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Cdr Matthew Otoupal

Naval officer continues top marks on FORCE test

Joanie Veitch Trident Newspaper — After scoring 398 out of 400 in his most recent FORCE fitness evaluation, Cdr Matthew Otoupal is understated when asked how he reached the Platinum level, a feat accomplished by fewer than one per cent of Canadian Armed Forces members. “I wanted to push myself during the test,” he says. “I […]

S1 Jaime Santisteban Bazan

2022 Sailor of the First Quarter recognized

Kateryna Bandura Editor — The good work of Sailor First Class Jaime Santisteban Bazan has earned him Sailor of the First Quarter honours. The award recognizes the outstanding achievements of a junior non-commissioned member of a fleet unit. The HMCS Victoria sonar operator was humble about his recognition. “I don’t think I’m special. I look around […]

Fleet Weekend

Royal Canadian Navy Fleet Weekend Vancouver 2022

SLt Wilson Ho MARPAC Public Affairs — As seven navy vessels passed under the Lions Gate Bridge in North Vancouver Friday April 29, curious onlookers lined the Stanley Park Seawall and the Burrard Dry Dock Pier, where the ships were berthing. Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships Vancouver, Calgary, Brandon, and Edmonton, and three Orca Class Patrol Training […]

Call for stories: Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service 80th Anniversary

Call for stories: Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service 80th Anniversary

With the 80th anniversary of the inception of the Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service (WRCNS) approaching on July 31, Canadians are invited to share their stories about a friend or family member who served in the WRCNS. Submissions may be published on the RCN’s website, base newspapers, and social media accounts. Please include high resolution, […]

Emergency contacts - think about your loved ones

Emergency contacts – think about your loved ones

DND/CAF — Do you have the right contacts listed on your CF 742 Emergency Contact Notification (ECN) and DND 2587 Next of Kin Identification (NOK) forms? If you’re like the majority of us, you joined the Canadian Armed Forces right out of high school or during university. At that point, your parents and possibly a […]


Vampire undercover

Peter Mallett Staff Writer — Aviation history will soar to new heights when the Comox Air Force Museum places its prized De Havilland Vampire Mark III fighter jet under a glass protective display structure. To do this, they need $1.5 million in donations to build a pavilion in the museum’s Heritage Air Park, hopefully in time […]


Vaisakhi video celebrates Sikh heritage in the Canadian Armed Forces

Peter Mallett Staff Writer — A few Canadian Armed Forces members have created and posted on Facebook a video celebrating the Sikh Holiday Vaisakhi and Sikh Heritage Month. Vaisakhi is one of the most important days on the Sikh calendar and occurs each year in mid-April along with Sikh heritage month. Military personnel of Sikh heritage […]


CFSA bids farewell to Monroe Head location

Peter Mallett Staff Writer — Lang Cove is the new site of the Canadian Forces Sailing Association (CFSA). The protected inlet, visible from the entrance to Naden, will be the home for the recreational boats of club members. “We really like our new home because it brings CFSA into the heart of the CFB Esquimalt community,” […]

Digital Navy

Don’t miss the boat on data analytics

Peter Mallett Staff Writer — The Royal Canadian Navy wants to send you to Data Boot Camp. There are no chin-ups, obstacle courses, or early morning inspection required in this digital Basic Military Qualification. Instead, it’s a starting point on the road to building a digitally-ready future fleet and crew, and involves three introductory data analytics […]

HMCS Brandon

HMCS Brandon Day Sail: person overboard and other demonstrations

Kateryna Bandura Lookout Editor — Surrounded by 30 civilians on the deck of HMCS Brandon, Petty Officer Second Class (PO2) Lance Ingeberg explained the person overboard exercise unfolding in the water before them. “The fleet standard is five minutes, from the second alarm is raised to the person recovered safely in the Zodiac,” he explains. The […]