MEET OUR FLEET CAPTAIN
Captain (Navy) Graham Roberts was raised in Brigus, Newfoundland. He Joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1989 and upon graduation from Royal Roads Military College with a Bachelor of Science was posted to Esquimalt. On completion of initial training he joined his first ship HMCS ALGONQUIN in 1996 and until 2003 served on the West Coast including tours in HMCS HURON and HMCS WINNIPEG as the Navigating Officer. His time in Winnipeg included an operational deployment in 2001 to the Arabian Gulf to enforce United Nations sanctions.
In 2003 Capt. (N) Roberts was posted to the East Coast and executed operational employment in HMCS ST. JOHNS and with Canadian Fleet Atlantic Headquarters. While employed as a member of staff he deployed again to the Arabian Gulf in HMCS IROQUOIS as the Operations Officer, charged with conducting Maritime Security Operations from the Gulf of Aden to the Strait of Hormuz. In 2010 he deployed to Haiti for OP HESTIA, Canada's response to provide humanitarian aid and disaster relief after a devastating earthquake hit the region. To round out his experiences with Fleet staff, he assisted in planning and organizing a major joint combined fleet exercise and review to celebrate the Royal Canadian Navy's Centennial in July of 2010.
In 2011, Capt. (N) Roberts was appointed Executive Officer of HMCS OTTAWA and deployed to the Eastern Pacific for counter narcotic operations. in 2013 he served as Executive Officer of Sea Training Pacific.
In June of 2014 until June of 2016 Capt. (N) Roberts had the distinct privilege to command HMCS HALIFAX.
In the National Capital Region he has served in Naval Staff and the Vice Chief of the Defense Staff.
What you won't see on his CV is that as a young person in Newfoundland, he was an active member of the Sea Cadets, and upon joining the Canadian Armed Forces, he secured a spot on the Royal Roads Military College Sailing team. He became a crew member on HMCS ORIOLE and an instructor in navigation and seamanship school.
Graham has two teenage daughters that also like to sail tall ships and a new puppy that we might see around the ships this summer. He is eager to meet everyone and to sail with us this summer.
Welcome, Capt. (N) Graham!