Commander Craig Skjerpen

Craig Skjerpen

Commander Craig Skjerpen
Former Commanding Officer, HMCS Charlottetown, Royal Canadian Navy

Conversation Starter: The Battle of Misratah – HMCS Charlottetown and Operation Mobile

Commander Craig Skjerpen was the Commanding Officer of HMCS Charlottetown during its recent deployment off the coast of Libya. HMCS Charlottetown, working in a NATO coalition as part of Operation Unified Protector (called Operation Mobile in Canada), patrolled the waters near the city of Misratah defending the port from small boat attacks and protecting minesweeping vessels that were clearing mines. While defending the people of Misratah, Charlottetown was the first Canadian ship to exchange hostile fire since the Korean War. Craig is ready to discuss life in a warship, leadership in the RCN, and the six-month operation.

About Craig Skjerpen

Commander Skjerpen enrolled in the Naval Reserves in 1988 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and later enrolled in the Regular Force in 1989. Over the next ten years he was posted aboard HMCS ships Algonquin, Miramichi and Annapolis.

After completing the Operations Room Officer course in 1999, he was posted to HMCS Winnipeg as the Weapons Officer and subsequently became the Combat Officer in 2000. As Combat Officer, he deployed with the USS Constellation Battle Group in support of OP Augmentation in the Persian Gulf. His previous sea appointment was Executive Officer in HMCS Iroquois 2005-2007.

Commander Skjerpen's staff appointments include the Navigation Head of Department and the MARS Head of Department in VENTURE, the Naval Officer Training Centre.

He was appointed Commanding Officer of HMCS Charlottetown in July 2009 and turned over command in August 2011. He is currently attending the National Securities Programme in Toronto.

2016 Summer Conference

The Canada Project

Identity, Citizenship, and Nationhood in a Changing World

August 5-7, 2016
The YMCA Geneva Park Conference Centre, Orillia, ON

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