Commander Josee Kurtz: First Female to Command Canadian Navy Frigate

by OldSailor on April 8, 2009


Canadian Navy’s Commander Josee Kurtz assumed command of HMCS Halifax (FFH 330) on April 06. She is a Navigator and has previously completed her tenure as Executive Officer of HMCS Ville de Quebec from 2007 to 2009.

Here is the profile of Commander Josee Kurtz, from the Canadian Navy:

Commander Josée Kurtz (née Boisclair) was born in Joliette, Québec.  She joined the Canadian Forces in 1988 under the Officer Candidate Training HMCS_HalifaxProgramme after completing a college diploma in Humanities.

Following initial naval training, Commander Kurtz was posted to HMCS PROVIDER where she was awarded her bridge watchkeeping certificate in 1991.  She then specialized in navigation, completing both the Destroyer Navigation Officer course (1992) and the Maritime Advanced Navigation Officer course (1995), and navigated HMC Ships NIPIGON, VILLE DE QUÉBEC, as an officer of the commissioning crew, and the deep draught PROTECTEUR.  She also had the privilege to share her interest and knowledge in navigation during two separate postings to VENTURE, The Naval Officer Training Centre, first as navigation instructor (1994-96), and subsequently as Fleet Navigation Instructor and Head of the Navigation Department (2000-02) where she led broader issues related to standards, equipment and policy.

Commander Kurtz attended the year-long Operations Room Officer Course in 1997. On completion, she joined HMCS VANCOUVER performing the duties of Weapons Officer and Combat Officer.  She completed her tour as Executive Officer of HMCS VILLE DE QUÉBEC from 2007 to 2009.  During Commander_ Josee_Kurtzthis period the ship deployed with the Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 and was diverted on short notice for an anti-piracy escort mission with the United Nations World Food Programme to deliver much needed food aid to Somalia.  Commander Kurtz’ staff experience includes the duties of Analyst in the Directorate of Grievance Administration and Chief of the Maritime Staff’s Desk Officer for international operations, at National Defence Headquarters.

Commander Kurtz holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Ottawa (2005), a Masters in Defence Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada (2007) and is a graduate of the Joint Command and Staff Programme at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto.  She assumed command of HMCS HALIFAX on 6 April 2009 and is extremely proud to lead the ship during the Canadian Naval Centennial.

During her free time, Commander Kurtz enjoys family activities with her husband John, a retired naval officer with 20 years of service, their daughter Dominique, and dog Morgan.

Read more about HMCS Halifax, from Canadian Navy.

All the above images and information are from the Canadian Navy.

View an interesting video clip of HMCS Halifax.

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