Welcome to NAC Ottawa

Welcome to the Ottawa Branch of the Naval Association of Canada (NAC) – formerly known as the Naval Officers Association of Canada. In 2011 the Association approved expansion from its traditional base of retired naval officers to include all those who are interested in the welfare and support of Canada’s Navy – whether serving, retired, or civilian, no matter their rank.

The NAC-Ottawa Branch (short form NAC-O) is composed of members who are ready, willing and able to actively and effectively take steps in support of one or more of NAC’s three objectives: the need for a capable Canadian Navy, the need to recognize and preserve Canada’s maritime heritage, and the expression of naval camaraderie and mutual assistance.

Membership in the NAC-O offers:

  •  A strong speakers program focussed on issues of importance to our navy. In the last four years we have addressed shipbuilding, Navy personnel issues, a national strategy for combat suite development, and Canada’s naval strategy
  • A forum where members can interact with today’s leaders. The strength of our speakers program is evidenced by the outstanding quality of our speakers including senior naval officers, government leaders, key industry participants and experts in the field. Speakers not only provide a unique source of information for our members, and support our deliberations, but also take away invaluable input through our privileged platform [Chatham House Rules] approach
  • Priority access to NAC’s bi-annual professional conferences in Ottawa
  • Twice yearly copies of the outstanding Branch newsletter SOUNDINGS
  • Copies of the national NAC newsletter STARSHELL published four times per year
  • Email distribution of worldwide naval news, weekly updates on our Navy and MARPAC’s strategic assessments
  • Priority access to tickets for the annual Battle of the Atlantic gala dinner
  • Two receptions at Bytown – spring and fall
  • Wednesday lunch get-togethers at Bytown.
  • Member support. The branch has developed a program to provide support in a number of areas: death of a spouse or family member, caregiver burnout, alcoholism and estate planning.

There are many benefits we bring to our membership but the reason most of our members join the Ottawa Branch is that they share an interest in our Navy and realize that a strong organization such as ours is critical to the Royal Canadian Navy’s long term success. If by chance you are not a member, please click on “Joining and Membership Renewal” to join our team.