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Rear-Admiral Craig Baines tapped to lead Canada's navy

Rear-Admiral Craig Baines, the former naval commander on the East Coast, will be the new commander of the Royal Canadian Navy.

He replaces Vice-Admiral Art McDonald, who has been named the new chief of the defence staff

Rear-Admiral Craig Baines, commander of Maritime Atlantic Forces, fields questions about the crash of a CH-148 Cyclone helicopter at the navy dockyard in Halifax on Wednesday, June 3, 2020. (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press)

The Canadian navy is about to get a new commander.

Gen. Jonathan Vance, the outgoing chief of the defence staff, issued a notice today stating that Rear-Admiral Craig Baines, the former naval commander on the East Coast, will be promoted to the rank of vice-admiral to take on the job of commander of the Royal Canadian Navy. 

He replaces Vice-Admiral Art McDonald, who will take over Vance's position in the near future. 

Baines, a former frigate commander, held the job of commander Maritime Forces Atlantic for three years until last summer, when he was replaced and moved to Ottawa.

He's been a member of the military since 1987 and would be familiar to Canadians as one of the navy's main spokespeople following the crash of a Halifax-based CH-148 Cyclone helicopter last spring in the Ionian Sea off Greece.

A change of command for the navy will take place later this year.

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