Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence
Canadian Navy

Canadian Navy

April 02, 2009 09:00 ET

Navy Welcomes Newest Honorary Captain

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 2, 2009) - The Canadian Navy is proud to welcome Ms. Patricia Lang as its newest Honorary Captain, as announced by Vice-Admiral Drew Robertson, Commander Maritime Command.

Ms. Lang, a distinguished educator and administrator who is currently the President of Confederation College of Applied Arts and Technology in Thunder Bay, officially accepted the appointment on March 16th.

Ms Lang is a highly influential member of the business and academic communities in northwestern Ontario and is respected both nationally and internationally as a leader in the field of academic-business liaison and cooperation.

"Ms. Lang is a leader in applied education and a strong supporter of the Canadian Forces (CF) and the navy in particular" said VAdm Robertson. "Her current position, together with her life-long commitment of service to Canada and her dedication and work in post-secondary education, including being a champion of applied education programs for Aboriginal communities throughout North-western Ontario make Ms Lang the perfect individual to be affiliated with the office of the Director, Maritime Training and Education."

"I view my appointment of Honorary Captain as a privilege and I am indeed humbled by the honour," says Ms. Lang of her appointment. "As an educator I am equally proud that I have the opportunity to act as a liaison between the navy and over 150 Canadian community colleges."

Honorary Captain Lang already works in close partnership with the Navy through the non-commissioned members subsidized education plan whereby Canadian colleges provide training for future sailors. Selected candidates become members of the Canadian Forces and are paid and subsidized for up to two years for tuition, fees, books and instruments that go towards completing community college programs that fulfill the initial occupation training requirements of selected navy occupations.

Honorary Captains act as bridges between military and civilian communities, representing diverse areas of influence such as politics, business, 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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