Vice-Admiral Harry George DEWOLF, DSO, DSC, CBE, CD

Vice-Admiral Harry George DEWOLF, DSO, DSC, CBE, CD

Vice-Admiral Harry George DEWOLF, DSO, DSC, CBE, CD

Vice-Admiral DeWolf joined the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) as a Cadet in 1918 attending the Royal Naval College of Canada (RNCC).  From 1921 until 1925 he conducted his training with the Royal Navy (RN) in HM Ships Resolution, Cheltenham, President, Excellent, Capetown, Restless and Champion, and with the RCN in HMC Ships Stadacona and Patriot. In 1928 he specialized in navigation, attending the Long Navigation Course at HMS Dryad, followed by appointments in HMS Argus and HMC Ships Champlain, Stadacona and Naden.  In 1930 he assumed command of the minesweeping trawler HMCS Festubert, in 1932 was appointed First Lieutenant (Executive Officer) in the destroyer HMCS Vancouver, and in 1933 the destroyer HMCS Skeena.  In 1935 he was appointed to Naval Headquarters (NHQ) as Assistant Director Intelligence and Plans.  In 1937 he attended the RN Staff College Course, and then later that year saw service in the cruiser HMS London, as Staff Officer Operations to the RN Rear-Admiral Commanding First Cruiser Squadron.  In 1938 he returned to Canada on the staff of Captain (D) in the destroyer HMCS Ottawa.  In 1939 he assumed command of the destroyer HMCS St. Laurent.  On promotion to Commander in 1940 he was appointed Staff Officer Operations to the Commanding Officer Atlantic Coast (COAC).  In 1941 he was made an acting Captain, Chief Staff Officer COAC, and in 1942 he was appointed to Naval Service Headquarters (NSHQ) as Director Plans.  In 1943 he assumed command of the destroyer HMCS Haida as a Commander.  Promoted to substantive Captain in 1944, he was appointed to NSHQ as Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff as an acting Commodore.  In 1947, on substantive promotion to Commodore, he assumed command of the aircraft carrier HMCS Warrior, followed in 1948 by command of the aircraft carrier HMCS Magnificent.  On promotion to Rear-Admiral in 1948, he was appointed Flag Officer Pacific Coast (FOPC), and in 1950 he returned to NSHQ as Vice Chief of the Naval Staff.  In 1952 he was appointed Principle Military Adviser to the Canadian Ambassador and Chairman Canadian Joint Staff in Washington DC.

Upon promotion to his current rank in 1956, Vice-Admiral DeWolf returned to NSHQ in Ottawa as the Chief of the Naval Staff, in which position he served until his retirement in 1960.  He died 18 December 2000.