Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil has proclaimed October 23 as HMCS Kootenay Day in remembrance of the worst peacetime accident in the history of the Royal Canadian Navy.
On Oct. 23, 1969, nine crewmen died and 53 were seriously injured after an explosion at sea ripped through the Kootenay’s starboard gearbox. The crew’s quick response was credited with preventing further loss of life and saving the ship itself.
“We have a rich military tradition in our province and proudly honor the sacrifices of brave servicemen and women past and present,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “This year’s recognition of the Kootenay disaster is especially meaningful with the loss of six of our military personnel in the Cyclone crash off the coast of Greece less than six months ago.”