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No word on why VCDS relieved of duty

The second-highest ranking officer in the Canadian military has been temporarily relieved of duty. Senior defence sources say Vice-Admiral Mark Norman – who was appointed to the post of vice chief of defence staff and assumed the role on 5 Augus 2016 at a Change of Command Ceremony – was informed of the decision this morning.

A letter circulating among senior commanders of the military says Norman will be replaced on an interim basis by the head of the navy, Vice-Admiral Ron Lloyd.

The country's top military commander, Gen. Jonathan Vance, ordered Norman's removal this morning without explanation. Government officials were equally tight-lipped when asked about the reason.

Prior to being appointed to the deputy chief position, VAdm Norman made his mark as a plain-talking commander of the navy.