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Margaret Brooke (hull 431) is seen alongside HMCS Max Bernays (hull 432) at Irving Shipbuilding’s Halifax facility. Photo courtesy Irving Shipbuilding.

Margaret Brooke crew receive Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship

  Joanie Veitch, Trident Newspaper–– The delivery of the Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) Margaret Brooke on July 15 in Halifax marked an important milestone both for the Royal Canadian Navy and for the ship’s crew. “The crew of Margaret Brooke finally has a ship to call their own,” said Cdr Nicole Robichaud, Margaret Brooke’s […]

The team from the MFRC, Jackie Carlé, Lisa Church, Debra Groves, Kathy Cook, with Gordie Dodd.

Dodd’s, MFRC team up for fundraiser

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer–– It was the sound of money as bottles bumped and cans clanged outside Dodd’s Furniture and Mattress off Finlayson Avenue on July 11. The store held a touchless bottle drive on behalf of the Esquimalt Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC), a gesture of support for military families. Four MFRC volunteers were on […]

Seaking

Seaking Becomes Gate Guardian

Maj Philip Dodge, 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron –– 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron has a new guardian at the facility entrance – a beautifully preserved Sea King helicopter. On July 7, the CH12417 Gate Guardian was dedicated by the Squadron’s Commanding Officer, LCol Ryan Sexsmith, and Honourary Colonel Mike Sudul, along with the placement of a time […]

Commander Mark O’Donohue, HMCS Calgary Commanding Officer; Cdr Meghan Coates, Executive Officer; and Chief Petty Officer First Class Mark Chambers, Coxswain, stand on the ship’s forecastle as Cameron MacKay, Canadian Ambassador to Indonesia and Timor-Leste; Diedrah Kelly, Canadian Ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations; Colonel Andrew Cleveland, Canadian Defence Attaché to Indonesia, the Philippines, Brunei and Timor-Leste; and two of their staff members wave farewell from the jetty as the ship was alongside in Jakarta, Indonesia, July 2.

HMCS Calgary visits Indonesia, exercises with Indonesian Navy

  Captain Jeff Klassen, HMCS Calgary–– HMCS Calgary enhanced its naval partnership and Canadian-Indonesian relations during a technical visit to Jakarta on July 1 to 3 as part of Operation Projection. During this visit the ship had several interactions with Indonesian ships including a multi-ship escort upon its sail into Jakarta and a flashing light communications […]

Sailors lined the floats at the Seamanship Training Centre for departing officer LCdr Mike Erwin. Following that, they removed their caps and gave three cheers as the Whaler, staffed by senior staff of Naval Fleet School Pacifc, pulled away to row him ashore.

Three cheers send off for LCdr Mike Erwin

  Peter Mallett, Staff Writer–– It could be said that LCdr Michael Erwin is a renaissance man. Cartoonist, writer, friend to Gnaval Gnome, sailor, officer, Guard Commander, and his last post before he retired July 8 – Seamanship Division Commander at Naval Fleet School Pacific. His retirement, also his 60th birthday, marked the end of a […]

Lieutenant-General Wayne Eyre

Message from the Acting Chief of the Defence Staff on the fall of Panjwai, Afghanistan

Lieutenant-General Wayne Eyre, Acting Chief of the Defence Staff–– Many of us have been watching the reports coming out of Afghanistan with dismay. The fall of Panjwai, reported two weeks ago, has hit many of us particularly hard, and as we question our legacy, it serves as a harbinger for all Canadians who served in the […]

Capt(N) Jeff Hutchinson, Base Commander

An uncertain start leads to base command

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer–– When the grad party died down and the high school certificate was stowed away, a young Jeff Hutchinson was left aimless.  It was the early 90s, and nothing really stood out to him as a definitive career path. So, he popped into the Halifax, Nova Scotia, Recruiting Centre, to see what was […]

Capt(N) Jeff Hutchinson addresses the crowd gathered on museum square July 15 following the change of command of CFB Esquimalt. The speech marked his first as the new Base Commander. Photo by S1 Mike Goluboff, MARPAC Imaging Services, Esquimalt

Prestigious occasion as CFB Esquimalt changes leadership

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer –– Managing CFB Esquimalt is now the responsibility of Captain(Navy) Jeff Hutchinson, as he took ownership of the base on July 15. With approximately 70 guests in attendance, Capt(N) Sam Sader transferred command to Capt(N) Hutchison with Rear-Admiral Angus Topshee presiding over the ceremony held at Museum Square. Capt(N) Sader now moves […]

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth presented a Royal Banner to the Canadian Armed Forces Legal Branch

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth presented a Royal Banner to the Canadian Armed Forces Legal Branch

DND–– It was a banner day for members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Legal Branch as they virtually engaged with Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, Colonel-in-Chief of the CAF Legal Branch on June 22 for a formal presentation of a Royal Banner by the Queen. “It was my honour and pleasure to have received this Royal Banner […]

Sailor Profile: S1 Jesse Gisborne

Sailor Profile: S1 Jesse Gisborne

Sailor 1st Class (S1) Jesse Gisborne, a Clearance Diver from Fleet Diving Unit (Pacific), is deployed on Operation Unifier supporting Exercise Sea Breeze 21 in Odesa, Ukraine.  Raised in Abbotsford, B.C., and a local of Victoria, S1 Gisborne, has always dreamt about travelling the world and living a life of adventure. “I was a young man searching for adventure on […]