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VAdm Baines will be 37th Commander RCN


The next Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy will be a familiar face to sailors on the east coast. VAdm Craig Baines served as Commander of the Atlantic Fleet from 2014-2017 before being appointed Commander of Maritime Forces Atlantic and Joint Task Force Atlantic, a position he held until July 2020. His 33-year CAF career also includes appointments as Commanding Officer of HMCS Winnipeg and Base Commander at CFB Esquimalt. He was promoted to Vice-Admiral by Gen Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff, on January 5, and will assume command of the Royal Canadian Navy during a ceremony on January 12, replacing outgoing Commander RCN VAdm Art McDonald, who is slated to become the next Chief of the Defence Staff.