Sub-Lieutenant (SLt) Michael Ming Hao Chen

Atlantic Region News / October 4, 2017

On September 8, 2017, Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Montréal and its crew of 240 departed Halifax, Nova Scotia, to participate in Neptune Trident 17-02, an overarching Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) deployment taking place in the North Atlantic.

Sub-Lieutenant (SLt) Michael Ming Hao Chen is a Logistics Officer aboard HMCS Montréal and hails from Montréal, Quebec.  After graduating high school from École Secondaire St-Luc in Montreal, he went on to complete his Honours degree in Economics from the Royal Military College (RMC) of Canada.

SLt Chen joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 2010 because he believes in Canadian values and principles. “Canada is a nation of tolerance, acceptance, and a mosaic where all people of different race, colors and religious beliefs can settle down and live in peace. Canada has always stood for what is right in the international stage; we participate and lead many multinational missions where the Canadian Armed Forces is on the front line to help those in need” he said. “I am proud to serve for such a country and I believe the Canadian Armed Forces can make a difference in many regions of the world.” 

Part of his duties on board are ensuring the provisions of the ship are in order to support naval operations. As a logistician during NEPTUNE TRIDENT 17-02, his position is to provide support to the ship such as finance, administration, supply, food services, and morale & welfare. The support is the link between government policies and field operations and ensures that the proper government policies in finance, administration, and supply for the Canadian Armed Forces are properly followed and respected while taking consideration of the operational requirements.      

He added that working as a logistician is a challenging, but very rewarding career. They have to become the subject matter expert for multiple fields, and keep balance between operational requirements, and rules and regulations set by the governments in different parts of the world. SLt Chen said “The pressure is high sometimes; people count on me to make the best decisions and this is part of what makes this job stand out.”

One of SLt Chen’s interests is music, he plays violin, piano and tenor drums. Through the years he played for various youth orchestras, as well as the RMC Jazz band and RMC Pipes and Drums. SLt Chen was born in Harbin, China and moved to Canada with his parents in 2003. He is multilingual and fluently speaks English, French, Mandarin and Arabic.