Life in the RCN

Imagine waking up for work and walking to the dockyard. You are greeted by the call of seagulls, the smell of crisp sea air and the sound of crashing waves on the rocks. You board a ship, and spend your day with a tight-knit group of coworkers. Imagine traveling around the world, experiencing new cultures, climates and customs-- and getting paid for it.

A career in the Navy has many advantages. Whether you are preparing to leave high school and are curious about what lies around the bend, or you have been in the workforce and are looking for a new adventure, the Navy has a variety of sea trades and positions with training unique to Canada and envied around the world. You can use your computer skills as a combat information operator, you can become an elite Navy diver, or even an electrician. In the Navy, the possibilities and the adventures are endless.

SLt Perrior

SLt Perrior gets his boots dry on Antarctic ice

Not many people get to go Antarctica, never mind drive an advanced polar class ship as part of the twenty-sixth Scientific Campaign of Peru to Antarctica.

Leading Seaman Darcy Boucher

A citizen sailor hits the high seas aboard HMCS Ottawa

Coming from a long lineage of army and air force family members, I made a bold and rebellious move in joining the Royal Canadian Navy.

HMCS Summerside

Deployed sailors stay connected with home while at sea

Few things say separation more perfectly than the image of Canadian sailors on a warship leaving home port as family and friends wave goodbye. Yet that iconic image of navy life is fast becoming a bit dated.


Lieutenant (Navy) Brendan Ryan

Guitars and battleships

During a 2008 Standing Naval Force Mediterranean deployment aboard HMCS St. John’s, I managed to stow away my mandolin. Likewise, other crew members had managed to bring along their instruments, and we were able to form a band (aptly named Crash on Deck, or COD).
April 25, 2016

Ordinary Seaman David Lescombe

Does the navy sail on its stomach?

Nearly everyone has heard Napoleon’s expression that “an army marches on its stomach”, but what about the navy?
April 25, 2016

Nicholas Pike

Generous sailors reach out to local charities

The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) is a professional war-fighting service, but its sailors have a generous side that is well known across the country and manifests itself in the hundreds of thousands of dollars raised each year for charity.
April 21, 2016