Royal Canadian Navy Welcomes New Commander

May 30, 2022 announcement

This morning Vice-Admiral (VADM) Angus Topshee assumed the duties of Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy (CRCN) from Vice-Admiral Craig Baines in a virtual change of command ceremony presided over by General Wayne Eyre, Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS).

The ceremony was held at Her Majesty’s Canadian Dockyard, Halifax, home of Maritime Forces Atlantic.

VADM Topshee assumes Command as the 38th Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy. He has served in a variety of command and staff roles throughout his career, most recently serving as Commander Maritime Forces Pacific and Joint Task Force Pacific.

The outgoing CRCN, VADM Baines, will retire from the Canadian Armed Forces after 35 years of service.

On June 2nd, a change of appointment will see Chief Petty Officer 1st Class (CPO1) Thomas Lizotte assume the role of Command Chief of the RCN from CPO1 David Steeves who will retire after 33 years of service.

Official RCN photo

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