Vice-Admiral Drew William ROBERTSON, CMM, MSM, CD

Vice-Admiral Drew William ROBERTSON, CMM, MSM, CD

Vice-Admiral Drew William ROBERTSON, CMM, MSM, CD

Vice-Admiral Robertson joined the Canadian Forces (CF) as a Cadet in 1973, attending the Royal Military College of Canada.  He served in HMC Ships Nipigon, Preserver and Kootenay, as well as the Canadian Forces Officer Candidate School in Chilliwack BC.  In 1985 he attended the year-long Combat Control Officer’s Course, followed in 1986 by an appointment to the helicopter-carrying destroyer-escort HMCS Skeena.  In 1988 he served in Maritime Command Headquarters (MARCOM HQ), followed in 1990 by an appointment to National Defence Headquarters (NDHQ) J3 Operations during the First Gulf War.  In 1992 he attended the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College in Toronto, and on promotion to Commander in 1993 assumed the duties of Executive Officer in the replenishment ship HMCS Provider.  In 1995 he assumed command of the helicopter-carrying destroyer-escort HMCS Annapolis, followed in 1996 by an appointment as staff officer to the Minister of National Defence.  In 1998, on promotion to Captain(N), he became the Director of NATO Policy at NDHQ, and in 1999 assumed command of the destroyer HMCS Athabaskan.  In 2001, on promotion to Commodore, he assumed command of the Canadian Atlantic Fleet.  In 2003, on promotion to Rear-Admiral, he served as the Director-General International Security Policy at NDHQ.

Upon promotion to his current rank in 2006, Vice-Admiral Robertson was appointed as the Commander Maritime Command and Chief of the Maritime Staff in National Defence Headquarters, in which position he served until his retirement in 2009.