Command Styles in the Canadian Navy

Styles de Commandement dans la Marine Canadienne


  1. English, A.
  2. Gimblett, R.
  3. Mason, L.
  4. Sills, M.B.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN);KMG Associates, Kingston ONT (CAN)
This report is based on a requirement by the Command Effectiveness and Behaviour Section of DRDC (Toronto) to describe and analyze naval command styles in general and Canadian naval command styles in particular as part of a larger project investigating automated command advisory systems. The report examines naval command styles in the context of naval culture and organization from historical and contemporary perspectives, using recent theories of command and control (C2) to gain further insight into how naval command styles in general and Canadian naval command styles in particular will be best served by new technical systems. The findings of this study will allow designers of automated command advisory systems to maximize the effectiveness of these systems when they are put into operational situations. Naval command styles differ among nations, navies and commanders. The factors that influence naval command styles are many and varied, and yet all of them must be considered to understand the phenomenon of naval command. Canadian naval command styles are, therefore, unique in many ways. The small size of the Canadian Navy has imbued its command culture with two characteristics: a magnified impact of commanders’ personality on command culture and the confusion of administrative-operational responsibility. Canadian naval command styles are based on a culture that is founded on the professionalism of Canada’s navy. Professional expertise is acquired through long and rigorous

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Canadian Navy;command styles;culture;command and control
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-CR-2005-096 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
31 Jan 2005
Number of Pages
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