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.
Lieutenant-Commander Tom Sliming, Deputy Project Director of the Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship Project, discusses the Royal Canadian Navy’s newest class of ships and why they are important to Canada.
From ordinary seaman to chief petty officer first class and commissioned officer in a career that has spanned more than 32 years, retired Lieutenant (Navy) Rob “Bats” Arbour is not only a submariner of the old school, but also a technical expert who still brings his considerable expertise to the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN).
From icy Arctic waters to the warm Caribbean Sea, the Royal Canadian Navy’s 12 Kingston-class Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels (MCDVs) have been expanding their roles and proving their worth time and again.