Richard Gimblett is the command historian of the Royal Canadian Navy and past president of the Canadian Nautical Research Society. As an officer in the navy (1975-2001) he served in ships of various classes on both coasts. Following an appointment as combat officer of HMCS Protecteur for operations in the Persian Gulf in 1991, he co-authored the official account of that conflict. He edited a pair of commemorative volumes to mark the navy’s centennial in 2010, and is a contributor to the multi-volume official history of the RCN. He lives in Ottawa and Port Hope, Ontario.