Remembrance, Cadets, Careers, Domestic Service
Lieutenant-Commander Robert Tucker was born in London, Ontario and raised in Kingston, along with his older brother and two younger sisters. He graduated from LaSalle Secondary High School in Kingston and attended Fanshawe College in London.
Lieutenant-Commander Tucker joined the Canadian Forces in 1989 and completed his Maritime Surface (MARS) Officer phase training in 1991. During his training he sailed aboard HMC Ships QU’APPELLE, CHALEUR, ANNAPOLIS, KOOTENAY and MACKENZIE. Upon completion of the Naval Operations Course he joined the first crew of HMCS VANCOUVER where he was awarded his Bridge Watchkeeping Certificate and subsequently awarded his Certificate of Competency Level II aboard HMCS MONTREAL in 1992. Following consolidation of his qualifications and a brief posting to Maritime Command Headquarters in Halifax he was posted in 1994 to the Canadian Defence Liaison Staff London (UK) as a special projects officer in support of the commemoration ceremonies of the fiftieth anniversary of D Day. Upon his return from the UK, he was posted to CFB Trenton as the Area Cadet Officer (Sea) for Eastern Ontario. In 1997 he transferred to the Cadet Instructor Cadre and returned to Kingston to pursue an adventure in small business followed by accepting a position as Operations Officer at the University of Toronto in the Faculty of Engineering. During these years as a CIC Officer he worked as a Senior Instructor for Regional Cadet Instructor School, Company Commander at Cadet Training Center Blackdown and as a Movements Officer for Regional Cadet Support Unit HQ (Central). In the fall of 2004 he returned to the navy joining HMCS CATARAQUI and commenced his familiarization with the Naval Reserve Formation. In 2005 he returned to full-time service as Deck Officer in HMCS SUMMERSIDE followed by a tour as Operations Officer in HMC Ships MONCTON and SHAWINIGAN. He returned to Kingston in 2009 taking up the Supply and Administration Officer position at HMCS CATARAQUI. He has served as Executive Officer in HMC Ships GLACE BAY & SUMMERSIDE and at Sea Training Atlantic - Minor War Vessels. He is an Honourary Aide de Camp to the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia and assumed command of HMCS GOOSE BAY in June of 2016 until July of 2017. He currently holds the position of Senior Staff Officer – Current Operations for the Maritime Component Commander.
Lieutenant-Commander Tucker lives in Dartmouth, NS and takes every opportunity to spend time with his family and friends both in Nova Scotia and Ontario.