Vice-Admiral Lynn Gordon MASON, CMM, CD

Vice-Admiral Lynn Gordon MASON, CMM, CD

Vice-Admiral Lynn Gordon MASON, CMM, CD

Vice-Admiral Mason joined the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) as a Cadet in 1960.  He served in HMC Ships Nipigon, La Hulloise, New Waterford, Restigouche and Margaree, and was a member of the Armed Forces Biathlon team from 1965-1968.  In 1971 he specialized in Operations, attending the Long Operations Course, and in 1972 was appointed to the destroyer HMCS Algonquin.  In 1974, he was appointed Combat Officer on the staff of the First Canadian Destroyer Squadron.  In 1975 he was appointed Executive Officer in the helicopter-carrying destroyer-escort HMCS Fraser, and in 1976 he attended the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College in Toronto.  Promoted to Commander in 1977, he served in the Assistant Deputy Minister Policy Group at National Defence Headquarters (NDHQ), and then in 1979 as Executive Officer in the replenishment ship HMCS Protecteur.  In 1981 he assumed command of the destroyer HMCS Iroquois, and in 1982 returned to the Canadian Forces Staff College, on staff as a Syndicate Director.   Promoted to Captain(N) in 1984, he served as Deputy Commandant and Director of Maritime Studies at the Staff College, and in 1985 was appointed Commander of the Fifth Canadian Destroyer Squadron in Halifax.  In 1987 he was promoted to Commodore and appointed in command of the NATO Standing Naval Forces Atlantic (STANAVFORLANT), returning to Canada in 1988 as Commandant of the Canadian Forces Staff College.  Promoted to Rear-Admiral in 1989, he served as the Deputy Chief of Staff Operations at SACLANTHQ in Norfolk, VA, returning to Ottawa in 1991 to become Chief of Maritime Doctrine and Operations at NDHQ. In 1992 he served briefly as the Maritime Command Chief of Staff while standing up Maritime Forces Atlantic (MARLANT) in Halifax, which he then commanded from 1992 until 1994.  Upon promotion to his current rank in 1994, Vice-Admiral Mason was appointed the Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff at NDHQ.

In 1995 he was appointed Commander Maritime Command, in which position he served until his retirement in 1997.