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Lt(N) Stephen Tomlinson of Naval Fleet School Pacific poses with a copy of his new book 'Onward'.

Story of sailor’s victory released in print

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ A newly released book documenting the inspirational battle of a Royal Canadian Sailor and his triumph over cancer is now available in paperback. Onward traces the agonizing, life-and-death struggle of former HMCS Calgary Navigation Officer Lieutenant (Navy) Stephen Tomlinson endured with testicular cancer was released in June. Self-published by Island Blue […]

Kuwait honours Persian Gulf veterans

Kuwait honours Persian Gulf veterans

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ A Persian Gulf War veteran is reaching out to his comrades in arms to ensure they are properly honoured. Master Corporal (ret’d) Harold Davis of Cobble Hill, B.C. is founder and president of the Persian Gulf Veterans of Canada (PGVC) and also a proud recipient of the Kuwait Liberation Medal. The […]

A/SLt Anjad Aliak, a naval reservist with HMCS Donnaconna, gets a bearing of other ships while aboard Patrol Craft Training Vessel Cougar on July 22. A/SLt Aliak was conducting Officer of the Watch manoeuvers on the Victoria waterfront as part of his Naval Warfare Officer Phase 3 Training. Photo by Lt(N) Tom Eagle, PCTU.

Orcas back to training at sea

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ July has been a busy month for members of the Patrol Craft Training Unit (PCTU) and their Orca-class vessels who are making a cautious return to regular sails. The RCN’s eight Patrol-Craft Training vessels are used to instruct personnel from Naval Fleet School (Pacific) and support fleet training. In recent months […]

Saxe Point arrival and homecoming July 18, 2020. Photo by Don Butt

Army veteran ‘wired’ for world circumnavigation

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ A retired platoon commander of the Canadian Army has become the first North American to complete an extremely rare nautical feat. On July 18 Captain (ret’d) Bert ter Hart sailed his 44-foot sailboat SV Seaburban into Victoria’s Inner Harbour after a non-stop solo circumnavigation of the globe through the world’s five […]

HMCS Fredericton Welcome Home Initiative

HMCS Fredericton Welcome Home Initiative

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Fredericton has been deployed on Op Reassurance since January 20th of this year and is scheduled to return from its 6-month deployment on July 28th in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The frigate is part of a range of military activities undertaken by the CAF to support NATO assurance and deterrence measures and […]

Warship welcome aboard - virtual style

Warship welcome aboard – virtual style

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ The Royal Canadian Navy will showcase their warships to an American audience despite the cancellation of Seafair 2020 in Seattle.  Usually, the navy sends a few ships to represent Canada in the yearly July event, but with COVID-19 the event has been postponed. The ship tour will now be virtual and […]

Crawl to Sail: RCN sail experience 2020

Crawl to Sail: RCN sail experience 2020

A/SLt Dale Lui, RCN Sail, Campus Support (Pacific) ~ Beneath the unwavering heat of the Pacific sun, sailors, both seasoned and new, are training in cadres this summer to learn hands-on seafaring skills.  Despite COVID-19 conditions, which threatened the continuation of this year’s program, Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) Sail has managed to once again touch water, […]

Veteran-owned brewery flying high with new ales

Veteran-owned brewery flying high with new ales

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ A veteran-owned microbrewery in Victoria continues to expand its operations and delight the taste buds of beer connoisseurs despite uncertain economic times. V2V Black Hops Brewing recently released two new brands to its line-up of Canadian military-themed craft beers with Sea King IPA and Gunpowder Stout. The two new brews are […]

CPO2 Chris Fraser draws his next cartoon.

Pen and pun perfection

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ Chief Petty Officer Second Class Chris Fraser is making us giggle by releasing his private collection of single-pane pen-and-ink cartoons. Cartooning, he says, comes easily because humour abounds in everyday life and he doesn’t need to look too far to find it.  “My art work is really about the process of […]

Navy consults on changes to rank designations

Navy consults on changes to rank designations

DND ~ As the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) maintains its momentum toward a more inclusive environment, an effort has been initiated to consider new rank designations for junior ranks that will result in more inclusive and gender-neutral terms rather than the current Ordinary, Able, Leading, and Master Seaman. The navy is engaging currently serving and […]