|John Joseph Cowan|
|Born||23 July 1957|
|Place of birth||Penticton, British Columbia, Canada|
Royal Canadian Navy|
Royal Australian Navy
|Years of service||
1976 –1996 (Canada)|
1996 – present (Australia)
STS Young Endeavour
International Force for East Timor|
Operation Sharp Guard
Conspicuous Service Cross|
Canadian Forces Decoration (Canada)
Commander John Joseph Cowan CSC, RAN (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.
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.
Honours and awards
|Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC)||26 January 2011|
|Australian Active Service Medal|
|International Force East Timor Medal|
|Defence Long Service Medal||For 15–19 years service|
|Australian Defence Medal|
|Special Service Medal||(Canada)|
|NATO medal for the former Yugoslavia||(NATO)|
|Canadian Forces Decoration (CD)||(Canada)|
2011 – Present
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