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NCdt Marc Mahadeo takes his turn cranking the winch on board STV Goldcrest.

A summer job like no other

2Lt Chelsea Howard, CFB Esquimalt PA Office ~ When you think about a typical summer job in-between a school semester, you probably think fast food or retail. However, for a few Royal Military College (RMC) students the ocean was their workplace and learning to sail in Sailing Training Vessel Goldcrest was their job, and they got […]

Petty Officer First Class Kim Chaisson

Determined sailor conquers Whistler Ironman

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ A sailor with Regional Cadets Support Unit Pacific gave herself a confidence boosting, early 50th birthday present by completing her first Ironman Race. It took Petty Officer First Class Kim Chaisson from dawn to dusk to complete the gruelling Ironman Canada course at Whistler on July 29 during in an energy-sapping […]

HMCS Calgary first to use freshwater ballast

HMCS Calgary first to use freshwater ballast

Lt(N) Paul LePrieur, HMCS Calgary ~ HMCS Calgary is leading the way on environmental protection. It became the first ship in the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) to install an engineering change for use of fresh water as their ballasting medium to achieve compliance with the recently ratified International Maritime Organizations Ballast Water Management Convention. Fresh water […]

Lightbody scores second place in Ironman Canada 70.3 at Whistler

Lightbody scores second place in Ironman Canada 70.3 at Whistler

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ Award-winning athlete Lieutenant(N) Nicholas Lightbody has reached new heights after his second-place finish in the Open Age Ironman Canada 70.3 race at Whistler, B.C. Lightbody, formerly at Base Information Services (BIS) and currently posted to HMCS Discovery, recorded a personal best time of 4:09:10 in the Subaru racing series event held […]

HMCS Ottawa provides assistance during Leaders at Sea

HMCS Ottawa provides assistance during Leaders at Sea

Lt(N) Tristan Robertson, HMCS Ottawa ~ On the heels of completing the Rim of the Pacific exercise and during a busy summer schedule, HMCS Ottawa put their training to good use when the ship aided an 18-foot recreational vessel Aug. 4. The boat had lost power 15 nautical miles south of the island of Oahu. Ottawa […]

Special Victims Unit searching for possible victims of Kit Wong

Special Victims Unit searching for possible victims of Kit Wong

Victoria Police ~ An Esquimalt man is in custody facing four charges of sexual assault following a year-long investigation into a series of historical sexual assaults. Special Victims Unit investigators believe there are likely more victims. Kit Wong, a 71-year-old Esquimalt man, faces four charges of sexual assault related to historical sexual assaults involving four […]

LS Nicholas Dipersio (centre) presents the unit’s new morale patch that he designed to LCdr Tyson Bergmann, Patrol Craft Training Unit (PCTU) Commanding Officer, and CPO2 Eric Pohoney, PCTU Coxswain.

Embroidered patch, reminiscent of 1940s warship art

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ The sailor who created the Patrol Craft Training Unit’s (PCTU) first morale patch admits the words colourful or cartoonish often come to mind when people first see his design. Leading Seaman Nicholas Dipersio purposely choose a cartoon-style portrayal of an Orca whale at the helm of a PCTU vessel as a […]

Rear-Admiral Bob Auchterlonie, Commander of Maritime Forces Pacific, inspected the platoon and addressed each graduate.

Graduation Day for Raven recruits

A/SLt S. L. Delaney, MARPAC PA Office ~ It was the best of military splendour, with a nod to Aboriginal culture, at last week’s Raven graduation. More than 120 family, friends and guests looked on Aug. 14, as 24 Aboriginal recruits earned their Ordinary Seaman rank after completing their basic military qualification this summer. Some parents […]

Cookies for a cause

Cookies for a cause

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ A Royal Canadian Navy sailor and his classmates at Royal Roads University say they’ve found a fundraising recipe “whey” too good to resist. As part of his studies for a Bachelor of Arts in Commerce, Chief Petty Officer Matthew Goodwin, a Regional Unit Chief for Joint Personnel Support Unit (JPSU), and […]

Photo by Peter Mallett, Lookout

Welcome home HMCS Vancouver

A boisterous crowd of family, friends and co-workers were on hand in Dockyard last Friday as HMCS Vancouver returned from a four-month deployment in the Asia-Pacific region. From April 3 to June 25, Vancouver participated in Operation Projection, conducting forward naval presence operations and participating in several naval exercises with partner nations. Immediately afterwards Vancouver […]