Vice-Admiral Herbert Sharples RAYNER, DSC*, CD

Vice-Admiral Herbert Sharples RAYNER, DSC*, CD

Vice-Admiral Herbert Sharples RAYNER, DSC*, CD

Vice-Admiral Rayner joined the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) as a Cadet in 1928.  From 1928 until 1933 he undertook training with the Royal Navy (RN) in HM Ships Erebus, Revenge and Warspite, and in 1933 returned to Canada to serve in HMCS Champlain.  In 1935 he specialized as a Torpedo Officer attending RN Torpedo Officer training at HMS Vernon, followed by an appointment in 1936 to the battleship HMS Renown.  In 1937 he returned to Canada as the First Lieutenant (Executive Officer) in the destroyer HMCS Skeena and in 1940 he assumed command of the destroyer HMCS St. Laurent.  In 1942 he was appointed as the Staff Officer (Operations) to the Commanding Officer Atlantic Coast, returning to sea in 1943 in command of the destroyer HMCS Huron.  In 1944, on promotion to Commander, he was appointed to Naval Service Headquarters (NSHQ) in Ottawa as the Director of Plans.  In 1945, as an acting Captain, he returned to Halifax as Captain (D), and in 1945 he assumed command of the destroyer HMCS Nootka, followed in 1947 by command of the RCN Air Station Dartmouth.  On promotion to Captain in 1948 he was appointed Commandant of the Canadian Services College Royal Roads in Victoria, BC, and in 1949 attended the National Defence Staff Course in Kingston, Ont.  In 1950 he returned to Ottawa as the Secretary to the Chiefs of Staff Committee, and in 1951, as an acting Commodore, as the Coordinator of the Joint Staff.  Promoted to Commodore in 1953, he assumed command of the aircraft carrier HMCS Magnificent, and in 1955 returned to NSHQ as the Naval Assistant to the Chief of the Naval Staff.  Promoted to Rear-Admiral in July 1955, he was appointed the Chief of Naval Personnel.  In 1957 he was appointed Flag Officer Pacific Coast (FOPC) in Esquimalt, BC.

Upon promotion to his current rank in 1960, Vice-Admiral Rayner returned to NSHQ as the Chief of the Naval Staff, in which position he served until his early retirement from the Navy, in 1964 in opposition to the policy of integration.  He died 30 May 1976.