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Members of the Victory Oar Duff racing team gather for a team photograph on Apr. 10 at the Seamanship Training Centre in Naden. (L-R): Lieutenant (Navy) (Lt(N)) Jeff Phillips, Lt(N) Ellery Down, Acting Sub-Lieutenant (A/SLt) Benjamin Roth, Sailor 1st Class (S1) Evan Helgason-Thorpe, A/SLt Maxwell Lucas, and S1 Maxime Vandal. Photo: Peter Mallett/Lookout Newspaper.

It’s ‘Victory Oar Duff’ in race to Alaska

Peter Mallett,  Staff Writer  —  vic·to·ry /ˈvikt(ə)rē/ | nounan act of defeating an enemy or opponent in a battle, game, or other competition. oar /ôr/ | nouna pole with a flat blade, pivoting in an oar lock, used to row or steer a boat through the water.   duff /dəf/ adjective, informal   1. Dessert 2. Indicates that something […]

A/SLt Kayvan Aflaki stands with a landmark signpost at Captain Arturo Prat Base, a Chilean Antarctic research station located on Greenwich Island, after completing a replenishment with the crew members of Chilean offshore patrol vessel Marinero Fuentealba. Photo: ST Felipe Olea.

RCN sailor traverses the Antarctic waters with the Chilean Navy

A/SLt Kayvan Aflaki, NWO  —  As a Naval Warfare Officer with the Royal Canadian Navy, my career has involved sailing Canada’s territorial waters, but nothing could have prepared me for the extraordinary journey that unfolded in November 2023—an expedition to Antarctica as an attaché to the Chilean Navy.  This unique opportunity, through a program called Regulus designed to […]

<strong>NST offers new qualification options</strong>

NST offers new qualification options

The RBTO course is a new course at NST, planned to be conducted four times a year. It trains qualified response boat operators to augment and assist NST in force protection. At home, the team assists with transitions to harbour defense to ensure the safety of civilian vessels, allied vessels, and Canadian ships. Abroad, the team works with North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and NATO-friendly countries through capacity building and interoperability training.