Vice-Admiral Gary Leslie GARNETT, CMM, CD

Vice-Admiral Gary Leslie GARNETT, CMM, CD

Vice-Admiral Gary Leslie GARNETT, CMM, CD

Vice-Admiral Gary Garnett joined the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) as a Cadet in 1963, attending Carleton University.  He served in HMC Ships Sussexvale, Ste. Thérèse, Gatineau, Skeena and Saguenay.  In 1970 he specialized in Weapons, attending the Long Weapons Course, and in 1971 was appointed to the helicopter-carrying destroyer-escort HMCS Annapolis. From 1974 until 1976 he served abroad in the UK as a member of the Royal Navy Commander-in Chief Fleet’s Operational Evaluation Group followed by the Royal Navy Staff College Course in Greenwich. In 1976, on his return to Canada, he served as a staff officer in the First Canadian Destroyer Squadron, and then in 1978 was appointed as Executive Officer in the destroyer HMCS Algonquin.  On promotion to commander in 1980, he was appointed a member of the Ghana Armed Forces Staff College.  In 1982 he assumed command of the destroyer HMCS Iroquois, followed in 1983 by command of the destroyer HMCS Huron, and in 1984 Sea Training (Atlantic).  In 1986, on promotion to Captain(N), he was appointed the Commander of the Second Canadian Destroyer Squadron based in Esquimalt BC. In 1990, following a year of language training, he was appointed the Director Military Operations Coordination at National Defence Headquarters (NDHQ), and later that year as Executive Assistant to the Chief of the Defence Staff.  On promotion to Commodore in 1991, he assumed the duties of Director General Maritime Development.  In 1993, on promotion to Rear-Admiral, he became Chief Personnel Services at NDHQ.  In July 1994 he returned to Halifax, NS and assumed command of Maritime Forces Atlantic 

Vice-Admiral Garnett assumed command of Maritime Command in January 1997 and subsequently was promoted to his current rank in April 1997.  In May 1997, in addition to his duties as Commander Maritime Command, he became the First Chief of the Maritime Staff, now headquartered at NDHQ in Ottawa.  In September 1997, he was appointed the Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff, in which position he served until his retirement in September 2001.