Lieutenant-Commander Douglas Campbell was born in St. Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC. He grew up in various cities in Alberta, Germany, and Ontario before attending the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario, graduating with a degree in English Literature and History.
He joined the Fleet in 1995, and participated in Operation SHARPGUARD, sailing in HMCS Fredericton, enforcing United Nations sanctions off the coast of former Yugoslavia. He also served in HMCS Toronto and HMCS Iroquois for various NATO deployments. Becoming a Shipborne Air Controller in 1998, he qualified as a Shipborne Advanced Air Controller (NATO Grade A) and taught at the Canadian Forces Naval Operations School until 2003, when he went on his Operations Room Officer course. Complete bio
Lieutenant-Commander Rory McLay was born in London, Ontario in May, 1973. The majority of his formative years were spent growing up north of Kingston, Ontario, in the village of Verona, although he spent some time in both North Bay and London. He attended the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston graduating with a degree in English Literature in 1996, and was commissioned as a Regular Force Naval Officer.
He completed his initial training in 1997 and moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia, to join his first ship, HMCS HALIFAX, as a Bridge Watchkeeping Officer. He was a Watchkeeper aboard HALIFAX during OPERATION PERSISTENCE, the search and rescue and ultimately recovery operation for the Swissair Flight 111 crash off the eastern coast of Nova Scotia. Shortly after, he was attach posted to HMCS ST JOHN’S to participate in NATO’s Standing Naval Force – Mediterranean, including a short time enforcing United Nations operations off the coast of former Yugoslavia. Upon achieving his professional qualification, he specialized as an Above Water Warfare Officer aboard HMCS TORONTO and then HMCS IROQUOIS. Complete bio
Lieutenant-Commander Blair Saltel grew up in Sioux Lookout, ON before enrolling in the Regular Force in June 1996. He attended the Royal Military College in Kingston, ON from 1996-2000 and received a Bachelors of Engineering (Mechanical) upon graduation.
Completing initial MARS training in Esquimalt, BC, he was posted to HMCS TORONTO in 2001 and deployed to the Arabian Gulf theatre as part of OP APOLLO as watchkeeper and Witnessing Officer for the Boarding team. Attaining his Bridge Watch Keeping certificate during the deployment, he then completed his Certificate of Competency Level 2 upon his return in February 2002. Complete Bio
Cdr Scott Van Will was born in St. Thomas, Ontario and spent his youth touring Canada and the United States as an Army brat. He joined the Canadian Forces in 1988 as a Naval Cadet at Royal Roads Military College in Victoria. On completion of his BSc in Computers and Space Science he was commissioned as an Acting Sub Lieutenant in 1993. He was posted to Halifax in 1994, where he was promoted to Sub Lieutenant and received his Bridge Watchkeeping Certificate in 1995 on board HMCS GATINEAU.
Having completed both the Destroyer Navigating Officer Course and the Deep Draught Navigating Officer Course he was promoted to Lieutenant (Navy) and successfully navigated HMC Ships MONTREAL, PROVIDER, ATHABASKAN and PRESERVER, including a stint as the Staff Navigator for CSNFL between 1999 and 2000. A portion of this deployment included time in the Adriatic as part of Op ALLIED FORCE, NATO’s military operation against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia during the Kosovo War. Complete Bio
Lieutenant Commander Graham Roberts joined the Canadian Forces in 1989 through the Regular Officer Training Plan. On graduation in 1995 from Royal Roads Military College with a BSC in Earth Observation Science and Oceanography he was posted to Esquimalt.
On completion of initial navigation and seamanship training he joined his first ship HMCS ALGONQUIN in 1996 as a junior bridge watch keeper with a subsequent posting to HMCS HURON to complete bridge watch keeper training and successfully challenge his professional qualification board. LCdr Roberts continued navigation training in 1998 and completed tours in HMCS HURON and WINNIPEG respectively as the Navigating Officer. His tour in WINNIPEG included an operational deployment to the Arabian Gulf in early 2001 in support of United Nations sanctions against Iraq. Complete Bio
Lieutenant Commander Greg Adamthwaite enrolled in the Canadian Forces in June 1990 at Toronto, Ontario and entered Royal Roads Military College in Victoria, British Columbia later that year following Basic Training. He graduated from Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario in the Class of 1994 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Following initial naval training on the West coast in the minesweepers HMCS THUNDER and HMCS MIRAMICHI and the destroyer HMCS YUKON, Lieutenant Commander Adamthwaite joined the newly accepted Canadian Patrol Frigate HMCS WINNIPEG in 1995 as a part of the inaugural naval acceptance and Commissioning crew. There he obtained a Bridge Watch Keeping Qualification (BWK), his Naval Certificate of Competency Level Two and acted as ships Navigating Officer. Following Director training as a Fleet Navigating Officer, he was promoted to Lieutenant (Navy) and became the Navigating Officer for both HMCS MIRIMICHI and HMCS WINNIPEG. Complete Bio
Kristjan Monaghan is a true Maritimer. Born in Fredericton, New Brunswick, raised in both New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island and has been living in Halifax Nova Scotia since graduating from the Naval Officer Training Center in 1998. He joined the Canadian Forces in 1992 and attended College Militaire Royale (Royal Military College) in St. Jean, Quebec and graduated from the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario in 1997 with a Degree in Business Administration. Upon successful completion of Maritime Surface Classification at Venture, Esquimalt BC in 1998, he then joined HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN in her homeport in Halifax Nova Scotia and four days later deployed for a six month NATO deployment where he was awarded his Bridge Watchkeeping Certificate and Special Service Medal.
The majority of his naval career has been served on the East Coast, however, the majority of this time has been deployed at sea on High Readiness Ships. After successfully completing his Naval Officer Professional Qualification board, he was subsequently loaded on the Fleet Navigating Officer Course in Esquimalt British Columbia. Complete Bio
Born in Cornwall, Ontario, Commander Forget joined the Canadian Forces in 1987 as an Officer Cadet at Collège Militaire Royale de St-Jean, Québec. He later graduated in 1992 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Administration and accepted his commission as a MARS Officer.
On completion of his naval training, Commander Forget joined HMCS Montreal (FFH 336) in 1993. While in Montreal, he was awarded his Bridge Watchkeeping Certificate and his Certificate of Competency Level 2. After a period of consolidation training, he was selected for training as an Under Water Warfare Officer.
After successful completion of his Under Water Warfare training, Commander Forget joined HMCS Charlottetown (FFH 339) as the Under Water Warfare Officer. In 1998, he was appointed as the Target Motion Analysis Instructor at the Canadian Forces Naval Operations School in Halifax. Complete Bio
Commander Germain was born near Montréal, Qc and spent his school years in Laval. In 1989, he received a BA in administration from Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean, Québec. He graduated from Command and Staff College course at the Collège Interarmées de Défense in Paris in 2005 where he received a brevet d’Études militaires supérieures and a Diplôme d’Études supérieures de défense.
Since starting his naval training, Commander Germain’s sea posting have included bridge watchkeeping training onboard HMCS SKEENA, Above Water Warfare Officer (AWWO) onboard HMCS VILLE DE QUÉBEC, Combat Officer and Antiair Warfare Controller (AAWC) on HMCS ATHABASKAN, Standing Naval Forces Atlantic (SNFL) flagship, during Op Allied Force in 1999 for NATO operations in Kosovo. Complete Bio