Petty Officer First Class Lee Richardson, CD

Sailor Profile / November 26, 2018

Petty Officer First Class Lee Richardson is one of six exceptional sailors from the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) who were recognized along with members of the Canadian Coast Guard on Parliament Hill in Ottawa November 20, 2018, during Navy and Coast Guard Day.

PO1 Richardson was born in Moncton, NB where he spent most of his childhood. He was an active member of the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets in Riverview, NB from age 14 to 17. He enjoyed doing drill and spending time on the water with small sailboats. This introduction to military life paved the way to his present career as a Weapons Engineering Technician.  

He enrolled in the CAF in the fall of 1997. After graduating from basic training in Saint-Jean, he was transferred to CFNES to complete his QL3 course. After what seemed like forever sitting in a classroom he was anxious to finally be posted HMCS Winnipeg where he soon deployed on RIMPAC/Westploy to Hawaii and Asia. His ship postings also included HMCS Calgary (twice), HMCS Algonquin and HMCS Regina. In addition to his time at sea, PO1 Richardson was posted to Maintenance Detachment Aldergrove, CFFS(E), and FMF Engineering (twice).

The highlight of his career included his time as the sole Communications Technician in Aldergrove and a highly rewarding posting to HMCS Regina where he was heavily involved in the NDWCC campaign and the Morale Committee to make a somewhat mundane trials sailing programme fun.

PO1 Richardson is father to two boys aged 16 and 19. He enjoys numerous recreational activities, which include boating, fishing and tinkering with pretty well anything mechanical. Whenever he can, he enjoys travelling with his partner of 7 years, Tania, seeing as much of the world as he can and getting away from Victoria’s wet winters.