Vice-Admiral Charles Morris Winton THOMAS, CMM, CD

Vice-Admiral Charles Morris Winton THOMAS, CMM, CD

Vice-Admiral Charles Morris Winton THOMAS, CMM, CD

Vice-Admiral Thomas joined the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) as a Cadet in 1954.  From 1954 until 1957 he conducted his training at the Officer Training Establishment HMCS Venture and at sea in the cruiser HMCS Ontario. Specializing in marine engineering, in 1957 he attended the UK Royal Naval Engineering College (RNEC) followed by training in HMCS Margaree, and a return in 1960 to the RNEC for Marine Engineering sub-specialty training.  On return to Canada in 1961 he served in HMC Ships Saguenay and Antigonish, the latter as the Engineering Officer. In 1961 he served on the staff of the Commander Fourth Canadian Escort Squadron in HMCS Jonquière as Squadron Operations and Training Officer.  Between 1963 and 1966 he served as Engineering Officer in the ocean escort HMCS New Glasgow, and in 1964 the destroyer escort HMCS Saskatchewan.  In 1966 he was appointed to Canadian Forces Headquarters (CFHQ) as Staff Officer Postings and Careers, and in 1967 he attended the Canadian Forces Staff College in Toronto. On promotion to Commander in 1969, he was appointed as the Executive Officer of the replenishment ship HMCS Preserver, and in 1971 he assumed command of the helicopter-carrying destroyer escort HMCS Fraser. In 1973 he served in Maritime Command Headquarters (MARCOMHQ) as Senior Staff Officer Training and later Senior Staff Officer Combat Systems Readiness. In 1975, on promotion to Captain(N), he was appointed Commander Personnel and Training in MARCOMHQ, and in 1976 he was appointed  Commander Training Group Pacific in Esquimalt BC. In 1978 he attended National Defence College in Kingston ON, and in 1979 was appointed to National Defence Headquarters (NDHQ) in Ottawa as the Director Maritime Requirements Sea.  On promotion to Commodore in 1981 he attended language training, and in 1982 was appointed Director-General Maritime Doctrine and Operations at NDHQ.  On promotion to Rear-Admiral in 1984, he was appointed Chief of Maritime Doctrine and Operations at NDHQ.

Upon promotion to his present rank in 1987, Vice-Admiral Thomas was appointed Commander Maritime Command in Halifax NS.  He returned to Ottawa in 1989 as the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff in NDHQ, until his resignation from the Canadian Forces in 1991 in disagreement with the Chief of the Defence Staff over policy issues.