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Meet the new Base Commander

Meet the new Base Commander

James Vassallo, Base Public Affairs ~ Coming from a small town in rural Saskatchewan with wheat fields below and a big sky above, a young Jason Boyd wanted to fly. “I wanted to be a fighter pilot as a kid,” says Capt(N) Boyd, sheepishly acknowledging the impact the film “Top Gun” had on him while […]

Farewell Commodore Waddell – a look back on three years

Farewell Commodore Waddell – a look back on three years

James Vassallo, Base Public Affairs ~ Early in his time as Base Commander, Commodore Steve Waddell, promoted to his current rank earlier this month, began to address the issues that landed in his sights. He made a plea to whomever was placing sharp objects on the ball fields around CFB Esquimalt to stop, and just […]

(Centre) Rear-Admiral Art McDonald, Commander Maritime Forces Pacific; former Base Commander Commodore Steve Waddell (left); and incoming Base Commander Captain (Navy) Jason Boyd (right), sign off on papers officially appointing Capt(N) Boyd to his new post during a Change of Command Ceremony at Museum Square, June 22.

New leadership for base

By Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ Last Thursday, with the summer sun in full bloom, Captain (Navy) Jason Boyd became the new Base Commander in a change of command ceremony brimming with warmth and fond farewells. First to the podium was Elmer George representing the Songhees Nation. He gave a special blessing that reaffirmed the […]

Rajneet Sanghera (Left) and Leah MacLellan are some of the 35 Co-Op students currently employed at CFB Esquimalt for their May to August semester. The two Camosun College students are working at a Civilian Human Resources Services for the summer, planning and organizing special events for other Co-Op students working at the base. Photo by Peter Mallett, Lookout

Preparing for the future

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ The opportunity for civilian employment within the Federal Government has become a reality for many post-secondary students looking for short or long-term public service jobs. Several of the Department of National Defence’s new student hires are already at work at CFB Esquimalt and other military bases across the nation. Their […]

The Naden Quartet Band plays on Edmonton’s foc’s’le during a cocktail party.

HMC Ships Brandon, Edmonton joined Portland Rose Festival

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) outreach efforts were in full bloom again last week with HMCS Brandon and HMCS Edmonton’s participation in the Portland Rose Festival. The two Kingston-class Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels were moored at the Portland Seawall, June 7 to 12, as part of the Fleet Week segment of […]

Construction starts for wastewater plant project

Construction starts for wastewater plant project

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ Those living and working in close proximity to McLoughlin Point in Esquimalt will soon contend with increased traffic and noise levels associated with the Wastewater Treatment Plant construction project. Officials from the Capital Regional District (CRD) are awaiting building permits before excavation and controlled blasting commence at the Wastewater Treatment […]

Photo by MCpl Chris Ward, Imaging Services, CFB Esquimalt

Dockyard blasting begins this week

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ Construction crews working on the A/B Jetty Recapitalization Project in Dockyard will begin 10 weeks of controlled blasting operations starting June 21. The use of explosives will be limited to a controlled site and occur up to three times a day on land located near B Jetty and the foot […]

Warship celebrates Canada 150 in an unusual way

Warship celebrates Canada 150 in an unusual way

Lt(N) Daemen Wolch, HMCS Ottawa ~ How does a Canadian warship commemorate Canada 150 while deployed half way around the world? In the case of HMCS Ottawa, the answer would be with a specially created “Canada 150” screen, being used by the ship during Poseidon Cutlass 17, while conducting exercises with other navies in the […]

MWO Dave Daly, a Loadmaster with 429 Transport Squadron in Trenton, Ont., secures a RHIB to the floor of a C-17 Globemaster cargo plane. Photo by Peter Mallett/Lookout

Traffic technicians prepare NST lift off

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ Traffic Technicians at Base Logistics are being hailed for their work getting 32,000 tons of Naval Security Team equipment airlifted to Busan, South Korea, for their upcoming deployment. The 75-member Naval Security Team will provide port security for Poseidon Cutlass 17, where HMC Ships Ottawa and Winnipeg will be involved […]

New milestone met by HMCS Ottawa

New milestone met by HMCS Ottawa

SLt Jacob Booth, HMCS Ottawa ~ HMCS Ottawa achieved another milestone after successfully completing a layered missile engagement against a Hammerhead target while deployed on Poseidon Cutlass 17-1. After many weeks of training, the exercise concluded with the launch of an Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) and engagements with the Bofors 57mm Mark III and […]