Your Navy Today - May 2019

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RCN sailors

Avr Melissa Gloude

Royal Canadian Navy sailors from the Naval Reserve assist Immediate Response Unit soldiers from 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group as they conduct a shoreline reconnaissance of flood afflicted areas in Ottawa, Ontario during Operation LENTUS.

Naval reservists get their hands dirty on Op LENTUS

On April 19, the Canadian Armed Forces received a request for federal assistance from provincial authorities in New Brunswick and Québec, and later received a request from the province of Ontario on April 25, to assist with flood relief operations. Over 100 naval reservists from 17 Naval Reserve Divisions were deployed in support of Operation LENTUS. Equipped with boats and shallow water navigation expertise, sailors supported civil authorities by providing reconnaissance of terrain, evaluation of critical infrastructure, sandbagging and the transportation of emergency services personnel including police, firefighters and social workers.

HMCS Regina's crew

Cpl Stuart Evans

HMCS Regina's crew poses with narcotics seized from a dhow on May 3, 2019 during Operation ARTEMIS in the Indian Ocean.

HMCS Regina and Naval Replenishment Unit Asterix continue to make an impact on Op ARTEMIS

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Regina completed another successful interdiction and drug seizure while operating in the Indian Ocean on Operation ARTEMIS. On May 3, Regina made its fourth seizure since arriving in the region when it discovered over 2,000 kg of hashish hidden in a dhow, bringing the crew’s total of seized illicit narcotics to 9,172 kg of hash and 10.47 kg of heroin with an estimated street value of $4.7 million. “I’m extremely proud of my ship’s company for an outstanding job. Our success validates the hard work of all on board to ensure that we had the right training and equipment to achieve these results,” said Commander Jake French, Commanding Officer of HMCS Regina.

HMCS Whitehorse crewmembers


HMCS Whitehorse crewmembers transport seized drugs to a U.S. Coast Guard cutter during Operation CARIBBE

Operation CARIBBE: Spring 2019 comes to a close

Bravo Zulu to the crews of HMC Ships Yellowknife and Whitehorse, as well as a CP-140 Aurora maritime patrol aircraft, for completing their deployment on Operation CARIBBE. The ships spent 70 days patrolling the Caribbean Sea and Eastern Pacific Ocean, and seized 2,657 kg of illicit narcotics from suspicious vessels. Operation CARIBBE is conducted in support of Operation MARTILLO, a United States-led effort to curtail drug trafficking in the region.

HNLS Evertson, HMCS Toronto and HMS Duncan

MCpl Manuela Berger

(from left) His Netherlands Majesty’s Ship (HNLS) Evertson, Her Majesty’s Ship (HMS) Duncan and Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Toronto sail in formation for a photo exercise during Operation REASSURANCE on May 12, 2019

HMCS Toronto, a reassuring presence in the European region

HMCS Toronto continued its deployment as part of Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 under Operation REASSURANCE. The maritime component of this operation is in support of the two Standing NATO Maritime Groups, which provide NATO with rapid reaction maritime forces, and support alliance assurance measures in European waters, including the North Atlantic and the Mediterranean, as well as the Black and Baltic Seas. The RCN has deployed a frigate in support of Op REASSURANCE persistently since 2014. To date, seven different ships have contributed to this operation; three of which have deployed twice.

Twelve ships break formation

Pvt Sarina McNeill

Twelve ships from nine nations, including those from Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States, begin to break formation during FORMIDABLE SHIELD 19 near the Hebrides Range off the Coast of Scotland on May 9, 2019. 

HMCS St. John’s participates in FORMIDABLE SHIELD 2019 off the Western Isles of Scotland

HMCS St. John’s and 11 ships from eight NATO states participated in a biennial live-fire missile defence scenario conducted by Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO from May 7 to 19. The purpose of FORMIDABLE SHIELD 2019 was to improve allied interoperability in a live-fire integrated air and missile defence environment, using NATO command and control reporting structures.

HMCS Ville de Québec maintains anti-submarine warfare readiness with United States Navy

HMCS Ville de Québec is supporting U.S. Navy (USN) submarine captains completing their Submarine Commander’s Course, which they must pass before being considered for command. The crew of Ville de Québec conducted real-world training detecting, tracking and engaging submarines with the help of our USN counterparts.

HMCS Ottawa plays host to CLaS participants after supporting Fleet Navigating Officers

On May 14, HMCS Ottawa set sail with 14 new Canadian Leaders at Sea (CLaS) program participants. CLaS participants experienced simulated boat attacks, firefighting training and small arms training. This was on the heels of hosting a different kind of class earlier in the month that completed the sea phase of the Fleet Navigating Officer’s (FNO) Course. The sea phase of the FNO course is the culmination of five months of intensive classroom, simulated and practical navigation training.

HMC Ships Oriole and Glace Bay show their goods in New York

HMC Ships Oriole and Glace Bay visited the Big Apple this month to attend the 31st New York City Fleet Week. Fleet Week is the city’s time-honoured celebration of the sea services and is an opportunity for the public to meet sailors and learn about new maritime capabilities. Oriole and Glace Bay participated in the Parade of Ships, which officially kicked off the festivities. Both crews provided tours of their ships to the general public before departing on May 28.


Kognitiv Spark demonstration


Kognitiv Spark’s Operational Support Manager, Devin Patterson gives an initial-stage demonstration to the Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy, Vice-Admiral Lloyd, at the Microsoft Canada office in Ottawa.

RCN and CANSOFCOM team up with Creative Destruction Lab

The RCN and Canadian Special Operations Forces Command have partnered with the Creative Destruction Lab, founded at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. The RCN is focusing on using technology in clearly defined areas that mirror its commitment to being a force that is relevant to both its employees, as well as being able to conduct missions with cutting-edge readiness.

Ab Liznick


Harry Liznick on sentry duty in Halifax in 1942.

Able Seaman Harry Liznick survived Athabaskan sinking and solitary confinement

On April 29, 1944, HMCS Athabaskan was hit by a torpedo and sank. Able Seaman Harry Liznick was among those captured by German forces and transferred to a prisoner of war camp outside of Bremen, Germany.

Three RCN specialty badges


The three new specialty badges that recognize unique naval operations qualifications. From left to right, the Naval Security Team qualification badge, the Naval Boarding Party qualification badge and the Naval Tactical Operations qualification badge.

New skill badges recognize unique naval operations qualifications

The RCN is excited to recognize the professionalism and dedication of sailors who demonstrate leadership and a commitment to operational excellence by pursuing speciality training through the creation of three new specialist skill badges for members of the Naval Tactical Operations Group, Naval Security Team and Naval Boarding Party.


MS Curtis Kostin


Master Seaman Curtis Kostin navigating one of the small boats along a submerged road. You can see a car almost entirely underwater.

Meet Naval Reservist Master Seaman Curtis Kostin! He was deployed in April as part of Operation LENTUS, marking his fourth flood relief effort.

PO2 Hoa Lieu


Petty Officer 2nd Class Hoe Lieu achieved platinum in the Canadian Armed Forces FORCE Test, with an almost perfect score of 398 out of 400, accomplishing a feat only one percent of CAF members have reached since the FORCE Evaluation began in 2013.

Meet Petty Officer 2nd Class Hoa Lieu! She recently achieved a score of 398 out of 400 on the CAF FORCE Test.

Lt(N) Taylor Workman

Cpl Stuart Evans

HMCS Regina Navigating Officer Taylor Workman during Operation ARTEMIS in the Indian Ocean on May 5, 2019.

Meet Lieutenant (Navy) Taylor Workman! He is the navigating officer and senior bridge watchkeeper for HMCS Regina, currently deployed on Operation ARTEMIS. 


A Cyclone helicopter and Orca-class vessel


A Cyclone helicopter performs a personnel transfer with an Orca-class training vessel.

See the Orca-class and Cyclone operate together for the first time!

A group of 15 Indigenous youth from across the country got an introduction to the way sailors fight flooding on a ship at sea at Damage Control Training Facility Kootenay.

Are you ready to ride? See our Deputy Commander and members of Naval Staff on a roll, training for the third annual Navy Bike Ride happening in Ottawa/Gatineau on Saturday, June 8.


A missile launch


Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship St. John’s fires a missile during FORMIDABLE SHIELD 19.

Check out video of HMCS St. John’s conducting a missile launch off the coast of Scotland during FORMIDABLE SHIELD 2019.

This month we honoured the men and women who fought for Canada during the longest campaign of the Second World War – the Battle of the Atlantic.

Watch Commanding Officer of HMCS Regina, Commander Jake French, walk us through the ship’s first drug seizure as part of Op ARTEMIS.



Maritime Gala Ball


Maritime Gala Ball will take place on June 15, 2019.

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


A large crowd of participants ride past during the 2018 Navy Bike Ride.

Navy Bike Ride – Last chance to sign up and ride

This year’s family-friendly event takes place on Saturday, June 8, and will start at the National Research Council on Sussex Drive in Ottawa. It’s a non-timed event on a closed course, a perfect way for your family to spend a Saturday morning. In fact, trailers, child seats and trailer cycles are all welcome; just remember that each rider needs a helmet.

Registration costs include a cycling jersey per adult, a buff per child or two jerseys and two buffs per family. Prices are $65 per person, $20 per child or $160 for a family package which includes two adults and two children.

This year’s race also includes a Challenge Route with a longer distance for more experienced riders looking for more time on the open road. For those looking for an even more competitive event, the Admiral’s Cup is a 69 km challenge through Gatineau Park.

To register, or for more information, visit