Stuart Aldridge Biography
Captain Stuart Aldridge, CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier is a native of Coquitlam, British Columbia (BC). A graduate of the Canadian Coast Guard College in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Captain Aldridge returned to the West Coast where he has worked on all classes of Coast Guard ships in the waters of BC, the Canadian Arctic, Washington State and Alaska in support of all Canadian Coast Guard programs such as Icebreaking, Aids to navigation servicing, Search and Rescue, fisheries research, science, hydrography, and environmental response.
Captain Aldridge’s first trip to the Canadian Arctic was in 1985 aboard the CSS Baffin, a survey vessel, conducting hydrographic surveys of the water of Baffin Island and the other areas of the Canadian high arctic.
He has made numerous other voyages to the Canadian Arctic from the West Coast and the Mackenzie River prior to being appointed Commanding Officer of the CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier in 2011. This will be his 3rd summer supporting the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Canadian Hydrography Service, Parks Canada and the Government of Nunavut in the search for Sir John Franklin lost ships. Captain Aldridge resides on Hornby Island, BC.
The CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier departs Victoria, British Columbia, every year in July on 6 weeks 14,000 miles voyage supporting oceanography, hydrography, archeology and other scientific programs for both DFO and other Canadian and international science organisations in addition to the regular Canadian Coast Guard programs of Icebreaking, Search and Rescue, Environmental Response and Aids to Navigation servicing.
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