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Davidson, Robert A.

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Title Vice-Admiral (RCN)
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Birth 19/01/1959 Death (nk)
Place Toronto Place (nk)
Area ON Area (nk)
Country Canada Country (nk)
 
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Honours CMM. MSC.
Awards
Qualifications MBA; cfsc;
 
Biography
 
 
Military Service
He was enrolled Naval Reserve 10/1977. He was appointed as a Ordinary Seaman 1977. HMCS Cataraqui 1977. (CFR) He was appointed as a Officer Cadet (With seniority dated 01/1978). He served in Venture The Naval Officer Training Centre for training 1978. He served in HMCS Saskatchewan for training 1978. He served in HMCS Carleton 1979. HMCS Porte St Louis for training 1980. He was appointed as a Sub-Lieutenant (With seniority dated 08/1979). He served in HMCS Qu'Appelle for training 1981. (Enrolled in Regular Force (DEO) 01/03/1982.) He was appointed as an A/Sub-Lieutenant (With seniority dated 01/03/1982). He was appointed as a Sub-Lieutenant (With seniority dated 01/03/1982). He served in First Canadian Submarine Squadron Headquarters for training 1982. He served in QHM Halifax as Watch Officer 1982. He served in First Canadian Submarine Squadron Headquarters for training 1982. He served in HMCS Ojibwa for training and as Casing/Supply Officer 1983. He was appointed as a Lieutenant (N) (seniority 01/01/1983). He served on Exchange duties with Royal Navy in HMS Walrus as Sonar Officer 1984. He served in HMS Dolphin for Royal Naval Submarine School as Officers Training Officer 1986. He served in HMAS Watson for Royal Australian Navy Executive Officer/Attack Coordinator Course 1987. He served in HMCS Ojibwa as Executive Officer 1987. He was appointed as a Lieutenant-Commander (With seniority dated 01/01/1987). He served in HMCS Onondaga as Executive Officer 1987. He served in HMS Dolphin for Royal Navy Submarine Command Course 1989. He served in HMCS Ojibwa (In command) 1989. He served in First Canadian Submarine Squadron Headquarters as Squadron Warfare Officer 1991. He served in Canadian Forces Command and Staff College 1991. He served in NDHQ Director-General Maritime Doctrine and Operations for Submarine Project 1992. He served on Exchange duties with Royal Australian Navy as OiC RAN Submarine Sea Training Group 1993. He served in MARLANTHQ as Deputy Chief of Staff Submarine Operations 1995. He was appointed as a Commander (With seniority dated 01/01/1996). He served in Maritime Operations Group Five as Commander Submarine Division 1996. He served in HMCS St John's (In command) 1997. He served in Fifth Maritime Operations Group Headquarters as Commander Submarine Division 1999. He was appointed as a Captain (N) (With seniority dated 01/01/2000). He served in NDHQ Maritime Staff as Director Naval Personnel Requirements 2000. He served in Commander Maritime Operations Group Four 2002. He served in Canadian Forces College for National Security Studies programme 2004. He served in Canadian Pacific Fleet Headquarters as Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff 2004. He served in US Central Command Tampa FL as Senior National Representative 2005. He served in Canadian Pacific Fleet Headquarters as Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff 2005. He served in NDHQ Maritime Staff as Director-General Maritime Personnel and Readiness 2006. He was appointed as a Commodore (With seniority dated 11/04/2006). He served as Commander Canadian Fleet Atlantic 2006. He served as Commander Task Force Arabian Sea and Commander Combined Task Force 150 2008. He was appointed as a Rear-Admiral (With seniority dated 01/12/2008). He served in NDHQ as Director of Staff, Strategic Joint Staff 2008. He served in NATO Headquarters Brussels BE International Military Staff as Director Plans and Policy 2011. He was appointed as a Vice-Admiral (With seniority dated 18/06/2012). He served as Canadian Military Representative to the Military Committee at NATO Headquarters Brussels, BE 2012. (He was retired 09/2016.)
 
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Anecdotes
In his last sea tour of duty, Vice-Admiral Davidson deployed with HMC ships Iroquois, Calgary and Protecteur from April to October 2008 to participate in Operation ALTAIR, Canada's maritime contribution to Operation Enduring Freedom. This deployment included a period in Command of Combined Task Force 150, responsible for coalition maritime security operations in the region spanning from the Gulf of Oman through the Arabian Sea to the Horn of Africa and into the Red Sea. His staff assignments include Director of Staff, Strategic Joint Staff at NDHQ, Director - Plans and Policy Division on the International Military Staff at NATO, Director General Maritime Personnel and Readiness, Director Naval Personnel Requirements, Deputy Chief of Staff Submarine Operations for Maritime Forces Atlantic, and Senior National Representative to U.S. Central Command in Tampa Florida. Vice-Admiral Davidson has completed Canadian Forces Command and Staff College and the National Security Studies Programme at Canadian Forces College, and the Advanced Leadership Programme at the Canadian School of Public Service. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematical Sciences and a Masters in Business Administration.
 
References
Perkins, J. David (2000); Macpherson, Ken & Ron Barrie (2002); http://www.casr.ca/doc-dnd-appointments-2009.htm; http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/who_is_who_89141.htm; Canada's Admirals and Commodores (3rd ed.) (2016);
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2016-01-26

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