The Command Team

Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy
Vice-Admiral Ron Lloyd

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Biography

A native of Taber, Alberta, Vice-Admiral Ron Lloyd received his Bachelor of Arts in Military & Strategic Studies from Royal Roads Military College in 1985, and his Master of Arts in War Studies from Royal Military College in 2004. After initial naval officer training, he navigated HMC Ships Iroquois, Yukon, Terra Nova, and Annapolis before joining Venture, the Naval Officer Training Centre, as a navigation instructor.

Over his career, he served as the Combat Officer in HMCS Calgary, Combat Officer Sea Training Pacific, Executive Officer HMCS Ottawa, Commanding Officer HMCS Charlottetown, Commanding Officer HMCS Algonquin, Commander Canadian Fleet Atlantic, and Commander Canadian Fleet Pacific, deploying numerous times around the world.

VAdm Lloyd has held various positions at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa, including Executive Secretary to the Chief of Maritime Staff, Director General Maritime Force Development and Chief of Force Development, and was appointed Deputy Commander Royal Canadian Navy in July 2013. VAdm Lloyd was promoted to his current rank in June 2016, and became the 35th Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy and Chief of the Naval Staff on June 23, 2016.


Commander Maritime Forces Pacific
Rear-Admiral Bob Auchterlonie

Biography

Rear-Admiral Bob Auchterlonie was born in Cumberland, British Columbia in 1969. He entered the Canadian Forces in 1987 as an ROTP cadet and graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) Kingston, in 1991, with a BA in Economics and as Captain of the Varsity Hockey Team.

RAdm Auchterlonie completed his Maritime Surface Classification training in 1992 and was fortunate to spend the bulk of the next two decades at sea in Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship’s in both the Pacific and Atlantic Fleets. Rear-Admiral Auchterlonie had the honour to Command HMCS FREDERICTON (2007-2009), CFB Esquimalt (2012-2013) and the Canadian Pacific Fleet (2013-2015).

RAdm Auchterlonie has served 3 tours in NDHQ, namely as a Staff Officer within the Naval Staff, as Director within VCDS Chief of Programme and as Director General within the Strategic Joint Staff. He was promoted to his current rank and assumed his appointment as Deputy Commander Canadian Joint Operations Command in the summer of 2016.

He is a graduate of the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College, the Naval Command College at the US Naval War College and has completed a Masters Degree in Defence Studies (MDS) at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) Kingston. He was invested as an Officer of the Order of Military Merit in 2013.

RAdm Auchterlonie is still married to his very supportive and understanding first wife and they have managed to raise two well-travelled, reasonably adjusted and exceptionally fit young men. Bob used to golf, play hockey and spend time on his boat.

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Commander Canadian Fleet Pacific
Commodore Angus Topshee

Biography

Commodore Angus Topshee was born in Nepean, Ontario and joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1990. His first four years were spent attending university at the Royal Military College of Canada and included a six-month term on exchange at the Australian Defence Force Academy. Upon graduation from RMC in 1994, he was awarded the Canada Memorial Scholarship and, in 1996, earned a Masters of Literature in Strategic Studies from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.

After six years of schooling and a short posting to the Directorate of Maritime Force Development at National Defence Headquarters, Cmdre Topshee finally started formal MARS training in 1996 and then joined his first ship, HMCS Winnipeg, in 1997.

He was incredibly fortunate to spend the next nine years largely at sea and completed a succession of very rewarding tours and operational deployments as a Navigating Officer, Operations Officer, and Combat Officer on Canada’s Pacific coast.

In 2005, he was selected to attend the “NSC 10” course at the United States Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. That fantastic year was followed by appointment as the Executive Officer of HMCS St. John’s in 2006 and then HMCS Toronto in July 2007. As penance for two exciting years at sea as an XO, Cmdre Topshee was posted to the Directorate of Maritime Strategy at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa where he was assigned to assist in developing a new strategy for the Royal Canadian Navy.

In July 2009, he was delighted to be given the best job in the Navy – command of HMCS Algonquin, the flagship of Canada’s Pacific Fleet. His time aboard Algonquin was easily the highlight of his career and included high readiness workups, Op PODIUM (security for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics), and Op PACIFIC AMISTAD (a five-month deployment in the central and western Pacific). He very reluctantly turned over command at the end of 2010 and was somewhat surprised to find himself immediately heading to Afghanistan as part of the NATO Training Mission – Afghanistan (NTM-A) where he spent a year based in Kabul as the Director of Afghan National Police Training Operations. Upon his return from Afghanistan, Cmdre Topshee spent six months working with the Canadian Fleet Pacific Staff leading up to his role as the Director of Operations for RIMPAC 2012.

In the summer of 2012 Cmdre Topshee was honoured to assume command of Canadian Forces Base Halifax, a position he held for three years. He then attended the National Security Programme (NSP 8) at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto before being promoted to his current rank and being assigned as the Deputy Director of the Strategy, Policy and Plans Directorate North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM), Peterson AFB, Colorado.

In July 2018, Cmdre Topshee will take command of Canadian Fleet Pacific and is very much looking forward to returning to the west coast of Canada in a sea-going position.

Cmdre Topshee is blessed with a fantastically supportive wife and four tremendous daughters.

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CFB Esquimalt Base Commander
Captain (Navy) Jason Boyd

2015-Website-design-3_21The Commander, Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt is the institutional head of the Pacific Naval Base in Esquimalt, British Columbia.

Biography

Captain (Navy) Jason Boyd grew up in Rosetown, Saskatchewan, and was recruited into the Canadian Armed Forces in 1994 to play hockey at the Royal Military College of Canada while pursuing a degree in Political Science and Economics. After completing his degree in 1998, Captain (N) Boyd was posted to Victoria to train as a Maritime Surface and Sub-Surface (MARS) Officer and to learn about the Navy, versus the arena.

Throughout his career as a MARS Officer, Captain (N) Boyd has worked as a bridge watchkeeper in Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Iroquois, ashore as a Shipborne Air Controller (SAC) and SAC Training Officer, as an Anti-Air Warfare Controller and Combat Officer in HMCS Algonquin, and Executive Officer of HMCS Ottawa. He was appointed Commanding Officer of HMCS Regina in May 2012, deploying for more than 8 months to the Gulf of Oman region in on Operation ARTEMIS that same year. Captain (N) Boyd also completed the Joint Command and Staff Program in Toronto in 2010.

Captain (N) Boyd’s career has taken him across Canada from Victoria to Ottawa to Halifax as well as internationally to Northern Europe as part of NATO in HMCS Iroquois in 1999, Afghanistan as part of Operation APOLLO in 2002, and the Asia-Pacific region in HMCS Ottawa in 2010.

Captain (N) Boyd served two tours as an instructor at the Canadian Forces Naval Operations School in Halifax, which gave him an opportunity to pass on his knowledge to a new generation of naval officers, and in 2012 he was appointed Commanding Officer of the Naval Officer Training Centre in Victoria. In 2014, Captain (N) Boyd served in Ottawa as the Executive Assistant to the Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy, enabling him to gain experience about the strategic environment in Ottawa. He was appointed Director of New Capability Introduction in the summer of 2015, where he worked every day to ensure the seamless introduction of new capabilities during the Royal Canadian Navy’s largest recapitalization in its peacetime history.

Captain (N) Boyd assumed his current position of Base Commander, Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt on June 22, 2017. Outside of work, Captain (N) Boyd enjoys golfing, spending time in his boat fishing or towing his kids on the tube, and he continues to play hockey for the CFB Esquimalt Senior Tritons.  He is ever thankful for the continued support of his wife Deborah, his son Taylor and daughter Grace.

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