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Lieutenant-Colonel Andrew Currie at work.

Doctor’s Funny Bone

  Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ When COVID-19 travel restrictions ease this summer, Lieutenant-Colonel Andrew Currie and his family will pack up their Washington, D.C., home and head northwest to Victoria. He will leave behind his CF Health Services Attaché Canadian Defence Liaison Staff (Washington) post to support CF Health Services Centre (Pacific) as Pacific Regional […]

CPO1 Tina Steeves with husband CPO1 David Steeves.

The ‘unexpected’ unfolds at CPO1 Steeves promotion

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ CPO1 Tina Steeves was duped last week. Her Commanding Officer, Major Giuseppe Ramacieri, informed her they were going to conduct a surprise promotion for the unit’s Administration Officer that morning. As the Unit Chief, her presence is required at all of these events. When she got to the venue, the foyer […]

Commander Jason Barbagallo (middle), Base Administration Executive Officer, with his wife Chantal, is promoted to his current rank by Capt (Navy) Sam Sader, Base Commander, on June 16, 2020. Photos by LS Kendric C.W. Grasby, MARPAC Imaging Services

Change is in the works for Base Administration

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ It’s that time again, posting season, when military members are moved to new positions to gain experience, flex their skills, and make a difference in their unit. That change of leadership will touch down at Base Administration July 16 when Commander Cory Foreman vacates the position, and Cdr Jason Barbagallo slides […]

Sailors from HMCS Halifax spruced up the Bonaventure Anchor Memorial at Point Pleasant Park in Halifax on May 28, sweeping, scrubbing and painting the memorial.

HMCS Halifax visits Bonaventure Memorial for spring cleanup

Ryan Melanson, Trident Newspaper ~ Members of HMCS Halifax haven’t spent much time on board their ship in recent months, but that doesn’t mean they’ve been taking it easy. The team has kept in touch and worked virtually as they prepare for their upcoming summer program. Recently they helped clean the area around the HMCS Bonaventure […]

Commodore Richard Feltham, Commander Canadian Fleet Atlantic, presides over the Fleet Chief Change of Appointment ceremony on June 5. From left, outgoing Fleet Chief CPO1 Tom Lizotte, Cmdre Feltham, and incoming Chief CPO1 Darcy Burd. Photo by Mona Ghiz, MARLANT PA

Old shipmates reunited as Atlantic base welcomes new Fleet Chief

Ryan Melanson, Trident Newspaper ~ While he may be new to Atlantic Fleet headquarters, CPO1 Darcy Burd won’t be among strangers as he assumes the role of Fleet Chief. He and Cmdre Richard Feltham have served together on HMC Ships Skeena, Preserver, Charlottetown, and Toronto, and now they’ll be working together again as they prepare to […]

Military mom launches Operation 'Send-A-Hug'

Military mom launches Operation ‘Send-A-Hug’

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ A Belmont Park resident is distributing friendship bracelet kits to children in the community to help ease their isolation from physical distancing. Lt(N) Melanie Weaver, a military mother and service spouse who works at CFB Esquimalt, resides in one of the Belmont Park neighbourhood’s Residential Housing Units. She began delivering the […]

Cheerleader Jayna Flammand (left) and Pacific Cheer Empire owner and head coach Shannon Samson display Jayna’s bronze medal banner. Flammand is the eight-year-old daughter of Cpl Kevin Flammand. She won the banner for her individual performance at the Feel The Power West Coast Championship in Vancouver, March 7, 2020. The Colwood-based sports club has several military family members and is currently looking to grow its membership. Photo by Sylvie Blais, Pacific Cheer Empire

Military families help spread cheer

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ The Pacific Cheer Empire cheerleading club has scored some impressive results in recent competitions as it continues to grow in popularity, especially in the military community. Since opening at Colwood’s Wale Road location in 2016, the membership base of youth to adult-aged women and men has almost tripled. The club has […]

Banners honour hockey fallen

Banners honour hockey fallen

Ashley Evans, FMF CB ~ Three banners have been created for future display at Naden’s Wurtele Arena to honour three defence community members passionate about hockey who passed away. Fleet Maintenance Facility Cape Breton (FMF CB) Shops 122, 123, and 124a created the banners in the memory of Joe Lescene, who had worked in the FMF […]

Jeremy Chow August 12, 1977 to May 30, 2020

FMF worker succumbs to cancer

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ A dockyard worker and father of two lost his battle with leukemia last week. Jeremy Chow, a 42-year-old shipwright joiner from Fleet Maintenance Facility (FMF) Cape Breton was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in November 2018. On May 30, with his wife Evelyn Chow by his side, Jeremy lost his battle […]

The Ultra Lightweight Surface Supply Diving System includes lightweight carbon fiber reserve and regulator tanks, a more portable surface supply system, and a much smaller umbilical cord - the long yellow hose that supplies divers with an unlimited supply of high pressure breathing gas, along with an enhanced communication system. During the training, divers will also wear the Kirby Morgan Super light 17 breathing helmet. Photo: FDU(P)

Fleet Diving Unit ready for SSBA training

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ Members of Fleet Diving Unit Pacific (FDU(P)) are set to resume exercises for Clearance Diver and Clearance Diving Officer students next weekend. The Colwood-based unit of Maritime Forces Pacific (MARPAC) will host its first clearance diver training exercise since physical distancing orders were implemented in March surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.  The […]