August 8, 2012
The Commander Canadian Fleet Pacific (CANFLTPAC), Rear Admiral Peter Ellis, will relinquish command of the Pacific Fleet to Commodore Scott Bishop in a ceremony on “C” Jetty in Her Majesty’s Canadian (HMC) Dockyard at 11 a.m. Thursday, alongside HMCS Vancouver. Commodore Bishop was formerly Commander Fifth Maritime Operations Group at Canadian Fleet Atlantic in Halifax, N.S.
Newly promoted, Rear Admiral Ellis has just returned from the RIMPAC 2012, a large scale multi-national exercise where he served as the Commander Combined Task Force 176, an amphibious Task Group led by the United States Ship Essex. Rear Admiral Ellis has been appointed Deputy Commander (Expeditionary) Canadian Joint Operations Command and will take up his new post this fall in Ottawa.
Commander Maritime Forces Pacific (MARPAC), Rear Admiral Bill Truelove will officiate at the event.
CANFLTPAC is the seagoing arm of MARPAC. It includes all ships, deployable naval units and assigned maritime aircraft under a single commander reporting to the Commander Maritime Forces Pacific.
Commodore Bishop will be responsible for the operation and readiness of the Pacific Coast Fleet, comprised of a destroyer, five frigates, one replenishment ship, six maritime coastal defence ships, two submarines, and eight training tenders. He will be responsible for Canadian Task Groups deployed on national and multi-national exercises and operations.
Commodore Bishop grew up in Vancouver BC and embarked on a naval career by joining the Naval Reserve at HMCS DISCOVERY in 1983. In 1985, he transferred to the Regular Force and, after completing his initial training, joined HMCS RESTIGOUCHE as a bridge watch-keeping officer.
Early on, Cmdre Bishop specialized in navigation, successfully completing both the Destroyer Navigation Officer course and the Maritime Advanced Navigation Officer Course. He served as the Senior Navigation Instructor at the Naval Officer Training Centre, and as the Navigating Officer in HMC Ships CHIGNECTO, MIRAMICHI, QU’APPELLE, and PROVIDER. While in PROVIDER, he participated in OPERATION FORWARD ACTION to enforce UN Sanctions against Haiti.
In 1995, Cmdre Bishop attended a year long warfare course for future Operations Room Officers, after which he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander and posted to HMCS VANCOUVER as the ship’s Combat Officer. In 1998, he was assigned similar duties at Sea Training Pacific.
In 2000, he was appointed Executive Officer in HMCS ATHABASKAN. After being promoted to the rank of Commander in 2003 and completing a tour of duty in National Defence Headquarters, he was selected to command the frigate, HMCS HALIFAX in 2005. HALIFAX deployed with NATO’s Standing Naval Maritime Group One and participated in OPERATION ACTIVE ENDEAVOUR, NATO’s maritime contribution to the campaign against terrorism.
In 2011, he deployed on OPERATION UNIFIED PROTECTOR as the Chief of Current Operations in the Combined Joint Task Force Headquarters to enforce NATO’s no-fly-zone and embargo against Libya.
Over his career, Cmdre Bishop has worked in many staff appointments, including: desk officer for CF operations in the Balkans; Director of Strategic Communications in the Maritime Staff; a member of the Chief of Defence Staff’s capability action teams; Director of Transformation and Strategic Planning for the Chief of Force Development; Special Advisor to the Chief of Defence Staff; and, most recently appointed Commander Fifth Maritime Operations Group.
Cmdre Bishop holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and is a graduate of the US Navy’s Naval War College. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Military Merit in 2011.
On 9 August 2012 Cmdre S. Bishop assumes Command of Canadian Fleet Pacific.
Posted by Alyssa Skinner, Office of Alumni Affairs
Originally published at http://blogs.ottawacitizen.com/2012/08/08/canadian-fleet-pacific-command-change-bishop-takes-over-from-ellis/