Admiral's View

Welcome to The Admiral’s View! Through monthly personal narrations, the Commander of Maritime Forces Atlantic shares his thoughts on current trends, obstacles, and achievements of relevance to the Royal Canadian Navy, with a focus on the Atlantic Coast.

Find out more about what the Rear-Admiral has to say on the latest issues and why.



CFB Halifax Change of Command Ceremony – Left to right: Captain (N) Chris Sutherland, Rear-Admiral John Newton, Commander, Maritime Forces Atlantic and new Base Commander, Captain (N) Paul Forget

The Legacy of Command

Respect is earned and sustained, not just by operations overseas, it is sustained because the big base is a good neighbor, an environmental steward, a benevolent force in charity, a builder of new infrastructure, and contractor of local labour and service providers.

Rear Admiral John Newton

They Were Young

The Gargan family was raised at Ferguson's Cove where mother Lucy was a schoolteacher in a one-room schoolhouse. A single mother, she raised her four children, Leo, Arthur, Dougald Robert (D.R.) and Mary with the loving support of brother Tom Boyle, a Great War veteran.

Members of HMCS SHAWINIGAN’s ship’s company

Lessons in Tragedy

Disasters at sea frequently strike at night.  Darkness obscures the direness of an emergency.  Rain, wind and heavy seas overwhelm the senses.  With no way of escaping the violence of a storm, a sailor must confront uncertainty and fear.

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