Rescuers : Commander Peter R. Crain

Featured in the film Rescue is the Captain of the Athabaskan, Commander Peter Crain. Crain spent some of his early years living in France and England with his parents. He joined the Canadian Forces in 1983 and completed his naval training in 1986. His first posting was as a watchkeeper aboard HMCS Ottawa, and he later served as a weapons officer on the ships HMCS Saguenay and Vancouver, and then as combat officer on HMCS Regina, with a variety of other postings.

Commander Crain completed several operational tours, including off Haiti in 1988, then served in support of UN Sanctions against Iraq in 1997 and 1999, and in Operation Apollo in 2002 as the Task Group Combat Officer.

Following graduation in 2004 from Canadian Forces Command and Staff College, Crain was appointed Executive Officer of HMCS Athabaskan and, on the promotion of his present rank, Executive Officer of Sea Training in the Atlantic. From 2006 to 2009, he served in the Directorate of Strategy Coordination at National Defence Headquarters.

On the 27th of August 2009, Commander Crain was appointed Commanding Officer of HMCS Athabaskan. He is an accomplished sailor and also races a 33-foot yacht based in Halifax. Amazingly, though he has grown up on the ocean, Commander Crain has never learned to swim.