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Photo: Corporal (Cpl) Jay Naples, MARPAC Imaging Services, Esquimalt

Raven Program takes flight again

Kateryna Bandura Editor — The Raven Indigenous Summer Program is back this year with a few major revamps. Not only are half of this year’s staff women, but two staff members have Indigenous backgrounds. Such diversity brings unique experiences and perspectives, said Petty Officer First Class (PO1) Michelle Howell, Raven’s Program Coordinator. “This not only gives […]

Lieutenant (Navy) Michael-Lucien Bergeron juggles while attempting to set a Guinness World Record in Joggling at a distance of 10 kilometres at Canada Games Place in Charlottetown, P.E.I., July 9. Photo: Carrie Gregory

‘Joggler’ fame grows with World Record attempt

Peter Mallett Staff Writer — A Fleet-footed joggler of the Canadian Naval Reserves has struck again, this time as a potential new world record holder. Lieutenant (Navy) Michael-Lucien Bergeron ran a 10-kilometre race while juggling in 34 minutes 47 seconds at Canada Games Place track and field facility in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, on July 10. […]

Naval Security Team Exercise in the Okanagan

Naval Security Team Exercise in the Okanagan

Sub-Lieutenant Wilson Ho, MARPAC Public Affairs/NST PAO — The Naval Security Team deployed on Okanagan Lake in Kelowna to conduct a training exercise from July 4-9. “The Naval Security Team is an integral unit within Canadian Fleet Pacific, and this deployment offered us the opportunity to practise our tradecraft in different, realistic, and challenging environments,” said […]

Military Surgeon Honours CAF with a Painting

Military Surgeon Honours CAF with a Painting

The Canadian Forces Health Services Centre (Pacific) in Esquimalt will soon become home for a one-of-a-kind commemorative artwork.

Reservist discovers rewards of the Sentinel Program

Reservist discovers rewards of the Sentinel Program

Peter Mallett Staff Writer  — The inspiration to join the Sentinel program has much to do with being a self-described ‘people’ person, says one of the newest Sentinels on the west coast. “If I think back to all the greatest experiences I have had in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), along with the worst experiences in […]

fire truck decorated in christmas lights

Firefighter’s legacy shines at parade

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer – Base firefighters continued the holiday legacy of a fallen comrade this year by entering Pumper No. 450 into this year’s annual Esquimalt Celebration of Lights parade. The backup pumper for CFB Esquimalt’s Fire and Rescue Services was adorned with over 1,000 Christmas lights and took home top prize for Best […]

Tour de Rock riders make first-ever stop at CFB Esquimalt

Tour de Rock riders make first-ever stop at CFB Esquimalt

Tour de Rock riders were on the final day of their gruelling 1,100-kilometre journey across Vancouver Island Oct. 2 when they pulled into CFB Esquimalt.  “This is the first time the tour has ever stopped at the base. We are greatly honoured and hope it is the first of many,” said Acting Base Commander, Cdr […]

Pacific team rallies for women’s national soccer title

Pacific team rallies for women’s national soccer title

The Pacific Region women’s soccer team rebounded from two opening losses to win their first Canadian Armed Forces Women’s National Soccer Championship, defeating Quebec in a penalty kicks tiebreaker. “It took a couple of seconds for me to process the fact the game was over and we had won,” said Pacific Region coach Sgt Caleb […]

Energy efficient lights brighten activity centre inside and out

Energy efficient lights brighten activity centre inside and out

Environmentally friendly updates to the lighting at the Colwood Pacific Activity Centre (CPAC) will save the facility nearly 30,000 kilowatt hours and thousands of dollars per year – enough to power three average B.C. homes. LED lights as well as and motion and daylight sensors were installed after Technical Specialist Derek Knudsen made recommendations to […]

Stealthy, sleek Chicoutimi officially joins the fleet

Stealthy, sleek Chicoutimi officially joins the fleet

On Sept 3, HMCS Chicoutimi, a Victoria-class submarine currently stationed at CFB Esquimalt, was officially commissioned into the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). Commissioning is the formal and ceremonial act of placing a ship or submarine in active service. In this case, the ceremony has a significant ceremonial aspect: Chicoutimi was finally able to fly the […]