Vice Admiral Robert Earl Douglas GEORGE, CMM, CD

Vice Admiral Robert Earl Douglas GEORGE, CMM, CD

Vice Admiral Robert Earl Douglas GEORGE, CMM, CD

Vice-Admiral George joined the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) as a Cadet in 1961, attending the University of British Columbia.  From 1961 until 1965 he conducted his training in HMC Ships New Glasgow, Ste. Thérèse, Ottawa, Saguenay, Saskatchewan and Mackenzie.  In 1965 he specialized in Operations, attending the Long Operations Course at HMCS Stadacona, followed by an appointment in 1966 to HMCS Saguenay and in 1967 to HMCS Nipigon. In 1968, after attendance on the United States Navy (USN) Programming Course, he was appointed to Canadian Forces Headquarters (CFHQ) in Ottawa in the Directorate of Maritime Combat Systems.  In 1971 he was appointed Executive Officer in the helicopter-carrying destroyer-escort HMCS Skeena, and in 1972 he attended the Canadian Forces Staff College in Toronto.  On promotion to Commander in January 1974 he assumed command of the helicopter-carrying destroyer-escort HMCS Margaree, followed in 1976 by a posting to Maritime Command Headquarters (MARCOM HQ) in Halifax NS as Senior Staff Officer Combat Systems. In 1977 he assumed command of the destroyer HMCS Iroquois. In 1979 he was promoted to Captain(N) to attend Japanese language training, and in 1980 served as the Canadian Forces Defence Attaché in Tokyo. In 1982 he returned to Canada as the Commander Second Canadian Destroyer Squadron in Esquimalt BC.  In 1984, on promotion to Commodore, he was appointed as the Director-General Maritime Doctrine and Operations at National Defence Headquarters (NDHQ) in Ottawa.  Upon promotion to Rear-Admiral in 1987 he assumed command of Maritime Forces Pacific, and in October 1987 the additional duty of Deputy Commander Maritime Command. 

Upon promotion to his current rank in 1989, Vice-Admiral George returned to Halifax as the Commander Maritime Command.  In July 1991 he was appointed as the Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff at NDHQ.  In August 1992 he was appointed as the Canadian Military Representative to NATO’s Military Committee in Brussels, Belgium, in which position he served until his retirement in 1995.