Your Navy Today - January 2019

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HMCS Ville de Quebec returns

HMCS Ville de Québec returns after six-month deployment on Op REASSURANCE

HMCS Ville de Québec has completed its six-month deployment with Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 and returned to Halifax on January 21, 2019. The deployment marked an important milestone for the Royal Canadian Navy because it was the first operational deployment of the new CH-148 Cyclone maritime helicopter.

HMCS Toronto departs

HMCS Toronto departs for Op REASSURANCE

On January 19, 2019, HMCS Toronto left Halifax to take its place as the maritime component of Op REASSURANCE. The deployment of HMCS Toronto demonstrates Canada’s continued commitment on the world stage by making meaningful and enduring contributions to NATO’s assurance and deterrence measures in Central and Eastern Europe to strengthen regional stability.

HMCS Shawinigan departs

HMC Ships Kingston and Shawinigan depart for Op PROJECTION West Africa

HMC Ships Kingston and Shawinigan departed for Africa January 22, 2019 as part of a three-month deployment on Op PROJECTION. The ships will be joined on the deployment by members of the Naval Tactical Operations Group and a Maritime Operations Centre mentorship team. Together, the deployed members will operate from sea and ashore fostering relationships with partner navies and working to enhance maritime security and stability in the Gulf of Guinea and North Africa regions.

Rear-Admiral Craig Baines

Strengthening naval partnerships in the Middle East - Commander MCC visits Bahrain

Rear-Admiral Craig Baines, Commander Maritime Forces Atlantic and Maritime Component Command, visited Manama, Bahrain January 14 and January 15, 2019 for a series of key leadership engagements. He also visited Commodore Darren Garnier and the Canada-led Combined Task Force 150 team that is responsible for counter-terrorism and deterring illicit maritime activities in the Western Indian Ocean and Middle Eastern waters.



Acting Chief Petty Officer Max Bernays

Max Bernays: Courage in the face of devastating wheelhouse fire

Read how Acting Chief Petty Officer Max Bernays ordered two junior sailors to get clear of a blaze in the HMCS Assiniboine wheelhouse after it was pierced by explosive shells fired by a German U-boat.

“Game changing” mast installation underway for submarines

HMCS Corner Brook will become the first of the RCN’s four Victoria-class submarines to be equipped with a new modern mast system. Learn how the new mast will provide communications capability advancements akin to the switch from dial-up modem internet to high-speed internet.



Lieutenant (Navy) Melanie Lahey

Meet Lieutenant (Navy) Melanie Lahey who leads a team of dedicated sailors and is responsible for the technical readiness of the ship’s propulsion and electrical generation plants, hull structure and each of the auxiliary and ancillary systems.



HMCS Shawinigan departs

Fair winds and following seas to HMC Ships Shawinigan and Kingston which departed Halifax January 22, 2019, en route to Africa in support of Op PROJECTION.

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Reservists from the RCN maintained their Naval Environmental Training Program (NETP) certification at the Damage Control School in Halifax on January 12, 2019.



A send-off fit for a Cyclone! Six CH-148 Cyclone helicopters flew over Halifax to say goodbye to the Helicopter Air Detachment that departed on the next rotation of Op REASSURANCE aboard HMCS Toronto.

Your Royal Canadian Navy is supporting Bell Let’s Talk to help end the stigma of mental illness.

Master Seaman Chatterton wins first kiss lottery!

This is your Royal Canadian Navy globally deployed. Check out all that our sailors have accomplished in 2018! #ExcellenceAtSea

HMCS Ville de Québec ship’s company are welcomed home by happy family members and friends!



HMCS Ville de Québec’s embarked Cyclone helicopter, Avalanche, reached 500 flying hours while conducting diver deployment training in the North Atlantic on Op REASSURANCE.

HMCS Toronto departs Halifax for a six-month overseas deployment on Op REASSURANCE on January 19, 2019.

Thanks to the Toronto Raptors for hosting our Royal Canadian Navy sailors during CAF appreciation night!