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Mystery explained: Canadian flags on war graves in England

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer — A long-standing mystery of who has been placing Canadian flags on the graves of First World War soldiers in Southern England has been solved. For the past ten years, tiny maple leaf flags have been appearing at the headstones of two 1st Canadian Tank Battalion members at Holy Rood Church in […]

Five questions with Base tailors

Five questions with Base tailors

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer — After a hard day’s work, Mina and Sukhi Purewal say they are incredibly proud of their work. The two sisters and their staff operate two tailor shops, their flagship retail store A&B Tailor Shop is located in the heart of downtown Victoria. Their retail outlet at the Base, Mia’s Tailor Shop, […]

Set your 2023 up for financial success

Set your 2023 up for financial success

Craig York, Financial Counsellor, SISIP Financial, CFMWS — If you fear the arrival of your January credit card bill after purchasing Christmas gifts and Boxing Day sales, now is the time to make a resolution to improve your financial well-being in 2023 and avoid a ‘holiday hangover’ in the future. First, it’s important to separate wants […]

New initiative from Soldier On

New initiative from Soldier On

Ryan Cane, Senior Manager Recreation Program and Community Services, PSP HQ — Soldier On is launching an initiative that provides new opportunities for ill and injured serving and Veteran soldiers, sailors and aviators. Soldier On members and their family and friends can participate in different events, ranging from bowling to skating and even horseback riding! “Military […]

Chief of Defence Staff congratulates dedicated DAAG co-chair

Chief of Defence Staff congratulates dedicated DAAG co-chair

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer — A Senior Project Manager at CFB Esquimalt has been hailed by the Chief of Defence Staff. Lisa deWit of Formation Review was recognized for her contributions as National Civilian Co-Chair to the Defence Aboriginal Advisory Group (DAAG) in an open letter dated Dec. 16 from General (Gen) Wayne Eyre, Chief of […]

Medals for Children will soon be available on both coasts

Medals for Children will soon be available on both coasts

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer — A  non-profit that awards medals to children of deployed Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) sailors will expand its reach to Eastern Canada by the end of this year. Medals for Children, an initiative launched in 2021 by Earl Phillips of Grande Prairie, Alta., will award medals to children of parents deployed aboard […]

Christmas traditions of the Royal Canadian Navy

Christmas traditions of the Royal Canadian Navy

Clare Sharpe, CFB Esquimalt Naval & Military Museum — From the Archives: Stories from the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum At the heart of many longstanding holiday traditions in the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) is the desire to build camaraderie, ease loneliness, lift people’s spirits, and create a sense of togetherness. One well-loved practice in […]

HMCS Ottawa hosts Lion’s share of Christmas

HMCS Ottawa hosts Lion’s share of Christmas

Kateryna Bandura, Lookout Editor — Christmas cookies crumble onto HMCS Ottawa’s deck as seven daze-eyed children observe Sailor First Class (S1) Deryck Kent, a Marine Technician, in the Machinery Control Room (MCR). “This is what makes the ship run,” he says, pointing into a hole in the floor. Beneath – a propulsion system that can take […]

HMCS Regina sailors play Santa to Victoria General Hospital children’s ward

HMCS Regina sailors play Santa to Victoria General Hospital children’s ward

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer — HMCS Regina’s crew made this Christmas extra special for young patients at Victoria General Hospital. Sailors of the Halifax-class frigate stopped by the Children’s Life Department at the hospital ahead of the Christmas break to donate $3,600 in presents and gift cards. Volunteers delivered over 100 gifts for children, including toys, […]

New dock bottom - crush caps await HMCS Ottawa at dry dock

New dock bottom – crush caps await HMCS Ottawa at dry dock

Ashley Evans, Strategic Communications Officer, FMF CB/CS — On a rainy November afternoon, while filming interviews at the bottom of the Fleet Maintenance Facility (FMF) Cape Breton’s (CB) dry dock, we noticed a group of Shipwrights working away at the opposite end. They were working to prepare the dry dock for the docking of HMCS Ottawa […]