He was built like a wrestler, bull-necked, and had black hair and brown eyes with large eyebrows. His movements were quick. When he talked, he was brilliant with an air of pragmatism and to the point. (HH3)
In 1905 PD, Van Slyke held the rank of Commodore and served as commanding officer of Heavy Cruiser Squadron 17 on Hancock Station, with HMS Crusader serving as his flagship. After an poor squadron performance during war games, he attended a meeting aboard HMS Nike. He was uncomfortable around Captain Honor Harrington due to his chief of staff, Commander Arthur Houseman, coloring his opinion of her. He kept Commander Houseman around because he was good at his job.
Service Record Edit
- Commanding Officer, Heavy Cruiser Squadron 17, Hancock Station