Quick thinking and flawless execution in a tight situation

"Bravo Zulu" / April 2, 2015

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 David Dion, whose quick response and professionalism greatly contributed to a successful mission for HMCS Shawinigan while deployed on Operation CARIBBE, Canada’s contribution to the fight against drug trafficking in the Caribbean Basin and Eastern Pacific.

LS Dion, a Boatswain from HMCS D’Iberville, the Naval Reserve Division in Rimouski, Quebec, joined Shawinigan for Operation CARIBBE in February and March of 2015.

While the ship was exiting the port of Cartagena, Colombia, LS Dion was employed in secondary steering. When primary steering failed during the departure, LS Dion immediately responded and performed his duties perfectly under tremendous stress in extremely tight waters in close proximity to other ships. Thanks to his quick response and comprehensive understanding of the ship’s secondary steering, the ship was able to safely navigate nearby navigation hazards including the jetty, HMCS Goose Bay, and many other anchored vessels close to the ship. As well, LS Dion successfully executed all orders in his second language.