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Helicopter crew member's journey to sea

Helicopter crew member’s journey to sea

Sgt Ryan Harpell443 MH Squadron, HMCS Winnipeg–– This journey began many months before ever stepping foot on the deck of HMCS Winnipeg and sailing away for a four-month deployment on Operations Neon and Projection. It began in the summer of 2020 when I received news I would be the next Air Detachment Sergeant from the […]

Wings of the Fleet: Maritime Helicopter on Operations with HMCS Winnipeg

Wings of the Fleet: Maritime Helicopter on Operations with HMCS Winnipeg

Capt John Jacob HMCS Winnipeg–– An embarked Helicopter Air Detachment (HELAIRDET) is a force multiplier for any Royal Canadian Navy ship going to sea. The CH-148 Cyclone boasts an array of modern surface and sub-surface sensor suites and an integrated mission data management system that allows this maritime helicopter to excel in the modern battle […]

CFMWS Community Needs Assessment Survey

CFMWS Community Needs Assessment Survey

Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services (CFMWS) is launching another Community Needs Assessment (CNA) Survey, this time with a different focus. Instead of re-assessing collective needs and program deficiencies, the 2021 assessment will look at community needs from a micro-level perspective, such as when is the best time to offer programming and how and when […]

A Rock-Solid Connection Created in Arctic Bay, Nunavut

A Rock-Solid Connection Created in Arctic Bay, Nunavut

Lt(N) Lisa TubbHMCS Harry DeWolf–– A mineral collection was the last thing Petty Officer Second Class Jonathan Dunphy expected to see while giving a tour of HMCS Harry DeWolf in Arctic Bay on Aug. 26. However, while admiring the local landscape, he had a conversation with a local community member on the tour that drifted […]

HMCS Harry DeWolf makes Operation Caribbe history

HMCS Harry DeWolf makes Operation Caribbe history

Lt(N) Lisa TubbHMCS Harry DeWolf–– A little history was made recently when HMCS Harry DeWolf became the first Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship to deploy on Operation Caribbe, and successfully confiscate narcotics in their first drug bust soon after arriving in the operations area. The interdiction was made by the embarked United States Coast Guard […]

Hi-tech fix in the works for whale protection

Hi-tech fix in the works for whale protection

Peter MallettStaff Writer–– The welfare of marine mammals is at the fore of Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC)’s recent equipment testing.    A team of researchers launched the surf-board shaped Data Xplorer, a solar powered ocean drone, onto the ocean from Oak Bay’s Cattle Point on Nov. 23.  The technology, developed by Victoria-based Open […]

A Chance Exhibit

A Chance Exhibit

Peter MallettStaff Writer–– CFB Esquimalt’s Naval and Military Museum has dedicated its permanent Battle of the Atlantic exhibit to Commander (Retired) Peter Godwin Chance. On the day of his 101st birthday, Nov. 24, Base Commander, Capt(N) Jeff Hutchinson, base and museum staff, and museum volunteers held a small invitation-only ceremony. “I was absolutely amazed, humbled, […]

HMCS Algonquin Bell donated to museum

HMCS Algonquin Bell donated to museum

LCdr (Retired) Paul SegunaContributor–– At the behest of my wife Eva, we set out for an afternoon drive on Sunday, Sept. 26 for something to do on a rainy fall day. We took our regular route through the Saanich Peninsula with a planned stop at a favorite antiques and collectibles store in Brentwood Bay – […]

Game on for Tritons grappling team

Game on for Tritons grappling team

Peter MallettStaff Writer–– Tritons Grappling Club members are back in action learning and drilling their technique at the Naden Athletic Centre. The club went on hiatus when COVID-19 swept across the world, ending most close contact sports. As health and safety protocols loosened following mandatory double vaccinations for military members and federal government employees, the […]

Compassionate leave policy additions supports military families

Compassionate leave policy additions supports military families

DND–– The Director General of Compensation and Benefits (DGCB) recently introduced new sub-types of compassionate leave, which are now included in Chapter 7 of the Canadian Forces Leave Policy Manual (CFLPM). This new initiative will help reduce personal and family stress for CAF members so they can focus on the challenges at home when difficult situations arise. Following […]