MARPAC Command Team

Commander Maritime Forces Pacific

Rear-Admiral J.R. (Bob) Auchterlonie, OMM CD

RAdm Auchterlonie - Commander MARPAC

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 in 1991 with a BA in Economics and as Captain of the Varsity Hockey Team.

Operationally, RAdm Auchterlonie completed his Naval Warfare Officer 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.  RAdm Auchterlonie had the honour to Command HMCS Fredericton (2007-2009), CFB Esquimalt (2012-2013) and the Canadian Pacific Fleet (2013-2015).  He has been fortunate to serve in senior Joint command appointments including as Deputy Commander of Canadian Joint Operations Command (2016-2018) and Deputy Commander of the Coalition Combined Joint Task Force RIMPAC in 2018.  Rear Admiral Auchterlonie assumed command of Maritime Forces Pacific / Joint Task Force Pacific in June 2018.

RAdm Auchterlonie has served 4 tours within NDHQ in Ottawa, 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 in 2016 prior to his last appointment as Deputy Commander Canadian Joint Operations Command in the summer of 2016. 

RAdm Auchterlonie 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.  He is also a graduate of the Senior Executives in National and International Security program at Harvard University (2016), a fellow of the US GOFO Capstone Program (2016) and an alumni of the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (2018).  He was invested as an Officer of the Order of Military Merit in 2013.

Remarkably, RAdm Auchterlonie is still married to his very supportive and understanding first wife Tammy and they have managed to raise two well-travelled, reasonably adjusted and exceptionally fit young men, Michael and Fraser.  Bob used to golf, play hockey and spend time on his boat and plans to return to those endeavours while back at home on the West Coast.

Maritime Forces Pacific Chief Petty Officer

Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Tim Blonde, CD

CPO1 Blonde

CPO1 Tim Blonde grew-up in Woodstock Ontario and in June 1991, he joined the Navy as a Marine Engineer Technician. After completing recruit training, he spent his first three years in the Navy attending St. Lawrence College in Cornwall Ontario under the Marine Engineering Technologist Training Program (METTP).

In 1994, after successfully completing METTP and having obtained his Marine Engineering Technologist Diploma, Tim was posted to CFB Halifax in order to complete the hand-skills phase of the METTP Program. In December 1994 he was posted to the Esquimalt area where he would spend the next five years sailing on HMCS Kootenay and Huron and working in Fleet Maintenance Facility Cape Breton.

In May 2000, Tim was posted to HMCS Cataraqui in Kingston, Ontario as support staff to the Naval Reserve unit. After spending 4 years there and being promoted to PO1, he returned to the west coast and was posted to HMCS Algonquin. In 2007 Tim was posted to Ottawa, Ontario and spent the next 4 years with DPGR and one year with DGMEPM.

Tim returned to the west coast once more as a CPO2 and was posted to HMCS Calgary as the Chief Engineer, where he brought the first post-Halifax Class Modernization Integrated Platform Management System ship out of refit and into operation. He was promoted in Oct 2013 to his current rank and subsequently posted to Director New Capability Introduction. After attending a yearlong French course in Victoria B.C., he was appointed as Coxswain of HMCS Vancouver in July 2016 where he deployed to the South China Sea. In June 2018, he was appointed as the Canadian Fleet Atlantic CPO1 in Halifax, NS and in May 2019, he was appointed into his current position as Maritime Forces Pacific, Formation CPO1.

Commander Canadian Fleet Pacific

Commodore A.I. Topshee, OMM, MSM, CD

Commodore A.I. Topshee

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 took command of Canadian Fleet Pacific and was very pleased to have returned to the west coast of Canada in a sea-going position.

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

Base Commander CFB Esquimalt

Captain (Navy) S. Sader, CD

Captain (Navy)  S. Sader

Captain(N) Sam Sader enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces in 1996 and graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada with a Bachelor degree of Business Administration in 2000. The opportunity to discover operational sustainment at sea came aboard HMCS Vancouver where he completed the Logistics Head of Department training and Sea-Logistics qualification from 2002-2003.   

His most cherished sea time was serving from 2005 to 2007 as the Head of the Logistics Department in HMCS Ottawa while deployed on OP ALTAIR Task Force Arabian Sea. Operational highlights included leading the Forward Logistics Site Team and being seconded to the Naval Boarding Team. He held the shore Branch Head position of Base Comptroller at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt following the completion of his MBA in 2011.

His second operational tour from 2012-2014 was spent as the Logistics Officer of Maritime Operations Group Four enabling OP CARRIBE deployments and participating in RIMPAC in support of HMCS Victoria’s first operational deployment and MK48 SINKEX.

Captain(N) Sader is a graduate of the Joint Command and Staff Programme 41 and was the recipient of the General Morelos Sabre of Honour award for top graduate. On completion of a Master of Defence Studies at Canadian Forces College Toronto in 2015, he joined the National Defense Headquarters Naval Staff as section head within the Directorate of Naval Logistics. While in Ottawa, he assumed the role of Royal Canadian Navy lead for strategic supply chain analytics and developed a passion for modernizing the Navy’s supply systems.

In July 2017, he was thrilled to be back to the beloved West Coast as the Commanding Officer of Base Logistics Esquimalt where he could support deploying ships while implementing Logistics strategic initiatives and digital transformation. He was promoted to his current rank in June 2019 and assumed the role of Base Commander of CFB Esquimalt.

Captain(N) Sam Sader is grateful for the boundless support from his wife Irena and together they enjoy spending time with family, traveling, and actively supporting community cultural events.