Vice-Admiral Kenneth Lloyd DYER, DSC, CD

Vice-Admiral Kenneth Lloyd DYER, DSC, CD

Vice-Admiral Kenneth Lloyd DYER, DSC, CD

Vice-Admiral Dyer joined the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) as a Cadet in 1933.  From 1933 until 1937 he undertook training with the Royal Navy (RN) in HM Ships Frobisher, Hood, Furious, Enterprise, Victory, President, Dryad and Excellent, and in 1938 returned to Canada serving in HMC Ships Stadacona and Saguenay.  In 1938 he specialized in gunnery, attending the RN Gunnery course at HMS Excellent, followed by an appointment with the RN Captain (D) at Greenock, Scotland, and in 1940 HMS Drake in Plymouth, England for gunnery duties.  In 1941 he was appointed Executive Officer of HMCS Niobe and later Commanding Officer.  In 1942 he was appointed Officer-in-Charge of the RCN Gunnery school at HMCS Stadacona in Halifax, NS, and after anti-submarine destroyer familiarization training in HMS Walker he assumed command of the destroyer HMCS Skeena, followed in 1943 by command of the destroyer HMCS Kootenay.  In 1944 he came ashore, first as the Senior Instructional Officer at HMCS Acadia, and later at HMS Malabar in Bermuda as the Senior Canadian Training Officer.  In 1944 he became the Senior Training Officer at HMCS Somers Iles in Bermuda, and then was appointed to the British aircraft carrier HMS Glory.  Promoted to Commander in 1945, he returned to HMCS Somers Iles as the Training Commander, and thence to the American aircraft carrier USS Intrepid for carrier experience, followed by an appointment as the Commander (Executive Officer) in the aircraft carrier HMCS Warrior.  In 1948 he attended the Royal Navy staff course, as well as the Joint Services Staff College.  Promoted to Captain in 1949, he was appointed to Naval Service Headquarters (NSHQ) in Ottawa as Deputy Chief of Naval Personnel. In 1951 he assumed command of the aircraft carrier HMCS Magnificent.  Promoted to Commodore in 1953, he was appointed Commodore RCN Barracks Esquimalt.  In 1954 he returned to NSHQ as the Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Warfare), and then in 1956 as Naval Comptroller.  Later in 1956 he attended the National Defence Course of Canada, in Kingston, Ont.  On promotion to Rear-Admiral in 1957 he returned to NSHQ in Ottawa as the Chief of Naval Personnel.  In 1960 he was appointed Flag Officer Atlantic Coast in Halifax, and in 1963 he returned to NSHQ as the Vice Chief of the Naval Staff.

Upon promotion to his present rank in August 1964, Vice-Admiral Dyer was appointed Chief of Personnel and Principle Naval Adviser in the newly formed Canadian Forces Headquarters (CFHQ) in Ottawa, in which position he served until his resignation from the RCN in 1966 in opposition to the policy of unification.  He died 9 October 2000.