Petty Officer 1st Class (PO1) Shaunda Lillington, from Isle-Aux-Morts, Nfld., joined the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) 20 years ago and is currently serving on HMCS Ville de Québec, which is stationed in Halifax. Wearing the RCN uniform is a family tradition in PO1 Lillington’s family.
“I joined the RCN because growing up, I had seen my older brothers join,” she says. “Watching them come home in their uniforms and talking about the experiences they encountered always caught my attention, so at the age of 18 I decided to join the RCN following in their footsteps.”
PO1 Lillington is a Naval Communicator – also a family tradition, as both of her brothers are also in the same trade. She brings experience to her essential role as the Senior Naval Communicator (SNC) and the manager of the Naval Communication section on a Canadian Halifax-class warship, having previously served as SNC on board HMCS St. John’s.
When at sea, a ship’s communication capability is key in communicating with other ships on the ocean and relaying information back to home base, including connecting with family members at home.
Ultimately responsible for this capability, PO1 Lillington supervises, supports and mentors “13 Naval Communicators who work to keep the ship’s communications and IT equipment operational 24/7.”
“It has given me a sense of pride do be able to manage a section and successfully complete all missions put forth on us thus far,” she says when describing…