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A view of the 1890s shell store houses located on Esquimalt Harbour’s Cole Island. Photo courtesy of Province of B.C. Heritage Branch

Pair of Cole Island buildings slated for renovation

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ A historical ammunition depot, located on the tiny, rocky outcrop in Esquimalt Harbour called Cole Island, is being restored. More than 150 years ago, the remote island was chosen to house ammo because of its distance from the naval hub, and was named after Edmond Picoti Cole, master of HMS […]

Members of HMCS Uganda and HMCS Quebec Veterans Association pose for a group shot during a tour of HMCS Ottawa, Sept. 16, 2016. Photo by Peter Mallett, Lookout

Veterans association holds last reunion at CFB Esquimalt

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ They reminisced, raised a tot of rum and then said their heartfelt farewells as members of HMCS Uganda and HMCS Quebec Veterans’ Association held their final reunion at the Base from Sept. 16-18. Fourteen veterans and 16 of their family members travelled from across Canada for one last weekend to […]

Members of the then named Canadian Forces Personnel Support Agency, now the Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Service, pose outside their headquarters in Ottawa in 1996. The organization is celebrating their 20th anniversary this year. Photo courtesy of CFMWS

CFMWS celebrates 20th anniversary

CFMWS ~ This year, Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services (CFMWS) is celebrating 20 years of unrelenting dedication to helping Canadian Armed Forces members and their families with services that are tailored to handle many unique aspects of the military lifestyle. It was on Sept. 3, 1996, that the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the […]

HeroWork volunteers swing their pick axe and shovels while performing landcaping work as part of their Radical Renovation of the Rainbow Kitchen on the grounds of the Esquimalt United Church. Photo by Tom Gore, HeroWork

Military and community come together for radical renovation

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ Military personnel and civilians worked side-by-side battling wet and muddy conditions during the opening weekend of a massive renovation project at Esquimalt’s Rainbow Kitchen. The $500,000 ‘Radical Renovation’ being carried out by local non-profit charity HeroWork, at the Esquimalt United Church facility on Admirals Road, kicked off on the evening […]

A message from the Base Commander: NDWC C2016

A message from the Base Commander: NDWC C2016

I remain very pleased to continue on in the role of Chair for your 2016 National Defence Workplace Charitable Campaign (NDWCC).  It is inspiring to be part of such a dedicated team of volunteers and donors! Having had the opportunity to serve as your Chair for two full campaigns, I can tell you from experience […]

HMCS Charlottetown’s Chiefs (from left to right) CPO2 Kent Ellerbeck, CPO2 Robert Embree, CPO2 Dave Skinner, ship’s Coxswain CPO1 Anthony Greig Bishop, CPO2 Mathew Boniface, CPO2 Kevin Reid and MWO Mike Windsor participate in the 22 Push-up Challenge on the flight deck during OP Reassurance in the Mediterranean Sea. Photo by Cpl Blaine Sewell, Formation Imagery Services

HMCS Charlottetown ‘pushing up’ awareness at sea

Lt(N) Bill King, HMCS Charlottetown ~ On Aug. 19, our Defence Minister, the Honourable Harjit Sajjan, posted a video to his Facebook page showing him doing 22 pushups as part of a campaign to raise awareness of the high suicide rate among Canadian and American Armed Forces members, veterans and first responders. Statistics gathered in […]

Tyrone Pile

Pearson’s new VP a naval veteran

Danielle Pope, Pearson College ~ Tyrone Pile is accustomed to leading. He served Canada and the Royal Canadian Navy for more than 35 years in various capacities, from Commander of the naval frigate HMCS Regina, to Rear-Admiral and Commander of Maritime Forces Pacific. While the military lifestyle left Pile and his family used to moving […]

Ensign Yusuke Hara meets Commander Clive Butler during a CrossPol exercise while Vancouver transits in company of Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force ship Fuyuzuki.

HMCS Vancouver Arrives in the Land of Plenty

HMCS Vancouver arrived in Darwin, Australia, last week to take part in Exercise Kakadu 2016, Australia’s largest international maritime exercise. The ship began its transit to Australia last month following participation in RIMPAC off the coast of Hawaii. While en route they stopped for a port visit in Guam before completing the transit alongside Japanese […]

RCN Halifax-class frigate HMCS Calgary steams alongside Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis during RIMPAC 2016. Photo by U.S. Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sierra D. Langdon

Canadian Sea Combat Commander’s RIMPAC role

Lt(N) Stuart MacDonald, SCC Battle Watch Officer ~ RIMPAC 16 provided an opportunity for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) to achieve an historic first by assuming the role of Sea Combat Commander (SCC), embarked in HMCS Calgary with its integrated command suite, from July 11 to Aug. 2. During the world’s largest maritime exercise, the […]

A display of E.J Hughes sketches and the finished painting entitled Armoured Car, painted in 1946, are on display at the Ashton Armoury Museum.  Hughes was a Second World War artist and the painting pictured above shows an armoured car receiving maintenance by a Royal Canadian Dragoons’ member. Photos by Jazz Campbell

E.J. Hughes art on display at museum

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ Sketches from renowned Canadian artist E.J. Hughes have returned home to the Ashton Armoury Museum in Victoria after being on display in July and August at Frameworks art gallery in Duncan. While Hughes was best known for his land and seascapes, these 20 sketches are from his brief career as […]