Naval officer represents RCN in Tanzania during CUTLASS EXPRESS

Navy News / February 7, 2018

By Lieutenant (Navy) Linda Coleman

Lieutenant (Navy) Ted Marr was ecstatic when he learned he would be traveling to Tanzania for CUTLASS EXPRESS 2018 (CE18).

“I was excited that I was selected to go. Within the last 12 months I sailed on NEPTUNE TRIDENT 17-01 to West Africa, acted as head of the Canadian delegation to UNITAS PACIFICO while embarked in BAP Quinones in Peru, and sailed on my fourth Op CARIBBE. I was excited I would again have the opportunity to represent Canada in another global engagement mission,” said Lt(N) Marr.

The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) sent advisors to the east coast of Africa in late January 2018 to participate in CE18. Its contribution includes strategic engagements with Mozambique and Tanzania to promote maritime security capacity building.

Lt(N) Marr, along with Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Dale Yerardi, are located in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, while Lt(N) Linda Coleman and Lieutenant-Commander Paul Smith, senior RCN chief assessor for CE18, are located in Maputo, Mozambique. Both teams are there to provide the Mozambique and Tanzanian Maritime Operations Centres with new ideas and ways they can apply modern maritime security concepts, while supporting and providing mentorship on maritime security awareness, and passing on Canadian expertise in this field.

In Tanzania, the participants represented all the major players for maritime security including the Tanzanian People’s Defence Force, the Tanzanian Maritime Police, the International Maritime Organization, the Tanzanian Maritime Coordination Centre, and the Dar es Salaam harbour authority.

“We’re being graciously hosted in the Dar es Salaam Maritime Institute, which is a civilian organization responsible for the training and certification of Tanzania’s mariners. I was pleasantly surprised with the already strong joint operations and coordination in place in Tanzania with the major players,” said Lt(N) Marr. “The students are excited to learn. Nearly all of them took meticulous notes during the lectures. Some of the Tanzanian naval officers attending the training had served with RCN personnel in UN peace support operations and were happy to again be working with Canada and the RCN.”

Originally from Monroe, Connecticut, Lt(N) Marr joined the RCN in 2009. Born to a Canadian mother from Fredericton, Lt(N) Marr holds dual citizenship. It was his attendance at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., and a friend who convinced him to join the local Naval Reserve Division that led to where he is today.

Realizing he wanted to be a mariner in a professional environment while serving his country, he chose the RCN based on his strong connection to Canada and his positive experience with the Naval Reserve.

“I pride myself on the high level of professionalism from my co-workers,” added Lt(N) Marr. “My job has taken me all over the world. I have seen and done so much in the short time I have been in the RCN. I feel extremely fortunate.”

After a few days on the ground, Lt(N) Marr admitted that he was certainly less nervous than his first trip to Africa because he felt like he had an idea of what to expect. “I also discovered that Tanzania is a very safe and stable country. I must say that the experience overall has been excellent.”

RCN contribution to CE18 concludes on February 9, 2018 and all four RCN members who participated will return to Canada with not only a better understanding of maritime security and awareness in East Africa, but also with a personally and culturally rewarding experience of a lifetime.