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CFB Esquimalt Welcomes New Honorary Captain

captain-of-the-navy-introduction-2016img_1049News Release
September 27, 2016 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

Today members of Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt were officially introduced to their new Honorary Captain (Navy), local hotelier, Mandy Farmer.

HCapt(N) Farmer met the members of the Base following their “Base Divisions”, a quarterly parade held at the base where honours and awards are handed out, followed by a Town Hall where the Base Commander has the opportunity to speak directly with the sailors, soldiers and aviators of CFB Esquimalt.

Honorary Captains, appointed by the Minister of National Defence, are leaders in their respective fields and act as ambassadors for the RCN in Canadian society. Honorary Captains come from across the nation and are an integral part of the Navy family, each one committed to enhancing the relationship between the RCN and all Canadians.


“I am both honored and excited to be named the Honorary Captain for Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt. I’ve already had the opportunity to participate in a day sail with HMCS Ottawa and I was truly impressed by the remarkable work these sailors do on a daily basis. I’m looking forward to working closely with Captain(Navy) Waddell to promote the remarkable work of CFB Esquimalt and the Royal Canadian Navy to communities throughout British Columbia.”

HCapt(N) Mandy Farmer, Honorary Captain, CFB Esquimalt

“Mandy is such an energetic and well-respected member of the Victoria business community that it truly is an honour for the men and women of CFB Esquimalt to have her represent us. She has already taken a keen interest in our people, and their stories, and I know she is passionate about sharing the good work our members do every single day in support of the people of Canada.”

Capt(N) Steve Waddell, Base Commander


captain-of-the-navy-introduction-2016img_1042Quick Facts

  • The Canadian tradition of appointing honoraries to units originated with the British military but has only been in practice in Canada for a little over a century. The first Honorary Colonel appointment in Canada was that of Lieutenant-Colonel the Honourable J.M. Gibson, a Provincial Secretary in the Ontario Government. He was appointed as Honorary Lieutenant Colonel to the 13th Battalion of Infantry in 1895.
  • Although the movement originated with the army, over the years the practice of appointing honoraries has evolved and we now have Honorary members representing all the environments and major components of the Canadian Forces.
  • Being an Honorary Captain has always been an honour, bestowed upon prominent members of the community for their influence; however, it also involved rallying civilians to enlist during times of war or emergency, and to clothe and even equip troops during times of peace.
  • These unpaid positions are usually for tenures of three years, but they are renewable.
  • CFB Esquimalt was previously represented by local businessman and philanthropist, Honorary Captain (retired) Cedric Steele.


Honorary Captain (N) (HCapt (N)) Mandy Farmer pose in front of her Hotel Zed company van with Base Commander Captain (N) Steve Waddell, and Chief Petty Officer 1st Class (CPO1) Gino Spinelli, Base CPO, at the commencement of Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Esquimalt’s Base Divisions held at the Naden Drill Shed on 27 September 2016. Image by LS Ogle Henry, MARPAC Imaging Services ET2016-0362-02 © 2016 DND-MDN Canada

Honorary Captain (N) (HCapt (N)) Mandy Farmer inspects a member of Alpha Platoon during the Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Esquimalt’s Base Divisions held at the Naden Drill Shed on 27 September 2016. Image by LS Ogle Henry, MARPAC Imaging Services ET2016-0362-03 © 2016 DND-MDN Canada

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