Who designed HMCS Regina’s commemorative Admiralty paint scheme?

Navy News / April 27, 2020

By Ashley Evans

It’s been several months since Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Regina was decorated in a new paint scheme, and the excitement and acknowledgement of this impressive work has continued to be a near-constant in conversation at Fleet Maintenance Facility Cape Breton (FMF), located in HMC Dockyard Esquimalt, B.C.

Who was the creative mind who designed the stunning commemorative Admiralty paint scheme? Naval Architecture Senior Engineering Technician John Crocker.

Like most projects, Regina’s paint scheme began as a tasking request. Crocker gladly took it on, first connecting with a naval historian at Director History and Heritage who provided briefing notes and details about different paint schemes used by past ships.

After careful deliberation and consulting with other members of the FMF workforce, Crocker decided on a paint scheme used on HMCS Ottawa during the Second World War.

Crocker used a program that allowed him to see most of the ship in a 3D model. He projected the paint patterns on a profile image of Regina’s hull, changing the pattern a little to accommodate the different hull shape, while adding modern elements to the paint scheme.

After a couple of weeks of design, Crocker presented three versions to the naval architect officer, who then sought a decision from Vice-Admiral Art McDonald, Commander Royal Canadian Navy. The paint scheme was then applied to Regina by the paint shop and military members onboard the ship.

“It has given me great satisfaction seeing the ship finished and that most everyone likes it,” said Crocker.

“There was a lot of excitement and encouragement from my colleagues in engineering as I was working on it.”