Larry Murray

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Lawrence "Larry" E. Murray
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Deputy Minister Murray at the christening of CCGS Cape Discovery, on June 10, 2006
Born (1947-06-06) June 6, 1947 (age 71)
Stratford, Ontario
Allegiance  Canada
Service/branch  Royal Canadian Navy
Naval Ensign of Canada.svg Canadian Forces
Rank Vice Admiral
Commands held HMCS Chaleur
HMCS Miramichi
HMCS Iroquois
Maritime Forces Atlantic
Maritime Command
Awards Member of the Order of Canada Commander of the Order of Military Merit
Canadian Forces Decoration
Other work Deputy Minister, Veterans Affairs Canada
Deputy Minister, Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Vice Admiral Larry E. Murray, CM CMM CD (born 6 June 1947) was a Canadian civil servant, retired Vice Admiral and former acting Chief of the Defence Staff.

Military career[edit]

Born in Stratford, Ontario, Murray served as the Commanding Officer of various ships including the minesweepers HMCS Chaleur and HMCS Miramichi and the destroyer HMCS Iroquois.[1] He was appointed Commander of the First Canadian Destroyer Squadron in 1987 and Director-General of Maritime Doctrine & Operations at the National Defence Headquarters in 1989.[1] He went on to be Assistant Deputy Minister (Policy & Communications) in 1991 and Deputy Commander of Maritime Command in 1993.[1] He became Commander of Maritime Command, Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1994.[1] He became Vice Chief of the Defence Staff in 1995 continuing in that role[2] while serving as Acting Chief of Defence Staff from October 8, 1996, until September 17, 1997.[3]

Civilian career[edit]

In 1997, Murray was appointed Associate Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada and in 1999 was appointed Deputy Minister of Veterans Affairs Canada. He was subsequently appointed Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada and served in that role from 2003 until his retirement from the public sector in 2007.[3]

Murray was a member of the Task Force on Governance and Cultural Change in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, a Trudeau Foundation Mentor, and served as President of the Nova Scotia Mainland Division of the Navy League of Canada. From 2008 to 2015, he served as an external Member of the National Defence Audit Committee and, from 2009 to 2017, as Chair of the Privy Council Audit Committee. In June 2010, Vice-Admiral (retired) Murray took over the honorary position of Grand President of the Royal Canadian Legion. In 2015, Murray became Chair of the Independent Review Panel on Defence Acquisition.[3]


Ribbon bars of Vice Admiral L.E. Murray, CM, CMM, CD, RCN (Ret'd)[4]

In 1983, Murray was made an Officer of the Order of Military Merit, and was promoted to the grade of Commander in 1994.[3]

In 1998, he was a recipient of the Vimy Award, which recognizes a Canadian who has made a significant and outstanding contribution to the defence and security of Canada and the preservation of its democratic values.[3]

Murray served in the honorary position of Colonel Commandant of the Chaplain Branch of the Canadian Forces for five years and was appointed a Member of the Order of St John in 2001.[5] He was awarded the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation for his contribution to the care and well-being of veterans and to the remembrance of their service and sacrifice.[3]

On June 28, 2013, he was appointed Member of the Order of Canada, "for his leadership in the public service and for his regional and national voluntary commitments".[6]


  1. ^ a b c d "Canadian Who's Who 1997 profile". Retrieved March 24, 2006. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Parliament of Canada Evidence, October 29, 1996
  3. ^ a b c d e f Larry Murray Trudeau Foundation
  4. ^ "The Governor General of Canada > Photos > Launch of the 2015 National Poppy Campaign". Retrieved 26 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "Larry Murray". Legion. Retrieved 31 July 2018. 
  6. ^ "Appointments to the Order of Canada". Retrieved 26 October 2015. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
P.W. Cairns
Commander Maritime Command
Succeeded by
L.G. Mason
Preceded by
P. O'Donnell
Vice Chief of the Defence Staff
Succeeded by
G.L. Garnett
Preceded by
J.E.J. Boyle
Acting Chief of the Defence Staff
Succeeded by
J.G.M. Baril