Former Hudson resident awarded Order of Military Merit by Governor General

PHOTO COURTESY CAPTAIN CHRISTOPHER ROBINSON

Surrounded by his Headquarter Staff, Captain Christopher Robinson’s (front row, centre) military career in the silent service has received official recognition.

On Tuesday, November 6, Captain Christopher Robinson was invested with the Order of Military Merit, officer level, by the Governor General Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette.

“I feel honoured and blessed to have been officially recognized especially when there are so many others equally deserving of recognition,” Robinson told The Journal. The appointments are announced annually and the investitures take place during the following year. “I was appointed on October 11, 2017,” said Robinson.

Order of Military Merit

The Order of Military Merit was established on July 1, 1972 by Queen Elizabeth II as a means of recognizing conspicuous merit and exceptional service by members of the Canadian Armed Forces.

“The number of appointments per year is one tenth of one percent of the average number of people who were members of the Canadian Forces during the previous year,” Robinson said. There are three levels of membership in the Order: Member, Officer, and Commander with the latter being the highest. The Queen is the Sovereign of the Order, the Governor General is the Chancellor, and the Chief of Defence Staff is the Principal Commander.

From the farm to the military

Robinson grew up on the family farm in the Como district of Hudson. He began his military career in the Canadian Army reserves as a Combat Engineer, serving as a Troop Commander and later as the operational Commander with the Third Field Engineer Regiment in Montreal. Upon graduating from Concordia University in 1991, Robinson joined the Royal Canadian Navy beginning a career that followed the traditional naval warfare officer-training program. He spent time aboard patrol craft, destroyers and mine sweepers before volunteering for the submarine or silent service.

Military career

Over the years, Robinson has served on six submarines including the command of the submarine Corner Brook from June, 2007 to July, 2009. That command tour included deployment to the Canadian North for Operation Nanook and the Caribbean Sea to conduct a counter-drug patrol as part of Operation Caribbe. For outstanding contribution to the protection of Canadian sovereignty in the north, Corner Brook was awarded the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Unit Commendation in May, 2008.

During Operation Nanook, the CAF guards Canadian sovereignty in its northernmost regions, works to improve operations in Arctic conditions, improves coordination with Indigenous, federal and territorial governmental partners to best respond to safety and security issues including emergency and disaster response training. According to the CAF website, climate change, international trade and global security are the three major international issues in the Arctic.

Robinson assumed his current duties as Commander of the Canadian Submarine Force and Commander 4th Maritime Operations Group stationed in Victoria, B.C. in June 2017. At the same time, he is completing a Master of Business in Complex Project Leadership at the University of Ottawa.

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