Vice-Admiral Philip Dean McFADDEN, CMM, CD

Vice-Admiral Philip Dean McFADDEN, CMM, CD

Vice-Admiral Philip Dean McFADDEN, CMM, CD

Vice-Admiral McFadden joined the Canadian Forces (CF) as a Cadet in 1974, attending Royal Roads Military College.  He served in HMC Ships Yukon, Restigouche and  Miramichi, as well as instructing navigation at the Naval Officers’ Training Centre Venture. In 1982 he released from the CF to work with the Canadian Coast Guard at Vessel Traffic Services in Vancouver.  In 1983 he re-enrolled in the CF serving in HMC Ships Chaleur, Miramichi, Kootenay and Thunder.  In 1987 attended the year-long Combat Control Officers Course, followed in 1987 by an appointment to the destroyer-escort HMCS Qu’Appelle.  In 1989 he was appointed to the staff of the NATO Commander-in-Chief Eastern Atlantic at Northwood UK in support of the Standing Naval Force Atlantic.  In 1990, on return to Canada, he served at the Canadian Forces Fleet School Halifax NS, followed by the staff of the Commander Fifth Canadian Destroyer Squadron, subsequently the Seventh Maritime Operations Group. In 1996 he attended the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College in Toronto, and later that year, on promotion to Commander he returned to Halifax as Executive Officer of the replenishment ship HMCS Provider.  In 1997 he assumed command of the frigate HMCS Montreal, and in 1999 he was appointed Commander Sea Training (Atlantic).  In 2000 he was promoted Captain(N) and assumed responsibilities as Director Maritime Strategy for the Chief of the Maritime Staff at National Defence Headquarters (NDHQ) in Ottawa.  Following year-long language training, in 2002 he was appointed Director Asia-Pacific Policy at NDHQ. In December 2003, upon completion of Advanced Military Studies at the Canadian Forces College, he returned to the east coast and assumed command of the Fifth Maritime Operations Group. Promoted Commodore in 2005, he assumed command of the Atlantic Fleet.  In 2006 he was promoted to Rear-Admiral and assumed command of Maritime Forces Atlantic in August of that year.

Promoted to his current rank in June 2009, Vice-Admiral McFadden returned to NDHQ in Ottawa as the Commander Maritime Command and Chief of the Maritime Staff, in which position he served until his retirement in July 2011.