Military Wiki
Advertisement
John Joseph Cowan
CSCRAN
Born (1957-07-23)23 July 1957
Place of birth Penticton, British Columbia, Canada
Allegiance  Canada
 Australia
Service/branch  Royal Canadian Navy
 Royal Australian Navy
Years of service 1976 –1996 (Canada)
1996 – present (Australia)
Rank Commander
Commands held HMAS Choules
HMAS Sirius
HMAS Cerberus
STS Young Endeavour
Battles/wars International Force for East Timor
Operation Sharp Guard
Awards Conspicuous Service Cross
Canadian Forces Decoration (Canada)

Commander John Joseph Cowan CSCRAN (born 23 July 1957) is the current Commanding Officer of HMAS Choules. John originally joined the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) in 1976 as an Ordinary Seaman boatswain, eventually being Commissioned as an officer in 1988. John transferred to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) on 8 July 1996 the day after standing down from the RCN.

John was a member of the Navy League Cadet Corps and at age 13 transferred to the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets (RCSC). During his time in the RCSC he spent time onboard CCGS Quadra and later HMC Ship's Terra Nova and Yukon.

Service history

Royal Canadian Navy

John joined the Royal Canadian Navy as an Ordinary Seaman boatswain in 1976. He is qualified as a surface warfare specialist. He was deployed as part of the Canadian response and support to Operation Sharp Guard for the blockade of the former Yugoslavia. He qualified as a navigator during his seaman officer training course.

He spent the majority of his career as sea serving mainly with the Maritime Forces Pacific. He retired from the Royal Canadian Navy on 7 July 1996 after 13 years service.

Royal Australian Navy

John joined the Royal Australian Navy on 8 July 1996 retaining his commission and qualification as a ships navigator. He served as the navigator onboard HMA Ship's Brisbane and Tobruk.

John commanded HMAS Sirius from December 2008 until May 2010 and took command of HMAS Choules, which he currently commands.

Honours and awards

CSC Australia ribbon.png Australian Active Service Medal ribbon.png INTERFET Medal ribbon.png Defence Long Service Medal (Australia) ribbon.png

Australian Defence Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Special Service Medal Ribbon.png NATO Medal Yugoslavia ribbon bar.svg CD-ribbon.png

CSC Australia ribbon.png Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC) 26 January 2011[1]
Australian Active Service Medal ribbon.png Australian Active Service Medal
INTERFET Medal ribbon.png International Force East Timor Medal
Defence Long Service Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Defence Long Service Medal For 15–19 years service
Australian Defence Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Australian Defence Medal
Special Service Medal Ribbon.png Special Service Medal (Canada)
NATO Medal Yugoslavia ribbon bar.svg NATO medal for the former Yugoslavia (NATO)
CD-ribbon.png Canadian Forces Decoration (CD) (Canada)

References

External links

Military offices
Preceded by
Newly commissioned
Commanding Officer
HMAS Choules

2011 – Present
Succeeded by
Incumbent

This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia (view authors).
Advertisement