Vice-Admiral Ronald Douglas BUCK, CMM, CD

Vice-Admiral Ronald Douglas BUCK, CMM, CD

Vice-Admiral Ronald Douglas BUCK, CMM, CD

Vice-Admiral Buck joined the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) as a Cadet in 1967, attending McGill University.  He served in HMC Ships Fraser, Saskatchewan, Margaree and Preserver.  In 1976 he attended the year-long Combat Control Officers Course, followed in 1977 by an appointment to the destroyer HMCS Iroquois.  In 1979 he was selected for an exchange posting to the United Kingdom at HMS Dryad, followed in 1981 by the Royal Navy Staff College Course in Greenwich. On his return to Canada in 1982, he served on the staff of Maritime Command Headquarters (MARCOMHQ) as Staff Officer Combat Control Readiness, and in 1983 was appointed Executive Officer in the destroyer HMCS Athabaskan.  In 1985, on promotion to Commander, he was appointed to National Defence Headquarters (NDHQ) on the Naval Requirements Staff, followed in 1986 by year-long language training.  In 1987 he assumed command of the destroyer-escort HMCS Restigouche, and in 1989 he was appointed Project Manager of the Maritime Coastal Defence Vessel (MCDV) Project.  In 1990 he was promoted to Captain(N), and in 1992 was appointed as the Commander of the Fifth Canadian Destroyer Squadron, which changed in 1994 into the Seventh Maritime Operations Group.  Promoted Commodore in 1994, he was appointed as Commander Canadian Forces Training System in Trenton, and in 1995 was appointed to the Management Command and Control Re-engineering Team (MCCRT) at NDHQ.  In 1997 he assumed command as the first Commander of the Canadian Fleet Pacific based in Esquimalt BC.  In May 1998 he was promoted to Rear-Admiral and assumed Command of Maritime Forces Pacific in August of that year.

Promoted to his current rank in December 2000, Vice-Admiral Buck returned to NDHQ as the Commander Maritime Command and Chief of the Maritime Staff in June of 2001.  In September 2004 he was appointed as the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, in which position he served until his retirement in 2006.