Vice-Admiral Andrew Laurence COLLIER, CMM, DSC, CD

Vice-Admiral Andrew Laurence COLLIER, CMM, DSC, CD

Vice-Admiral Andrew Laurence COLLIER, CMM, DSC, CD

Vice-Admiral Collier joined the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) as a Cadet in 1942.  From 1942 until 1945 he conducted his training with the Royal Navy (RN) in HM Ships Anson and King George V, and then returned to Canada in 1945 to serve in HMC Ships Stadacona, Nootka and Shearwater.  Specializing in navigation, in 1948 he attended the RN Navigation Direction Qualifying Course at HMS Dryad, and in 1949 was appointed to the Navigation Direction Training Centre at HMCS Naden in Esquimalt BC. From 1949 until 1953 he served in HMC Ships Ontario, Cayuga (for Korean War service) and Stadacona, and the Naval Reserve Division HMCS Star.  In 1954 he attended the RN Advanced Navigation Course at HMS Dryad, and in 1954 was appointed Navigating Officer of the aircraft carrier HMCS Magnificent. Promoted to Commander in 1957, he was appointed Reserve Training Commander and then Executive Officer of the naval officer training centre HMCS Venture in 1958.  In 1960 he assumed command of the destroyer-escort HMCS Skeena.  On promotion to Captain in 1962, he attended the RN Staff College Course and later that year was appointed Captain Sea Training to Flag Officer Atlantic Coast. In 1964 he was appointed to Naval Service Headquarters (NSHQ) in Ottawa as Director Naval Plans, and later in 1965 Director International Plans at Canadian Forces Headquarters (CFHQ).  In 1966 he assumed command of the Seventh Escort Squadron based in Halifax NS, followed by an appointment in 1967 to Training Command as Deputy Chief of Staff Maritime Training. In 1969 he attended the National Defence College in Kingston ON, and in 1970 was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff Combat Readiness in Maritime Command Headquarters in Halifax NS.   On promotion to Commodore in 1972 he assumed command of the Canadian Flotilla (Atlantic), followed by an appointment in 1973 as Senior Liaison Officer (Navy) at Canadian Defence Liaison Staff in Washington DC.  On promotion to Rear-Admiral in 1974, he was appointed Chief of Maritime Operations at National Defence Headquarters (NDHQ), and in 1975 he assumed command of Maritime Forces Pacific.

Upon promotion to his current rank in 1977, Vice-Admiral Collier assumed command of Maritime Command in Halifax, NS, a position he held until his retirement in 1979.  He died 3 January 1987.