Point Grey Bat­tery (1914, 1939 - 1950/1968), Van­cou­ver

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Lo­cated on Point Grey at the Univer­sity of Bri­tish Columbia, in the vicin­ity of the Mu­seum of An­thro­pol­ogy. In WWI two 60-pounder field guns were po­si­tioned here. In WWII two 6-inch MK7 guns were ini­tially em­placed here on tem­po­rary mounts, soon re­placed by three 6-inch MK7 guns on MK2 mounts. One source makes a ref­er­ence to Fort Grey in WWII. Placed in care­taker sta­tus in 1948. In 1950 the bar­racks were used as ex­tra dor­mi­to­ries for the stu­dents of the Univer­sity of Bri­tish Columbia (aka "Fort Camp"). The Bat­tery OP was used as a mil­i­tary ra­dio trans­mit­ter sta­tion un­til the 1960's. The reser­va­tion was trans­ferred to the province in 1968. One gun po­si­tion and the can­ton­ment area were de­mol­ished in 1973 for the con­struc-

tion of the mu­seum. The other two gun po­si­tions still re­main at each end of the mu­seum. The ex­am­i­na­tion gun (1939 - 1942) was a 6-pounder Hotchkiss gun. A 3.7-inch AA gun was on the point some dis­tance from the fort. Two ad­di­tional AA guns were also in the area. Two search­lights were po­si­tioned on the beach (con­crete tow­ers and pow­er­house still re­main).

An ex­cel­lent con­tender for the RCN sur­face ship re­place­ment pro­gram would be the Ger­man MKS (Mehrzweck­kampf­schiff) 180, a mod­u­lar frigate of 5,000 tonnes and de­signed to op­er­ate in low threat en­vi­ron­ments such as NATO, counter nar­cotic, piracy and ter­ror­ism mis­sions (which look like they will be a fix­ture for the RCN role in the fu­ture). With G7 mem­ber Canada hav­ing de­fence spend­ing at Third World lev­els, this would prob­a­bly be the "best bang for the buck"

to main­tain force lev­els.

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