Commander Campbell, CD
Commander Douglas Campbell was born in St. Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC. He grew up in various cities in Alberta, Germany, and Ontario before attending the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario, graduating with a degree in English Literature and History.
He joined the Fleet in 1995, and participated in Operation SHARPGUARD, sailing in HMCS Fredericton, enforcing United Nations sanctions off the coast of former Yugoslavia. He also served in HMCS Toronto and HMCS Iroquois for various NATO deployments. Becoming a Shipborne Air Controller in 1998, he qualified as a Shipborne Advanced Air Controller (NATO Grade A) and taught at the Canadian Forces Naval Operations School until 2003, when he went on his Operations Room Officer course.
Joining HMCS Toronto in the Arabian Gulf for Operation ENDURING FREEDOM he remained with Toronto until 2006. After one year as the Staff Operations Officer for the Commander Canadian Fleet Atlantic, he proceeded to Ottawa to work in the Directorate of Maritime Requirement (Sea) as a project officer on the Canadian Surface Combatant Project.
In 2010, he returned to the East Coast to become the Executive Officer in HMCS Halifax. In late 2011, he was appointed as Executive Officer, HMCS Charlottetown, In Charlottetown, he conducted Operation Active Endeavour in the Mediterranean Sea and Operation Artemis in the Northern Arabian Sea. He assumed command of HMCS St. John’s in July, 2012.
Cdr Campbell holds a Masters of Defence Studies Degree from the Royal Military College in Kingston and is a graduate of the Joint Command Staff Programme.
He enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling, skating, and cross country skiing. Cdr Campbell is married with two young sons.