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This special collaboration comes from an active member of the Canadian Armed Forces in tribute to a local soldier currently serving overseas. With Remembrance Day around the corner, we thought it was important to pay tribute to some of our active troops as well.

Beaconsfield High School grad Michael Grittani is currently serving overseas.

Montreal’s Michael Grittani is currently deployed in Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Toronto, a Halifax-class Frigate of the Royal Canadian Navy patrolling in the Arabian Sea region on Operation ARTEMIS.


Holding the rank of Leading Seaman (LS), Grittani is abroad on his second deployment with the Canadian Armed Forces.


“When I first deployed in 2011 on a different operation, it gave me a small taste of real life scenarios like I had learned while training for my job. I wanted to experience this again so I was eager to go on another mission,” said Grittani about his current deployment.


LS Grittani is a Naval Combat Information Operator and is responsible for the operation of shipboard surveillance radars and associated equipment of the shipboard intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems.


The son of Katrina Grant, Grittani, now 26, attended Beaconsfield High School and played hockey and soccer while he lived in Montreal prior to joining the Canadian Armed Forces in 2008. He also has an older sister, Erin Grittani.


The Grittani family’s connection with the military dates back to the Second World War.  Indeed, Howard Grittani, the Leading Seaman’s grand-father, was also in the Royal Canadian Navy and was a source of inspiration for Grittani when it came time for a career choice. “My grand-father, who was a marine engineer, was telling me how he had such a good experience in the Forces and the more I talked to him, the more it seemed like a good fit for me as well,” said Grittani about joining.


HMCS Toronto is currently deployed with 262 crew members, along with CH-124 Sea King helicopter and Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle detachments on Operation ARTEMIS.  HMCS Toronto is part of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150), a multinational maritime task force combating terrorism across the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Oman. Toronto and her coalition partners promote security, stability and prosperity in an area that spans over two million square miles and encompasses some of the world’s most important shipping routes connecting the Far East to Africa, Europe and North America. HMCS Toronto’s deployment allows our forces to execute a number of missions across a broad spectrum of operations. Partnering with like-minded nations also provides an opportunity to enhance multilateral cooperation to further develop interoperability with partners and allies in the region.


Organizations: Canadian Armed Forces, Royal Canadian Navy, Naval Combat Information Operator Beaconsfield High School

Geographic location: Montreal, Toronto, Arabian Sea Halifax Red Sea Gulf of Oman Far East Africa Europe North America

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Recent comments

  • Peter Grittani
    November 11, 2013 - 18:34

    I am very proud of Mike and the career choice he has made to serve his country. Our family is following his activities with great interest and wish him health and happiness for now and in the future.

  • Leigh
    November 11, 2013 - 09:19

    Fellow Beaconsfielder in the Navy and having served alongside LS Grittani, can't say how proud I am. He's a really great guy to work alongside and one of the best operators I know. Be safe Mike!

  • Anne Grittani
    November 09, 2013 - 04:23

    Leading Seaman Michael Grittani is the son of Peter Grittani, a longtime Beaconsfield resident.

  • Anne Grittani
    November 09, 2013 - 04:21

    Leading Seaman Michael Grittani is the son of Peter Grittani, a longtime Beaconsfield resident.

  • Marcus
    November 08, 2013 - 21:20

    Great article