Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy
Vice-Admiral Ron Lloyd
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 Art McDonald
Rear-Admiral Art McDonald assumed Command of Maritime Forces Pacific and of Joint Task Force Pacific on July 22, 2016.
Immediately prior to assuming Maritime Forces Pacific Command, then-Commodore McDonald served as Director General Naval Force Development (DGNFD) from 2013 to 2016, overseeing planning and conduct of the largest peacetime renewal in RCN history. His previous Chief of Naval Staff experience included serving as Director Naval Requirements from 2012 to 2013 as well as a tour as Executive Secretary to the Chief of the Maritime Staff from 2005 until 2007.
As a sea-going officer, he served in Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships Vancouver (Bridge Watch Keeper (BWK), 1991-1992), Montreal (BWK, 1992-1994), and Calgary (Above Water Warfare Officer (AWWO), 1994-1996; and Operations/Combat Officer (OpsO/CbtO), 1996-2000).
During two six-month deployments in Calgary, he circumnavigated the globe in 1995 and participated in UN sanctions enforcement in both the Adriatic Sea (1995) and the Arabian Gulf (twice: 1995 and 1999).
As the Canadian Fleet Pacific (CANFLTPAC) Weapons Officer 2001-2002, he oversaw the Fleet’s exercise missile firing programme and he again deployed to the Arabian Gulf/Sea – this time as a Task Group Watch Officer in flagships Ottawa and Algonquin for Operation Apollo (Roto 1), the Canadian contribution to the global war on terrorism. After next serving as Executive Officer (XO) in Regina 2003-2005, he then commanded HMCS Halifax 2007-2009. While commanding Halifax he was also double-hatted in 2008 as Chief-Staff-Officer Operations, Canadian Fleet Atlantic.
Upon promotion to Capt(N) and while serving as Commander Fifth Maritime Operations Group (CMOG5) in 2010-2011, he led sea-based humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations as the Maritime Component Commander (MCC) of Canadian Joint Task Force (Haiti) (CJTF(H)) in response to the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti. As CMOG5 he also commanded a seven ship combined, multi-national naval and coast guard Task Group in the High Arctic in 2010’s Operation Nanook.
A Bluenoser born in New Waterford, Cape Breton, Rear-Admiral McDonald is a 1990 graduate of the Royal Military College (RMC) of Canada who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Military and Strategic Studies and a Masters of Defence Studies Degree. He is also a 2003 graduate of the Canadian Forces College (CFC) Command and Staff Course and a 2012 graduate of the National Security Programme (NSP).
Commander Canadian Fleet Pacific
Commodore J.B. Zwick
Originally hailing from Vancouver, British Columbia, Commodore Jeffery Zwick joined the Canadian Forces in 1989 as a Direct Entry Officer, having previously received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from the University of British Columbia. As a junior officer from 1993 to 1999 he progressed through initial naval officer training and subsequent naval warfare positions through to Combat Officer in HMCS ALGONQUIN.
Promoted to Lieutenant Commander in 1999, his position as the Weapons Officer for the Canadian Pacific Fleet prepared him for assuming the duties of the Staff Above Water Warfare Officer for the Commander of the Standing Naval Force Atlantic (SNFL) in 2001. While with SNFL, he participated in OPERATION ACTIVE ENDEAVOUR, in support of NATO Article 5 operations against terrorism in the Mediterranean. This NATO experience was followed by his appointment in 2003 as the J5 Maritime Plans in the Canadian Forces Joint Operations Group (CFJOG) in Kingston, Ontario. There he led the Consular Planning Assistance Team during OPERATION HELIX, the Non-Combatant Evacuation of over three hundred people from Haiti. As well, he was a member of the Theatre Activation Team for OPERATION HALO, the operation to assist the United Nations sanctioned multinational force in bringing stability to Haiti. His international experience was further rounded out after his appointment as the Executive Officer of HMCS TORONTO in 2004 during OPERATION ALTAIR with his ship’s integration into the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON Carrier Battle Group. OPERATION ALTAIR is the Canadian Forces maritime contribution to the U.S. led coalition campaign against terrorism known as OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM.
In 2005, he was promoted to Commander and joined the naval staff in NDHQ as the Senior Staff Officer for Fleet Management, Policy and Readiness. As a well-seasoned naval and joint warfare expert his duties included oversight of Canadian naval policy and readiness issues for Above Water Warfare, Under Water Warfare, Seamanship and Navigation. Appointed Commanding Officer of HMCS MONTREAL in June 2007, one of the highlights of his command was leading his ship through OPERATION CARIBBE, a coalition counter narcotics mission, during which MONTREAL provided direct support in the seizure of the MV AGENMEMON which was carrying 4.3 metric tonnes of cocaine.
Promoted in 2010, Captain(N) Zwick served as the Director of Strategic Coordination in Ottawa and following that appointment served as the Director of Defence Force Planning and Defence Program Advisor to the Vice Chief of Defence Staff.
In 2015 Commodore Zwick was promoted to his present rank and appointed Commander Canadian Fleet Pacific and Commander of the Naval Training System.
Commodore Zwick holds a Master’s Degree in Defense Studies and is a graduate of the National Security Programme at CFC Toronto. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Military Merit in 2015. He and his charming wife are currently residing in Victoria, British Columbia.
CFB Esquimalt Base Commander
Captain (N) Steve Waddell
The Commander, Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt is the institutional head of the Pacific Naval Base in Esquimalt, British Columbia.
Steve Waddell was raised in Temagami, Northern Ontario and joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1990. Captain A mariner at heart, most of his career has been at sea; he conducted several operational deployments to the Persian Gulf, Arabian Sea, Adriatic Sea and the waters off the Horn of Africa and Korean peninsula. Missions included United Nation sanctions enforcement against Iraq and the former Yugoslavia, counter-terrorism operations in the Gulf region and piracy disruption patrols in the Indian Ocean. Highlights included circumnavigating the globe with Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Calgary as the ship’s navigator, serving as a staff officer with a deployed U.S. Carrier Battle Group, and commanding the frigate HMCS Fredericton on a counter-piracy mission off the coast of Somalia.
Captain(N) Waddell has occupied several staff positions, including coastal tours as Navigation Instructor at the Naval Officer Training Centre, and as Operations Officer with Sea Training Pacific. Following his frigate command, he transferred to Ottawa where he served as the Director of Naval Strategy with the Navy Staff. On promotion to his current rank, he was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff (Operations) at Canada Command – now Canadian Joint Operations Command – where he directed national-level joint operations from the Caribbean to the Arctic.
Following his joint tour, Captain(N) Waddell went on to serve as an advisor in the Chief of the Defence Staff Initiative Group before taking up studies at the United States Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. He assumed his current position as Base Commander Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt on July 30, 2014.
Captain(N) Waddell holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Manitoba, a Master’s Degree from King’s College London, U.K. and a Diploma in National Security Affairs and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College. A fan of most forms of music, he wishes he was better at playing his electric bass but is content, along with his wife Shauna, to admire the growing musical talents of their two children.