Vice-Admiral George Clarence JONES, CB

Vice-Admiral George Clarence JONES, CB

Vice-Admiral George Clarence JONES, CB

Vice-Admiral Jones joined the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) as a Cadet in 1911 attending the First Term of the Royal Naval College of Canada (RNCC).  From 1913 until 1920 he conducted his training with the Royal Navy (RN) in HM Ships Berwick, Suffolk, Cumberland, Victory, Excellent, Pelican and Hecla.  In 1917 he was appointed First Lieutenant (Executive Officer) of HMS Vanquisher, and in 1918 saw service in HM Ships Wallington and Leander.  In 1919 he returned to the RNCC, and in 1920 he assumed command of the destroyer HMCS Patrician, and in 1922 command of her sister HMCS Patriot.  In 1923 he attended the RN War Staff Course followed by an appointment to the RN battleship HMS Resolution.  In 1925 he was appointed to Naval Headquarters (NHQ) in Ottawa, and in 1927 returned to sea in the RN battleship HMS Iron Duke, followed in 1928 in the RN battleship HMS Benbow.  Promoted to Commander in 1929, he was appointed Commander-in-Charge Halifax, and in 1932 he assumed command of the destroyer HMCS Skeena. In 1934 he was appointed Commanding Officer RCN Barracks Naden in Esquimalt, BC, followed in 1936 by an appointment as Director Naval Operations and Training at NHQ.  Promoted to Captain in 1938, he assumed command of the destroyer HMCS Ottawa and Captain (D) of the Canadian Flotilla.  In 1940, on promotion to Commodore First Class, he commanded the destroyer HMCS Assiniboine as Commodore Commanding Halifax Force.  In 1940 he was appointed Commanding Officer Atlantic Coast (COAC), and subsequently promoted to Rear-Admiral in 1941 remaining as COAC.  In 1942 he was appointed Vice Chief of the Naval Staff at Naval Services Headquarters (NSHQ) in Ottawa.

Upon promotion to his current rank in 1944, Vice-Admiral Jones was appointed Chief of the Naval Staff, a position in which he served until his untimely death in February 1946.