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Lt(N) Cynthia Lawless, CD

In Memoriam: Lt(N) Cynthia Ann Lawless

Sept. 5, 1972 – Nov. 22, 2018 Cyndi passed away in the company of her family after a challenging fight with cancer. She is survived by her loving husband Michael, and her three incredible children – Patrick, Brian and Erin – as well as her mother Diane (Doug) and father Stew (JulieAnne) and her siblings, […]

HMCS Victoria near Fisgard Lighthouse. Photo by Cpl Michael Bastien

Canadian submarines conduct successful deployments

Courtesy of the Maple Leaf ~ The Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) Submarine Force has had a momentous year, marked by two highly successful simultaneous out-of-area deployments.  The lengthy deployments of Her Majesty’s Canadian Submarines (HMCS) Chicoutimi and Windsor – for 197 and 133 days respectively – highlight the RCN’s ability to concurrently deploy its submarines […]

Kerry Vance, wife of Chief of the Defence Staff General Jonathan Vance, meets with members of the Esquimalt Military Family Resource Centre at the Colwood Pacific Activity Centre on Nov. 23. Photo by Peter Mallett, Lookout

Kerry Vance, MFRC champion, visits staff

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ When Kerry Vance stopped by the Colwood Pacific Activity Centre (CPAC) Nov. 23, she made it clear she was excited about the visit but encouraged everyone she met to drop the formalities. “Call me Kerry, I don’t want to hear Mrs. Vance, I want you to feel comfortable talking with me […]

The Naden Band marches to Heart of Oak while practicing at the Chilean Naval Academy.

Naden Band in Chile

Lt(N) Melissa Kia, MARPAC PAO ~ The Naden Band of Maritime Forces Pacific is currently representing the Royal Canadian Navy in the 200th Anniversary of the Chilean Navy celebrations. The group of musicians, totalling 35 members, is presently in Renaca, where they are brushing up on their latest tunes to add to their musical program for […]

Leading Seaman Mark McInnis re-enrolled in the RCN under the Skilled Re-enrolment Initiative.

Naval Communicator re-enrols in navy

RCN Public Affairs ~ Leading Seaman Mark McInnis decided to re-enrol in the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) after missing the camaraderie of his fellow sailors. The Naval Communicator, now working at Base Information Services in Esquimalt, B.C., had previously served two years in the navy aboard Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Ville de Québec. He decided […]

Man’s best friend needed for Autistic child

Man’s best friend needed for Autistic child

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ A military family from Belmont Park have launched a fundraising campaign in hopes of getting the funds needed to pay for an autism service dog for their child. Stay-at-home mother Alexandra Howe and her husband Leading Seaman David Howe, who works as a Marine Technician aboard HMCS Ottawa, say a professionally-trained […]

Call is out for Invictus athletes

Call is out for Invictus athletes

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ Soldier On is now accepting applications for the 2019 Warrior Games and 2020 Invictus Games. Both international competitions are intended to inspire ill and injured military personnel and veterans to recovery through participation in adaptive sport. Eligibility is open to those who acquired a permanent physical or mental health injury or […]

Lt(N) Kay Van Acker

Sailor profile: Lt(N) Kay van Akker

MARPAC PA Office ~ Lieutenant (Navy) Kay van Akker joined the Naval Reserve while going to university in 2001. Her full-time summer training to become a Naval Warfare Officer, part-time work throughout the year, and military grants provided her with sufficient income to fund her education. After exploring a civilian career, having a family and […]

Punjabi’s unheralded role in the Great War

Punjabi’s unheralded role in the Great War

Steve Purewal, Author Duty, Honour & Izzat ~ After 100 years, it is time to tell the tale of the unsung heroes of the Punjab who stood as brothers-in-arms with Canadians to make a critical contribution to Allied victories in the First World War. This story of diverse communities coming together with a common goal to […]

A gunner from the 1st Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, prepares for a bore sight inspection of the C3 105mm Howitzer by the Parks Canada Agency. Photo by SLt M.X Dery

Big guns are ready for Operation Palaci

SLt M.X. Déry, JTFP PA Office ~ Every year since 1961, Canadian Armed Forces’ (CAF) gunners from all over Canada come together during Operation Palaci in Rogers Pass, British Columbia. Their job: to trigger avalanches using C3 105mm Howitzers in this vital choke-point in Canada’s transportation corridor. These carefully planned artillery strikes are conducted to support […]