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PO1 Albert Van Akker, HMCS Malahat
Penelope Tew receives some driving instruction from Leading Seaman Manuel Dussault-Gomez during HMCS Malahat’s annual Family Appreciation Day.
Photo by PO1 Albert Van Akker, HMCS Malahat

Malahat gives public a glimpse into life at sea with the Naval Reserve

PO2 Emily Agopsowicz, HMCS Malahat ~ On April 16, family and friends of HMCS Malahat eagerly crossed the brow of an Orca-class Patrol Craft Training (PCT) Vessel moored alongside Malahat in anticipation of a day at sea learning about what Naval Reservists do. The all-ages Family Appreciation Day gave guests the opportunity to try out […]

From left to right: New Zealand sailors Able Marine Technician (AMT) Vance Bell, AMT Robert Jackson, AMT Tomi Fataaiki and Ordinary Marine Technician Damon Dick-Carson work on board HMCS Ottawa.

Regulus Exchange gives New Zealand sailors a head start

Sonya Chwyl, MARPAC PA Office ~ Four New Zealand sailors have travelled more than 14,000 kilometres to join Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) sailors in HMCS Ottawa as part of the Regulus exchange program. They are part of a 30 person contingent sent to work with the RCN. Since January, the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) […]

Corporal Blaine Sewell, MARPAC Imaging Services

ANZAC Day celebrated on board Ottawa

SLt Melissa Cserhazi, MARPAC PAO ~ As the sun rose over HMCS Ottawa’s flight deck, members of the Royal Canadian Navy and the Royal New Zealand Navy paraded to commemorate ANZAC Day, which is celebrated annually on April 25. Known collectively as ANZACs, the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, along with the Royal Newfoundland […]

A view of the disabled Canadian fishing vessel, North Isle, as seen from the deck of Chilean Navy Supply Ship Almirante Montt.  Photo DND

Chilean ship assists disabled Canadian vessel

Peter Mallett, Staff writer ~ The crew of the Chilean Navy supply ship Almirante Montt are being recognized by the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) for assisting a stranded Canadian fishing boat. The Chilean ship is in town as part of short-term Mutual Logistic Support Agreement between the RCN and the Chilean Navy, which concludes in […]

Jacqueline Carlé, Community Engagement Manager at Esquimalt Military Family Resource Centre (left), presents the Maritime Command Pacific Phenomenal Woman Award to CPO2 Nathalie Scalabrini.

Phenomenal woman award winner named!

Chief Petty Officer  Second Class Nathalie Scalabrini, a senior instructor at Canadian Forces Fleet School Esquimalt, was presented with the Phenomenal Woman Award at the Pacific Women’s Day, held at Royal Roads University on Saturday April 9. The award recognizes a woman from the military, National Defence or a military family in Maritime Command Pacific […]

Ships' bells from the two former HMCS (Her Majesty's Class Ships) the Protecteur and the Algonquin.

Ships’ bells carry on naval tradition

Rachel Lallouz, Staff Writer ~ As the final outgoing Executive Officer of detachment Algonquin, Lt(N) Doug Totten has been tasked with collecting and sorting through all of the decommissioned ship’s artefacts, most notably the ship’s bell. “I feel honoured to have this job. This is part of my duty as the last officer for HMCS […]

HMCS Ottawa

Inland navy reservists get sea time aboard HMCS Ottawa

Lt(N) Curtis Dollis, HMCS Ottawa ~ HMCS Ottawa has just finished Sea Acceptance Trials as part of the continuing effort to bring the ship and crew up to high readiness. While the crew is ready for some well-earned time ashore during the upcoming work period, several temporary members of the ship’s company are taking their […]

Capt(N) Christopher Earl, Commanding Officer of Fleet Maintenance Facility, displays a prototype of an Operation Palaci commemorative plaque that was presented to 17 members of 5e Regiment d’artillerie legere du Canada from Valcartier, Que. The presentation by the RCN was to thank the soldiers for their work in the anti-avalanche operation as it concluded for another season.

Avalanche fighters on Operation Palaci thanked

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ To commemorate the end of this season’s Operation Palaci, which kept Rogers Pass safe and open, Fleet Maintenance Facility Cape Breton (FMF CB) presented the soldiers from a Quebec artillery unit with a shiny keepsake. Two weeks ago, Capt(N) Christopher Earl, Commanding Officer of FMF CB, travelled high into the […]

Rachel Lallouz, Lookout
The new range truck, used to fight wilderness fires, at the CFB Esquimalt fire hall.

Wilderness fires no match for new fire truck

Rachel Lallouz, Staff Writer ~ A new half million dollar fire truck is set to tackle brush fires on DND property and, when called upon, the Greater Victoria area.   The fire hall’s new Range Truck is the only one of its kind on the Island, and is designed to carry two fire fighters at […]

Joseph Noil 1872


Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ A 134-year-old grave marker error is being righted in Washington, D.C., next week. On Friday, April 29, at a cemetery on the grounds of Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital, a highly decorated African-Canadian sailor who served with U.S. Navy during the Civil War, then quickly forgotten at war’s end, is finally getting […]