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Esquimalt Legion Sgt-at-Arms Sean Guadet lays a wreath during the service. Photo: Master Sailor Valerie LeClair, MARPAC Imaging Services.

Esquimalt community commemorates a dark chapter in local naval history

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer — On a bright spring day, Esquimalt’s military community paused to commemorate one of its darkest moments – the sinking of its namesake vessel and those who perished aboard. Captain (Navy) Kevin Whiteside, CFB Esquimalt Base Commander, attended the Apr. 16 ceremony at Esquimalt’s Memorial Park, organized by […]

Reservists of HMCS Esquimalt tragedy honoured

Reservists of HMCS Esquimalt tragedy honoured

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer — The crew of HMCS Esquimalt and their family are in the thoughts and prayers of Victoria’s military community. A memorial service in the ship’s namesake city on Apr. 16 at Memorial Park paid tribute to the last Canadian warship lost in the Second World War and the 39 crew who died in […]

Special Visit during weepers

Surprise visit during weepers

A packed lunchtime Weepers crowd at the Wardroom on March 27 was treated to an impromptu speech on by a unique former Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve officer, SLt (Ret’d) Louis Howard. SLt (Ret’d) Howard, 91, is one of only three surviving crew members from HMCS Sarnia, the ship that helped rescue survivors from HMCS […]