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O'Brien, John Charles

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Title Vice-Admiral (CF)
Official Number O-55950
Birth 16/12/1918 Death 24/03/1996
Place Hove Place Ottawa
Area Sussex Area ON
Country UK Country Canada
Honours OC. Grande Ufficiale del Ordine al Merito della Rep. (Italy).
Awards DMilSc (Hon. RMC) 1974.
Qualifications psc.
He grew up in Montreal PQ. After his naval service he was the Director General (Revenue) in the Organizing Committee for the XXIst Olympiade (Montréal) 1974. He was president of the Defence Associations National Network.
Military Service
He was appointed as an Officer Cadet 1935. He served in the Royal Military College of Canada 1935. He was appointed as a Naval Cadet RCN serving in H.M.S. Erebus for Training (Special Entry No. 43) 1937. In 1938 he served in HMS Vindictive. He was appointed as a Midshipman RCN (With seniority dated 01/09/1938). He served in H.M.S. Royal Sovereign and H.M.S. Berwick for training. He was appointed as a A/Sub-Lieutenant RCN (With seniority dated 01/09/1939). He was in action off of Norway, served as the platoon leader of an anti-invasion force in Portsmouth UK, served as First Lieutenant to a small Dutch vessel in the evacuation of the British Army from France and was prize-skipper of a small French tug. He participated in convincing the men of the French battleship Courbet to fight with the Free French forces. He was appointed as a Sub-Lieutenant RCN (With seniority dated 01/09/1940). He served in HMCS Saguenay in 1940. He was appointed as a Lieutenant RCN (With seniority dated 01/03/1941). He was qualified as a signals officer at a course in the UK. He served as Flotilla Signals Officer in the 4th RN Destroyer Flotilla for the Landings in Sicily in 1942. He was appointed as a A/Lieutenant-Commander RCN 1945. He served in NSHQ as Deputy Director Signal Division 1945. He served on the RN Signal Book Committee 1946. He served in HMCS Crescent (In command) 1946. He was appointed as a Lieutenant-Commander RCN (With seniority dated 01/09/1948). He served in HMCS Stadacona for RCN Barracks Halifax as Officer-in-Command Communications School 1948. He served in HMCS Cornwallis 1949. He was appointed as a Commander RCN (With seniority dated 01/07/1951). He served in HMCS Stadacona (Executive Officer) 1953. He served in HMCS Magnificent as Executive Officer 1954. He was appointed as a Captain RCN (With seniority dated 01/07/1955). He served as Director Naval Training NHQ 1955. He served as Director Naval Communications NDHQ 1957. He was the Co-ordinator Personnel Structure Committee 1958. He served in HMCS Bonaventure (In command) 1959. He was appointed as a Commodore RCN (With seniority dated 27/09/1961). He served as Naval Member Canadian Joint Staff Washington 1961. He served as Senior Canadian Officer Afloat (Atlantic) 1964. Rear-Admiral RCN (With seniority dated 19/07/1966). He served as the Commander Maritime Command 1966-70. He was appointed as a Vice-Admiral (With seniority dated 15/09/1968). He was the Commandant of the NATO Defence College in Rome Italy in 1970. (He retired in 1973.)
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Aircraft Flown
Named Features
Government of Canada The Canadian Navy List Ottawa ON; Blatherwick, John (1992); MacFarlane, John M. (1994); Canada's Admirals and Commodores (3rd ed.) (2016);
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