RCN’s Atlantic Fleet Chooses Sailor of the Year

"Bravo Zulu" / March 27, 2014

Each week we celebrate the exploits of the exceptional men and women of your Navy from coast to coast.

We mark these outstanding achievements using the traditional naval signal for a job well done...

…Bravo Zulu!

Bravo Zulu to Leading Seaman Mark Yeomans, chosen as the Canadian Fleet Atlantic Sailor of the Year.

LS Yeomans, a Hull Technician originally from the Halifax area, was awarded this prestigious honour for his exceptional leadership, work ethic and technical skills in 2013, while posted to HMCS Toronto and HMCS St. John’s.

When Toronto’s embarked helicopter became unserviceable due to a failed gearbox seal, LS Yeomans eagerly took on the challenge of designing and creating a tool to repair the damage. Shortly after returning the helicopter to service, it was successfully used in a real man overboard recovery operation.

LS Yeomans also made significant contributions ashore – conducting badly needed repairs on a local Halifax emergency shelter during Maritime Force Atlantic’s “Day of Caring,” and serving as a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters Canada.

The Sailor of the Year is chosen from submissions from each ship and submarine in the Atlantic Fleet, judged by a panel made up of Fleet Coxswains, and approved by the Fleet Commander and the Fleet Chief Petty Officer.