NOPF Whidbey Island

Oak Harbor, WA
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CPO2 Brad Main


Chief Petty Officer Second Class Main was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada and is the oldest child of two. He graduated grade 12 in June of 1980 and joined the Canadian Armed Forces on 17 June 1982 as a SONARMAN in the Canadian Navy.

After Basic Recruit Training in Cornwallis, and his initial trades training in Halifax Nova Scotia, he was posted to Halifax, Nova Scotia and remained on the East Coast for seven years. During that time he was posted in HMCS IROQUOIS, and HMCS ANNAPOLIS, conducting ETASS and CANTASS operations. CPO2 Main has had the opportunity to sail around Europe, the Caribbean, the Arctic, as well as all the eastern seaboard of North America. He participated in many NATO deployments and exercises. In 1989, he was transferred to the Canadian Fleet Pacific, where he conducted a coastal transfer with HMCS ANNAPOLIS and HMCS TERRA NOVA. Once on the west coast, he sailed in HMCS MCKENZIE and commissioned both HMCS REGINA as the UWW Director and HMCS OTTAWA as the Combat Department CPO.

He has held many staff positions, which include tours as the Sea Training Pacific Sonar CPO, the UWW Readiness Staff CPO for Maritime Forces Pacific, where he led the CANTASS Mission Simulator Project. He was also the Canadian Fleet Pacific UWW CPO, where he participated in several RIMPAC Exercises, and in 2008, served onboard the USS KITTY HAWK as the UWW CPO. He also was the Acoustic Data and Analysis Center Pacific Unit CPO.

He was posted several times to the Canadian Forces Fleet School Esquimalt at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt, as the Senior Acoustic Instructor and the Combat Division CPO. He has completed all his trades training and leadership courses to date, and in 2010 was awarded the Order of Military Merit.

He is married to his wife Helen for over 30 years and together they have two children, Rachel and Brad Jr.

He was posted to the Naval Ocean Processing Facility Whidbey Island in July 2014, and has assumed the duties as the Coxswain of the Canadian Detachment.