Vice Admiral James Andrew FULTON, CMM, CD

Vice Admiral James Andrew FULTON, CMM, CD

Vice Admiral James Andrew FULTON, CMM, CD

Vice-Admiral Fulton joined the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) as a Cadet in 1944.   From 1944 until 1951 he conducted his training at the Royal Canadian Naval College HMCS Roads and with the Royal Navy (RN), serving in HMS Nigeria, and later in HMC Ships Haida and Huron (for Korean War service) as well as Flag Officer Atlantic Coast.  Specializing in Gunnery, in 1952 he attended the RN Long Gunnery course at HMS Excellent followed by an appointment to HMS Excellent as an instructor.  In 1955 he returned to Canada as the Squadron Gunnery Officer for the Second Canadian Escort Squadron in the destroyers HMC Ships Athabaskan and Crescent.  In 1956 he attended the Guided Missile course at the UK Royal Military College of Science.  In 1957 he was appointed to Naval Service Headquarters (NSHQ) in Ottawa as Staff Officer Guided Missiles in the Directorate of Surface and Air Warfare, and in 1960 the Directorate of Naval Fighting Equipment Requirements.  In 1961 he assumed command of the ocean escort HMCS Outremont, and in 1962 he returned to NSHQ as the Programme Manager Missile Systems. Promoted to Commander in 1963, he subsequently was appointed Director of Naval Operations in NSHQ in 1964.  In 1965 he assumed command of the destroyer-escort HMCS Gatineau.  On promotion to Captain(N) in 1966 he was appointed the Deputy SACLANT Representative to NATO in Paris, France. In 1969 he assumed command of the replenishment ship HMCS Provider, and in 1972 he attended National Defence College in Kingston ON. On promotion to Commodore in 1973, he assumed command of Northern Region Command in Yellowknife NWT, and in 1975 returned to National Defence Headquarters (NDHQ) in Ottawa as the Director General Current Policy. On promotion to Rear-Admiral in 1976, he was appointed Chief of Personnel Careers and Senior Appointments at NDHQ.

Upon promotion to his current rank in 1978, Vice-Admiral Fulton was appointed the Canadian Military Representative to NATO’s Military Committee in Brussels Belgium.  In August 1980 he returned to Canada to take up his appointment as the Commander Maritime Command, in which position he served until his retirement in 1983.