Former Taberite and Vice-Admiral Ron Lloyd will be taking official command of the Royal Canadian Navy today.
The ceremony will be at HMCA Carleton in Ottawa as Lloyd takes over from Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, who goes on to become vice chief of the defence staff.
Lloyd is the highest ranking military man from Taber in modern history. His call to military service had the strong roots from the local Taber cadet program, a program that will be celebrating its 75th year of existence in 2017.
A W.R. Myers Wall of Fame recipient for his distinguished military service, Lloyd grew up next to ‘Grampa’ Billy Williams which the Taber Legion Hall is named after, in which his picture is front and centre for his WWI service.
Rear-Admiral Ron Lloyd graduated from Royal Roads Military College in 1985 with a B.A. After initial naval officer training he navigated HMC Ships Iroquois, Yukon, Terra Nova and Annapolis before joining Venture, the Naval Officer Training Centre, as a navigation instructor.
In 1993, Lloyd attended the Operations Room Officer course and subsequently joined HMCS Calgary (FFH 335) as the Combat Officer where he was promoted to Lieutenant Commander. In Calgary he participated in Operation Tranquility, which consisted of enforcing United Nations sanctions against Iraq in the Persian Gulf and enforcing a United Nations embargo against the former Yugoslavia in the Adriatic.
In 1996, he assumed the position of Combat Officer Sea Training Pacific.
His next appointment was as the Executive Officer in HMCS Ottawa that deployed as an integral member of the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Carrier Battle Group on Operation Mercator, in the Persian Gulf in support of United Nation’s operations.
He then returned ashore to attend the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College in Toronto. In 2000, he was promoted to Commander and on being transferred to Maritime Forces Atlantic was appointed as Commanding Officer of HMCS Charlottetown (FFH 339) at Halifax, N.S. In Charlottetown he deployed as an integral member of the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) Carrier Battle Group on Operation Augmentation 2001 that also deployed to the Persian Gulf.
After a three-month reprieve in Halifax, Charlottetown returned to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Apollo, Canada’s commitment to the War on Terrorism. In 2002, he served as the Executive Secretary to the Chief of Maritime Staff and the following year he completed his M.A. and French language Training and was promoted to Captain.
He served as Commanding Officer HMCS from September 2004.
In 2006, he was appointed Director General Maritime Force Development at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa. Upon completing the National Security Studies Program in 2008 he was promoted to Commodore and appointed as the Commander Canadian Fleet Atlantic. He was appointed as Commander Canadian Fleet Pacific in March 2009. In July 2010 he was promoted and appointed Chief of Force Development.
Lloyd attended Taber’s Canada Day celebrations in 2015 and was at the head table of the celebratory dinner at the Legion for the Netherland’s 70th anniversary in its liberation during WWII.