Your Navy Today - February 2019

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OPERATIONS UPDATE

HMCS Toronto

HMCS Toronto

HMCS Toronto joins Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 on Op REASSURANCE

After port visits in Rota, Spain and Antayla, Turkey, Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Toronto has joined allies in the Mediterranean Sea to conduct force integration with our counterparts from Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG 2). Ships operating within NATO’s two Standing NATO Maritime Groups act as the alliance’s high readiness rapid reaction forces and enhance readiness and interoperability. While embedded with SNMG 2, Toronto will undertake readiness activities including, but not be limited to, cooperative deployments, boat transfers, boarding party trials, small arms training and maritime security awareness.

HMCS Kingston

HMCS Kingston

HMC Ships Kingston and Shawinigan arrive in the African region for Op PROJECTION West Africa

HMC Ships Kingston and Shawinigan completed their transatlantic crossing and arrived in the Gulf of Guinea region on February 23. Their deployment will include engagements with West African nations to build partner capacity, promote maritime security and foster relationships in the region by conducting stakeholder engagement and community relations activities. Additionally, the ships will provide support to regional capacity building events OBANGAME EXPRESS 19 and PHOENIX EXPRESS 19, aimed at assisting West and North African nations to develop domestic maritime security capabilities. Scheduled port visits include Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire; Contonou, Benin; Lome, Togo; Takoradi, Ghana; and Dakar, Senegal.

HMCS Regina

HMCS Regina and NRU Asterix

HMCS Regina and NRU Asterix depart on Op PROJECTION Asia-Pacific.

HMCS Regina, accompanied by Naval Replenishment Unit (NRU) Asterix, departed its home port of Esquimalt, B.C., on February 6 for a deployment to the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions. The ships will work with partner navies and conduct key leadership engagements to enhance military cooperation and partnerships in support of Canada’s diplomatic efforts in the Asia-Pacific region. This deployment represents Canada’s third deployment to the region under Op PROJECTION, following the deployment of HMCS Calgary from August to December 2018 and HMCS Vancouver from April to June 2018. These deployments contribute to the Canadian Armed Forces’ persistent maritime presence in the Asia-Pacific region.

HMCS Charlottetown

HMCS Charlottetown

HMCS Charlottetown makes it in New York

HMCS Charlottetown supported the Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations and the Canadian Consulate in New York City from February 26-27. Charlottetown hosted three separate events over the two days with topics of discussion including peace and security, and women as leaders in Canada/U.S. cybersecurity. The final event was a celebration of the Canadian and American security partnership.

HMCS Ottawa

HMCS Ottawa

HMCS Ottawa participates in bilateral engagements off the coast of Hawaii

HMCS Ottawa departed for Hawaii on February 6 and is supporting U.S. Navy submarine captains completing their Submarine Commander’s Course, which they must pass before being considered for command.

HMCS Calgary

HMCS Calgary

HMCS Calgary assists U.S. Navy with upcoming deployment

HMCS Calgary is back at sea and recently joined a second U.S. Navy task group off the coast of Southern California. Calgary is operating as consort and assisting the U.S. Navy with preparing for a deployment later this year. While underway, Calgary is supporting a range of cooperative deployment activities aimed at enhancing procedures and interoperability in anti-submarine warfare, surface gunnery, and maritime interdiction and boarding operations.

FEATURE STORIES

PO William Hall, VC

PO William Hall, VC

William Hall earned the Victoria Cross for heroism during the Relief of Lucknow

Petty Officer William Hall continued operating his gun under heavy fire and became the first black person to receive the Victoria Cross.

Advanced unmanned aircraft to provide eye in the sky for Kingston-class ships

The Maritime Miniature Unmanned Aircraft System PUMA will provide “over the horizon” intelligence and surveillance for the Kingston class.


 

SPOTLIGHT ON SAILORS

Ordinary Seaman Tiana Benjamin

Ordinary Seaman Tiana Benjamin

Meet Ordinary Seaman Tiana Benjamin, who was looking to challenge herself and take on new experiences before joining the Royal Canadian Navy.


 

GETTING SOCIAL

Fine arts students from Durham College

Fine arts students from Durham College

A talented group of fine arts students from Durham College will be putting paint to canvas to commemorate the legacy of Canada’s Navy.

Meet Antigonish native Petty Officer 1st Class Noman Phee, who knew from a young age that he always wanted to be in the military.

The Toronto Maple Leafs hosted RCN sailors during their 13th annual Canadian Armed Forces Appreciation Night. Thank you and BZ to the Leafs for their ongoing support!

VIDEOS OF THE MONTH

Master Seaman Heris Lokombe

Master Seaman Heris Lokombe

Watch Master Seaman Heris Lokombe tell his story of how the Canadian Embassy was the first to answer the call to help when he was imprisoned in Zimbabwe.

Naval Electronic Sensor Operators operate the radar and radio detection devices, radar jamming systems and decoys, and gun/missile-firing equipment carried on naval warships.

Master Seaman Jeff Miller tells us about his most memorable mission and his favourite part about being in the Navy.


 

PHOTOS OF THE MONTH

HMC Ships Ottawa and Regina transited from Esquimalt to Oahu, Hawaii, with NRU Asterix this month and kept busy in spite of seven- metre high seas.

See how our members deploy an inflatable target for shooting practice.

Watch members of the dive team in HMCS Toronto walking off the edge to perform routine maintenance.

HMCS Regina shows off how “calm” the seas are on the West Coast.


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