July 23, 2020 – The Prime Minister today announced that General Jonathan Vance will retire in the coming months as Chief of the Defense Staff, a position he has held since July 2015. He also thanked him for his many years of service to Canadians and congratulated him on his upcoming retirement from the Canadian Armed Forces.
Vance was a major proponent of the Joint Support Ship, which Canada, Norway and the Netherlands were keen to acquire. Canada and Norway were cancelled theirs, the Dutch built one in Romania, HNLMS Karel Doorman. For some unknown reason, the Ottawa bureaucracy is calling the new replenishment ships as joint support ships, even though they have NO capacity to embark troops.
Vance is one of the longest serving military commanders in Canadian history, albeit with a tarnished legacy for the Vice Admiral Norman witch hunt by current government. His retirement announcement is curious came from Prime Minister’s office (PMO) and not the Minister of National Defense – a sign of fallout from the Norman debacle.
Before becoming Chief of the Defense Staff, General Vance commanded at all levels, from platoon commander to brigade commander, in both peacekeeping and combat operations. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Cross twice, is a Commander of the Order of Military Merit, and was awarded the Mentioned-in-Dispatches for his leadership during peacekeeping operations in Croatia.
Today, the recruitment process to appoint the next Chief of the Defense Staff commenced. General Vance will continue to serve in his role until he relinquishes command to the new Chief of Defense Staff, who will be named in the coming months.