Commander James Salt, CD
A 5th generation mariner and 3rd generation naval officer, Commander James Salt joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1991 under the Officer Candidate Training Plan and has served primarily in Canada’s West Coast fleet.
After obtaining his watchkeeping certificate in HMCS ALGONQUIN, he served as the Navigating Officer in HMCS THUNDER and as the Shipborne Aircraft Controller in HMCS HURON. Upon completion of the Operation Room Officer’s Course in 2002, he was posted to HMCS OTTAWA as the Operations, and then Combat, Officer.
He has served ashore in a variety of staff roles, including positions at the Maritime Operations Centre, the Naval Officer Training Centre and as a Project Director in 2005 within the Directorate of Maritime Requirements (Sea) at National Defence Headquarters where he progressed a number of Maritime Security related projects.
During his time in Ottawa, Commander Salt was one of several naval officers to deploy in support of OPERATION LION, where he assisted in the evacuation of nearly 14,000 Canadian citizens from southern Lebanon during the Israeli-Hezbollah conflict.
In the summer of 2007, he was selected to attend the year long Joint Command and Staff Programme at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto, Ontario where, upon graduation, he remained on staff to serve as a faculty member for the Director of Curriculum. While employed at the College, he completed his Bachelors degree in Military Arts and Science through the Royal Military College of Canada. In January 2009, he returned once again to Victoria and was appointed as the Executive Officer of HMCS CALGARY. His final deployment with the CALGARY saw him operating off the coasts of Central and South America for three months in which the ship supported the Joint Interagency Task Force South, participating in interagency counter-drug operations in the eastern Pacific Ocean.
Promoted to his current rank in April 2010, Commander Salt returned to the Directorate of Maritime Requirements (Sea) in Ottawa where he spent the next two years as Project Director for the HALIFAX Class Modernization programme. An avid recreational diver, he currently resides in Halifax, NS with his wife, Angela.
Commander Salt was appointed Commanding Officer of HMCS FREDERICTON in July 2012.