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From the left: Chief Petty Officer First Class Steve Wist, Commander Jonathan Kouwenberg, and Lieutenant-Commander Collin Forsberg wear their United Nations blue beret in recognition of International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers and their own service in Operation Safari. Photo by Leading Seaman Sisi Xu, MARPAC Imaging Services

HMCS Vancouver command team shares United Nations connection

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ The three members of HMCS Vancouver’s command team share a unique commonality. They all served on Operation Safari, the Canadian Armed Forces’ contribution to the former United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) during the mid 2000s. Commander Jonathan Kouwenberg was there in 2005; his Executive Officer, Lieutenant Commander Collin Forsberg served […]

AB Nick Reicker, from HMCS Malahat, observes the busy waters of the Swiftsure start line from the unit’s RHIB.

HMCS Malahat on station for Swiftsure

A/SLt Donald Den, HMCS Malahat ~ For hundreds of boaters and spectators, the end of May marked the Swiftsure International Yacht Race. In its 76th year, Swiftsure is the largest sailing race on the west coast of North America and draws hundreds of participants and boats to the city. Due to the race’s size, location, and […]

PO1 Wiggins presents Bruce Alfred an engraving of the Namgis First Nation’s logo; George Alfred and the students of T’lisalagi’lakw school pose with him in the Fleet Maintenance Facility engraving shop. Photo by SLt M.X. Déry, MARPAC PA Office

Alert Bay children discover CFB Esquimalt

SLt M.X. Déry, MARPAC Public Affairs ~ Seven students from T’lisalagi’lakw School in Alert Bay visited CFB Esquimalt during a school trip to Greater Victoria. Commodore Angus Topshee invited members of the Namgis community during Exercise Northern Reach in Port McNeill March 30, when he met with Namgis member George Alfred. First stop on the tour […]

Captain Chris Dare, who works as a dentist at the Dockyard Dental Clinic, was part of the UK-based 360 Expeditions climbing team that scaled the world’s tallest mountain last week from its Tibetan side.

Success and Summit Survival

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ A Canadian Armed Forces member says his military training was crucial to surviving a harrowing ascent to the summit of Mount Everest that turned deadly for one of his teammates. Captain Chris Dare, who works as a dentist at the Dockyard Dental Clinic, was part of the UK-based 360 Expeditions climbing team […]

Transforming Canada’s naval training system

Transforming Canada’s naval training system

Commander Bradley White, Program Manager of Naval Training System Transformation ~ The Royal Canadian Navy is transforming almost every aspect of Canada’s naval training system, and people should know about it. It is no secret to anyone that the navy has embarked on one of the most ambitious, recapitalized programs ever undertaken starting with HMCS Harry […]

Deborah Cotton and Commodore (Retired) Doug Mclean cut the HMCS Beacon Hill exhibit ribbon. Photo by LS Gibson, MARPAC Imaging

Museum exhibit rings the bell for Beacon Hill

Peter Mallett Staff Writer ~ A new exhibit celebrating the legacy of HMCS Beacon Hill and its legendary commander Ted Simmons has launched at the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum. The grand opening ceremony for Hero Warship: HMCS Beacon Hill and Her Daring Commander took place at the base museum on the morning of May […]

Anglican Church clears out parish hall

Anglican Church clears out parish hall

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ Parishioners at the historic St. Peter and St. Paul Anglican Church are making final preparations for this weekend’s “moving on sale” of hall furnishings. The historic 152-year-old church located at 1379 Esquimalt Road isn’t moving, rather it is the parish hall contents that are being sold off. The hall will be […]

To our beloved Memorial Cross Families, our honoured Veterans and all Canadians

To our beloved Memorial Cross Families, our honoured Veterans and all Canadians

General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff ~ The best of intentions have led to unintended harm. When it comes to the opening last week of the Afghanistan Memorial Hall at the new National Defence Headquarters, we unintentionally went down that path. We owe the family and friends of our Fallen, all who served […]

Local educators and employees from CFB Esquimalt were honoured recently with a Provincial Industry Partner of the Year Award (2018) by the Co-Operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning BC/Yukon. From the left: Heather Workman, President of ACE WIL; Heather McDonald, Co-op Employment Facilitator, Camosun College; Emjay Bailey, Corporate Services Officer and Team Lead for Project Outreach at CFB Esquimalt; and Base Chief of Staff Danielle Smith. Photo credit Camosun College

CFB Esquimalt proves it is a top employer

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ CFB Esquimalt has earned two awards for its outstanding support of post secondary co-operative education programs and students. The first award – the 2018 Provincial Industry Partner of the Year award – was presented May 14 by the Association of Co-Operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning BC/Yukon (ACE-WIL). A second honour, the […]

MS Angel Soto fled to Canada with his family to escape prosecution by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia. Photo by SLt M.X. Déry

Journey to Canada

SLt M.X. Déry, MARPAC PA Office ~ Twenty-two years ago, long before he joined the Royal Canadian Navy, and six years before immigrating to Canada, MS Angel Soto and his family were running for their lives in Colombia. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC), had come to […]