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Port inspection divers train at Exercise Ardent Defender

Lt(N) Éliane Trahan, Public Affairs Officer ~ Eleven Port Inspection Divers from various Naval Reserve Divisions across Canada recently participated in Exercise Ardent Defender, held Oct. 1 to 19 at the 4th Canadian Division Training Centre, Meaford, ON. This was a joint, multinational and inter-agency annual exercise hosted by the Canadian Armed Forces that tested joint […]

HMCS Calgary members are welcomed to Jeju, South Korea, as part of the country's International Fleet Review. Photos by LS Mike Goluboff, MARPAC Imaging Services

Calgary joins Korea’s Fleet Review

SLt Alexandra LaPlante, HMCS Calgary ~ Three months into Operation Projection, HMCS Calgary took part in an International Fleet Review in the Asia-Pacific region. It was hosted by the Republic of Korea Navy and staged out of Jeju Civil-Military Complex Port, located on the south side of Jeju Island, South Korea. Sailors from participating ships were […]

Naden Band heads to Chile

Naden Band heads to Chile

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ The Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy is off to Chile in December to perform in bicentennial anniversary celebrations for the Chilean Navy. The Band will perform in a musical tattoo on Dec. 2 in Vina del Mar as part of Armada de Chile’s 200th anniversary celebrations. The concert will […]

Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites interpreters in a 1942 Willys Jeep, in front of Fisgard Lighthouse. Photo by Fritz Mueller, Parks Canada

A Historic Site: Fort Rodd Hill 100 years of Remembrance

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ Victoria’s rich military history will be commemorated this weekend with a special event at national historic site Fort Rodd Hill. Historians and museum staff from across the region will gather at the Parks Canada site in Colwood for its 100 Years of Remembrance event, Nov. 4, between 10 a.m. and 3 […]

The ICBC FAQ section states that “the rule requires the driver to move out of the left lane even if the driver is driving at the posted speed limit.”

What drives me crazy? Snails in the left lane

SLt M.X. Déry, Contributor ~ Over the last five years on this coast, I’ve adapted to many aspects of B.C. culture, such as riding my bike year-round and the extortionate cost of living. But the Quebecois driver in me just can’t adapt to B.C. driving and hogging the left lane. Every time I drive to or […]

Corporal Ryan Cunningham of Base Logistics speaks with a member of the Naval Tactical Operations Group during the Canada Defence Team Career Networking Fair on Oct. 17. CFB Esquimalt was one of seven military bases across Canada to participate in the first annual career networking fair. Photo by Peter Mallett, Lookout

Opportunity knocks at DND Career Networking Fair

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ CFB Esquimalt was one of seven military bases across Canada participating in the launch of the first annual Canada Defence Team and Career Networking Fair on Oct.17. Locally, the career networking fair was held at the Learning Career Centre (LCC) in Naden and was geared towards military members, DND employees and […]

Mark Miller, UNDE; Glenn MacDougall, Acting DGWM; Nicole Schaaf, Office of Disability Management, and Capt(N) Jason Boyd cut the ribbon marking the regional office of Disability Management opening. Photo by Peter Mallett

Open for business: Disability Management Centre

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ A new disability management centre opened for business in Esquimalt last Friday with a mandate to provide improved case management services for ill, injured and impaired DND civilian employees. Glenn MacDougall, the Acting Director General of Workplace Management (DGWM), representing Assistant Deputy Minister Human Resources Civilian, presided over the opening ceremony […]

Eight sailors from HMC Ships Halifax and Toronto took part in the Snyper Unmanned Arial System Target (UAST) Training Course. The course was delivered by QinetiQ trainers at the Osborne Head Range, Nova Scotia, on Sept. 20. Photo by Mona Ghiz, MARLANT PA

Sailors train to defeat drones

Maple Leaf ~ The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) is monitoring the potential of future innovations to keep its defence systems and strategies ahead of the curve so potential threats do not become dangerous realities. One of the current innovations it is testing against are micro and mini drones. Drones are a threat that has evolved […]

Diver Jacques Marc of the Underwater Archeological Society of British Columbia swims over the stern wenches on the wreck of the Sophia. Photo by Annette G.E. Smith

Remembering SS Princess Sophia

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ This week four communities in the Pacific Northwest are preparing to mark the 100th anniversary of the worst maritime accident our region has ever seen. Commemorative events in Victoria, B.C, Whitehorse, Yukon and Skagway and Juneau, Alaska, will remember the SS Princess Sophia and its estimated 367 passengers and crew who […]

Photo by Op Caribbe Imagery Technician, HMCS Edmonton

Sea Trainers – Ensuring Readiness at Sea

Captain Jenn Jackson, Op Caribbe PAO ~ The Red Hats They are worn by Sea Readiness Trainers, and any sailor, or anyone who has been around sailors, has likely heard the significance of the red hat, and also expressed a hint of dread at their arrival.  The presence of Sea Readiness Trainers in HMCS Edmonton and […]