The Submariners' Association Of Canada, SAOC
East, was formed January 2002. In its origin dating back to 1979, the branch
was founded as the Submarine Old Comrades Association (Canadian Branch). This
was done so in response to the desires of a number of former RCN/ RN submariners
from the Halifax and Dartmouth areas.
They recognized the need to maintain
communication among themselves, and to remain current with the serving submarine
community. Additionally, they wished to nurture the camaraderie so richly
held from the past. These objectives were fundamental to all of SOCA Branches
and so a Canadian Branch was formed to extend them across Canada as well as
those who reside in the U.S.A. Allowed by SOCA's governing board of the day,
Canadian Branch became the "First" formed outside of the UK.
By December of 2001, the now transcended Canadian Branch of
the Submariners' Association (UK) following several years of lengthy review,
the majority of membership determined that the time had arrived to "control
our own destiny". To do this, Canadian Branch was to depart from S. A.
(UK) and combine with the Submariners' Association Of Canada (West)Victoria,
(Central) Ottawa , re-emerging as (East) based at Halifax.
Today, the objectives of the association have been currently
modified to suit our needs in providing both a formal and social venue for
past and present submariners in order to:
foster and maintain loyalty, good will, and the camaraderie
as that which typifies the life and style of submariners in the submarine
service, past and present;
enhance the well-being of submariners past and present and
their families commensurate to the resources within the association;
maintain liaison with the Canadian navy with the desire to
participate in, contribute to, and promote activities within its active submarine
maintain liaison with other military and veterans' associations
/organizations specifically those of the submarine brotherhood of other countries
Membership is open to all ranks for those who are qualified
Submariners who are serving or have served in CAF, RCN, RN and any navy. Membership dues are $ 20.00 per annum to be paid up by the end January.
There is a Paid for Life program available after the first year of membership,
pro-rated by an age formula
The branch as a whole normally meets on the last Wednesday of each
month with the exception of November and December when instead, the Annual
General Meeting is convened on the first Saturday of December. Through kind
permission of the Commander MOG-5, meetings are convened at MOG 5 facilities,
alternately S.R.'s and J.R.'s Messes.
For more information, contact:
Sylvain J.R. Rouillard(Chairman)
Mailing Address for SAOC (East)
PO Box 91
Dartmouth, NS. B2Y 3Y2
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