Vice-Admiral Paul Andrew MADDISON, CMM, MSM, CD

Vice-Admiral Paul Andrew MADDISON, CMM, MSM, CD

Vice-Admiral Paul Andrew MADDISON, CMM, MSM, CD

Vice-Admiral Maddison joined the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) as a cadet in 1975, attending the Collège Militaire Royal de St. Jean.  Serving in HMC Ships Terra Nova and Qu’Appelle, he specialized in Above Water Warfare. In 1985 he was appointed as an Aide-de-Camp to the Governor General of Canada. In 1987 he attended the year-long Combat Control Officers Course, followed in 1988 by an appointment to the helicopter-carrying destroyer-escort HMCS Skeena as the Combat Officer.  In 1990 he was appointed the Staff Anti-Submarine Officer to NATO’s Commander Standing Naval Forces Atlantic (STANAVFORLANT), and in 1991 Staff Weapons Officer to the Commander Canadian Task Group, deployed to the Persian Gulf during the First Gulf War, and then in 1992 Combat Officer Sea Training Atlantic.  In 1992 he attended the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College in Toronto. In 1994 he was appointed as Executive Officer in the frigate HMCS Winnipeg, and in 1996 the Executive Officer of Sea Training Pacific.  Promoted to Commander in 1997, he was appointed the Commandant of Canadian Forces Fleet School Esquimalt and shortly thereafter assumed command of the frigate HMCS Calgary.  In 1999 he was appointed to the Joint Space Control Center in Colorado Springs CO USA. In 2002, on promotion to Captain(N), he assumed command of the destroyer HMCS Iroquois. In 2004 he attended the Advanced Military Studies Course at the Canadian Forces College and was subsequently appointed to National Defence Headquarters (NDHQ) as the Director-General Maritime Force Development in 2005. In 2006 he was promoted to Commodore and appointed in command of the experimental Standing Contingency Force, followed by a return appointment later that year as the Director-General Maritime Force Development, and in 2007 the Assistant Chief of Military Personnel at NDHQ.  In 2008 he was promoted Rear-Admiral and appointed the Commander Maritime Forces Atlantic and Joint Task Force Atlantic in Halifax, NS. In 2010 he returned to NDHQ as the Deputy Commander Maritime Command and Assistant Chief of the Maritime Staff.

Promoted to his current rank in July of 2011, Vice-Admiral Maddison was appointed as the Commander Maritime Command and the Chief of the Maritime Staff.  In August 2011, with the official name restoration from Maritime Command to the Royal Canadian Navy, he became the first Commander Royal Canadian Navy and Chief of the Naval Staff, in which capacities he served until his retirement in 2013.