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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 […]

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Community mailboxes planned for base housing

By the end of 2015, Canada Post anticipates that Residential Housing Units (RHU) associated with CFB Esquimalt will be converted from the individual mailing system to community mailbox delivery. Andrew Graves, an advisor for Canada Post’s Communication Services, says the conversion is a result of newly emerging trends in the mailing needs of Canadian households. […]

RAdm Bill Truelove and Mrs. Brenda Truelove

Wishing you the best of the holiday season

As the year draws to a close and we enter the Christmas/New Year season, I hope that you’ll take the opportunity for some well-deserved leave. It is an important time to spend with family and friends, reflect on the past year, and prepare for the year ahead. In looking back over the last year, I […]

At the Esquimalt Cenotaph

At the Esquimalt Cenotaph

Capt(N) Steve Waddell, Commander CFB Esquimalt, and CPO1 Shawn Taylor, Base Chief salute after placing a wreath at the Esquimalt Cenotaph during the Remembrance Day Ceremony in Esquimalt.  

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Forgotten Chinese workers honoured

Last week, Capt(N) Steve Waddell, CFB Esquimalt’s Base Commander, joined members of the Chinese Canadian Military Museum Society and William Head personnel for a dedication ceremony and  plaque unveiling at the William Head Institution. The plaque was dedicated to First World War Chinese Labour Corps personnel who died and were buried at William Head, which […]

Pat Dunkley and Steve Cullimore take part in an exercise with the Firebrand firefighting vessel during the Great BC Shakeout.

Fireboat demonstrates a unique capability

Two week ago, base firefighters exercised with Firebrand, the Pacific Coast navy’s fireboat, to test its ability to become a portable water-side “hydrant.” When fighting a fire from the water, Firebrand can employ its three water cannons and  fire suppressant foam from its two 250 gallon tanks. But it can also be used to fight […]