Vice-Admiral Lawrence Edward MURRAY, CM, CMM, CD

Vice-Admiral Lawrence Edward MURRAY

Vice-Admiral Lawrence Edward MURRAY

Vice-Admiral Murray joined the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) as a Cadet in 1964, attending Carleton University. Specializing in navigation, he served in HMC Ships Fraser and Cowichan, as well as the Officer Training Division, Fleet School Esquimalt, as a navigation instructor. In 1972 he attended the Combat Control Officers Course followed in 1973 by the Maritime Advanced Navigation Course, and in 1974 an appointment to the replenishment ship HMCS Provider. From 1976 to 1977 he commanded the patrol boats HMC Ships Chaleur and as Commander Training Division Two. In January 1978 he was appointed Combat Officer of the destroyer HMCS Algonquin, and in 1979 attended the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College in Toronto. In 1980 he was appointed Executive Officer in the destroyer HMCS Athabaskan, and in 1981 on promotion to Commander he served as the Senior Staff Officer Plans in Maritime Command Headquarters (MARCOMHQ) in Halifax.  In 1983 he assumed command of the destroyer HMCS Iroquois. In 1985, on promotion to Captain(N), he was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff Personnel and Training in MARCOMHQ, and then in 1987 Commander of the First Canadian Destroyer Squadron. In 1988 he was promoted to Commodore and attended language training.  In 1989 he was appointed the Director-General Maritime Doctrine and Operations at National Defence Headquarters (NDHQ) in Ottawa. In 1991 he was promoted Rear-Admiral and assumed the duties of Associate Assistant Deputy Minister (Policy and Communications) at NDHQ.  Upon promotion to his present rank in 1993, Vice-Admiral Murray was appointed Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff at NDHQ.

In 1994 he was appointed Commander Maritime Command in Halifax NS, and in July 1995 returned to NDHQ as the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff (VCDS).  He served as the VCDS and then Acting Chief of the Defence Staff until his retirement in 1997.