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Sea cadets: schooners and a taste of SALT

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ A group of 57 Sea Cadets from across Canada set a course for fun and adventure earlier this month aboard two tall ships. The heritage vessels are built and operated by the Sail and Life Training Society (SALTS) of Victoria. The aspiring mariners, all between the ages of 13 and 25 […]

Commodore Topshee and his staff pose as OTTAWA enters Pearl Harbor.

HMCS Ottawa aids USN in submarine course

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ HMCS Ottawa has returned to Esquimalt after successful completion of a training exercise involving torpedo fire with vessels of the United States Navy (USN), and support to the Canadian Navy’s Operation Projection. The Halifax-class frigate and its crew of 220 completed a month-long deployment on March 4 that included participation in […]

Cadets earn sea legs in HMCS Calgary

Cadets earn sea legs in HMCS Calgary

Peter Fuerbringer, Regional Cadet Support Unit Pacific ~ Sea Cadets from Alberta and British Columbia took to the high seas aboard HMCS Calgary for a five-day experience off the southern shores of Vancouver Island. The cadets, many of whom hail from HMCS Calgary’s namesake city, earned the experience to become part of the crew thanks to […]

HMCS Kingston Navigating Officer Lt(N) Graham Austin discusses search-and-rescue strategies with Togolese military and government personnel on March 7. Photo by Cpl David Veldman

A Canadian first: Navy ship stops in Togo

Lt (N) Jeff Lura, PAO Operation Projection West Africa ~ On a beautiful Tuesday morning, HMC Ships Kingston and Shawinigan came alongside in Lomé, the capital city of Togo. Deployed on Operation Projection West Africa, the ships had already visited several other African countries, but the reception this time was different. Uniformed Togolese military personnel – […]

Lt(N) Greg Morrow supervises while local teachers practice first aid at Foyer Don Bosco school in Cotonou, Benin, during Operation Projection West Africa. Photo by Cpl Angela Gore

From St. John’s to Benin – medical officer shares knowledge

Lt(N) Jeff Lura, PAO Operation Projection West Africa ~ On the first day of March, sailors from HMC Ships Kingston and Shawinigan arrived at Foyer Don Bosco, a small school in Cotonou, Benin, nested within West Africa’s largest open-air market. Using their expertise coupled with good old “elbow grease”, they painted walls and repaired furniture […]

Members of the HMCS Regina and NRU Asterix’s crews play a game of ball hockey during some down time during Operation Projecton on Naval Base Guam in Guam, United States Of America during Operation Projecton on March 7. Photo by Corporal Stuart Evans, Borden Imaging Services

Hockey day in America – Regina style

Lt(N)  Mike Harris, HMCS Regina ~ Tropical heat and a backdrop of palm trees was not enough to keep hockey out of the minds of Naval Replenishment Unit (NRU) Asterix and HMCS Regina crews. With nets set up on the jetty, where the ships were tied up at Naval Base Guam, a couple games of ball […]

HMCS Regina’s female crew members pose for a photo to celebrate International Women's Day on the Pacific Ocean during Operation PROJECTON on March 10. Photo by Corporal Stuart Evans, Borden Imaging Services

Women in warships – a fading big deal

Lt(N) Katrina Giesbrecht, HMCS Regina ~ International Women’s Day came and went onboard HMCS Regina with little fanfare. The 23 female members of Regina were busy with our respective tasks, either preparing to return to sea after a port visit, providing support to repairs on the helicopter, or standing duty. Each of us joined the Canadian […]

Outreach visit strives to eliminate naval blindness

Outreach visit strives to eliminate naval blindness

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ A remote community on Vancouver Island is welcoming vessels of the Royal Canadian Navy to its main harbour this weekend. Four Orca-class Patrol Craft Training (PCT) vessels and 96 crew members will come alongside Small Craft Federal Marina in Port McNeill as part of Exercise Northern Reach. Located at the northeastern tip […]

So you think you can dance? Come do it Bollywood style

So you think you can dance? Come do it Bollywood style

MARPAC PAO ~ Maritime Forces Pacific Public Affairs has decided to go full-out Bollywood in their next video production, and they are looking for volunteers. Public Affairs is teaming up with YouTube’s Bhangra-king, Gurdeep Pandher April 3 to shoot a high-energy dance video. What is Bhangra? It’s a style of dance that mixes music and […]

Spring Equinox celebrated at Duntze Head

Spring Equinox celebrated at Duntze Head

  Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ Each weekday morning as the sun begins to rise, Bill Stewart begins his day with an offering of song in the form a traditional Aboriginal drumming ceremony at Duntze Head. The 60-year-old technical data specialist at Fleet Maintenance Facility Cape Breton is a member of the Defence Aboriginal Advisory […]