Chief Petty Officer of the Navy

CPO1 David Steeves

CPO1 David Steeves, CD

Chief Petty Officer 1st Class (CPO1) David Steeves enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces on March 28, 1989. His first unit was Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Skeena in January 1990, where he sailed for two NATO deployments (1990 and 1992) and served until its decommissioning in November 1993. In December 1993 he was posted to HMCS Nipigon, where he served until it was paid off during the summer of 1998. He was then posted to HMCS Athabaskan later in 1998, where he again sailed for two NATO deployments (1999 and 2000), including a tour in the Adriatic Sea.

Promoted to Petty Officer 1st Class in 2001 and newly trade qualified, he served 11 months in Naval Training Development Centre (Atlantic) (NTDC (A)) Acoustic Standards, prior to being posted to HMCS Charlottetown. Following his tour at sea he was posted to NTDC (A) Tactics and Team Training as In Charge Underwater Warfare. In April 2005, upon promotion to the rank of Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class (CPO2), he served in Regional Joint Operations Centre Atlantic prior to another tour at sea on board HMCS Iroquois (Gulf Deployment 2008). His final position as a CPO2 was as Senior Staff Officer Underwater Warfare at Maritime Forces Atlantic Operational Readiness.

CPO1 Steeves was promoted to his current rank in April 2011. He attended the non-commissioned member Executive Professional Development Program at Royal Military College in Kingston, Ont., before challenging the Executive Level French Course in Shearwater, N.S. He was appointed as Coxswain of HMCS Athabaskan in May 2013. In January 2015 he was posted as Unit Chief at Trinity in Halifax. In April 2015 he was posted to Assistant Judge Advocate General (Atlantic) as the Chief for the four Atlantic provinces. In June 2017 CPO1 Steeves became Base Chief Petty Officer of CFB Halifax. In May 2018 he assumed the duties as Maritime Forces Pacific Formation Chief. Finally, in May 2019 he was posted to Ottawa as the Command Chief Petty Officer of the Royal Canadian Navy.

CPO1 David Steeves is happily married to his spouse, who is a CPO2 Financial Services Administrator. His two children are in school in Nova Scotia, while her son is in the Canadian Army awaiting training in New Brunswick. They both look forward to being close to family in the Maritimes where they can once again load up the camper trailer and chase local Blues Fests.