Commander Allen J.R. Fry, CD
Canadian Forces Fleet School Québec
Commander Allen Fry graduated from the Royal Military College (RMC) in 1992 with an honours degree in history. Upon completion of his Naval Officer training at VENTURE NOTC in 1993, he served as a bridge watchkeeper in HMC Ships GATINEAU and MONTRÉAL. He enjoyed a bridge vantage point for both OP FORWARD ACTION off the coast of Haiti, and OP SHARP GUARD in the Adriatic Sea.
Returning to Canada in 1995, Commander Fry was trained as an Underwater Warfare Director. He joined HMCS TORONTO in 1996 for torpedo firing exercises on the Scotian Shelf, and UN interdiction operations against Iraq with OP DETERMINATION in 1998. Upon his return from the Arabian Gulf he completed the Operations Room Officer course and joined HMCS MONTRÉAL to serve as Weapons Officer, and then Combat Officer, from 1999 to 2001, most notably during the boarding of GTS KATIE.
In 2001 Commander Fry joined the MAROPSGRU 5 staff. Deployed to OP APOLLO in early 2002, he served as a Task Group Watch Officer for TG 50.4 in the Gulf of Oman before returning to Canada as the underwater tactics instructor at Canadian Forces Naval Operations School. He subsequently assumed the duties of CFNOS Underwater Warfare Officer upon promotion to lieutenant-commander in 2003.
Selected to attend Canadian Forces Command and Staff College in 2005, Commander Fry was appointed Executive Officer of HMCS FREDERICTON in 2006. He deployed for OP CARRIBE in the Caribbean basin and OP NANOOK in Frobisher Bay before his promotion to commander and assumption of new duties at Canadian Expeditionary Forces Command. From 2008 until 2010 Commander Fry has provided oversight of Canadian Forces operations in the Arabian Sea, the Middle East, the Balkans and Haiti—most recently during OPERATION HESTIA. Since 2010, he has been the Commandant of Canadian Forces Fleet School Quebec.
The Canadian Forces Fleet School Québec (CFFS Québec) is the only school in the Royal Canadian Navy primarily oriented toward reservists. It considers trades training as its main field of activity, but is also involved in regenerative training.
It sees distributed training and in-house instruction as equally used vehicles to deliver its products. For maximum effectiveness, it relies on a firm course management structure, modular segmentation of courses and interactive learning.
CFFS Québec envisages itself as the Centre of Excellence for Naval Reserve distributed training in both official languages, and expects to take a leading role in developing valuable use for the modern training aids delivered to the Naval Reserve such as Virtual Reality, CBT, MDTU and other simulators.
Canadian Forces Fleet School Quebec shall serve the Navy as the Canadian Forces centre of excellence for Coastal and Littoral Warfare training.
This vision to support RCN transformation shall be achieved through:
The mission of Canadian Forces Fleet School Quebec is to serve the Navy by generating the forces required to ensure Canada's maritime defence and security.
Servir la marine
School's motto: To learn-To serve-To lead
For the Naval Reserve's officers, basic officer training is conducted in VENTURE, the Naval Officers Training Centre, in Victoria. To visit the School Web site, please click here.