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Incoming commanding officer of HMCS Queen LCdr Clark Northey, left, signs change of command documents as he takes over for outgoing commanding officer LCdr Trent Nichols, right, during a change of command ceremony held their building on Navy Way. BRANDON HARDER / Regina Leader-Post

Sask. man takes over as Commanding Officer of HMCS Queen

With his roots in Saskatchewan and his stomach preferring land over sea, Clark Northey (BSc'16) did not think he would ever end up becoming the Commanding Officer (CO) of a Naval Reserve unit.

With his roots in Saskatchewan and his stomach preferring land over sea, Clark Northey (BSc'16) did not think he would ever end up becoming the Commanding Officer (CO) of a Naval Reserve unit, as reported by the Regina Leader-Post.

“I didn’t think I would be a CO, period, of any unit,” he said.

But on Saturday, that’s exactly what happened as he officially took over as the CO of HMCS Queen in Regina from outgoing CO LCdr Trent Nichols, coming full circle to once again settle for a time in his home province.

Born and raised in Prince Albert, LCdr Northey first joined the Canadian Armed Forces part-time while an undergraduate student at the University of Saskatchewan. He then decided to pursue the military full-time as an intelligence officer.

“It was my assumption I guess that I would remain the rank of a lieutenant … for the duration of my career, and that was working rank. I really enjoyed analysis. I really enjoyed production, so writing reports and giving briefings and all of that,” said Northey.

Through his 13 years with the Canadian Armed Forces, Northey has worked all across Canada and around the world. From Toronto to South Sudan to Ethiopia, Northey said he enjoys the extensive travel opportunities he has with the military and how he gets to experience all of these places from a perspective other than tourist.

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