Master Seaman Steve Clark

Sailor Profile / July 8, 2013

I am a naval communicator on board HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN. My present employment is chief of radio communications. I'm responsible for the smooth running of all communication circuits-internal and external-of the ship.

My parents, Ron and Cathy, live in Middle Sackville, N.S., where I grew up. My sister, Debbie, her husband, Bob, and my nephew, Bruce, live in Lantz, N.S., and my brother, Ronnie, and his wife, Jan, also live in Middle Sackville. We are a tight-knit family, and regularly meet at the parents' house. We've been on patrol in the Northern Arabian Gulf, which has been very busy and challenging. We also had a port visit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, which was most enjoyable after a busy two-week stint at sea.

My rhythm at sea is work, eat, sleep and work out; that's pretty much my average day. There isn't a whole lot you can do on board, but time goes by quickly, and port visits are that much more enjoyable for it. It's definitely hard to be away from my family and friends, but you make new friends and you get to see the world.

When we go away, we are representing Canada, and the respect people from other countries have for us because we are from Canada is unbelievable. We know this, and are proud to be representing our country. We always try to portray Canada in a positive light.I joined the Navy to meet new people and see the world. Before I joined, I was never out of the Maritimes, but now I've seen so many places and so many different cultures. It's great, but I will say one thing: it's always nice to come home to Canada.