Command Team

Commander JTFA and Commander Maritime Forces Atlantic

Rear-Admiral B.W.N. Santarpia, CD

Rear-Admiral B.W.N. Santarpia, CD


Rear-Admiral (RAdm) Brian Santarpia enrolled in Canadian Forces, under the Officer Candidate Training Plan as a Maritime Surface Officer, in 1986. 

After completion of his training, he served in a succession of operational postings as Navigating Officer of Her Majesty's Canadian Ships (HMCS) Comorant and Vancouver, Combat Officer of HMCS Huron, Executive Officer of HMC Ships Chaleur and Halifax, and then as the Commanding Officer of HMCS St. John's from January 2007 until July 2008. 

He has also been posted to numerous training billets, including Navigation Instructor at the Naval Officer Training Centre, Head of the Warfare Training Division at the Canadian Forces Fleet School (Esquimalt), Operations Officer of Sea Training Pacific, and in 2008, Commanding Officer of Sea Training Atlantic. 

Following his promotion to Captain(Navy) in 2009, he was appointed as the Special Advisor to the Vice Chief of Defence Staff. In 2010, he assumed command of Canadian Forces Base Halifax until his departure to attend the National Security Programme in 2012. 

RAdm Santarpia was promoted to Commodore in July 2013 and appointed Director General Naval Personnel. He led the transformation of that organization and assumed the duties of the first Director General Navy Strategic Readiness in April 2014. From December 2014 until April 2015 he was deployed to Bahrain where he commanded Combined Task Force 150, a multi-national group of ships and aircraft conducting counter-terrorism operations. Upon his return to Canada, he was appointed to Chief of Staff to the Vice Chief of Defence Staff and later appointed Director General Plans at the Strategic Joint Staff in July 2016. In May 2018, he joined the Canadian Joint Operations Command as the Chief of Staff.

Effective June 2020, RAdm Santarpia was appointed as Commander Maritime Forces Atlantic.

In addition to being a graduate of the National Security Programme, RAdm Santarpia holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Royal Roads Military College Victoria, and a Masters of Defence Studies from Royal Military College of Canada Kingston.

Formation Chief Petty Officer

Chief Petty Officer 1st Class T.A. Lizotte, MMM, CD

Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Thomas Lizotte


Chief Petty Officer 1st Class (CPO1) Thomas Lizotte was born and raised in Saint John, New Brunswick. In 1983 he joined RCSSC Rodney where he obtained the rank of Chief of the corp. He completed the summer employment program with Her Majesty's Canadian Ship (HMCS) Brunswicker in 1988 and remained with HMCS Brunswicker for a year. In June 1989, he enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces as a Marine Engineer. He attended St. Lawrence College in Cornwall, Ontario where he obtained a technologist diploma in Marine Engineering with the Marine Engineering Technician Training Plan.

He has served fifteen years on the following ships: HMCS Margaree, HMCS Fraser, HMCS Charlottetown (twice), HMCS Anticosti, HMCS Halifax (twice), HMCS Toronto, and HMCS Montreal. His shore postings include: Canadian Forces Naval Engineering School Halifax damage control school as a fire field instructor, MARLANT with the Nuclear Emergency Response Team (twice), Fleet Maintenance Faculty Cape Scott as Technical Service Supervisor for the Mechanical Engineering Team, Fleet Diving Faculty as Chief Engineer and Fleet Technical Authority Unit at Fleet Maintenance Facility Cape Scott where he also served as the East Coast Advisor for the Marine Engineering Occupation.

His major deployments include: sailing with HMCS Fraser enforcing UN sanctions against Haiti between October 1993 and March 1994. On 2 September he sailed with HMCS Anticosti in support of SWISS Air 111. In January 2001, he sailed with HMCS Charlottetown as part of the United States Ship Harry Truman battle group with the Task Force Arabian Gulf to enforce sanctions on Iraq. Following the devastating 9/11 attacks, he sailed with HMCS Charlottetown in the Fall of 2001 with the Task Force Afghanistan for Operation Apollo. In 2008 he was posted as the Chief Engineer Room Artificer aboard HMCS Halifax and sailed to Haiti after the earthquake in January 2010.

In December of 2010 he was admitted to the Order of Military Merit. From August 2012 to July 2013, he completed second language training at Shearwater.

He attended the Royal Military College from September 2013 to May 2014 where he completed the Non-commissioned member Executive Professional Development Program. In January 2015, he was appointed as the Coxswain of HMCS Montreal. In May 2016 he was appointed as Coxswain of Sea Training Atlantic where he had the privilege of working with all of the East coast crews and two West coast crews. From August 2018 to May 2019, he completed second language training at Shearwater.

In May 2019 he was appointed as the Fleet Chief Atlantic and on 5 June 2020 assumed the responsibilities of Formation Chief Petty Officer for Maritime Forces Atlantic and Joint Task Force Atlantic.

He and his wife, reside in Cow Bay, Nova Scotia. They have four children. His hobbies include spending time with his family, boating, snowmobiling, and travelling.

Commander Canadian Fleet Atlantic

Commodore R.A. Feltham, CD

Commodore R.A. Feltham, CD


Commodore (Cmdre) Rich Feltham was born in London, Ontario in 1967. With family roots in Port Aux Basques, Newfoundland and Labrador and Scotch Creek, British Columbia, he was raised on various Air Force bases throughout the country until he entered the Canadian Forces in 1985 as an Regular Officer Training Plan cadet. He graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada Kingston, in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. 

After completing his Maritime Surface Classification training in 1991 he joined the Atlantic Fleet. His sea going tours included time in Her Majesty's Canadian Ships (HMCS) Skeena, Halifax, Athabaskan and Preserver and as Chief of Staff (Operations) in the Atlantic Fleet. Cmdre Feltham has had the honour to command HMCS Charlottertown (2009), HMCS Toronto (2009-2010) and Maritime Operations Group 5 (2012-2014).

His shore tours included time as an instructor at the Naval Operations School, as the Tactics and Above Water Operational testing officer at the Canadian Forces Maritime Warfare Centre and as the Above Water Requirements Officer for the Navy in Ottawa. He was the Director of Naval Major Crown Projects in National Defence Headquarters, Special Advisor to the Vice Chief of Defense Staff, the Director General Cyberspace and, most recently, was appointed as the Director General of Naval Force Development in April 2018. In the summer 2019, Cmdre Feltham was appointed Commander of the Canadian Fleet Atlantic.

Cmdre Feltham is a graduate of the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College and the National Security Program and has completed a Master’s Degree in Defence Studies at the Royal Military College of Canada Kingston.

Cmdre Feltham has managed to convince his supporting wife to remain his first wife and together they have raised two fantastic children. When not working Rich dreams of the PGA, the next NHL draft and makes expensive sawdust.

Base Commander Canadian Forces Base Halifax

Captain (Navy) A.S. Williams, CD

Captain(Navy) A.S. Williams, CD


Captain (Navy) (Capt(N)) Williams grew up in Bedford, Nova Scotia, and joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1997. After graduating from the Royal Military College with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and completing his initial phase training, he joined his first ship, Her Majesty's Canadian Ship (HMCS) Regina in 2002. During his time in Regina, he deployed to the Arabian Sea as part of Operation APOLLO, and achieved his Head of Department qualification. He would later serve in HMCS Ville de Québec as the Marine Systems Engineering Officer, during which time the ship was deployed to the Mediterranean Sea as a part of a NATO Task Group and was then re-tasked to support World Food Programme off the east coast of Africa.

Capt(N) Williams has also performed numerous staff roles in National Defence Headquarters, including serving as the Auxiliary Vessel Class Manager and Fleet Management Senior Staff Officer in Director General Maritime Equipment Program Management, as the Naval Technical Officer Career Manager, the Canadian Surface Combatant Senior Supportability Engineering Manager, and most recently as the Executive Assistant to the Chief of the Defence Staff.

A graduate of the Joint Command and Staff Program, Capt(N) Williams holds a Masters of Engineering from the University of Ottawa and a Masters of Defence Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada.

He was promoted to his current rank and was appointed as the Commander of Canadian Forces Base Halifax in 2020.

Capt(N) Williams is supported by his wife, also a member of the Canadian Armed Forces, and their son. He enjoys camping, skiing, cycling and other outdoor pursuits with his family.