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Base hosts premiere event at Ogden Point

Base hosts premiere event at Ogden Point

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ To showcase Canada’s military to a wider audience, CFB Esquimalt is moving its open house off the base and to one of Victoria’s main tourism hubs. Ogden Point, the city’s port for visiting cruise liners, will host this year’s premiere public outreach event entitled Defence On The Dock, on Sept. 30 […]

Cadet Jordan Bechard works diligently at flaking the mainsail aboard the training vessel HMCS Oriole while sailing on Lake Ontario during the 2018 Great Lakes Deployment. Photos by MCpl Neil Clarkson, Formation Imaging Services

HMCS Oriole on display – Great Lakes Deployment

Lt(N) Bill King, Public Affairs Officer ~ More than 4,000 visitors boarded HMCS Oriole for free public tours in Colborne, ON, during the first weekend of August. Tours were provided as part of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN)’s Great Lakes Deployment and Port Colborne’s Canal Days events. Built in 1921, Oriole served as the flagship of […]

HMCS Ottawa chefs compete in Galley Wars 2018

HMCS Ottawa chefs compete in Galley Wars 2018

SLt Matthew Mooney, HMCS Ottawa ~ While HMCS Ottawa was in Los Angeles for Fleet week, starting Aug. 28, chefs from the warship competed in Galley Wars 2018, hosted by Jill Whelan, from the hit TV show Love Boat. With USS Iowa as the backdrop, cooks from the various warships of Fleet Week competed for the […]

The new Aerial Ladder Fire Fighting Vehicle is unloaded from a transport truck at CFB Esquimalt’s Transport Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (TEME). The new apparatus is one of nine fire trucks being delivered to bases across the country this year. Photo Credit: CFB Esquimalt Fire and Rescue

Firefighters reach new heights

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ Members of CFB Esquimalt Fire and Rescue say they are eager to test their new high-tech aerial rescue fire truck. The Aerial Ladder Fire Firefighting Vehicle (AFFV), with a ladder that measures 35 metres (115 feet), was unloaded from a transport truck at the Transport Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (TEME) building […]

Photo by LS Laurance Clarke, 12 Operations Support Squadron Imaging Services

The Gnaval Gnome visits Halifax

The Gnaval Gnome was recently posted to Formation Halifax. His schedule was busy and included visits to HMC Dockyard, HMCS St. John’s, and HMCS Scotian. Pictured here, Gnaval Gnome enjoys the view of HMCS Windsor and HMCS St. John’s. He is now on a cross-country return trip back to his home base of CFB Esquimalt […]

Joe Thorne, a traditional dancer from Cowichan Nation, blesses the candidates before The Raven Program Graduation ceremony Aug. 14. Photo by LS David Gariepy, MARPAC Imaging Services

Culture plays a big role in success of Aboriginal program

A/SLt Jesse Grigor, Naval Fleet School (Pacific) ~ Students who choose to enter the Aboriginal Youth Program with the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) undergo four days of cultural awareness training prior to starting basic training. Providing cultural awareness education, and practicing ceremonies and rituals are critical components to bridging students coming from Aboriginal communities across Canada […]

Soldiers from the Canadian Scottish Regiment of Victoria and the Royal New Brunswick Regiment of Fredericton stand at ease alongside the final resting place of four Canadian First World War soldiers who died at the Battle of Hill 70. Photos by MCpl True-dee McCarthy, CF Combat Camera

Canadian Scottish Regiment honour their fallen

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ Personnel from The Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary’s) have returned from a burial service in France honouring three of its members killed in battle over a century ago. Three burial parties of eight soldiers each from the Victoria regiment and one burial party representing the Royal New Brunswick Regiment of Fredericton, […]

Volunteers answer the call for wildfire fighting help

Volunteers answer the call for wildfire fighting help

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ Two volunteer firefighters who work at CFB Esquimalt spent part of their summer vacation helping contain a massive wildfire burning in British Columbia’s central interior region. Jason Humphries, from CFB Esquimalt Fire Rescue, and Petty Officer First Class Josh Schmidt, from Fleet Maintenance Facility Engineering, were part of a four-person crew […]

Riders prevail despite soggy weather

Riders prevail despite soggy weather

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ Steady rain and cold temperatures forced a brief suspension of the Wounded Warriors Highway of Heroes Bike Ride B.C., but in the end didn’t thwart the cyclists from achieving their goal. Approximately 35 riders took part in the two-day, 240-kilometre journey from Langley to Victoria on Aug. 25 and 26. Their […]

A team of eight divers from Fleet Diving Unit (Atlantic) assisted OEX Recovery Group on its Raise the Arrow project from Aug. 8 to 10. Divers inspected sites in Lake Ontario that were identified as possible resting places for free-flight test models of the Avro CF-105 Arrow. Photo by OEX Recovery Group

Atlantic Fleet Divers aid in Avro Arrow hunt

Ryan Melanson, Trident Newspaper ~ Members of Fleet Diving Unit (Atlantic) recently lent their support to help recover a piece of Canadian military and aviation history. A team of eight divers from FDU(A) drove to Lake Ontario to join OEX Recovery Group on its Raise the Arrow project from Aug. 8 to10. Now in the second […]