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HMCS Halifax breaks record for kids

HMCS Halifax breaks record for kids

Lt(N) Paul Goff, HMCS Halifax ~ HMCS Halifax has broken its fundraising record for the Children’s Wish Foundation by raising $45,780 for the charity. This is the most money the ship’s sailors have raised for the charity since they started fundraising for it 16 years ago. The money was collected through online donations, fundraisers held on […]

Compensatory back payment for deploying on naval missions

Compensatory back payment for deploying on naval missions

Courtesy Maple Leaf ~ Canadian Armed Forces members who deployed on international naval operations between July 23, 2003, and Aug. 1, 2019, will receive a compensatory payment for allowances they were entitled to receive but did not. The allowances affected are two of the Environmental Allowances: Sea Duty (SDA) and Submarine (SUBA), and one Operation […]

This Is You participants step aboard HMCS Winnipeg

This Is You participants step aboard HMCS Winnipeg

SLt Wilson Ho, HMCS Winnipeg ~ One hundred and fifty eager and excited young women stepped on board HMCS Winnipeg on Saturday July 27 at Burrard Street Pier in North Vancouver, for a first-hand experience in the life of a Canadian sailor. Winnipeg partnered with the Achieve Anything Foundation’s “This is You” program. The Achieve Anything […]

Ryan Yeomans works on a Kisbee ring in his Fleet Maintenance Facility work shop. Photo by Peter Mallett, Lookout

Lord of the Rings

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ If you’ve wondered who creates the decorative Kisbee rings that adorn Royal Canadian Navy warships and units of CFB Esquimalt, you aren’t alone says their maker.  Craftsman Ryan Yeomans works his magic on those doughnut-shaped flotation devices from an art studio in Fleet Maintenance Facility Cape Breton. For the past 12 […]

Clearance divers practice an all-around defensive posture with C8 carbine rifles in preparation for a multi-national training exercise with the U.S. Marines in Guam later this month. Photo by Peter Mallett, Lookout

Divers prepare for Guam exercise

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ Clearance Divers from Fleet Diving Unit (Pacific) are making final preparations for a multi-national training exercise in Guam. Eight personnel from the dive unit and two from Fleet Diving Unit (Atlantic) will head to the U.S. territory in August for Exercise Hydracrab.  The 12-day exercise involves approximately 100 military personnel and […]

Artist Derek Rickwood signs a print of his HMCS Calgary painting at the ship’s Cowboy Up fundraiser on May 11. He is joined by Lt(N) Sonja Maul-Wilson (left) of Canadian Fleet Pacific and Elida Ninami.

Artist captures spirit of HMCS Calgary

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ Nanaimo-based artist Derek Rickwood has a strong attachment to his first commissioned painting for the Canadian Armed Forces. When Rickwood began painting a rendering of HMCS Calgary in July 2018, he says the project was inspirational, but also tinged with sadness. With every brush stroke he thought of his father, Warrant […]

Photo by MARPAC Imaging

HMCS Nanaimo showcases ship to Raven Recruits

A/SLt Michelle Scott, MARPAC Public Affairs ~ Recruits from the Raven program got a taste of life at sea during a day sail on board HMCS Nanaimo on July 29. Forty recruits plus staff joined the ship for a day of manoeuvres, damage control exercises and a demonstration by a CH-149 Cormorant from 19 Wing Comox […]

Stephen Holton, Deputy Information Systems Security Officer for the Canadian Army, with his service dog Missie at Canadian Army Headquarters. Photo by Jay Rankin, Directorate of Army Public Affairs

Missie to the rescue

Lynn Capuano, Army Public Affairs ~ A dog whose ancestors protected Roman soldiers on the battlefield now keeps watch over a retired Canadian Army soldier. Stephen Holton, Deputy Information Systems Security Officer for the army, began bringing Missie, his seven-month-old service dog, with him to work at the Canadian Army Headquarters in Ottawa in May 2019. Missie, […]

Marina Craig, Vernon Cadet Museum Director of Marketing and Operations, makes a final check on one of the many displays of uniforms before the re-opening of the Vernon Cadet Museum for the summer.

One-of-a-kind museum tells cadet story

Wayne Emde, Army Cadets Corps Public Affairs ~ There are approximately 59,000 young Canadians enrolled in cadet programs across Canada. But here is only one Cadet Museum and it’s in Vernon, B.C. From the outside, the former guardhouse and post office just off Highway 97 retains the well-worn textures and colours that harken back to the […]

Commodore Angus Topshee (left), Commander Canadian Fleet Pacific; Lieutenant(N) Holly Swallow (centre) of Her Majesty’s New Zealand Ship Te Kaha, and Vice-Admiral Art McDonald, Commander Royal Canadian Navy, hold Te Kaha’s wooden pig mascot. The mascot was snuck off the ship 20 years ago by the Admiral as a friendly prank.

Allies, friends and sometimes pranksters

RCN Public Affairs ~ For many Canadians, the distinctive customs and traditions of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) can sometimes make it seem like a unique world – and indeed it is. These customs, such as the Crossing the Line ceremony, naval toasts of the day, and ships’ mascots, bind all mariners together, no matter […]