naval affairs

Rod Hughes

Rod Hughes

Rod Hughes

The RCN has been a major influence on my life, and I very much respect what the RCN has done for me.  Many long-lasting friendships were forged during my years in the Navy.  My father was a career naval officer and I married into a naval family.  In short, the Navy is in my blood.  I started my career with the Naval Reserve in 1974 while I was in school, but transferred to the Regular Navy shortly thereafter and retired nearly 38 years later in March 2012.  I was a cold warrior for the first half of my career, followed by years of helping to organize deployments for what has been euphemistically called the “hot peace”.  Highlights of my career were my SNFL and international deployments, three years on exchange with the RN 1987 -1981, being the first XO and helping to commission HMCS OTTAWA in 1996, being the Executive Assistant for two Commanders of MARPAC, and finally, CO for the cadet programme in BC.  I thoroughly enjoyed these varied appointments and embraced the challenges and opportunities that each of them presented.  In addition, in my career, I returned to University in 2001 as a mature student and completed my Bachelor of Commerce degree from Royal Roads University.  I am a graduate in 1998 of the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College in Toronto.  Serving in a mix of ships on both coasts and on the staffs of six different Headquarters made me proud to call myself a member of the RCN.  I believe the Navy is one of Canada’s cornerstone institutions with a long and proud history, and I see my membership in the Naval Association of Canada as a perpetuation of my earlier years in uniform.  It is a way of maintaining those friendships; after all, the navy is foremost all about people.  I see my position on the Board of NAC as a way of giving back to that naval community.  I strongly believe in community involvement and volunteer as a Board Member and as the Treasurer of Legion Manor a not-for-profit low-income senior living community in Saanichton BC.  I live in Victoria BC with my amazing wife, Barb, who has put up with me for 39 years of marriage.  We have two wonderful adult daughters, one an engineer, the other a teacher, and we have three marvellous grandchildren.