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Photo by Peter Mallett, Lookout

Preparing God’s Acre

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ School District 61 (Greater Victoria) students and sea cadets got down to work last week, taking care of some vital spring cleaning at God’s Acre Veterans Cemetery. On May 17, 30 Grade 7 students from nearby Rockheights Middle School fanned out across the National Historic Site armed with buckets of water […]

LS Michael Spencer, a stoker aboard HMCS Glace Bay, is sharing the story of his battle with depression in hopes of benefiting others who may be struggling. Photo by Ryan Melanson, Trident Newspaper

HMCS Glace Bay sailor hopes to reach others with his story

Ryan Melanson, Trident Newspaper ~ An East Coast sailor is sharing his story of battling depression and suicidal thoughts, and his eventual treatment and recovery, in hopes of reaching other Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members who may be going through a similar experience. “I lived with the symptoms of depression for 25 years; pain and torment […]

Members of the HMCS Fredericton ‘Sailor for Wishes’ team train with a spin class at the Shearwater gym. Photo by Ryan Melanson, Trident Newspaper

HMCS Fredericton team prepare for charity bike ride

Ryan Melanson, Trident Newspaper ~ Over the past nine years, crews from HMCS Fredericton have raised nearly $500,000 for the Children’s Wish Foundation New Brunswick chapter through the ship’s annual Bike for Wishes fundraiser. It’s become an important source of funds for the organization, as well as a great morale booster for the Royal Canadian Navy […]

A letter home to the mother of a crewmate penned by Able Seaman William Fisher. The stoker was the lone survivor of deadly German U-Boat attack on HMCS St. Croix that claimed the lives of 146 seamen. Photo by Peter Mallett, Lookout

Museum display pays hommage to longest sea battle

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ The importance of the longest battle of the Second World War is quickly felt when one enters the central room in the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum. It is the largest room in the historic red brick building located in the heart of CFB Esquimalt’s Naden location, one that is […]

Photo by Peter Mallett, Lookout

Veterans recall U-Boat attacks

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ Three Victoria veterans who each survived separate German U-Boat attacks during the Battle of the Atlantic recently shared their experiences over lunch. Stoker (Retired) Bob Haden, Able Seaman (Retired) Free Seeley and Leading Seaman (Retired) Harold Gollmer are all in their ninth decade of life, and are the last surviving members […]

Kevin Owens owner of Ladysmith-based Living Reef Memorial, displays a model of a cement container. Owens fills the real containers with cremated human remains that are then used to build living reef systems on the ocean floor. Photo by Peter Mallett, Lookout

At-sea burials going green

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ A funeral home operator says environmental awareness is driving people’s interest in a new take on burials at sea: the Living Reef Memorial. Kevin Owens, who operates Evergreen Cremations Centre of Ladysmith, B.C., purchased the Canadian rights to the United-States based company Living Reef Memorial last year. The concept involves taking […]

A crewmember on board HMCS Whitehorse fires a line towards HMCS Edmonton during a light line transfer while sailing in the eastern Pacific Ocean, April 26. Photo by MARPAC Imaging Services

Edmonton and Whitehorse conduct Force Generation at sea

Lt(N) Paul Pendergast, MARPAC Public Affairs ~ When Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships Edmonton and Whitehorse arrived in Esquimalt May 3, there was much to celebrate. While deployed on Operation Caribbe, the ships combined to prevent more than two tonnes of cocaine from reaching North America. But that was not the only success achieved since they departed […]

The crew of HMCS Vancouver form up for the Battle of the Atlantic parade in honour of the Battle of the Atlantic, on Operation Projection Indo-Asia Pacific, South China Sea, May 2. Photo by LS Nick Korbel, HMCS Vancouver

Battle of the Atlantic – remembered at sea

Lt(N) Tony Wright, HMCS Vancouver ~ In the South China Sea during Operation Projection Indo-Asia-Pacific, HMCS Vancouver slowed to five knots and went to minimum manning. All available personnel fell in on the flight deck on May 2 to honour those who served and those that were lost in the Battle of the Atlantic – the […]

Commander Blair Saltel, HMCS Calgary Commanding Officer, presents Petty Officer First Class Kai Tin with his Chief Engineering Level 4 certificate. Photo by Peter Mallett, Lookout

Big Idea Initiative in full Regular Force

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ A Marine Technician with HMCS Calgary has become the first naval reservist to receive his Chief Engineering Level 4 certification after making the transition to the Regular Force. Petty Officer First Class Kai Tin was presented his certificate during divisions on the flight deck of Calgary May 8, presided over by […]

Photo by Capt Shirley Ho, Regional Cadet Support Unit (Pacific)

Cadets hit the mark

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ They came, they saw and they hit their marks at Wurtele Arena. Approximately 125 cadets, coaches and support staff from across Canada descended on CFB Esquimalt May 7 to 10 for the National Cadet Marksmanship Championship hosted by the Regional Cadet Support Unit (Pacific). Cadets competed in five-person teams representing all […]