CAF Story | Mom and Dad in Command of the Same Ship


I was fortunate to know just
slightly ahead of Chris that he was getting
HMCS Glace Bay. I just really felt proud
of my husband. There was no thought at
being a first in the fact that both my husband and I
had commanded the same ship. Absolutely nothing, sir. Do you want a better answer
than that? Still nothing. I would say my style of command
is transformational leadership. Oh no! You used my term. Yeah. I’ll use that word. I’m
trying to give them my intent and what I would like to have
them to have accomplished. And then,
empowering those people to come up with decisions. There are individuals
on board doing this job. But their potential
for the next job and to grow in their own trade has to be addressed. To be a commanding officer
of any ship is an honor. It was so much fun for those
two years that I was in command. I am Cdr Victoria
Margaret De Vita. I was commanding officer
of HMCS Glace Bay from July of 2013
to July of 2015. It’s been somewhere
between fantastic and amazing. There is such
a motivating crew here. And when you work
with great people, you can’t help but have great
expectations and a great time. I’m LCdr Christopher
Michael De Vita and I’m Glace Bay’s current
commanding officer. With Glace Bay,
she and I can talk about the quirks
of the ship in particular, which is quite the advantage. The interesting
disadvantage though is that there’s always a bit
of a friendly jab here and there in terms of “what you’re doing” and “I would have done it
this way or that way”, or that kind of thing. But mainly, that has been
a good nature. Most of the time. Most of the time. There are people on board
HMCS Glace Bay that were here when I was in command. And Chris has mentioned a couple
of times and even with me, they have mentioned
that it’s nice to have both mom and dad
in command of the same ship. And then I got a very beautiful
Christmas card and it said something
to the effect that: “Mom let us get away with more.” So I think at this point,
it’s particularly… It’s just good banter. And I think it highlights
a little bit about how much the Navy
can be a family. Not only with Vicky and I, but within the ship itself
and within the Navy as a whole. There have been
a couple of times where we have both been
deployed at the same time. And sometimes that can be tricky
to stick handle in terms of the parenting roles. We have talked
to our children many times about what mom and dad
do for a living. They are very proud
of what we do. They understand
that we are out there trying to either
help someone else or be that difference
that we want to be. They become very strong
and independent children. I’m very proud of them. ♪

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