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Sailor re-enrolls in the navy

Sailor re-enrolls in the navy

Darlene Blakley, Navy Public Affairs Ottawa ~ One of the first sailors to re-enrol through the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) Skilled Re-Enrolment Initiative is happy to be back in uniform. “There were a lot of things I missed throughout my time away from the navy,” says Leading Seaman Steve Auchu. “I am looking forward to catching […]

Graham Dixon-MacCallum (left) and Lieutenant-Colonel Mike Onieu, Base Commander (right), release the first burrowing owl into the CFB Suffield National Wildlife Area on May 3 as part of a new head-starting project to help this endangered species. Photo by Warrant Officer Derrick Steeves

Soldiers and scientists join forces to help recover an endangered species

Jocelyn Antonovitch, CFB Suffield Public Affairs ~ The tiny Burrowing Owl, weighing a little more than a baseball and standing as high as a pigeon, is a rare sight at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Suffield. “People who are not from the Great Plains region of North America do not know they exist and find it amazing […]

SLt Nimmi Augustine, Photo by SLt M.X. Déry

Naval officer vies for Pageant Honours

SLt M.X. Déry, MARPAC PA ~ By the time SLt Nimmi Augustine packs her bags this fall and heads off to the University of Toronto, she will have one amazing story to tell. One that involves a little glitz, a little glamour, and touches on her Master’s Degree in Global Affairs. The junior Marine Systems Engineering […]

Photos by Sgt Devin Vandes, Imagery Technician

RIMPAC on Canada Day

HMCS Ottawa was in dressed ship state for a Canada Day reception at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in preparation for Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise. Twenty-five nations, 46 ships, five submarines, about 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 27 to Aug. 2 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and […]

Change of Appointment for Base Chief, from the left: CPO1 Gino Spinelli, outgoing Base Chief; Capt(N) Jason Boyd, Base Commander, and CPO1 Ian Kelly, incoming Base Chief, sign the certificates officiating the transfer of appointment. Photo by LS Mike Goluboff, MARPAC Imaging Services

Former Base Chief moves from one sea-faring career to another

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ Last week, when Chief Petty Officer First Class Robert ‘Gino’ Spinelli signed his name on the Base Chief Change of Appointment certificates, he marked the end of his 35-year naval career. Dozens of friends, family and co-workers gathered in the Naden Drill Shed July 4 to bid farewell to the 55-year-old […]

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Help available to aid veteran transition

Maple Leaf ~ The Veterans in the Public Service Unit (VPSU) of Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) is available to assist Veterans navigating Canada’s public service hiring process. Members of the Canadian Armed Forces receive education, training and leadership development. This in turn creates a pool of talented Veterans. The VPSU works with the Public Service […]

STADPLEX will be closing at the end of October. After 75 years of use, the facility has reached the end of its useful life, as long-term economical repair is not feasible.

CFB Halifax’s fitness centre closes

By CFB Halifax ~ After 75 years as a health and physical fitness hub for local military members, their families and the community, CFB Halifax’s Stadacona Fitness, Sports and Recreation Centre (STADPLEX) will permanently close its doors by Oct. 31. The facility has reached the end of its useful life and, although currently safe for […]

From left: RAdm Craig Baines, Commander Maritime Forces Atlantic, LS Kenneth Squibb, LS Steven Auchu, and Formation Chief, CPO1 Pierre Auger at the re-enrollment ceremony at CFRC Halifax on June 7. Photo by Mona Ghiz, MARLANT PA

Re-enrollment initiative brings back retired sailors

Ryan Melanson, Trident Newspaper ~ The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) has been making an extra effort to bring recently retired sailors back to the organization, and the first two to take advantage of this Skilled Re-enrollment Initiative have now made it official. LS Kenneth Squibb and LS Steven Auchu, both Naval Electronic Sensor Operators (NESOPs) with […]

Joshua Paul, a videographer from the Naval Training Development Centre, and LS Sabrina Wyns. Photo by Master Seaman D. Ann Marie Aird

Live action videos aid in training

A combined team from the Naval Training Development Centre (Pacific) and MARPAC Imaging embarked in HMCS Calgary last week to film live action videos that will be used to support the new Marine Technician (MARTECH) training. The team managed to negotiate Calgary’s engineering spaces with their cameras and lighting equipment to capture footage that will […]

Wanted: Naval Tactical Operators

Wanted: Naval Tactical Operators

The Naval Tactical Operations Group (NTOG) is a unit within the Royal Canadian Navy that specializes in Maritime Interdiction Operations and Force Protection. NTOG is seeking self-motivated, highly professional sailors who are looking for a challenge and want to work in an operationally-focused small team environment to join its ranks. Those who want more information […]