Rear-Admiral Robert Walter TIMBRELL, CMM, DSC, CD

Rear-Admiral Robert Walter TIMBRELL, CMM, DSC, CD

Rear-Admiral Robert Walter TIMBRELL, CMM, DSC, CD

Rear-Admiral Timbrell joined the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) as a Cadet in 1937.  From 1937 until 1940 he conducted his training with the Royal Navy (RN) in HM Ships Erebus, Vindictive, Barham, Hood and Warspite.  In 1940 he returned to Canada and served in HMCS Margaree, and then in 1941 in HMCS Annapolis as the First Lieutenant (Executive Officer).  Specializing in Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), in 1942 he attended the RN Long Anti-Submarine Course at HMS Osprey, and between 1943 and 1945 he served on the staff of the ASW school at HMCS Cornwallis, and later at sea as Staff Officer Anti-Submarine for Escort Groups 5 and 11 in the destroyers HMC Ships Ottawa and Qu’Appelle respectively.  In 1945 he was appointed as the First Lieutenant (Executive Officer) of the destroyer HMCS Micmac, and in 1946 was appointed Officer-in-Charge of the ASW School at HMCS Stadacona in Halifax NS.  In 1948 he assumed command of the ocean escort HMCS Swansea, followed by an appointment in 1949 to Naval Service Headquarters (NSHQ) in Ottawa as Staff Officer (Torpedo Anti-Submarine).  In 1951 he was appointed Training Officer in the cruiser HMCS Ontario.  On promotion to Commander in 1952, he was appointed as the Vice-Commandant of the Canadian Service College (CSC) Royal Roads, and in 1954 he attended the RN Staff Course.  In 1955 he assumed command, on commissioning, of the destroyer-escort HMCS St Laurent, and in 1957 was appointed Executive Officer of the naval air station HMCS Shearwater.  On promotion to Captain in 1958 he returned to NSHQ as the Director of Undersea Warfare, and in 1960 was appointed Assistant Director Plans in SACLANT Headquarters in Norfolk VA.  In 1963 he returned to Canada and assumed command of the aircraft carrier HMCS Bonaventure, and in 1965 was appointed Director of Cadets in Canadian Forces Headquarters (CFHQ) in Ottawa.  Later in 1965, on promotion to Commodore, he was appointed Chief of Staff to Training Command Headquarters in Winnipeg MB.  Upon promotion to his current rank in September 1967, he was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff Plans at CFHQ and then Commander Canadian Defence Liaison Staff in Washington DC.

In October 1971 Rear-Admiral Timbrell assumed command of Maritime Command in Halifax, in which position he served until his resignation in 1973 in opposition to the policy of unification.  He died 11 April 2006.