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Going the distance, what it takes

Going the distance, what it takes

Master Seaman Mark Ritchie braces himself for the echoing boom of the Navy Run start signal. He holds his body taut, left foot pointed in front of him, knees slightly bent. Around him are hundreds of runners frozen in similar stances. He focuses on breathing. Running through his mind is the 10 kilometre course, every […]

New leader emerges for Pacific Fleet

New leader emerges for Pacific Fleet

After two years leading the Royal Canadian Navy’s fleet on the west coast, Commodore (Cmdre) Bob Auchterlonie relinquished command of Canadian Fleet Pacific (CANFLTPAC) at a change of command ceremony last Wednesday. Standing dockside with HMCS Calgary at his back, Cmdre Auchterlonie officially signed over command to Captain (Navy) Jeffery Zwick. “When I took command […]

Harrowing attack in Afghanistan earns Sacrifice Medal

Harrowing attack in Afghanistan earns Sacrifice Medal

With the blood pounding in his ears, Sergeant Jeff Spricenieks pulled his battered partner out of the Tracked Light Armoured Vehicle (TLAV) in Kandahar, Afghanistan. While completing a re-supply mission as part of Operation Athena on Aug.17, 2007, their vehicle hit a Taliban roadside improvised explosive device.   At a ceremony last Thursday, Sgt Spricenieks […]

Safe travels HMCS Winnipeg

Safe travels HMCS Winnipeg

Last Monday, tears, embraces, and heart-felt good-byes were exchanged between the crewmembers of HMCS Winnipeg and their family and friends. Shortly after 10 a.m. the brow was removed and the lines hauled in as the warship set sail for a deployment that could last up to nine months. Before plotting a course for the Mediterranean […]

Cedric Steele says farewell

Cedric Steele says farewell

Businessman and philanthropist Cedric Steele has been involved with countless charities and community groups over his life, but says his role as Honorary Captain (Navy) stands out as a great achievement. Last Thursday, the 71-year-old honorary sailor bade farewell to his position, retiring after 18 years donning the officer uniform, (although his official retirement is […]

Sentry duty stirs emotions

Sentry duty stirs emotions

                    For eight hours a day, seven days a week, a team of rotating military members guards the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Ottawa, Ontario, as part of the National Sentry Program from April 9 to Nov. 10. Rain or shine, these members stand guard […]

Marching in Holland – a highlight of sailor’s career

Marching in Holland – a highlight of sailor’s career

The memory of marching through the crowded, cobblestone streets of Weinhagen, Holland, with the Canadian Flag gripped firmly in his hands is still very vivid for PO2 Derrick Siska. It was just over a month ago that he joined 150 Operation Distinction members in the 70th Anniversary Liberation March. PO2 Siska, an Electrical Maintenance Supervisor […]

Military Police centre  of museum’s new exhibit

Military Police centre of museum’s new exhibit

Private Jeffrey Baker brushes away a piece of lint from an immaculate Military Police (MP) uniform, one of many adorning the mannequins at the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum as part of a display celebrating the MP unit’s 75th anniversary. “As a MP reservist, I feel proud that we are being represented at the […]

HMCS Algonguin Paid Off

HMCS Algonguin Paid Off

Dressed in their black ceremonial uniforms, the last crew of HMCS Algonquin lined the rails of the ship for a final salute as it was paid off after 41 years of distinguished service. During the ceremony in HMC Dockyard last Thursday were stirring tributes and even a few tears. “Algonquin was such an important part […]

Canadian warships in Oregon

Canadian warships in Oregon

The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) featured prominently during this year’s Portland Rose Festival Fleet Week festivities, with HMC ships Calgary, Whitehorse, Saskatoon, and Oriole participating. Things kicked off with the arrival of Oriole last Tuesday, the first naval ship to arrive at the historic city.  Although Oriole was greeted with a heavy downpour, it didn’t […]