Life at Sea

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.

PO1 Curtis Penton

At Christmas, “A ship’s crew … maintains the traditions and atmosphere that members would receive while at home”

“Our mess dinner is always a special gathering, placing operational requirements aside for a few minutes to listen to the padre’s blessing prior to devouring some delicious turkey and stuffing.”

Lt(N) Eric Dignard

How the “brain of the ship” thinks – the Ops Room demystified

“When you think of a ship, the Bridge is the eyes, the Machinery Control Room is the heart and the Operations Room is the brain,” explains Lieutenant Commander Will Chong, HMCS Ottawa’s Operations Officer.

PO1 Jeff Carter

Sailor discusses being deployed during the holidays

HMCS Ottawa returned to Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt, B.C., on December 18, concluding a four-and-a-half-month deployment in the Asia-Pacific region, so PO1 Carter will be home this year with his family for the holidays.


PO2 Sebastien St-Pierre

Junior Sonar Operators learn how to hear and track a submarine

For Sonar Operators, listening is an art form. Not only do they have to listen, but interpret what they hear to determine what is occupying the surrounding waters – particularly if the “what” they hear may be an enemy submarine.
December 19, 2019

LS Guyeon Kim

A community forged in shared culture

HMCS Ottawa currently has aboard six members born in the Republic of Korea, many with close family still living in Pyeongtaek, Incheon and Busan – three of the ports visited during the deployment.
December 11, 2019

CSE teams loads the CWIS

Combat Systems Engineers ensure HMCS Ottawa is ready to fight

When most people think of the engineering department on a ship, they think of the engine room.  However, engineers have other vital functions they must be able to perform like ensuring Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Ottawa is able to ready to fight.
December 9, 2019