Sailor Profile: Lt(N) Joshua Stansbury

Lt(N) Joshua Stansbury
Lieutenant (Navy) Joshua Stansbury, Executive Officer, Her Majesty's Canadian Ship (HMCS) Oriole poses on Her Majesty’s Canadian Dockyard Halifax Jetty NH for a portrait prior to departure for Royal Canadian Navy’s Great Lakes Deployment on 28 May 2018. Photo: Mona Ghiz

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Hometown: Hamilton, ON

Years of Service: 15

Home Unit: CJOC HQ

Current occupation and position: Naval Warfare Officer, Executive Officer ORIOLE

Who is your role model? My mother, Maj.(Ret’d) C.L. Drab, who served from 05 Jun 1980 to 04 Jun 2018.

Why did you join the Royal Canadian Navy? Service, education, travel, and adventure.

What is the best part about being in Royal Canadian Navy? The people you meet.

What is your most memorable experience? Too many to count, going to Istanbul during Operation REASSURANCE in HMCS Fredericton, on our way back from the Black Sea in 2015.

What are some additional highlights of your naval career? Op CARIBBE in HMCS Iroquois 2012, Rim of the Pacific 2014 in Hawai’i.

Why have stayed in the RCN? Continued opportunities for service, education, travel and adventure.

What would you say to someone that is considering a career in the RCN? Do you get seasick?

What do you want the Canadian public to know about their Navy? That we are a professional and capable Navy on the international stage, and that they can be proud of us.

What is it like to sail in a tall ship, especially since it is the RCN’s longest serving commissioned vessel? It’s challenging but very fun and rewarding, and HMCS Oriole certainly looks good for her age!

Please tell a little bit about yourself, outside of the Navy. I enjoy sailing, surfing and playing basketball. I started as an Air Cadet (713 Sqn), then Army reserve (A & SH of C), then went to RMC (class of 2009). I also enjoy travelling outside of the Navy, and have been to Europe, Africa, Central and South America.

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