At a Canadian Navy change of command ceremony in Esquimalt this morning, Rear-Admiral Art McDonald takes command of MARPAC and Joint Task Force Pacific.
With all the pomp and circumstance of the Canadian Navy, the change of command ceremony took place earlier today in Esquimalt.
Rear-Admiral Art McDonald is assuming command of MARPAC and Joint Task Force Pacific.
He takes over from Rear-Admiral Gilles Couturier, who now goes on to begin his new assignment as Deputy Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy.
McDonald says he’s looking forward to the next year.
“It’s a fantastic day,” says McDonald.
“Anytime you get a chance to come back and spend time with the great Canadians we have in ships, in field units, in flight lines, across the country it’s a fantastic thing.”
“And also the unique thing about this kind of job is having the pleasure to work with members of our defense team, whom we couldn’t our job without.”
McDonald now assumes responsibility for maritime security in the North Pacific.
And as the head of the Joint Task Force, he oversees all Canadian Armed Forces operations in B.C.