Leading Seaman Tyler Bested

Atlantic Region News / September 13, 2017

On August 8, 2017, Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Charlottetown and her crew of 240 departed Halifax, Nova Scotia, to join Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) for Operation REASSURANCE. SNMG1 is a naval force made up of ships from various Allied countries, all working together to demonstrate NATO and Canada’s ongoing commitment to international security and cooperation.

Leading Seaman Tyler Bested, hails from Bancroft, Ontario, is a Naval Combat Information Operator from HMCS Charlottetown’s Combat Department and a member of the ship’s dive team.

When and why did you join the Navy?

I joined the military with the urge to serve my country, but honestly I joined because of competiveness; I was always told I “couldn’t do it,” or “wouldn’t make it in the armed forces.” I’ve always had a little fire in my stomach to prove people wrong. I’d like to think I’ve not only adapted well into the military lifestyle, but I’ve also excelled in it.

What makes you stay?

Among other things, just the simple fact that I’m getting paid to explore the world. Places I would never imagine myself seeing and adventures I never saw myself going on have all been made possible—the world’s a big place, and I like to think that this job may have a positive impact on it some way or another.

What is one great thing about your ship?

The people I get to work with make this job fantastic, it’s like a big family. Everyone comes from different backgrounds with different stories to tell and different ways to approach certain situations. You’re always learning from these people, and sometimes can teach them a thing or two. The best part of this job is waking up and saying “Good morning” to everyone I pass in the flats. It makes my day and I hope it makes theirs as well. 

What do you do for fun when you aren’t deployed overseas?

I love staying active. My wife always gets dragged to my hockey or soccer games. We get out hiking a lot, Nova Scotia is a beautiful province with many opportunities for exploring! Once I even signed up to run across the province for charity during the Run for the Wish.

For more information about Op REASSURANCE, please visit:

http://www.forces.gc.ca/en/operations-abroad/nato-ee.page

To view photos of HMCS Charlottetown’s deployment on Op REASSURANCE, please visit:

http://www.forcesimages.ca/default.aspx?aid=6176