Vice-Admiral Gregory Ralph MADDISON, CMM, MSC, CD

Vice-Admiral Gregory Ralph MADDISON, CMM, MSC, CD

Vice-Admiral Gregory Ralph MADDISON, CMM, MSC, CD

Vice-Admiral Maddison joined the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) as a Cadet in 1968, attending the Royal Military College of Canada.  Serving in HMCS Assiniboine, in 1974 he specialized in navigation and attended the Destroyer Navigation Officer Course, returning to Assiniboine as the Navigating Officer.  In 1977 he attended the year-long Combat Control Officers Course, followed in 1978 by an appointment to the destroyer-escort HMCS Terra Nova, and in 1979 as Combat Officer Sea Training Pacific.  In 1981 he attended the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College in Toronto, before returning to Halifax in 1983 as Executive Officer in the destroyer HMCS Iroquois.  Promoted to Commander in 1985, following year-long language training, in 1986 he assumed command of the destroyer HMCS Athabaskan. In 1988, on promotion to Captain(N), he was appointed Director of Maritime Operations Plans and Reserves at National Defence Headquarters (NDHQ) in Ottawa.  In 1990 he undertook a year of studies at the National Defence College in Kingston, and in 1991 he assumed command of the First Canadian Destroyer Squadron in Halifax.  In 1992 he was promoted to Commodore, and in 1993 he was subsequently appointed in command of NATO’s Standing Naval Force Atlantic (STANAVFORLANT).  In 1994, on return to Canada, he was appointed the Assistant Chief of Staff Personnel and Training at Maritime Command Headquarters (MARCOMHQ) in Halifax.  In January 1997 he assumed command of Maritime Forces Atlantic in Halifax and subsequently was promoted to Rear-Admiral in April 1997. 

Upon promotion to his present rank later in 1997, Vice-Admiral Maddison was appointed in September 1997 as the Commander Maritime Command and the Chief of the Maritime Staff at NDHQ in Ottawa.  He subsequently was appointed Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff at NDHQ in July 2001, in which capacity he served until his retirement in 2004.