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Royal chat with a navy kidhttp://www.lookoutnewspaper.com/royal-chat-navy-kid/ http://www.lookoutnewspaper.com/royal-chat-navy-kid/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:37:47 +0000 http://www.lookoutnewspaper.com/?p=7753 His Royal Highness Prince Edward speaks with Faye Bennekou during the Sept. 13 visit to Victoria. Faye’s father, Beau, is a Boatswain currently at sea with HMCS Regina.

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His Royal Highness Prince Edward speaks with Faye Bennekou during the Sept. 13 visit to Victoria. Faye’s father, Beau, is a Boatswain currently at sea with HMCS Regina.

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Cadets meet with royaltyhttp://www.lookoutnewspaper.com/cadets-meet-royalty/ http://www.lookoutnewspaper.com/cadets-meet-royalty/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:33:14 +0000 http://www.lookoutnewspaper.com/?p=7750 His Royal Highness Prince Edward stands with Sea Cadet recipients of the Duke of Edinburgh silver award along with Cmdre Bob Auchterlonie aboard Orca PCT Wolf during a royal visit to Victoria, Sept 13.

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His Royal Highness Prince Edward stands with Sea Cadet recipients of the Duke of Edinburgh silver award along with Cmdre Bob Auchterlonie aboard Orca PCT Wolf during a royal visit to Victoria, Sept 13.

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Visiting with royaltyhttp://www.lookoutnewspaper.com/royal-visit-2/ http://www.lookoutnewspaper.com/royal-visit-2/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:28:52 +0000 http://www.lookoutnewspaper.com/?p=7745 His Royal Highness Prince Edward speaks with Cmdre Bob Auchterlonie and Capt(N) Steve Waddell onboard Orca PCT Wolf during a Royal visit to Victoria Sept. 13.

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His Royal Highness Prince Edward speaks with Cmdre Bob Auchterlonie and Capt(N) Steve Waddell onboard Orca PCT Wolf during a Royal visit to Victoria Sept. 13.

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Heroic Esquimalt Resident Honouredhttp://www.lookoutnewspaper.com/heroic-esquimalt-resident-honoured/ http://www.lookoutnewspaper.com/heroic-esquimalt-resident-honoured/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:46:14 +0000 http://www.lookoutnewspaper.com/?p=7738 Next time you’re in the Esquimalt Branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library, keep an eye out for a piece of local military history. A new display details the life and career of Commander Rowland Bourke, a First World War Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve Officer, one of four naval Victoria Cross recipients, and a resident […]

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PO1 Michael Mitchell (left) and Lt(N) Andrew James (right) stand with the family of Commander Rowland Bourke, a First World War hero, former Esquimalt resident, and recipient of the Victoria Cross. Commander Bourke was honoured with the unveiling of a historical display detailing his life, military service, and legacy.

PO1 Michael Mitchell (left) and Lt(N) Andrew James (right) stand with the family of Commander Rowland Bourke, a First World War hero, former Esquimalt resident, and recipient of the Victoria Cross. Commander Bourke was honoured with the unveiling of a historical display detailing his life, military service, and legacy.

Next time you’re in the Esquimalt Branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library, keep an eye out for a piece of local military history.

A new display details the life and career of Commander Rowland Bourke, a First World War Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve Officer, one of four naval Victoria Cross recipients, and a resident of Esquimalt from 1932 until his death in 1958.

Featuring images of Cdr Bourke, his former residence on 1253 Lyall Street, his medals, and his resting place in Royal Oak Burial Park, the display is a thorough and educational look at this local hero’s life.

Born in London, England, in 1885, Commander Bourke immigrated to Canada in 1902. At the outbreak of the Great War, he volunteered for the Royal Canadian Navy, but was rejected due to his poor eyesight.

Travelling at his own expense, the young Bourke made his way back to the United Kingdom and joined the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve.

“He was a pretty incredible figure. His dedication to service was inspirational, and gained him quite a deal of recognition later in his career,” says Greg Evans, an archivist for the Township of Esquimalt, and one of the people instrumental in the creation of the Cdr Bourke display. “For such an influential figure, not many people know he lived right here in Esquimalt.

We wanted to do something to change that.”

Bourke is noted for having received both the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) and the Victoria Cross.

During operations in the Zeebrugge raid in Belgium, April 1918, Bourke piloted a small boat to HMS Brilliant, which was under heavy fire, leading the rescue of 38 officers and enlisted men. For this he was awarded the DSO.

In May of the same year he commanded another motor launch following the retreat of HMS Vindictive during the same operation. On the return, Cdr Bourke heard cries from the water and turned the vessel around, finding an officer and two enlisted men clinging to a skiff. Engaging enemy machine guns positioned on piers to either side, Bourke and his men rescued the three. Their vessel was hit in 55 places along the way, earning Cdr Bourke the Victoria Cross.

“We had heroes in World War One,” says Evans. “When you hear about the exploits of these people it really drives home the bravery and valour of those serving their country in those times of great conflict.”

The display was organized as a part of the Township’s First World War Centennial Celebrations. Evans says he hopes the display will educate the people of Esquimalt on the inspirational figures who make up the cultural fabric of their town.

“There have been some amazing individuals who have lived in Esquimalt over the years,” says Evans. “This region has had its share of heroes, and we felt we should show the people of Esquimalt what their fellow residents are made of.”

Shawn O’Hara, Staff Writer

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Regina returns: Admiral’s messagehttp://www.lookoutnewspaper.com/victoria-kicks-charity-campaign-wednesday/ http://www.lookoutnewspaper.com/victoria-kicks-charity-campaign-wednesday/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:37:41 +0000 http://www.lookoutnewspaper.com/?p=7734 After a highly successful eight-month deployment, HMCS Regina will arrive at CFB Esquimalt on the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 17. I wish to sincerely congratulate the entire crew aboard Regina for your outstanding work. I commend you for your flexibility and determination that made your contribution invaluable to Canada, the international community, and the people […]

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The Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk helicopter from Frigate Cristóbal Colón F105 takes off from the flight deck of HMCS REGINA during a replenishment at sea with FS MARNE A630 on July 3 in the Mediterranean Sea during Operation Reassurance.

The Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk helicopter from Frigate Cristóbal Colón F105 takes off from the flight deck of HMCS Regina during a replenishment at sea with FS Marne A630 on July 3 in the Mediterranean Sea during Operation Reassurance.

After a highly successful eight-month deployment, HMCS Regina will arrive at CFB Esquimalt on the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 17.

I wish to sincerely congratulate the entire crew aboard Regina for your outstanding work. I commend you for your flexibility and determination that made your contribution invaluable to Canada, the international community, and the people who rely on safe seas every day. Your involvement with NATO and the numerous port visits you conducted cemented relations with our international allies and sent a clear message that Canada is a capable force across the world.

Regina represented the Royal Canadian Navy with operational excellence and professionalism as part of Operation Artemis in the Arabian Sea and as part of Operation Reassurance in the Mediterranean. Your participation in both of these operations contributed to international peace and security far from home.

Among your outstanding achievements of the 254 days deployed, you spent 212 of those days at sea, and travelled a total of 61,300 nautical miles. The CH-124 Sea King helicopter flew a total of 171 sorties with a total of 388 hours of flying time.

On March 31, you intercepted and boarded a dhow off the east coast of Africa and discovered 132 packages of heroin weighing approximately 132 kilograms in total. This act undoubtedly diverted profits from terrorist organizations and prevented harmful drugs from reaching Canadian streets. A job well done to all of those involved.

I would also like to thank the entire staff across all MARPAC units for your dedicated and tireless efforts, which allowed HMCS Regina to deploy. The level of professionalism and support you have provided these past eight and a half months has been outstanding. Your skills, knowledge, and hard work keep our ships safe and operational whether at home or abroad. I thank you for your dedication and support of our west coast fleet, and for keeping HMCS Regina capable and mission-ready.

To the families, I know how challenging it can be to manage life at home while loved ones are away. Your resiliency and support are so very important, and we thank you for your service and dedication. I would also like to thank the Military Family Resource Centre, Personnel Support Programs, and Formation Clergy for assisting families when needed.  Together, you are the support system that allows our members to adhere to excellence while at sea.

Bravo Zulu for accomplishing your mission and welcome home.

Yours Aye,
RAdm Bill and Brenda Truelove
Commander, Maritime Forces Pacific

Shawn O’Hara, Staff Writer

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Former Oriole commander teaches weather forecastinghttp://www.lookoutnewspaper.com/corporal-takes-31-hour-dip/ http://www.lookoutnewspaper.com/corporal-takes-31-hour-dip/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:31:58 +0000 http://www.lookoutnewspaper.com/?p=7731 Ever wondered why a red sky at night is a sailor’s delight? One former HMCS Oriole Commanding Officer is looking to pass on the secret. Scott Crawshaw, who served as Oriole’s Captain from 1999 to 2003, is hosting a Basic Weather Forecasting program Nov. 1, to teach civilian and military mariners the ins and outs […]

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Ever wondered why a red sky at night is a sailor’s delight? One former HMCS Oriole Commanding Officer is looking to pass on the secret.

Scott Crawshaw, who served as Oriole’s Captain from 1999 to 2003, is hosting a Basic Weather Forecasting program Nov. 1, to teach civilian and military mariners the ins and outs of weather prediction.

“This is a skill all mariners should have,” says Crawshaw, who currently works as J2 Geographical Intelligence Maritime for Canadian Forces Intelligence Command as a Lieutenant-Commander, ensuring vessels throughout the Canadian Armed Forces have proper, up-to-date charts and hydrographic information.

“When you’re out on the water you’re at the whim of the elements, and if you can’t avoid a bad situation you should at least know when one is coming.”

Crawshaw’s body of knowledge is extensive, as he has charted courses across the world, and tallied 50,000 nautical miles aboard Oriole, and his personnel vessel Peregrinata.

“I retired for a few years, and sailed the world with my family on Peregrinata. I learned a lot about myself and the sea in those years,” he says. “Hopefully the lessons I’ve learned will be of use to my students.”

The program is being hosted through the Bluewater Cruising Association, a club that Crawshaw has been a member for the past 14 years. During the weather forecasting program, students will learn to combine the information gleaned from weather forecasts, as well as personal observations, to predict weather changes and their effect on sailing conditions.

“There is a lot of information you can get from simple weather readings and forecast maps online, as long as you know what you’re looking for,” says Crawshaw. “It’s just a matter of having the pieces of the puzzle in front of you, and knowing how to put them together.”

One teaching tool he will use is a virtual race from Victoria to Hawaii. Using weather readings, charts, and the information learned during the seminar, students will have to chart a safe course across the Pacific.

“I find that having to use the information in a real world situation drives the importance of the message home,” he says. “Learning something is a lot different from having to implement it, and a simulated experience like this can help bridge that gap.”

To register for the Basic Weather Forecasting program, and other programs, visit www.bluewatercruising.org.

Shawn O’Hara, Staff Writer

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Volume 59, Issue 37, September 15, 2014http://www.lookoutnewspaper.com/volume-59-issue-37-september-15-2014/ http://www.lookoutnewspaper.com/volume-59-issue-37-september-15-2014/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:44:29 +0000 http://www.lookoutnewspaper.com/?p=7721 Download the PDF or view the E-reader version online.                         Download the Trade Show Suppliment here.                

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Snowbirds get ready for Canadian International Air showhttp://www.lookoutnewspaper.com/snowbirds-air-show/ http://www.lookoutnewspaper.com/snowbirds-air-show/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 22:52:30 +0000 http://www.lookoutnewspaper.com/?p=7716 Snowbirds practice – amazing! The Snowbirds practice day in Toronto getting ready for the Canadian International Air Show!

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The Snowbirds practice day in Toronto getting ready for the Canadian International Air Show!

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Exercise Sea Breezehttp://www.lookoutnewspaper.com/exercise-sea-breeze/ http://www.lookoutnewspaper.com/exercise-sea-breeze/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 20:24:06 +0000 http://www.lookoutnewspaper.com/?p=7698 Spanish naval vessel Almirante Juan de Borbon manoeuvres astern HMCS Toronto on its way to the Black Sea to partake in Exercise Sea Breeze on Sep. 6.

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Spanish naval vessel Almirante Juan de Borbon manoeuvres astern HMCS Toronto on its way to the Black Sea to partake in Exercise Sea Breeze on Sep. 6.

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