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Life at sea - Soup and unique navy words

Life at sea – Soup and unique navy words

Lt Jeff Klassen Public Affairs Officer–– I sailed in HMCS Regina earlier this year. While there, I wrote about my experiences in a BLOG and this is a continuation of that. Navy culture is really quite different to the other environments. They do all sorts of unique things, some of them dating back hundreds of […]

New barges to bolster harbour ops

New barges to bolster harbour ops

Peter MallettStaff Writer–– A quartet of barges are set to make water-side ship maintenance a little easier. Four Stevedoring barges, constructed by Canadian Maritime Engineering of Port Alberni, were towed to the base by tugboat, and became crown assets on March 12. After the final certifying documentation is received from the contractor, there will be […]

HMCS Malahat holds first-ever Virtual Training Mess Dinner

HMCS Malahat holds first-ever Virtual Training Mess Dinner

SLt Donald DenHMCS Malahat PAO–– Since the onset of COVID-19, Victoria’s Naval Reserve Division HMCS Malahat has “cracked the code” when it comes to conducting regular training. Malahat has gotten members in boats, divers in the water, and held regular training nights since the pandemic began. When it comes to personnel readiness, Malahat and the […]

Cadets chose their own adventure during virtual spring break

Cadets chose their own adventure during virtual spring break

FSgt Jaskirat Singh888 Avenger RCACS, Vancouver  WO2 Myranda Middleton 848 Royal Roads RCACS, Victoria WO Harmannat Pabla 3300 British Columbia Regiment Bhai Kanhaiya, RCACC, Surrey–– Cadets in B.C. haven’t been able to train in person since November 2020, but that hasn’t stopped them from having unique experiences and opportunities. Spring Break was no exception. Throughout […]

Firefighter's effort results in better health protection

Firefighter’s effort results in better health protection

Peter MallettStaff Writer–– Sometimes all it takes is a little ingenuity and a desire to effect positive change to make a workplace better. A year ago, firefighter Curt Morwick set about to improve the balaclava-style hood used by himself and other firefighters at CFB Esquimalt Fire and Rescue. His team used disposable, single-use hoods to […]

HMS Montrose seizes third drug haul in five weeks

HMS Montrose seizes third drug haul in five weeks

Combined Maritime Forces–– Royal Navy frigate HMS Montrose has struck success for a third time in less than five weeks. In an operation lasting 10 hours, Montrose intercepted over 2,800 kilograms (6,100 lbs) of hashish and 50 kg (110 lbs) of heroin in the Arabian Sea, March 12. The boarding team from the ship, operating […]

Chilly training for clearance divers during ICEDIVEX 21

Chilly training for clearance divers during ICEDIVEX 21

Peter MallettStaff Writer–– Diving in icy waters might not appeal to most civilian divers but for the navy’s Clearance Divers it is a must. To maintain operational diving expertise in extreme cold and under-ice environments, they must train to operate in these harsh conditions and ensure their equipment works well. This was tested the first […]

Raising the flag for transgender pride

Raising the flag for transgender pride

Maritime Forces Pacific will make history Wednesday when it raises the Transgender Pride Flag in Dockyard, Work Point, and at Naden at 8 a.m. The ceremony corresponds with International Transgender Day of Visibility that was founded by transgender activist Rachel Crandall in 2009 in reaction to the lack of recognition of transgender people. The annual […]

Life at sea - It’s a mess (where you sleep)

Life at sea – It’s a mess (where you sleep)

By Lt Jeff KlassenPublic Affairs Officer–– This is the third in a series of blog posts about my experiences while sailing with HMCS Regina, a Canadian Halifax-class warship. Blog Post THREE: It’s a mess (where you sleep). In a ship you don’t sleep in a bedroom; you sleep either in a ‘cabin’ or a ‘mess’ […]

Veteran celebrates 106th birthday with a new-fashioned party

Veteran celebrates 106th birthday with a new-fashioned party

Peter MallettStaff Writer–– There were smiles, toasts to good health, and plenty of cheer when one of Canada’s oldest veterans celebrated his 106th birthday milestone. The small gathering of in-person and virtual well-wishers came together in the dining room at Veterans Memorial Lodge on March 11 to honour Albert Middleton. “I really enjoyed the party […]