Vice-Admiral Malcolm Bruce MacLEAN, CMM, CD

Vice-Admiral Malcolm Bruce MacLEAN, CMM, CD

Vice-Admiral Malcolm Bruce MacLEAN, CMM, CD

Vice-Admiral MacLean joined the Canadian Forces (CF) as a Cadet in 1970, attending Dalhousie University.  In 1973 he specialized in submarines, attending the Royal Navy (RN) submarine officer training at HMS Dolphin, followed by an appointment in 1973 to the submarine HMCS Okanagan.  In 1976 he released from the CF to obtain a Master’s degree in Business Administration at the University of Western Ontario.  In 1978 he re-enrolled in the CF, serving in the submarines HMC Ships Okanagan and Ojibwa. In 1982, on completion of the RN Submarine Commanding Officer Qualifying Course (Perisher), he assumed command of the submarine HMCS Okanagan. In 1983 he conducted a two-year exchange with the Royal Australian Navy, in Sydney NSW, in charge of Australian submarine sea training.  It was during this period that he commanded, for several months, the Australian submarines HMA Ships Oxley and Orion. In 1985 he returned to Canada as the Squadron Operations Officer in the First Canadian Submarine Squadron.  In 1986, on promotion to Commander, he was appointed to National Defence Headquarters (NDHQ) in Ottawa, in the Directorate of Submarine Requirements, and later as the Director Maritime Force Development.  In 1989, on promotion to Captain(N), he undertook year-long language training.  In 1992 he assumed command of the replenishment ship HMCS Provider, and in 1994 was appointed Chief of Staff to the Commander Maritime Forces Pacific.  In 1995, on promotion to Commodore, he returned to Ottawa as the Director General Maritime Development in NDHQ, and in 1997 was seconded to the Privy Council Office.  Promoted to Rear-Admiral in 1998, he took up the duties of Director-General International Security Policy at NDHQ.  In 2000 he assumed command of Maritime Forces Atlantic.  Upon promotion to his present rank in 2002, Vice-Admiral MacLean was appointed as the Canadian Military Representative to the NATO Military Committee, in Brussels, Belgium.

In 2004 he returned to Canada as the Commander Maritime Command and Chief of the Maritime Staff at NDHQ, in which positions he served until his retirement in January 1996.