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Rear-Admiral Art McDonald and his wife Sabina.

Holiday Messages from the Base Commander and Rear-Admiral

With the holiday season just around the corner, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the whole Defence Team for all the perseverance and dedication you have displayed over the past year. While I have only been Base Commander for a few short months, I know how hard all of you work and […]

Income tax relief for deployed members

Income tax relief for deployed members

As part of Canada’s new defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, the Government of Canada announced an enhanced income tax relief measure for all Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel who deploy on named, international missions. I am happy to advise that all arrangements are now in place to make this initiative a reality for members of […]

Invictus Games 2017 gold medal winner Lt(N) Krista Seguin is joined by Esquimalt Tritons’ Capt(N) Jason Boyd (right) and Comox Flyers’ MCpl Alex Coles for the ceremonial opening puck drop to commence the Men’s Pacific Region Hockey qualifier at the Wurtele Arena Dec. 4. Photo by Peter Mallett, Lookout

Old Timer’s advance, men’s Tritons eliminated last week

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ Esquimalt’s Old Timer’s Tritons hockey team advanced to the National Canadian Armed Forces Championship Tournament with a 2-0 series sweep of the Comox Silver Totems in Pacific region qualifying action last week. The senior Tritons opened their best-of-three series at Wurtele Arena with a 1-0 win on Dec. 4 and […]

The Royal Canadian Air Force’s Major-General Christopher Coates listens intently to a caller during the 2016 NORAD Tracks Santa Event at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado. Major-General Coates is director of NORAD Operations at NORAD’s bi-national headquarters at Peterson AFB. Photo by Dennis Carlyle, NORAD

NORAD set to track Santa Christmas Eve

The North American Aerospace Defense Command is celebrating the 62nd anniversary of tracking Santa’s yuletide journey. The NORAD Tracks Santa website,, has launched. It features Santa’s North Pole Village, which includes a holiday countdown, games, activities, and more. The website is available in eight languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Chinese. […]

SISIP earns top merit award

SISIP earns top merit award

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ Larry Mohr, Senior Vice President of Commercial Services, Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services (CFMWS) (left), presented Esquimalt SISIP Financial Manager Wade Walters and members of SISIP Financial, B.C. Region, with the Commercial Services Division Award of Merit, at the CANEX Military Supply Store in Naden Dec. 4. The honour […]

LS Edward Gates gives visitors a tour of PCT 62 bridge. Photo by Peter Mallett, Lookout

Students discover navy life from the vantage of the sea

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ A typically blustery and rainy Pacific coast winter day didn’t dampen the spirits of area students who boarded an Orca-Class patrol training boat for a day sail. Sixteen special needs and special education students, ages 11 to 13, from Victoria middle schools (Grades 6 to 8), were accompanied by five […]

Santa Clause hands out a present to one delighted party goer. Photo by Peter Mallett, Lookout

Christmas comes early for HMCS Calgary and school children

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ There were presents to open, food, caroling and plenty of holiday cheer to go around as a group of area school children boarded HMCS Calgary for the ship’s 32nd annual Children’s Christmas Party. Approximately 25 deserving students from six area elementary schools, along with teachers and Esquimalt Lions Club volunteers, […]

HMS Belfast alongside in the River Thames with Tower Bridge in the background.

Canada flag set to fly over Belfast

Darlene Blakeley, RCN PAO ~ The Canadian flag will fly over Her Majesty’s Ship (HMS) Belfast in London, England, this holiday season. HMS Belfast, a museum ship originally built as a light cruiser for the Royal Navy (RN), is permanently moored on the River Thames next to Tower Bridge and operated by the Imperial War […]

Transport and Electrical Mechanical Engineering (TEME) employee Jackson Filtness celebrated his 75th birthday Oct. 23 by driving one of his unit’s big rigs. A former truck driver for TEME and Canadian National Railways, Filtness has enjoyed 51 years of public service. He currently drives a base taxi cab. Photo by TEME

Birthday bash for oldest base driver

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ Base Transport employee Jackson Filtness celebrated his 75th birthday doing what he likes best, hopping into a transport truck, gearing down, and going for a drive. With a combined total of 51 years of public service work, 33 years of those with Transport and Electrical Mechanical Engineering (TEME), his co-workers […]

Commanding Officer of Joint Personnel Support Unit Pacific, Lieutenant-Commander Judith Harlock (left) is joined by Petty Officer Second Class Fiona Borland after LCdr Harlock shaved her head last December as part of Operation Chrome Dome. The fundraiser for cancer research through the National Defence Workplace Charitable Campaign (NDWCC) is back again this year with LCdr Harlock agreeing to go bald if $10,000 can be raised prior to Dec. 14. Photo by JPSU Pacific/file

Going Chrome Dome for the holidays

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ The Commanding Officer of Joint Personnel Support Unit (JPSU) Pacific Region is vowing to go ‘cue-ball bald’ again as the highly popular cancer fundraiser Operation Chrome Dome returns. The initial head-shaving was a show of support and solidarity for her long-time co-worker and friend Petty Officer Second Class Fiona Borland […]