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.

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