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Unique ensign gifted to Navy

Unique ensign gifted to Navy

Peter MallettStaff Writer–– A white ensign, once flown atop a captured German U-boat, has been returned to the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). Second World War veteran Able Seaman Bob Haden of Victoria had kept the ensign as a war trophy for more than 75 years. The ensign was hoisted a top former German U-boat 889 […]

A legacy of service: Four generations of the Duffy family

A legacy of service: Four generations of the Duffy family

Joanie VeitchTrident Newspaper–– When Sailor First Class Derek Duffy received a Sailor of the Quarter award from Canadian Fleet Atlantic earlier this year, his father, a retired Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) sailor, was at the ceremony with him. While the 27-year-old sailor followed in his father’s footsteps, he also took the same path as his […]

Painting a road to mental health

Painting a road to mental health

Peter MallettStaff Writer–– Local submariner MS Allan Gauthier is charting a course to mental fitness through his art. When he is not on the job as a Weapons Engineering Technician with HMCS Victoria, he is in his studio with pencil or brush in hand. Art, he says, has helped him stay resilient through the COVID-19 […]

Veteran's Service Cards rolling out

Veteran’s Service Cards rolling out

DND / VAC–– Last year’s delays in the production and distribution of the Veteran’s Service Card (VSC) due to COVID-19 protocols have eased up. Thanks to the hard work of the VSC team, the 90-day service standard has almost returned. If you have completed Basic Training and have been honourably released from the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), you […]

Fleet Maintenance Facility Cape Breton Donates ceremonial Kisbee ring to Kelowna Sea Cadets

Fleet Maintenance Facility Cape Breton Donates ceremonial Kisbee ring to Kelowna Sea Cadets

Ashley EvansFleet Maintenance Facility Cape Breton–– Naval tradition is ongoing at Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps (RCSCC) Grenville in Kelowna with the help of specialists from Fleet Maintenance Facility Cape Breton. Over the summer, Ryan Yeomans, Work Center 123 Paint and Graphics artist, built a new Kisbee ring to replace their deteriorated 20-year-old one. Kisbee […]

Derelict bike cleanup begins

Derelict bike cleanup begins

Peter MallettStaff Writer–– Derelict, unusable bicycles abandoned around CFB Esquimalt are being collected and disposed of to ensure a clean and safe working environment within the Formation. By order of the Base Commander, members from the Base Chief’s office, armed with lock cutters, will start the removal Sept. 15. “If the derelict bikes are not […]

Vaccination card - Direction for military members

Vaccination card – Direction for military members

Canadian Forces Health Services and the BC Ministry of Health have agreed on a valid Proof of Vaccination for Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members. They will not require CAF members to obtain a separate BC Vaccine Card when the province implements this requirement on Sept. 13.  Acceptable vaccination ID – CAF members only Vaccinated CAF […]

Sea King to be reunited with Annapolis

Sea King to be reunited with Annapolis

Peter MallettStaff Writer–– A life-sized 11-tonne skeletal sculpture of a Sea King helicopter may be landing on the flight deck of the former HMCS Annapolis next year, which is submerged in Halkett Bay, north of Vancouver. The former navy destroyer, decommissioned in 1996, became an artificial reef on April 4, 2015, through the work of […]

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Master Corporal Windy Lafreniere – Reclaiming her Indigenous identity is a family affair

  Holly BridgesRoyal Canadian Air Force__ M Cpl Windy Lafreniere is a member of the Mohawk Nation of Akwesasne along the St. Lawrence River. She was put into foster care at birth to a non-Indigenous family and never really knew her birth parents or siblings. She later discovered she had 12 brothers and four sisters. She […]

Vanessa Nicholson, a member of the Defence Women’s Advisory Group, has started a collection drive for menstrual hygiene products.

Period Poverty campaign seeking donations

Peter MallettStaff Writer__ A campaign to collect menstrual hygiene products for people in need has been launched by members of the Defence Women’s Advisory Organization (DWAO). Vanessa Nicholson, DWAO member, has a target of amassing 10,000 menstrual hygiene products by May 28, 2022. The end date coincides with the World Menstrual Hygiene Day.  “People are […]