Adams, Kenneth Frederick, b. 1903

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Adams, Kenneth Frederick, b. 1903

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Rear Admiral Kenneth Frederick Adams (b. 1903) served in the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) from 1928 until 1958, was responsible for the establishment of the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve (RCN(R)) Headquarters in Hamilton, and was in command of the RCN(R) for five years. Born in Victoria, BC, Adams graduated from the Royal Naval College of Canada in 1922. He joined the RCN(R) in 1928 and a few months later transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) as a Lieutenant. He served on the destroyer HMCS Vancouver and saw service overseas in ships and establishments of the Royal Navy until 1931, when Adams returned to Canada for two years' service on the destroyer HMCS Skeena. In December 1935, he was appointed First Lieutenant of the destroyer HMCS St. Laurent. Shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War, he was appointed to HMCS Stadacona (the RCN barracks at Halifax). He was serving as Executive Officer of the barracks when he was promoted to the acting rank of Commander in July 1940, and then was confirmed in rank in January, 1941. From April until December 1941, Adams was in command of the auxiliary cruiser HMCS David. He then returned to Halifax as Commanding Officer of the RCN barracks. Between February and December, 1943, he commanded the HMC ships Assiniboine, Ottawa, and Prince Henry, then took up an appointment as Director of Warfare and Training at Naval Headquarters, Ottawa. In August of the following year, he was named Commanding Officer of the HMCS Somers Isles (the RCN's sea training base in Bermuda). Early in 1945, he commanded the HMCS Iroquois, and in July of that year, became the Commanding Officer of the HMCS Stadacona for the second time. In 1946, Adams assumed command of the HMCS Uganda, but in June 1949, he undertook the dual appointment of Deputy Chief of Naval Personnel and Director of Naval Reserves at Naval Headquarters. In September 1949, Adams was appointed command of the HMCS Magnificent, then in November 1951, he assumed command of the RCN Barracks at Esquimalt. In April 1953, when new headquarters were formed in Hamilton for the Naval Divisions and the RCN(R), Adams became the first Commanding Officer Naval Divisions (COND). He retired in 1958.


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