CFB Esquimalt has a new leader at the helm.
Rear-Admiral Art McDonald, who reigns from Cape Breton, is taking the lead of Maritime Forces Pacific (MARPAC) and Joint Task Force in Esquimalt from Rear-Admiral Gilles Couturier.
McDonald is the former Director General Naval Force Development for the navy. He also served as the Director Naval Requirements from 2012 to 2013.
Couturier spent just over a year in command before he was appointed as the navy’s deputy commander.
Canadian Maritime Forces Pacific is responsible for providing maritime security in the North Pacific region.