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Navy Run salutes ‘Stan the Running Man’

Navy Run salutes ‘Stan the Running Man’

  Peter Mallett, Staff Writer — Being named the 2023 Navy Run Ambassador has given Chief Petty Officer First Class (CPO1) Stan Budden the cause to reflect on his miraculous journey. Each June, the Navy Run is a marquee event on the CFB Esquimalt social calendar that sees hundreds of military and civilian runners take to Esquimalt […]

HMCS Brandon

HMCS Brandon reservists receive milestone patch

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer — Sailor Second Class (S2) Isiah Laxamana, a Boatswain currently posted to HMCS Brandon, became the Pacific Fleet’s first recipient of a morale patch celebrating the Centennial of Canada’s Naval Reserve. Commodore (Cmdre) David Mazur personally presented the morale patch on Brandon’s forecastle on Feb. 21 to 12 crew members who hail from […]

Jackspeak - chewing the fat

Jackspeak: chewing the fat

Today’s navy is much the same as yesterday’s in that hungry sailors have to eat. Today, sailors eat a hearty bowl of soup at morning stand easy. In the days of sail, they might have had to rely on chewing a fatty piece of salt pork. Growlies is a nickname for any tasty food cooked […]

Cdr (ret’d) Peter Chance

Centenarian, naval veteran becomes pilot for a day

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer — Centenarian Commander (Cdr) (ret’d) Peter Chance is on ‘cloud nine’ after piloting over of Vancouver Island last week. The 102-year-old Second World War veteran spent approximately 45 minutes at the controls of a Cessna 172 Skyhawk on Feb. 13. “The entire experience was absolutely superb and the most exciting thing that has […]

HMCS Edmonton

HMCS Edmonton deploys for Op Caribbe

MARPAC — His Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Edmonton deployed on Feb. 13 from its home port of Esquimalt, British Columbia, to conduct drug interdiction on Operation Caribbe. “We continue to strengthen our international relationships and demonstrate Canada’s commitment to address security challenges in the Americas. HMCS Edmonton is proud to be a part of Operation Caribbe […]

FMF Team visits HMCS Discovery, Vancouver

FMF Team visits HMCS Discovery, Vancouver

Ashley Evans, Strategic Communications Officer, FMF CB/CS — A small Fleet Maintenance Facility Cape Breton (FMF CB) team climbed aboard the Swartz Bay Ferry on Feb. 5 to share the story and purpose of FMF at HMCS Discovery. Ryan Solomon, Group Manager 5 at FMF CB, said the event was a great success. “Some of our displays […]

Captain Natalie Butler

Dental Officer inspired by Wounded Warriors run

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer — The gruelling physical challenge of traversing the length of Vancouver Island over eight consecutive days seems daunting. Captain (Capt) Nathalie Butler is up to the task. A Dental Officer from the Naden Dental Clinic, Capt Butler is one of two new fleet-footed volunteers on this year’s eight-member WWRBC. “I knew […]

Esquimalt Tritons Women’s hockey

Tritons celebrate triple play of regional titles

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer — Three Esquimalt Tritons teams crushed all competition on the ice and hardwood on the way to Canada West regional titles. The women’s and senior men’s hockey and men’s basketball teams went undefeated in Canada West regional competitions while earning berths in upcoming Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) National Championship tournaments. […]

HMCS Vancouver Change of Command

HMCS Vancouver Change of Command

HMCS Vancouver looks ahead to a summer deployment with a new leader. Peter Mallett, Staff Writer — Commander (Cdr) Meghan Coates assumed command of her second Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) warship in less than a year. “My most important lesson so far is that I can learn so much from the ship’s team every day, […]


Jackspeak: scuttlebutt

Scuttlebutt is a commonly used term with a naval origin. As far back as the 17th century, a scuttled butt was the term for a barrel that had been breached to provide a source of fresh water for the crew. Much like a modern water cooler, rumours and gossip were often shared, and these tidbits of information were referred to as scuttlebutt. […]