Sailor Profile: LCdr Drew Foran
Hometown: Ottawa ON , (Born in Summerside, PE. Moved often due to military parents).
Years of Service: 15
Home Unit: HMCS Oriole
Current occupation and position: Naval Warfare Officer, Commanding Officer of HMCS Oriole.
Who is your role model? My mother, Chief Petty Officer First Class Colette Sabourin who retired after 41 years of service to the Canadian Armed Forces.
Why did you join the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN)? A retired Commander was the captain of a tall ship I was working on. He showed me movies of HMCS Restigouche doing preparation drills that I thought looked great. The opportunity to serve my country and travel was also very appealing.
What is the best part about being in RCN? The people you meet, and the incredible places you get to see.
What is your most memorable experience? Being a United Nations peacekeeper in South Sudan for Operation SAFARI in 2010.
What are some additional highlights of your naval career? Deploying to the Canadian Arctic Bahrain and the Caribbean. Crossing the Atlantic, sailing the Mediterranean, and working in West Africa.
Why have you stayed in the RCN? It is a rewarding job where I have made lifelong friends.
What would you say to someone that is considering a career in the RCN? It is a job that has opportunities like no other. But it comes with a unique set of challenges. Know what you’re getting into.
What is it like to sail in a tall ship, especially since it is the RCN’s longest serving commissioned vessel? It’s the best job in the Navy. Seeing a team come together to make a tall ship move is always an amazing sight to see.
Please tell a little bit about yourself, outside of the Navy. I am married to Lesley Foran of Halifax, NS. We live in Dartmouth with our Great Dane, Brisbane. We have our own sailboat, Knot Racing where we spend much of our down time. I enjoy traveling (especially to Europe), working out, and am a diehard Ottawa Senators fan. Go Sens Go!
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