Command team of Maritime Forces Pacific

Commander Maritime Forces Pacific

Rear-Admiral Christopher Robinson, OMM, CD

Rear-Admiral Christopher Robinson, OMM, CD

Rear-Admiral Robinson grew up in Hudson Québec. He began his military career in the Canadian Army Reserves as a Combat Engineer serving in the 3rd Field Engineer Regiment in Montréal. He subsequently joined the Royal Canadian Navy and underwent Naval Warfare Officer training aboard patrol craft, mine-sweepers, and destroyers before volunteering for the silent service.

He served aboard the Canadian submarines Onondaga, Ojibwa, Victoria, Corner Brook, Windsor, and the British submarine Unseen. He was privileged to command Corner Brook between 2007 and 2009. During this command tour, in addition to normal fleet duties, Corner Brook deployed to the Canadian North for Operation Nanook and the Caribbean Sea to conduct a counter-drug patrol as part of Operation Caribbe. In recognition of its outstanding contribution to Canadian sovereignty, Corner Brook was awarded the Canadian Armed Forces Unit Commendation in 2008.

Rear-Admiral Robinson was appointed as the inaugural Commander Submarine Sea Training in 2011 and served in that role until 2014. He was delighted to be appointed as Commander of the Canadian Submarine Force and Commander 4th Maritime Operations Group in 2017 and relinquished the appointment two years later. Feeling fortunate to have had the opportunity to serve as the Commander Canadian Fleet Atlantic between 2021 and 2022, he was appointed Commander Maritime Forces Pacific & Joint Task Force Pacific in May 2022.

His ashore assignments have included the Joint Command and Staff Programme at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto, the Naval Command College at the United States Naval War College in Rhode Island, and serving three times on the Naval Staff, initially as the Submarine Requirements Section Head, next as the Director of Naval Requirements, and most recently as the Director General Naval Force Development.

Rear-Admiral Robinson is a graduate of the Royal Norwegian Navy’s Submarine Command Course, the United States Navy’s Submarine Command Course, and the Royal Australian Navy’s Submarine Executive Officer Course. He holds a Master of Business from the University of Ottawa, a Master of Defence Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada, a Bachelor of Commerce from Concordia University, and a Certificate in Fire Service Leadership from Dalhousie University.

Maritime Forces Pacific Chief Petty Officer

Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Arvid Lee, MMM, CD

CPO1 Lee

Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Arvid Lee was born and raised in Saskatoon, Sask., and joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1991. He has had an extremely rewarding and successful career in the Royal Canadian Navy as a Naval Combat Information Operator (NCIOP) and within his new occupation, CPO1/CWO Corps.

Starting in 1992, upon completion of his QL3 course, his first posting was to Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Restigouche for a small time prior to being posted to HMCS Yukon until decommissioning in 1993. A mariner at heart, most of his career has been at sea, conducting several operational deployments to the Persian Gulf, Arabian Sea, South America, Atlantic and Indo-Asia-Pacific.  His missions included enforcing United Nations’ sanctions against Iraq, counter-terrorism operations in the Persian Gulf region, two deployments to South America to operate with the Chilean, Peruvian and Ecuadorian navies, participation in piracy disruption patrols in the Arabian Sea, and Operation Projection and Operation Neon in 2018 where he participated in exercises with allied nations and United Nations’ sanctions against North Korea.

One of the most memorable highlights in his career includes being a member of the commissioning crew of HMCS Calgary, circumnavigating the globe and taking HMCS Calgary on the first deployment overseas as a young Leading Seaman in 1995.  He finally had the honour of returning to HMCS Calgary between 2017 and 2019, serving as the Coxswain.

CPO1 Lee has occupied positions ashore, including Senior Instructor at Canadian Forces Fleet School Esquimalt, a French Language student in 2013 at the Language Training Division, Personnel Coordination Center (Pacific), and Honours and Recognition Coordinator for Maritime Forces Pacific and Joint Task Force Pacific. In July 2022, CPO1 Lee was named Maritime Forces Pacific Formation Chief Petty Officer 1st Class.

Away from the military, CPO1 Lee is extremely active within his community participating in local events. Between 1995 and 2000, CPO1 Lee saw the need and seized the opportunity to provide sports for children within the local military community. Starting a Little League Sports program and coordinating his efforts with several outside agencies, he was able to provide soccer, softball and T-ball for the military families within the western communities of Victoria. Since 2006 he has volunteered as a foster parent and respite provider where he and his family open their home to help families whose children and adults have developmental disabilities.

In 2018 CPO1 Lee was invested into the Order of Military Merit. The success of CPO1 Lee’s career could not have been possible without the support of his wife, Lisa, and their three children Alexandria, Kaleb and Meghan. They all currently reside in Langford, B.C.

Commander Canadian Fleet Pacific

Commodore D.E. Mazur, OMM, CD

Commodore D.E. Mazur, OMM, CD

A native of Kitchener Ontario, Commodore (Cmdre) Mazur enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces on completion of High School, completing his Basic Officer Training in Chilliwack, BC in December 1988.

Following training ashore and at sea, Cmdre Mazur went on to specialize in Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), in Her Majesty’s Canadian (HMC) Ships Skeena and Gatineau.

After instructing ashore, and fulfilling various sea going positions, Cmdre Mazur was posted to the West Coast to join HMCS Regina as the Operations Officer for a deployment to the Middle East. Successfully challenging his Command Board during this period, Cmdre Mazur was employed in the Pacific Coast Fleet Staff, before returning to sea in 2006 as the Executive Officer in HMCS Vancouver.

In 2007, he was promoted to Commander, and after a short period in Maritime Forces Pacific Headquarters (MARPAC HQ), he was posted to Canberra Australia to attend the Australian Command and Staff College where he also completed a Master of Maritime Studies from the University of Wollongong. Upon graduation, he and his family were posted to Ottawa where he served as the Senior Staff Officer Maritime in the Canadian Special Forces Command (CANSOFCOM) HQ.

Cmdre Mazur returned to the Navy fold in January 2012 and assumed Command of HMCS Vancouver. After a short but intense 18 months of sailing, he relinquished Command of the ship and assumed Command of Sea Training Pacific. Promoted to the rank of Captain(N) in May 2015, Cmdre Mazur assumed the duties of N3/J3 in MARPAC/Joint Task Force (Pacific). In September 2016, Cmdre Mazur was posted to Ottawa as the Director Strategic Plans within the Strategic Joint Staff. In 2018, Cmdre Mazur was posted to Halifax, where he spent the next two years as the commander of Canada’s largest base.

Most recently, Cmdre Mazur graduated the year-long National Security Programme (NSP) designed to prepare selected military, public service, international and private-sector leaders for future leadership responsibilities.

Promoted on completion of the NSP course in June 2021, and supported by his wife and two sons, Cmdre Mazur assumed Command of Canada’s Pacific Fleet based in Esquimalt in August 2021

Base Commander CFB Esquimalt

Captain (Navy) J.J. Hutchinson, MSM, CD

Captain (Navy) J.J. Hutchinson, MSM, CD

Captain(N) (Capt(N)) Jon Jeffrey (Jeff) Hutchinson, a native of Middle Musquodoboit, NS, joined the Canadian Armed Forces in June 1991 and immediately underwent Basic Officer Training in Chilliwack, BC. He thereafter completed two years at Royal Roads Military College in Victoria, BC and finished his undergraduate education at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, ON in 1995 graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in History. 

After completing basic naval officer training at Naval Officer Training Centre Venture, Capt(N) Hutchinson transferred to the east coast and earned his Bridge Watchkeeping Certificate in Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Montreal in 1997. Thereafter he received his Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer’s and then his Fleet Navigating Officer’s qualifications and served in both instances in HMCS Halifax. In 2000, Capt(N) Hutchinson went ashore to serve as a Squadron Commander at the Royal Military College of Canada. In 2003, he returned to HMCS Halifax to serve as Deck Officer. He received his Operations Room Officer’s qualification in 2006 and transferred to the west coast where he served first as Weapons and then Combat Officer in HMCS Vancouver and as Operations Officer for Sea Training Pacific. Capt(N) Hutchinson was appointed Executive Officer in HMCS Calgary from July 2011 to October 2012 and in HMCS Algonquin to June 2013. He was appointed Commanding Officer of HMCS Winnipeg in January 2016 and deployed in company with HMCS Ottawa to the Indo-Asia Pacific region in 2017 where the ship conducted exercises and operations with the United States Navy, the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force, Royal Australian Navy, the Armada de Chile and Republic of Korea Navy, and PASSEXs with the navies of India and Sri Lanka.

He is a graduate of the Joint Command and Staff Program at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto, graduating in 2011 with a Masters in Defense Studies. Capt(N) Hutchinson completed his Senior Military Education as part of the Naval Command College at the United States Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.

Capt(N) Hutchinson has worked in a staff capacity for the Director Defence Programme Coordination and most recently as Director Naval Strategic Management at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa, ON. He assumed the role of Commander Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt in July 2021.

He is married to his beautiful and talented wife, Jin. They reside together in Esquimalt, BC with their two daughters, Hayden and Scarlett.

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