Vice-Admiral Howard Emmerson REID, CB

Vice-Admiral Howard Emmerson REID, CB

Vice-Admiral Howard Emmerson REID, CB

Vice-Admiral Reid joined the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) as a Cadet in1912 attending the Royal Naval College of Canada (RNCC).  From 1914 he undertook training with the Royal Navy (RN) in HMS Berwick and with the RCN in HMC Ships Niobe and Rainbow. From 1916 until 1922 he served in HM Ships Victory, Vivid, Apollo, Blenheim, Blake, Viscount and Titania, returning to Canada to HMCS Guelph in 1922, and in 1923 command of the minesweeping trawler HMCS Festubert.  In 1923 he assumed command of the destroyer HMCS Patriot, and in 1925 was appointed to Naval Headquarters (NHQ) in Ottawa as Supervising Officer RCNVR, followed by a return to Britain for training and service in HM Ships Victory, Vernon and Tamar.  In 1929 he assumed command of the RN destroyer HMS Sepoy (on the China Station), returning in 1930 to Canada, followed in 1931 by attendance on the RN Staff College Course, and in 1932 an appointment to the staff of Rear-Admiral 2nd Battle Squadron in the RN battleships HMS Warspite and HMS Valiant.  Promoted to Commander in 1933, he served as Commander-in-Charge Halifax until returning to NHQ in 1934 as Director Operations & Training.  In 1936 he assumed command of the destroyer HMCS Skeena as well as Commander (D) West Coast, followed in 1937 by command of the destroyer HMCS Fraser.  In 1938 he was appointed Commander-in-Charge HMC Dockyard Halifax. Upon promotion to Captain in 1939 he was appointed Commanding Officer Atlantic Coast (COAC).  In 1940 he returned to Naval Service Headquarters (NSHQ) as the Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff, and was subsequently promoted to Commodore First Class in 1941.  In 1942 he was appointed Commodore Commanding Newfoundland Force (CCNF).  In 1943 he was promoted to Rear-Admiral and appointed Naval Member Canadian Joint Staff Washington DC.

Upon promotion to his current rank in 1946, on the death of Vice-Admiral Jones, Vice-Admiral Reid assumed the duties of Chief of the Naval Staff in February 1946, which position he held until his retirement in 1948.  He died 3 May 1962.