Crowsnest - Fall 2013

Crowsnest, the national news magazine of the Royal Canadian Navy, is published twice a year in April and October. 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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Vice-Admiral Mark Norman inspects members of the Canadian Armed Forces during a visit to CFB Esquimalt, B.C., September 16.

An interview with Vice-Admiral Mark Norman

Vice-Admiral Mark Norman took command of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) in June. Since then, he has forged ahead in planning for challenges associated with the most comprehensive period of peacetime modernization and renewal in the RCN’s history.

New crew members cross the brow of HMCS Toronto in Kuwait July 27.

Rare crew exchange for HMCS Toronto in the Arabian Sea

In a scenario that occurs only rarely, crew members of HMCS Toronto flew home from the Arabian Sea region in July at the end of their six-month deployment, leaving the frigate behind to welcome a new crew.

Canadian Coast Guard Ship Pierre Radisson and HMCS Shawinigan sail off the coast of Resolution Island during Op Nanook.

Maintaining a naval presence in the North

A 39-day mission north of the 60th parallel for two maritime coastal defence vessels this summer marked the Royal Canadian Navy’s longest uninterrupted Arctic naval presence in recent years.


Crew members transport loads of hashish across the HMCS Toronto’s flight deck in preparation for disposal in the North Arabian Sea.

What happens to narcotics seized at sea?

From the end of March 2013 to the beginning June 2013, HMCS Toronto apprehended over 1.3 tonnes of heroin and approximately seven tonnes of hashish while conducting counter-terrorism operations with Combined Task Force-150.
November 4, 2013

Corporal Patrick Euler, left, Petty Officer 2nd Class Jamie Keeping and PO2 Yves Bernard assisted Parks Canada this summer in the search for lost vessels HMS Erebus and HMS Terror.

Searching for the lost Franklin vessels

It was a unique deployment for three members of the Canadian Armed Forces who joined Parks Canada underwater archaeologists in Canada’s Arctic this summer to continue the search for lost vessels HMS Erebus and HMS Terror from the ill-fated Sir John Franklin voyage.
November 4, 2013

Admiral Edmundo Gonzalez, left, Commander-in-Chief of the Chilean Navy, Petty Officer 1st Class Carlos Esquivez, a Royal Canadian Navy sailor of Chilean descent, and Chilean Vice-Admiral Fransisco Garcia-Huidobro meet on the bridge wing of HMCS Calgary in Esquimalt, B.C., this summer during a goodwi

Defence diplomacy: A direct impact on international peace and stability

They are all part of the Royal Canadian Navy’s plan to engage in “defence diplomacy”, a term used to denote the peaceful application of defence resources to achieve positive outcomes in the development of a country’s bilateral and multilateral relationships.
November 4, 2013

Leading Seaman Paul Johnson indicates how close the Zodiac Mark 5 boat is to the shore  as he helps bring soldiers of the Royal 22nd Regiment to conduct a beach landing near CFB Esquimalt, B.C.

JOINTEX 13: Developing joint capabilities in the CAF

Approximately 7,500 Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members from across the country participated in JOINTEX 13 late this spring, a multi-stage joint training exercise meant to change the way the CAF train and fight.
November 4, 2013

Leading Seaman Garrett Achneepineskum and Sub-Lieutenant Colin Knott handle dummy ammunition aboard HMCS Algonquin during Exercise Trident Fury.

Trident Fury 13 breaks new ground

Trident Fury 2013, the largest  joint Canadian-U.S. military exercise on the West Coast, broke new ground this year. The exercise featured cooperative training exercises between the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), the U.S. Navy (USN) and the U.S. Coast Guard along the coast of Vancouver Island in late spring.
November 4, 2013

HMCS Ville de Québec sails into Willemstad, Curacao, August 19 during her deployment on Op Caribbe.

Making meaningful contributions to continental security

Two warships of the Royal Canadian Navy, one from the east coast and one from the west, sailed south this summer in support of Operation Caribbe, Canada’s contribution to the multinational campaign against illicit trafficking by transnational organized crime in the Americas and the Caribbean.
November 4, 2013

Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Chris Preston, left, Target Cell manager, and Bryan Harder, on-site logistics technician for the Target Cell, stand next to a Barracuda remote-controlled target.

Keeping the navy on target

In peacetime, it’s important to the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) that sailors’ skills are finely honed and ready for combat. While theory and technique are important, when it comes to weapons training nothing compares to live fire on a physical target.
November 4, 2013

Admiral John Newton, left, congratulates the new Commander Canadian Fleet Atlantic Commodore Scott Bishop.

Leadership changes take place on the coasts

The leadership at Maritime Forces Atlantic (MARLANT) and Maritime Forces Pacific (MARPAC) underwent significant changes over the summer.
November 4, 2013

Other News:

Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, left, Commander Royal Canadian Navy, presents the RCN’s newest Honorary Navy Captain Peter Bissonnette with his appointment scroll.

News Briefs

● Peter Bissonnette joins the Royal Canadian Navy as Honorary Captain ● Park renamed in honour of clearance diver ● Chilean Navy presents Arturo Prat Award to Canadian naval officer ● Submarine contract extended
November 4, 2013