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January 15, 2011 11:00 ET

Canadian Naval Reserve Welcomes New Commander

QUÉBEC CITY, QUÉBEC--(Marketwire - Jan. 15, 2011) - The Canadian Navy is proud to welcome Commodore David Craig as the new Commander Naval Reserve.

The change of command ceremony took place on Saturday, January 15, 2011, at the Pointe-à-Carcy naval complex in Québec City with outgoing commander, Commodore Jennifer Bennett, the first female to command a Navy Formation.

"It was an exciting and interesting time to have been Commander Naval Reserve," said Commodore Bennett. "I have felt tremendously privileged and honoured to have been the formation commander and am extremely proud of all of our accomplishments, including support to the Vancouver Olympics and the tremendous number of events to commemorate the Naval Centennial."

The ceremony was overseen by the Commander Maritime Command, Vice-Admiral Dean McFadden. The ceremony was steeped in naval traditions associated with the transfer of command.

"It is a true honour to take the lead at the outset of the second century of the Canadian Navy as the new Commander Naval Reserve," said Commodore Craig.

Commodore Craig joined the Naval Reserve as a Naval Cadet in 1974 at Her Majesty's Canadian Ship (HMCS) Discovery in Vancouver, British Columbia. What followed would be 37 years of training, appointments and vast experience, including service in Naval Reserve Divisions HMC Ships Discovery, Carleton (Ottawa), Chippawa (Winnipeg) and Malahat (Victoria), in which he commanded in the mid-1990s.

Created in 1923 to connect Canadians with their navy across Canada, the Naval Reserve has become a major component of the Canadian Navy. It has a strength of 4000 reservists who serve as partners with the Regular Force to safeguard Canada's maritime security. Naval reservists serve on a full or part-time basis in 24 Naval Reserve Divisions, at sea in the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic Oceans, and on operations at home and around the world.

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Contact Information

  • Naval Reserve Headquarters
    Lieutenant (Navy) Kevin Jutras,
    Public Affairs Officer
    418-694-5560 ext. 5670