Your Navy Today - March 2019

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HMCS Toronto

HMCS Toronto

HMCS Toronto ready to fight on Op REASSURANCE

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Toronto recently participated in DYNAMIC MANTA 2019, an at-sea maritime engagement as part of the ship’s deployment on Op REASSURANCE. During DYNAMIC MANTA, HMCS Toronto and allies from nine other nations operated off the Sicilian coast in the Ionian Sea to enhance interoperability and hone their anti-submarine skillsets in all three dimensions (air, surface and subsurface). The challenging environment helped ensure participants are Ready to Fight in this demanding warfare domain.

USS Zumwalt and HMNZS Te Mana

USS Zumwalt and HMNZS Te Mana

CFB Esquimalt welcomes allies and partners

United States Ship (USS) Zumwalt, the largest naval destroyer ever built and one of the most advanced ships in the U.S. Navy, made Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Esquimalt, B.C., the destination of its first foreign port, arriving on March 11 and departing March 15. The ship is the first of its kind and sports cutting-edge propulsion, communications, weaponry and radar technology, as well as a unique hull design. Zumwalt conducted interoperability deployments with the Royal Canadian Navy during its stay.

A few days later Her Majesty’s New Zealand Ship Te Mana came alongside in Esquimalt, bringing home 15 RCN sailors who joined the ship and its crew in Hawaii. Exchange opportunities like this one give our sailors unique training experiences on different platforms and help strengthen relationships with important partners. Te Mana will be in Victoria for eighteen months for a mid-life refit, joining HMNZS Te Kaha, already undergoing its mid-life refit.

Finally, it is always a treat to host our American allies for a port visit and we were happy to have USS Alexandria this month. This was the first visit of a U.S. Navy submarine since June 2016 when USS City of Corpus Christi visited CFB Esquimalt.

HMCS Calgary

HMCS Calgary

HMCS Calgary stays ready

HMCS Calgary recently returned to Canadian waters after working with a U.S. Navy task group off the coast of Southern California. But before it returns to port, it will operate in the Strait of Juan de Fuca to maintain its Ship without Air Detachment certification with a CH-148 Cyclone helicopter. The crew will be performing a series of tasks associated with the helicopter including landings, personnel transfers, supply transfers and refueling operations.

HMCS Shawinigan

HMCS Shawinigan

HMC Ships Shawinigan and Kingston make history on Op PROJECTION West Africa

HMC Ships Shawinigan and Kingston were in the coastal waters of West Africa this month. The ships participated in OBANGAME EXPRESS 2019 (OE19) in the Gulf of Guinea from March 9 to 22. OE19 is led by U.S. Naval Forces Africa and is designed to improve cooperation amongst partner nations and increase maritime safety and security in the region by conducting counter-piracy, counter-narcotics and fisheries patrol scenarios. In addition to the two ships, a detachment from the Naval Tactical Operations Group (NTOG) and a Maritime Operations Centre mentorship team participated in the engagement.

The crews of Shawinigan and Kingston also participated in a speaking engagement at the Lycée Moderne de Jenues Filles in Côte d’Ivoire, visited the Sekondi School for deaf children in Ghana, and were the first Royal Canadian Navy ships to make port in Togo.

HMCS Regina

HMCS Regina

HMCS Regina and NRU Asterix increase contribution to Op ARTEMIS

HMCS Regina, Naval Replenishment Unit (NRU) Asterix, and a CP-140 Aurora aircraft are joining the Canadian-led Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150), currently under command of Commodore Darren Garnier. The Canadian-led CTF 150 has overseen 15 successful seizures of contraband in the area known as the “hash highway” and in total over 28,000 kg of illegal narcotics have been destroyed since December 6, 2018. HMCS Regina and NRU Asterix arrived in the region on March 14 and will be conducting patrols in the coming weeks.



NTOG supports Tunisian forces during Op EDIFICE

As part of ongoing activities reaffirming Canada’s commitment to Tunisia, RCN sailors belonging to the Naval Tactical Operations Group (NTOG) deployed on Operation EDIFICE from February 26 to March 5. NTOG members provided maritime boarding operations training to members of the Tunisian 51st and 52nd Royal Commando Marines.


Lieutenant-Commander Isabel Macneill

Lieutenant-Commander Isabel Macneill

Wrens trailblazer was a “precious part of Canada”

Lieutenant-Commander Isabel Macneill was a trailblazer all her life. She was the first woman outside the British Royal Family to rate being piped aboard a warship, and was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1944.

Liberating potential: Sailors and young women inspire one another in West Africa

Sailors from HMC Ships Kingston and Shawinigan were hosted by the Lycée Moderne de Jeunes Filles in Côte d’Ivoire, where they encouraged students from the all-girls school to enter non-traditional career fields.



Future HMCS Margaret Brooke Illustration

Future HMCS Margaret Brooke Illustration

There are 13 positions for Naval Reservists in the ship’s company of the future HMCS Margaret Brooke. These billets are three-year, Class C positions, open to any rank and any trade. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to be a part of RCN history. Any member who is interested is asked to update their Availability Report and reach out to their career manager immediately. Personnel Coordination Centre – Quebec will begin the selection process April 1, with the intent of filling all 13 positions by April 30. 



Lt(N) Anne-Marie Day

Lieutenant (Navy) Anne-Marie Day

Meet Lieutenant (Navy) Anne-Marie Day, who challenges many people’s perceptions of what a young leader and war fighter looks like in today’s RCN.


PO1 Charles Bressette

Petty Officer First Class Charles Bressette

Meet Petty Officer First Class Charles Bressette and learn how he made March 26 Purple Day at CFB Halifax.



AB Yvette Yong

Able Seaman Yvette Yong

Bravo Zulu to Canadian Armed Forces Able Seaman Yvette Yong! She was named International Military Female Athlete of the Year by the International Military Sports Council.

Forbes Media recently recognized the Royal Canadian Navy as an employer of choice and named it one of Canada’s Top Employers.

Check out what weapons engineering technicians do on board our Royal Canadian Navy ships!

Discover the unique experience and excitement of being a Clearance Diver in the Royal Canadian Navy!


LCdr. Teri Share

Lieutenant-Commander Teri Share

Sailors from HMCS Shawinigan visited the Sekondi School for deaf children in Ghana.

Watch a showcase of inspiring women and leaders that are part of your Royal Canadian Navy.

Sub-Lieutenant Samuel Kehler shares what it’s like to be a diving officer and a naval warfare officer aboard HMCS Halifax in this I Am SSE video.


Check out some beautiful imagery from HMCS Ottawa’s time working with the U.S. Navy in Hawaii.

Relationship building is a large part of HMC ships Kingston and Shawinigan’s mission while on Op PROJECTION.

You can find things greater than gold at the end of a rainbow!


Maritime Gala Ball

The Maritime Gala Ball

The Maritime Gala Ball

The Maritime Gala Ball will be on Saturday, June 15, starting at 5:30 pm at the beautiful Lac-Leamy Hotel in Gatineau, Que. The Gala presents an opportunity to celebrate our maritime history and acknowledge the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.

Tickets are $125 + HST per person and can be ordered at

Navy Bike Ride

Navy Bike Ride

2019 Navy Bike Ride

Kick-start your training for the Army Run by participating in the 2019 Navy Bike Ride! Cycling has long been recognized as a way to improve running, so come out, have fun and raise money for a great cause!

This year’s family-friendly event takes place on Saturday, June 8, in Ottawa. To register, or for more information, visit

Leadership, Respect and Honour program kicks off in April

The Leadership, Respect and Honour program will be included in the RCN Master Schedule for training beginning April 1. This new program focuses on providing professional development for administration, leadership and supporting the continued institutional transformation of Op HONOUR. For more information read the article Leadership, respect and honour: Training sailors for the future.

Naval Mess Dinner “A Family Affair”

This month saw the annual Naval Mess Dinner at the Royal Military College’s Senior Staff Mess. The dinner introduced soon-to-be naval officers to the traditions of the family they’ll be joining. To find out more, read the article Naval Mess Dinner “A Family Affair”.