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The Lookout Newspaper can trace its history back to April 1943 when CFB Esquimalt’s first newspaper was published. Since then, Lookout has grown into the award winning source for Pacific Navy News. Leading the way towards interactive social media reach, we are a community resource newspaper growing a world wide audience.

Camaraderie during pandemic, Operation Caribbe

Camaraderie during pandemic, Operation Caribbe

Lieutenant Sheila ThamOperation Caribbe–– I am a Public Affairs Officer and have spent my five-year career split between the Air Force and the Army. I was asked to deploy with the Royal Canadian Navy on Operation Caribbe and decided it would round out my experience. I had heard the slogan “join the navy, see the […]

Staying sharp on Exercise Keen Sword

Staying sharp on Exercise Keen Sword

Captain Chelsea DubeauHMCS Winnipeg–– Exercise Keen Sword arrived at an interesting time in HMCS Winnipeg’s deployment. Nestled in-between Operation Neon patrols, Exercise Keen Sword kicked off on Oct. 26 and continued until Nov. 5, overlapping the U.S. election and rounding out a month that started with Winnipeg’s transit through the Taiwan Strait. The biennial exercise […]

Navy divers tireless effort

Navy divers tireless effort

MARPAC PAO–– Four massive tires, standing as tall as a grown man, were hauled out of Kinsmen Beach Park in Chemainus last week by 11 Fleet Diving Unit (Pacific) members. It took two days to remove the 1,200-pound tires, an environmental hazard for the crab population; high winds and rainy weather added to the toil. […]

Virtual exercise – using all opportunities to train

Virtual exercise – using all opportunities to train

Lt(N) Pete BigelowNPTG(A)–– Working remotely or virtually may be new to many people this year because of the pandemic, but the Canadian Armed Forces and their international Allies have been exercising this capability for years. Virtual exercising was strengthened recently with Exercise Coalition Virtual Flag (CVF) 21-1. Virtual Flag is an annual United States Air […]

Meet CPO2 Grimard – Senior Human Resource Manager

Meet CPO2 Grimard – Senior Human Resource Manager

2Lt Jamie Boparai Base Administration–– A career road is rarely a straight line. For Chief Petty Officer Second Class Mark Grimard, his journey to become the Base Administration’s Senior Human Resource Manager began in the army as a Primary Reserve armored solider with the Sherbrooke Hussars. A few his friends joined the regiment right after […]

Canadian firefighters helped England fight fires

Canadian firefighters helped England fight fires

Peter MallettStaff Writer–– If you visit the headquarters of Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service in southern England you will notice a commemorative plaque mounted in its entranceway. The flat tablet of brass is prominently displayed next to a portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Upon closer inspection, a casual observer will quickly understand it […]

PO2 Sara Harris: A legacy of service

PO2 Sara Harris: A legacy of service

Petty Officer Second Class (PO2) Sara Harris, a Financial Services Supervisor aboard HMCS Winnipeg, joined the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) as a Reservist at HMCS Chippawa as a summer occupation to help pay for university 30 years ago. “It was either that or tree-planting to pay for university.” One of the biggest decision she has […]

HMCS Winnipeg finds a way to vote

HMCS Winnipeg finds a way to vote

Captain Chelsea DubeauHMCS Winnipeg–– When a snap provincial election was called in September, it presented a unique dilemma for deployed members on board HMCS Winnipeg. How was one to cast their vote while sailing halfway around the world? The usual method used for federal elections – mail-in ballots – was out; COVID-19’s impact on the […]

Members of The Steel Spirit meet with poet Fred Andrews at Roberta Place Retirement Lodge long-term care facility in Barrie, ON. Back row from left: Trisha MacLeod, Colin Partridge, and Lee-Ann LeMesurier. Front Row: Andrews and The Steel Spirit founder Barbara Brown. Credit: Roberta Place

Veteran’s poem recalls liberation of Europe

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer–– There are two things that help Second World War veteran Fred Andrews remember his military service: a carefully preserved poppy and the poetry he wrote. The 99-year-old is one of a dwindling population of veterans from that war. His caregivers at Roberta Place Retirement Lodge long-term care facility in Barrie, ON, […]

Operation Freedom Paws

Operation Freedom Paws

Peter MallettStaff Writer–– A Royal Canadian Navy sailor is putting his best paws forward for charity. Sailor First Class Serge Lacasse, 36, has joined forces with Operation Freedom Paws Canada to help promote their goal of empowering veterans and individuals with disabilities by teaching them to train their own dog and certify them as a […]