Sub-Lieutenant Jessie Whittaker

Sailor Profile / January 15, 2018

Joining the Canadian Armed Forces for the opportunity to travel the world in a leadership role, Sub-Lieutenant (SLt) Jessie Whittaker, is a Maritime Surface and Sub-Surface (MARS) Officer in the Royal Canadian Navy. Originally from Belleville, Ontario, SLt Whittaker graduated from Centennial Secondary School before joining the Canadian Armed Forces in 2011. She is currently posted in Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Montréal.

Following in the footsteps of her two older brothers, the eldest being a Royal Canadian Air Force pilot and the second also being an officer on HMCS Montréal, SLt Whittaker says, “The best thing about my job so far is that I have the opportunity to work with my brother, Daniel. We have always been close, so we often explore the cities together during port visits.”

Since joining, Whittaker participated in recent deployments including Shipborne Helicopter Operational Limits Trials, Op NANOOK 2017 and currently Neptune Trident 17-02. Whittaker graduated from the Royal Military College in 2015.

In September 2017, HMCS Montréal arrived in Western Europe to participate in NEPTUNE TRIDENT 17-02, a Royal Canadian Navy deployment. The first exercise in the deployment for HMCS Montréal was FORMIDABLE SHIELD 17, an allied relations effort to improve performance in a live-fire Integrated Air and Missile Defense environment.

As a MARS Officer under training, she stands watch on the bridge as second officer of the watch, and has secondary duties as one of the diving officers aboard HMCS Montréal.