Command Chief Petty Officer of the Royal Canadian Navy

Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Thomas Lizotte, MMM, CD
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Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Thomas Lizotte, MMM, CD

CPO1 Thomas Lizotte, MMM, CD

Chief Petty Officer 1st Class (CPO1) Thomas Lizotte was born and raised in Saint John, N.B. In 1983 he joined Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps Rodney where he obtained the rank of chief of the corp. He completed the summer employment program with Saint John’s Naval Reserve Division, Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Brunswicker in 1988, and remained with Brunswicker for a year. In June 1989, he enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces as a Marine Engineer. He attended St. Lawrence College in Cornwall, Ontario, where he obtained a technologist diploma in Marine Engineering with the Marine Engineering Technician Training Plan.

He has served 15 years in the following: HMC Ships Margaree, Fraser, Charlottetown (twice), Anticosti, Halifax (twice), Toronto and Montréal. His shore postings included: Canadian Forces Naval Engineering School’s damage control school as a fire field instructor, Maritime Forces Atlantic (MARLANT) with the Nuclear Emergency Response Team (twice), Fleet Maintenance Facility (FMF) Cape Scott as Technical Service Supervisor for the Mechanical Engineering Team, and Fleet Diving Faculty as Chief Engineer and Fleet Technical Authority Unit at FMF Cape Scott, where he also served as the East Coast Advisor for the Marine Engineering Occupation.

CPO1 Lizotte’s major deployments include: sailing with HMCS Fraser enforcing UN sanctions against Haiti between October 1993 and March 1994. On September 2, 1998, he sailed with HMCS Anticosti in support of Swissair flight 111. In January 2001, he sailed with HMCS Charlottetown as part of the United States Ship Harry Truman battle group with the Task Force Arabian Gulf to enforce sanctions against Iraq. Following the devastating 9/11 attacks, he sailed with HMCS Charlottetown in the fall of 2001 with the Task Force Afghanistan for Operation Apollo. In 2008, he was posted as the Chief Engineer Room Artificer aboard HMCS Halifax, and sailed to Haiti after the earthquake in January 2010.

In December of 2010 he was admitted to the Order of Military Merit. From August 2012 to July 2013, he completed second language training at Shearwater. N.S.

CPO1 Lizotte attended the Royal Military College from September 2013 to May 2014 where he completed the Non-Commissioned Member Executive Professional Development Program. In January 2015, he was appointed as the Coxswain of HMCS Montréal. In May 2016, he was appointed as Coxswain of Sea Training Atlantic where he had the privilege of working with all of the East Coast crews and two West Coast crews. From August 2018 to May 2019, he completed second language training at Shearwater.

In May 2019 he was appointed as the Fleet Chief Atlantic, and on June 5, 2020 assumed the responsibilities of Formation Chief Petty Officer for Maritime Forces Atlantic and Joint Task Force Atlantic. On June 2, 2022, CPO1 Lizotte was appointed the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) Command Chief Petty Officer, the most senior non-commissioned member position within the RCN.

CPO1 Lizotte is happily married to his wife, Lisa, and they have four children. His hobbies include spending time with his family, boating, snowmobiling, and travelling.

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