REAR ADMIRALGILLES COUTURIER, OMM, CD
MARITIME FORCES PACIFIC
JOINT TASK FORCE (PACIFIC)
RAdm Couturier joined the Navy in 1983 from Sept-iles, Québec. He is currently the Commander of the West Coast Navy and the most senior officer of the Canadian Armed Forces in British Columbia.
Highlights of Rear Admiral Couturier’s operational tours include deploying onboard the US carrier ABRAHAM LINCOLN, Commanding Officer of Her Majesty Canadian Ship FREDERICTON where amongst other tasks he deployed to the coast of Africa for an RCMP lead operation that resulted in the seizure of 22.5 tons of hashish bound for the East Coast of Canada. He was also the Royal Canadian Navy lead for Maritime Security for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and the Maritime Component Commander for RIMPAC 2014, the largest maritime exercise in the world that takes place off the coast of Hawaii and includes over 49 ships and 20 000 sailors.
RAdm Couturier’s senior appointments have included Executive Assistant to the Chief of Defence Staff, Deputy Director for Military to Military capacity building at US Central Command in Tampa, Florida; and back in Ottawa as the Lead planner for the Canadian Armed Forces and finally as the Director General International Security Policy for National Defence.
RAdm Couturier still has a passion for our national sport and attempts to put the blades on as often as he can.