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Ken Summers
Born July 1944 (age 76)
Place of birth St. Thomas, Ontario
Allegiance Flag of Canada.svg Canada
Service/branch Naval Ensign of Canada.svg Royal Canadian Navy
Naval Ensign of Canada.svg Canadian Forces Maritime Command
Years of service 1963-2000
Rank Rear Admiral
Commands held Canadian Forces Middle East (Gulf War)

Persian Gulf War

  • Operation Friction (1990-1991)

Kenneth J. Summers (born July 1944) is a retired Canadian naval officer, best known for being the commander of the Canadian contingent of the Gulf War coalition.

Early life and educationEdit

Summers was born in July 1944 and graduated from Royal Military College in Kingston in 1967 before serving as an officer both at sea and in several postings ashore. In 1989 he was promoted to Commodore and appointed Commander Canadian Fleet and Chief of Staff Operations in Halifax, the appointment he was holding when Iraq invaded Kuwait in August, 1990.


Summers assumed command of the Canadian Naval Task Force that sailed from Halifax to the Persian Gulf, and upon arrival he was appointed Commander Canadian Forces Middle East, with headquarters in Bahrain. All Canadian naval, air and land forces in the Gulf came under his command during the implementation of Operation FRICTION, where Canadian naval and air units engaged in combat for the first time since the Korean War.

After the Persian Gulf War, Summers served in Maritime Forces Pacific Headquarters (MARPAC HQ) as Chief of Staff to Commander MARPAC 1991. He was promoted to Rear-Admiral and was appointed as a Commander Canadian Defence Liaison Staff Washington in 1992. He served in National Defence Headquarters, Ottawa as Chief of Personnel Planning and Resources Management 1994 and as Director General Maritime Development 1995. He was appointed Chief of Staff Operations, Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic in Norfolk VA USA from 1997 to 2000. He retired in 2000.

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