Sailor Profile: Petty Officer 2nd Class Naomi Mihalcheon

Navy News / June 7, 2021

Petty Officer 2nd Class (PO2) Naomi Mihalcheon, a Sonar Operator, joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 2001 as an Army Reservist. In 2006, she joined the Royal Canadian Navy (Regular Force) and began training to become a submariner in 2009, becoming fully qualified in 2010.

For PO2 Mihalcheon, becoming a submariner meant an opportunity to become a subject matter expert within the Sonar Operator trade.

Her favourite aspects about being a submariner are the “community, achievement and trade knowledge,” she says.

She also notes that she never sails without her trusty flashlight.

PO2 Mihalcheon encourages those service personnel considering a switch to submarines to go for it. 

“If you’ve already considered it, it might be a good fit for you, so why not give it a try?” she says.