Vice-Admiral Douglas Seaman BOYLE, CMM, CD

Vice-Admiral Douglas Seaman BOYLE, CMM, CD

Vice-Admiral Douglas Seaman BOYLE, CMM, CD

Vice-Admiral Boyle joined the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) as a Cadet in 1941. From 1941 until 1943 he conducted his training with the Royal Navy (RN) in HM Ships Diomede and Wolsey, and then returned to Canada in 1943 to serve in HMC Ships Iroquois and Chaudière, as well as the RCN College HMCS Royal Roads.  Specializing in navigation, in 1946 he attended the RN Long Navigation and Direction Course at HMS Dryad, followed in 1947 by an appointment as Direction Officer in the cruiser HMCS Ontario, and in 1948 to Naval Staff Headquarters (NSHQ) as Staff Officer Naval Direction. In 1950 he was appointed to HMCS Naden in Esquimalt BC as the Officer-in-Charge of the Naval Direction Centre, followed in 1951 by the RN Advanced Navigation Course at HMS Dryad. In 1952 he was appointed Navigating Officer in the aircraft carrier HMCS Magnificent, and in 1954 he attended the RN staff college course. In 1955 he returned to NSHQ in Ottawa as the Deputy Director Naval Training and was promoted subsequently to Commander in 1956.  In 1957 he assumed command of the destroyer-escort HMCS Athabaskan.  In 1959 he assumed command of destroyer-escort HMCS Saguenay, followed later that year by an appointment as Assistant Chief of Staff (Training and Administration) to Flag Officer Pacific Coast.  Promoted to Captain in 1963, he assumed command of the Fourth Escort Squadron based in Esquimalt BC.  In 1964 he returned to NSHQ as the Director of Naval Training, followed in December of that year by the appointment as Director Senior Appointments (Navy) at the new Canadian Forces Headquarters (CFHQ). On promotion to Commodore in 1966, he was appointed Director-General Postings and Careers at CFHQ. In 1969 he attended the Imperial Defence College in UK, and in 1970 he assumed command of NATO’s Standing Naval Forces Atlantic (STANAVFORLANT).  In 1971 he returned to Canada as the Director General Plans, Requirements and Production at CFHQ.  In 1972, on promotion to Rear-Admiral, he was appointed Chief of Personnel at National Defence Headquarters (NDHQ) in Ottawa.

In August 1973 he assumed command of Maritime Command in Halifax NS.  In January 1975, Vice-Admiral Boyle was promoted to his current rank and remained Commander Maritime Command until his retirement in 1977.  He died 23 July 2001.