LCdr Pelton enrolled in the Naval Reserve on 24 April 2001 in HMCS CHIPPAWA in Winnipeg, MB as a Naval Cadet. He commenced his Basic Training that summer at NOTC VENTURE and completed his MARS Officer training in the spring of 2003 in HMCS SASKATOON and was awarded his Bridge Watch Keeping certificate. As Combat Officer in HMCS CHIPPAWA from 2003-2005, LCdr Pelton completed his undergraduate Degree in Economics and History. On 4 August 2020, he was appointed Commanding Officer of HMCS ORIOLE. He currently resides in Halifax, NS with his Wife Mary Beth, son Owen, daughter Avery and dog Lucy.
The 4th Jun 2021 will mark the 100th anniversary of the sailing ketch Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Oriole (ORI), the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) oldest and longest serving commissioned vessel. Originally launched in 1921 as the yacht Oriole IV by Royal Canadian Yacht Club (RCYC) member George H. Gooderham, Commodore, RCYC [1900-01, 1918 – 1930]), serving initially as the flagship for RCYC in Toronto, ON (1921-30) – the “Birth Place” of Oriole.