Crowsnest - Fall 2017

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Crowsnest is the national news magazine of the Royal Canadian Navy. Its aim is to keep readers informed about the navy through in-depth articles, news and dynamic imagery. The magazine provides a better understanding of our navy, as well as an appreciation for the great work our sailors and air personnel do for Canada around the world.

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Commodore Geneviève Bernatchez

Shining at the highest levels: First woman appointed Judge Advocate General

Commodore Geneviève Bernatchez has come a long way from scrubbing the decks at her Naval Reserve Division in Montréal. This summer she was appointed by the Governor General of Canada as the first woman to hold the position of Judge Advocate General of the Canadian Armed Forces.

HMCS Montréal

Northern operations: Developing skills in a challenging environment

On a crisp summer morning in August, nearly 900 Canadian Armed Forces and civilian personnel descended upon Nunavut and Labrador for Operation Nanook, Canada’s largest and best known annual operation in the north.

Naval reservists

Naval Reserve Divisions: Safeguarding our history and modernizing our force

For over 100 years the Royal Canadian Navy has maintained a strong, vibrant and engaged presence in the communities of Halifax and Victoria. The population in these areas are familiar with seeing RCN ships in their harbours and sailors in their streets.


VAdm. Ron Lloyd and CPO1 Michel Vigneault

Interim Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment ship helps fill capability gap

A unique combination of military and civilian crew will operate the Royal Canadian Navy’s interim Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment ship, Motor Vessel Asterix.
October 31, 2017

Canadian and Chilean sailors

RCN sailors train for the future with Chilean Navy

Seventeen Royal Canadian Navy sailors ranging from the rank of naval lieutenant to ordinary seaman took part in three weeks of replenishment-at-sea force generation training aboard the Chilean tanker Almirante Montt this summer.
October 31, 2017

Two mega-blocks of the future HMCS Harry DeWolf

Future HMCS Harry DeWolf coming together

The first two of three major sections of the Royal Canadian Navy’s first Arctic and Offshore Patrol Vessel, the future HMCS Harry DeWolf, have been moved on heavy lift transporters out of the Halifax Shipyard to land level for further outfitting.
October 31, 2017

An employee working on the scrapping of HMAS Sydney

Canadian whisky found in Australian navy mast

It was a strange place to find a miniature bottle of Canadian whisky.  The bottle, hand-marked April 10, 1982, was recently discovered in the forward starboard leg of the main mast of Her Majesty’s Australian Ship Sydney, a guided-missile frigate named after the state capital city of New South Wales.
October 31, 2017