Forces Atlantic / Joint Task Force Atlantic
Rear-Admiral Brian Santarpia enrolled in Canadian
Forces, under the Officer Candidate Training Plan as a Maritime Surface
Officer, in 1986. The early part of his career was heavily focused in
filling operational and training positions in both of the Royal Canadian
After completion of his training, he served in a
succession of operational postings as Navigating Officer of HMC Ships
CORMORANT and VANCOUVER, Combat Officer of HMCS HURON, Executive Officer of
HMC Ships CHALEUR and HALIFAX, and then as the Commanding Officer of HMCS ST
JOHN'S from January 2007 until July 2008.
He has also been posted to numerous training
billets, including Navigation Instructor at the Naval Officer Training
Centre, Head of the Warfare Training Division at the Canadian Forces Fleet
School (Esquimalt), Operations Officer of Sea Training Pacific, and in 2008,
Commanding Officer of Sea Training Atlantic.
Following his promotion to Captain(N) in 2009, he
was appointed as the Special Advisor to the Vice Chief of Defence Staff. In
2010, he assumed command of Canadian Forces Base Halifax until his departure
to attend the National Security Programme in 2012.
RAdm Santarpia was promoted to Commodore in July
2013 and appointed Director General Naval Personnel. He led the
transformation of that organization and assumed the duties of the first
Director General Navy Strategic Readiness in April 2014. From December 2014
until April 2015 he was deployed to Bahrain where he commanded Combined Task
Force 150, a multi- national group of ships and aircraft conducting
counter-terrorism operations. Upon his return to Canada, he was appointed to
Chief of Staff to the Vice Chief of Defence Staff and later appointed
Director General Plans at the Strategic Joint Staff in July 2016. In May
2018, RAdm Santarpia joined the Canadian Joint Operations Command as the
Chief of Staff.
Effective June 2020 Radm Santarpia was appointed
Commander Maritime Forces Atlantic / Joint Task Force Atlantic.
In addition to being a graduate of the National
Security Programme, RAdm Santarpia holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Royal
Roads Military College (RRMC) Victoria, and a Masters of Defence Studies
from Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) Kingston.