing their accommodations.  This operation took place concurrently with Paint Ex 2020

 

Walter Pigeon, friends and family

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Pigeon party inside the conning tower

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Under the casing

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Under the casing

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Under the casing

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Gerry Brown with Conning Tower cover

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Gerry Brown with Conning Tower cover

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Gerry Brown on the Conning Tower

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Gerry Brown on the Conning Tower

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Conning Tower cover

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Conning Tower cover

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Peter Heppleston on the Forward Casing

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Peter Heppleston in the bucket lift

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Shawn Preston on the sonar dome

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Surface Muffler Exhaust Port covered

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Anchor Pocket covered

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Blanked Free Flood Holes

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Fore Planes covered

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Battery Ventilation Hatch covered

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Aft SSE covered

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Forward SSE covered

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Forward Buoy Fairlead blanked

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Peter Heppleston and Shawn Preston covering opening below sonar dome

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Peter Heppleston and Shawn Preston dong touch-up painting on the hole blanks

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Peter Heppleson and Shawn Preston on the Forward Casing

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Operation Evict Walter Pigeon Complete

 

(There is no way in)

 


 

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Paint Ex 2020

 


 

OJIBWA before Paint Ex 2020

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OJIBWA before Paint Ex 2020

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OJIBWA before Paint Ex 2020

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Lauren Borsellino

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Amiee Tintor and Adam Potts

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Nick Borsellino, Adam Potts and Aimee Tintor

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Kyle Ward

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The Post Ex paint tins

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Carl Bagshaw, Catherine Raven, Karina Schulz and Ian Raven

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Team Rubicon

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Connie, Catherine Raven, Karina Schulz and Ian Raven

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Dave Robinson, Dave Anderson, Pierre Bouchard, Jerry Brown and George Roach

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Lunch for volunteers

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Battlefield Equipment staff and Ian Raven

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Benjamin Moore Staff

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Ian Raven and Benjamin Moore Rep

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George Roach cooking

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At work on the boom lift

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At work on the boom lift

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Workers on the forward casing

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Top of the conning tower

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Recruits from Hamilton, ON

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Lunch for volunteers

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Painting the aft casing

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Disassembling the scaffolding

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Actors from set of movie

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Pressure washing the conning tower

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Jeff Seburn

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Painting the forward casing

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Painting the forward casing

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Painting the forward casing

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Toad on the conning tower door

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Working on the Duck's Ass - 1st coat

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Working on the Duck's Ass - 1st coat

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Working on the Duck's Ass - 1st coat

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Pigeons flying out of the conning tower during a break in the painting

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Painting the conning tower

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Painting the starboard bow

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Team Rubicon

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Port side painting

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Screws wrapped to protect them from errant paint splatters

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Screws wrapped to protect them from errant paint splatters

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Ernest Poirier and son Owen

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Jerry Brown

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Final Touch-ups

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Final Touch-ups

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Team Rubicon Final Touch-ups

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Dan Powers on forward casing

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Dan Powers on forward casing - Escape Hatches sealed to prevent water ingress

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Forward Escape Hatch sealed

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Aft Escape Hatch sealed

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Paint Ex 2020 Complete

 


 

 

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Some of the Volunteers

 


 

Recruits from Hamilton

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Dave Robinson

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Nathan Moyer

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Karina Schulz

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Catherine Raven

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Pierre Bouchard

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Connie Toelg

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Dave Anderson

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Ryan Vard

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Carl Bagshaw

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Fred Maratos

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George Roach

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Ian Raven

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Gerry Brown

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Ron Bradfield and Jerry Brown

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Ron Bradfield

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Plaque presented to Ron Bradfield

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