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Members of Royal Canadian Navy participate in the Battle of the Atlantic Service. Photo by LS Brendan Gibson, MARPAC Imaging Services

Battle of the Atlantic: Honouring HMCS Calgary’s bygone and current service

SLt Richard Bowker, HMCS Calgary ~ T he first HMCS Calgary (K231) was a Flower-class Corvette, one of many that were built to meet the demand for escorting merchant vessels across the Atlantic during the Second World War. Corvette crews earned a reputation of possessing a hardy and courageous spirit, which would serve them well against the […]

Balance – a reinvigorated health strategy

Balance – a reinvigorated health strategy

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ To invigorate the physical fitness and wellness of its members, the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) have launched a new physical performance strategy called Balance. Canada’s Chief of the Defence Staff, General Jonathan Vance announced the rollout of the new strategic document on April 23. It’s focused on realizing the “people first […]

Military members remove a table from the former detention centre. Photo by John Penner/ John’s Photography

Military volunteers rock View Royal jailhouse

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ Armed with sledgehammers, drills, saws and tool belts, 35 volunteers from the Royal Canadian Navy helped local charity HeroWork with a difficult demolition project in View Royal. Made up of staff from the Damage Control Division of Naval Fleet School (Pacific), volunteers spent most of April 30 gutting the inside of […]

UVic author ready for Aboriginal Awareness Week address

UVic author ready for Aboriginal Awareness Week address

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ Author Misao Dean, University of Victoria Canadian literature professor and author of Inheriting a Canoe Paddle, will speak about Reconciliation from a Settler Point of View on May 22 at 11 a.m. at Naden’s Learning and Career Centre. Her appearance is facilitated by the Defence Aboriginal Awareness Group as part of […]

More than 120 sea, army and air cadets from across Canada took part in opening ceremonies of the 45th National Cadet Marksmanship Championship at Wurtele Arena. Photo by Captain Shirley Ho

Cadets on target in national shooting competition

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ Army, air and sea cadets from across Canada hit us with their best shots May 5 to 9 in this year’s National Cadet Marksmanship Competition held at CFB Esquimalt. Equipped with Daisy 853C air rifles, 125 cadets, ages 12 to 18, took to the concrete floor in the Naden Wurtele Arena […]

Photo by MCpl Carbe Orellana, MARPAC Imaging Services

Warehouse moves into modern day automation

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ CFB Esquimalt’s Base Logistics has installed a sophisticated storage and retrieval system at its main warehouse in Colwood that whittles down finding a part to mere seconds. Vice Admiral Ron Lloyd, Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy, was on hand to snip the ribbon at Colwood 66 on May 3, unveiling […]

The Esquimalt Fire Bear gather for a team photo after their gold medal win. Right: Fire Bears team captain Josh Peterson of Esquimalt Fire and Rescue raises the Beaver Cup trophy over his head in celebration of their win. Inset below: Blues guitarist Jesse Roper and member of the RPOps Thrashers belts out a rendition of O Canada on his guitar during the Beaver Cup opening ceremony at Wurtele Arena. Photo by Peter Mallett, Lookout

Fire Bears make triumphant return to Beaver Cup

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ The Esquimalt Fire Bears engineered a 5-2 victory over 19 Wing Comox to capture the gold medal at this year’s Beaver Cup hockey tournament. The latest edition of the annual recreational hockey competition for members of the military’s engineering community was played April 23 to 26 at Wurtele Arena and featured […]

Hockey night in Oman

Hockey night in Oman

Lt(N) Linda Coleman, HMCS Regina ~ It was April 27, a Saturday night, when HMCS Regina was alongside in Muscat, Oman, for a port visit during Operation Artemis. While many Canadians were watching playoff hockey on Hockey Night in Canada back at home, HMCS Regina had their own version going on: Hockey Night in Oman. Oman […]

LS Scott Ferron

Submariner carves a unique hobby

SLt M.X. Déry, MARAPC Public Affairs Office ~ Wood chips fly in all directions as LS Scott Ferron grips his chain saw and taps a block of red cedar. With each cut from the rotating teeth an eagle takes form. His emerging sculpture is practice for the Campbell River Shoreline Art Competition. “Being able to take […]

A ship’s journey – deployment to deployment

A ship’s journey – deployment to deployment

SLt Matthew Mooney, HMCS Ottawa ~ It takes a lot for a ship and crew to be ready to let go her lines and proceed to sea in support of Canadian operations around the world. The process begins the moment the ship returns from her previous deployment. A warship is like a floating city that is […]