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May 2-4, 2008
Vice Admiral John Allan, CCM, OMM, OStJ, CD, BSc., P.Eng


The year 2008 marks the 65th Anniversary of the formation of the UNTD in 1943; and the 40th Anniversary of the end of the Program in 1968. Our Queen's/RMC Organizing Committee decided it would be an appropriate time to celebrate the first of these Anniversaries and commiserate about the second, at a UNTD Reunion to be held in Kingston, Ontario on the weekend of May 2-4, 2008. You are invited to attend.

Sunday, May 4, 2008 is celebrated across Canada as Battle of the Atlantic Sunday, when the entire naval community commemorates the indispensable contribution to victory in World War II of the ships, men and women of the RCN and its Reserves and Canada's merchant marine. At the Reunion, we will have the opportunity on Sunday morning to participate with HMCS Cataraqui in the annual march past and service of commemoration at Kingston's Naval Memorial.

We are greatly honoured that V/ADM (Ret'd) John (Jock) Allan has agreed to serve as Patron of our Reunion . He is himself a former Queen's UNTD Cadet and a graduate of the University in Electrical Engineering ('55). He is the sole UNTD Cadet to rise through the ranks to the highest rank in our Navy.

Some of you may be wondering how you came to receive an invitation to a UNTD Reunion. Well, we have cast a wide net in our mailing, including our e-mailing. We are inviting not only former UNTD cadets from every university division across Canada, but also former naval cadets from RMC (two of whom are serving on our Committee). The RMC cadets trained with us in the summers and, in Queen's case, became almost as familiar with the Gunroom at the "Old Cataraqui" as we did. Sorry boys, the Gunroom is permanently closed!

We have also invited our post-1968 successors, the former members of the Reserve Officer University Training Plan (ROUTP) and members of the Kingston naval community, including former members of Reserve Naval Air Squadron VC 921. We are proceeding with the support and encouragement of CDR Paul Henault (CO) and L/CDR John Leighton (XO) of HMCS Cataraqui.

The following documents are available for your consideration:

  1. Registration Form * (Available here)
  2. Dinner Preference Form * (Available here)
  3. I Was In The Navy Too (Naval Career Information) * (Available here)
  4. Program (and Notes)(Available here)
  5. Contact List (Organizing Committee, etc.)(Available here)

In order to register for the UNTD Reunion, please return the documents above that are identified with an asterisk (*) together to our Treasurer, Donald Carter, at Queen's UNTD Reunion, 42 Clergy Street East, Kingston ON K7L 3H8, with your cheque. His other contact information is set out in the Registration Form. The deadline for registration is April 2, 2008.

The registration fee is $80.00/person. Spouses and other guests are welcome to attend all events. For the convenience of out of town visitors who may wish to stay at the Downtown Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront, a block of rooms is being held in the name: "Queen's UNTD Reunion". Individuals must make their own reservations with the hotel. See Registration Form for more details.

We look forward to welcoming you at the Reunion. Yours Aye!

UNTD Reunion Organizing Committee

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