NOPF Whidbey Island

Oak Harbor, WA
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Lieutenant Commander Stuart MacDonald

Commanding Officer

LCdr Stuart MacDonald was born in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, east on Montreal. After four years in Germany, his family returned to the region where he completed his schooling before heading to Montreal for higher learning. He studied Chemistry at McGill then made his way to the east coast and completed a MSc in Oceanography at Dalhousie.

After completing his Master’s degree in 2006, and filled with wanderlust, a love of the sea, and a desire to do more, Naval Cadet MacDonald joined the Royal Canadian Navy. After basic training in St-Jean, QC, and a year of naval training in Esquimalt, BC, Acting-Sublieutenant MacDonald was posted to his first seagoing unit, HMCS Athabaskan in July 2008. In Athabaskan he developed as a Bridge Watchkeeper, participated in several exercises over the course of his 2 year tenure, and successfully passed his qualification board and was promoted to Lieutenant.

On completion of his time, he returned ashore to study Underwater Warfare at the Naval Operations School in Halifax. With this latest stage of training successfully completed, Lieutenant MacDonald was posted to the West Coast and sailed in HMCS Winnipeg and HMCS Ottawa for several exercises, including Talisman Sabre and JTFEX-SUSTEX, and a Westploy deployment around the Western Pacific and South-East Asia.

Having completed another successful at-sea tour, in April 2012 he returned ashore to the Naval Operations School in Halifax as a Staff Officer in charge of overseeing changes to the training system in support of the midlife refit and combat suite updates to Canada’s frigates. After a year at the School, he was selected to be the East Coast Fleet Commander’s Flag Lieutenant and subsequently worked as the Fleet Staff’s Planning Officer until his selection for the Operations Room Officer course in July 2015 and Command Development Course in January 2016.

On completion of the nine months of training, in March 2016 Lieutenant MacDonald was posted to HMCS Halifax as Combat Officer, then to HMCS Charlottetown as Operations Officer. In August 2017 he deployed in Charlottetown to join SNMG1 in first the Baltic Sea, then the Mediterranean Sea, where the ship and Task Group conducted OP REASSURANCE, in support of NATO Countries bordering Russia in the Baltic, and OP SEA GUARDIAN, in support of Maritime Security in the Mediterranean.

Returning ashore after a successful deployment, in March 2018 he was temporarily assigned as Officer in Charge of the Acoustic Data Analysis Centre in the Trinity-Maritime Operations Support and Intelligence Centre. At ADAC he was promoted to Lieutenant Commander and posted in July 2018 to his current position as CANDET Commander at NOPF Whidbey Island.

Lieutenant Commander MacDonald lives in Oak Harbor and is looking forward to all the challenges and experiences this latest post entails. He hopes to continue his past time playing Ultimate Frisbee and will be getting outside to see all the Pacific Northwest has to offer.