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Canadian Navy

November 17, 2009 09:02 ET

Navy Welcomes Newest Honorary Captain

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 17, 2009) - The Canadian Navy is proud to welcome Mr. Craig Oliver as its newest Honorary Captain, as announced by Vice-Admiral Dean McFadden, Commander Maritime Command.

Mr. Oliver is a respected national and international leader in political journalism and also well known to Canadians as the chief Ottawa political correspondent for CTV.

Mr. Oliver is a highly influential citizen across Canada. He has received many awards and decorations, including Gemini awards, The Radio and Television News Directors Association President's Award, The Canadian Association of Broadcasters Golden Ribbon Award (highest honour in the Broadcasting Association), the Charles Lynch Award from the National Press Gallery, and an Honorary Ph.D. from the University of Regina. One of his most notable achievements was being entered into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1995. Mr. Oliver is also no stranger to wearing the naval uniform, having spent time in the Naval Reserves as a young man.

"Mr. Oliver is a leader in Canadian television reporting and a strong supporter of the Canadian Forces (CF) and the navy in particular" said Vice-Admiral McFadden. "Mr. Oliver's unique perspective of the Forces and his national profile will combine to raise the visibility of the navy in its centennial year, enhancing our ability to converse with all Canadians. Mr. Oliver is the ideal individual to be affiliated with the office of the Director General Maritime Strategic Management."

"As a political journalist, I am truly proud that I have the opportunity to act as a liaison between the navy and Canadian citizens." says Mr. Oliver of his appointment. "I am equally humbled by the honour to become an Honorary Captain; I consider this nomination as a privilege."

Honorary Captains act as bridges between military and civilian communities, representing diverse areas of Canadian society from politics and business to journalism and the arts. They bring with them unique skills and connections that help to strengthen the navy's ties to Canadian communities and to promote a better understanding of maritime defence issues.

Honorary Captains are quite visible, attending significant naval, CF and public events and ceremonies in uniform across the country, building bridges between military and civilian communities. Honorary captains are appointed by the Minister of National Defence after receiving recommendations from the Chief of the Defence Staff and the Commander Maritime Command. These appointments are generally for a period of three years, however, extensions may be granted.

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