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Charles Thomas
Born 31 May 1936(1936-05-31) (age 86)
Place of birth Kelowna, British Columbia
Allegiance  Canada
Service/branch  Royal Canadian Navy
Naval Jack of Canada.svg Canadian Forces
Years of service 1954-1991
Rank Vice-Admiral
Commands held HMCS Fraser
4th Canadian Escort Squadron
Maritime Command
Awards Commander of the Order of Military Merit

Vice Admiral Charles Morris Winton ('Chuck') Thomas CMM (born 31 May 1936) is a retired Canadian Forces officer who served as Vice Chief of the Defence Staff.


Thomas joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1954.[1] He became Commanding Officer of the destroyer HMCS Fraser in 1971, Senior Staff Officer (Training) in 1973 and Senior Staff Officer (Combat Readiness) in 1973.[1] He went on to be Chief of Staff (Personnel & Training) in 1975, Commanding Officer of the 4th Canadian Escort Squadron in 1976 and Director Maritime Requirements (Sea) at the National Defence Headquarters in 1979.[1] After that he was Director General Maritime Doctrine and Operations in 1982, Chief of Maritime Doctrine and Operations in 1984 and Commander Maritime Command in 1987.[2] His last appointment was as Vice Chief of the Defence Staff in 1989 before resigning over policy issues in 1991.[1] His resignation reflected his belief that the Canadian Government should have been reducing the network of 40 armed forces bases rather than just reducing the headcount.[3] General John de Chastelain, Chief of the Defence Staff, responded attacking Thomas' motives rather than responding to his concerns.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Charles Thomas The Nauticapedia
  2. The Admirals: Canada's Senior Naval Leadership in the Twentieth Century edited by Michel Whitby, Toronto: Dundurn Press, 2006, p. 335
  3. The admiral's call: close more bases Maclean's, May 13, 1991
  4. A new era begins Esprit de Corps, 1 April 2009
Military offices
Preceded by
James Wood
Commander Maritime Command
Succeeded by
Robert George
Preceded by
John de Chastelain
Vice Chief of the Defence Staff
Succeeded by
Fred Sutherland

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