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Paul A. Maddison
Vice-Admiral Paul Maddison
Allegiance  Canada
Service/branch  Royal Canadian Navy
Years of service 1975-2013
Rank Vice-Admiral
Commands held HMCS Iroquois
Maritime Forces Atlantic
Battles/wars Gulf War
Awards Commander of the Order of Military Merit
Meritorious Service Medal
Canadian Forces Decoration
Commander of the Legion of Merit (United States)

Vice-Admiral Paul A. Maddison, CMM, MSM, CD is a retired officer of the Royal Canadian Navy. He served as Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy from 2011 to 2013.


Maddison enlisted in the Canadian Forces in 1975.[1] In 1980, he graduated from Royal Military College Saint-Jean with a Bachelor of Arts. He served on various vessels and in appointments with both the Atlantic and Pacific fleets. In 1991, he deployed to the Persian Gulf with the Canadian Task Group.[1]

From 1994-1996, Maddison served as Executive Officer for the frigate HMCS Winnipeg. This was followed by his first command, HMCS Calgary, from 1997 to 1999. From 1999 to 2002, he was posted to NORAD headquarters. From 2002 to 2004 he captained the destroyer HMCS Iroquois, a period which included a deployment to the Persian Gulf and Arabian Sea as part of Combined Task Force 151.[1]

In 2005, Maddison's career shifted to National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa, where he became Director General of Maritime Force Development and then Commander of the Standing Contingency Task Force the following year. In 2007 he became Assistant Chief of Military Personnel. In May 2008, Maddison assumed command of the navy's Atlantic fleet, Maritime Forces Atlantic, as well as Joint Task Force Atlantic, the military organization responsible for domestic operations in Atlantic Canada.[2]

In August 2010, he became the Assistant Chief of the Maritime Staff under Vice-Admiral Dean McFadden. Upon McFadden's retirement from the Canadian Forces on July 21, 2011, Maddison became Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy before retiring himself in 2013.[2]

Honours and awards

Order of Military Merit (Canada) ribbon (CMM).jpg Commander of the Order of Military Merit (CMM)
MSM Ribbon-military.png Meritorious Service Medal (MSM)
Canada Gulf and Kuwait Ribbon.png Gulf and Kuwait Medal with Clasp
SWASM Ribbon.png South-West Asia Service Medal with Clasp
Special Service Medal Ribbon.png Special Service Medal
QEII Diamond Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal 2012
CD-ribbon.png Canadian Forces Decoration (CD) with two Clasps
US Legion of Merit Commander ribbon.png Commander of the Legion of Merit (United States) 26 April 2013


Military offices
Preceded by
Dean McFadden
Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy
Succeeded by
Mark Norman

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