Commander of the Canadian Fleet Royal Canadian Navy
Skjerpen joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1988 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
After completing his initial naval training, Commodore Skjerpen was posted to
HMCS ALGONQUIN where he received his Bridge Watch Keeping Certificate in 1992.
He completed the Destroyer Navigating Officer course and was employed as the
Navigation Officer in HMC Ships MIRAMICHI and ANNAPOLIS from 1994 to 1996.
the Operations Room Officer course in 1999, he was posted to HMCS WINNIPEG as
the Weapons Officer and Combat Officer. As Combat Officer, he deployed with the
USS CONSTELLATION Battle Group in support of OP AUGMENTATION in the Arabian
Gulf. As Executive Officer in HMCS IROQUOIS 2005-2007, he deployed for OP
SIRIUS and OP SEXTANT/ OP ACTIVE ENDEAVOUR while IROQUOIS was the Standing NATO
Maritime Group 1 Flagship. As Commanding Officer of HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN, 2009 to
2011, he participated in OP UNIFIED PROTECTOR, the NATO operation in Libya.
HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN received a CDS Unit Commendation, due to the work conducted
by the ship’s company during the Operation.
Skjerpen's staff appointments include VENTURE, the Naval Officer Training
Centre, Canadian Fleet Pacific Headquarters, and the Maritime Staff
Headquarters. He was the Director of Programmes at Canadian Forces College and
later worked in Operations in Canadian Joint Operations Command as J3.
Skjerpen received his Bachelor's degree in Maritime Studies from Memorial
University of Newfoundland. He is a graduate of the Joint Command and Staff
College in the United Kingdom and holds a Master's degree in Defence Studies
from King's College of London. He is also a graduate of the Canadian Forces
College National Securities Programme.
He served as the
Commander of Maritime Operations Group Five and Commander Sea Training Group
from 2014-2017. Commodore Skjerpen was appointed as the Commander of the
Canadian Fleet Atlantic on 18 July 2017.