Leading Seaman Erik Fox

Sailor Profile / July 25, 2016

Leading Seaman Erik Fox is a Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Naval Combat Information Operator (NCIOP) with 13 years of military service. Originally born in Cornwall, Ont., he moved at a young age to Kingston, Ont., and then grew up mainly in Toronto. LS Fox joined the CAF Reserve Force as an infantryman with the Toronto Scottish Regiment in 2002.

After completing college for Police Foundations, LS Fox (at the time a corporal) deployed with Task Force Kandahar to Afghanistan and served as a member of the Provincial Reconstruction Team in 2006. That same year, he transferred to the Regular Force and became a member of 3rd Battalion Royal Canadian Regiment (3 RCR) based in Petawawa, Ont.

In 2008, 3 RCR deployed as part of Task Force 3-08, and LS Fox was a member of M-Coy (PARA) as a light armoured vehicle III crew commander. He was promoted to master corporal while in Afghanistan, and remained with 3 RCR until June 2012, when he transferred temporarily to the Reserve Force until becoming a NCIOP with the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN).

LS Fox has been with Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Vancouver since completing his Naval Combat Information Operator course in April 2013, and has sailed with Vancouver throughout the majority of its work-up sails after coming out of a mid-life refit.

Vancouver has had a busy sailing schedule and has already participated in exercise SOUTHPLOY 2016, working with the navies of Mexico, Peru and Chile. Vancouver also set an RCN milestone by being the first ship of its class to fire a surface-to-surface missile onto a land target. LS Fox has been a part of the Operations Room team, training as an Anti-Submarine Plotting Operator, Air Raid Reporting Operator and Track Supervisor.

 “The navy is a lot different than the army, more than I ever expected,” said LS Fox. “ I miss a lot of elements of the army, but the navy presents a whole new series of challenges. As an NCIOP, I feel more informed about the operational picture and what’s ahead of us. In the army, especially when I was in reconnaissance platoon, I felt pretty informed, but it was a very small area of responsibility. The navy deals in thousands of nautical miles and one ship within a fleet has a lot of capability. I am glad I picked the NCIOP trade, and I look forward to working with allied navies during exercises RIMPAC and WESTPLOY this year.”

This year's RIMPAC, the 25th in the series that began in 1971, is scheduled from June 30 to August 4. Twenty-six nations, 45 surface ships, five submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in this year's exercise.

Held every two years by Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, and executed by Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet, RIMPAC is a multinational maritime exercise that takes place in and around the Hawaiian Islands and off the coast of southern California.