Your Navy Today - June 2019

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Change of Command Ceremony

Mona Ghiz

Outgoing Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy, Vice-Admiral Ron Lloyd (left), Chief of the Defence Staff General Jonathan Vance (centre) and incoming Commander of the RCN Vice-Admiral Art McDonald pose for a photo during a Change of Command Ceremony at Her Majesty’s Canadian Dockyard in Halifax on June 12.

Royal Canadian Navy welcomes new Commander

Vice-Admiral (VAdm) Art McDonald, right, assumed the duties of Commander, Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), from VAdm Ron Lloyd, left, in a formal change of command ceremony presided over by General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff, at Her Majesty’s Canadian Dockyard in Halifax on June 12. During the ceremony there was also a change of appointment that saw Chief Petty Officer First Class (CPO1) David Steeves assume the role of RCN Command Chief from CPO1 Michel Vigneault.

Commodore Josée Kurtz

MCpl Manuela Berger

Incoming Commander of Standing NATO Maritime Group Two, Commodore Josée Kurtz inspects the troops for the first time during the Operational Handover Ceremony onboard His Netherlands Majesty’s Ship Evertsen in Souda Bay, Greece during Operation REASSURANCE, June 15, 2019.

Commodore Kurtz takes Command of SNMG2 and HMCS Toronto takes over as flagship

On June 15, Commodore (Cmdre) Josée Kurtz of the RCN assumed command of Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) during a change of command ceremony held in Souda Bay, Crete. This commitment to multinational leadership comes on the heels of Canada’s recent command of Combined Task Force 150 from December 2018 to April 2019. Cmdre Kurtz’s appointment demonstrates Canada’s leadership and strong commitment to NATO and our allies. Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Toronto, to be replaced by HMCS Halifax later on, will serve as the flagship of SNMG 2 and the Canadian Armed Forces’ maritime contribution to Op REASSURANCE during Commodore Kurtz’s command of SNMG 2.

HMCS St. John’s Crew


The crew of HMCS St. John’s “mans the rails” during a 75th D-Day anniversary commemoration ceremony.

HMCS St. John’s completes European deployment by participating in D-Day anniversary

Earlier this month, HMCS St. John’s commemorated the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy by participating in events off the coast of Portsmouth, England, and by conducting a sail past of Juno Beach with the ship’s company manning the rails. Juno Beach – the Allied code name for an area of the French coast along the English Channel – was assaulted by Canadian soldiers during the Second World War D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944. The ship’s company also went ashore and visited several historic sites and memorials. St. John’s took part in the anniversary events as part of Op DISTINCTION, the Canadian Armed Forces’ participation in the Government of Canada’s national commemoration program, which was established in 2012.

Canadian and Caribbean divers

MCpl Gabrielle DesRochers

Leading Seaman Matt Morgan (left), a Canadian Armed Forces clearance diver, ensures Caribbean divers are ready to start their tasks during Exercise TRADEWINDS 19 in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, on June 3.

HMCS Goose Bay, Naval Tactical Operations Group and Fleet Diving Unit (Atlantic) participate in TRADEWINDS 19

HMCS Goose Bay, members of the Naval Tactical Operations Group and divers from Fleet Diving Unit (Atlantic) participated in TRADEWINDS 19 this month off the coasts of the Dominican Republic and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. TRADEWINDS 19 brought together 22 partner nations to strengthen safety and security in the Caribbean region by focusing on tactical-level preparedness and natural disaster scenarios with security aspects. RCN personnel served as instructors and mentors, assisting partner nations by conducting joint, combined and interagency capacity-building activities, such as ship boarding and dive scenarios.

HMCS Regina and NRU Asterix

Corporal Stuart Evans

HMCS Regina and NRU Asterix conduct manoeuvres with the Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force as part of KADEX 19 during Operation PROJECTION in the South China Sea on June 13, 2019.

HMCS Regina and NRU Asterix begin conducting patrols on Op NEON

HMCS Regina and Naval Replenishment Unit Asterix are in the Asia-Pacific region conducting patrols in support of Operations PROJECTION Asia-Pacific and NEON. While in the region, our sailors are conducting joint training and have visited ports in Vietnam and Japan to maintain and strengthen relationships with friends and allies. Op NEON is Canada’s contribution to a multinational effort supporting United Nations Security Council sanctions against North Korea. The operation demonstrates Canada’s commitment to security in the Asia-Pacific region, international security and Canada’s resolve in standing with allies and partners. Op PROJECTION is Canada’s contribution to global maritime security, and shows Canada’s ongoing commitment to global peace.

HMCS Oriole


The HMCS Oriole underway with full sails.

Great Lakes Deployment kicks off another year with HMCS Oriole

This year’s Great Lakes Deployment kicked off June 7 in Summerside, P.E.I., and will continue through the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Great Lakes over the coming weeks. HMCS Oriole, a tall ship and the longest-serving vessel in the RCN, will visit communities along the way, providing Canadians with opportunities to learn about ships and Navy life from RCN sailors. During the deployment Oriole is competing in a number of races as part of the Tall Ships Challenge Race Series.


Ralph Hennessy


Ralph Hennessy onboard HMCS Assiniboine during the Second World War.

Canadian naval hero Ralph Hennessy’s firefighting heroics helped save HMCS Assiniboine

In August 1942, HMCS Assiniboine engaged German submarine U-210 in a surface battle through dense fog. Assiniboine caught fire when the submarine’s deck guns hit the gasoline stored under the bridge. Lieutenant Ralph Hennessy leapt off the bridge and scrambled down the mast to lead the fight against the fire, saving the ship.

RAdm Walter Hose


Rear-Admiral Walter Hose

Rear-Admiral Walter Hose, the “father” of Canada’s naval reserve force, recognized during Hometown Heroes event

Commander RCN VAdm Art McDonald was on hand to honour and recognize Rear-Admiral (RAdm) Walter Hose for his significant contributions in establishing the Navy in Canada. Through the creation of the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve in 1923, he transformed the attitude of Canadians toward their Navy by making it a “citizen navy” and bringing it to every corner of the country. The ceremony, hosted by the RCN and Parks Canada, was held at RAdm Hose’s gravesite in Windsor, Ont., on June 22.

Towed in-line passive and active sonar array


An illustration of the towed in-line passive and active sonar array.

Underwater Warfare Suite Upgrade protects sailors from quieter submarines and torpedoes

The naval operational environment is always in flux. Learn how the RCN is addressing these evolving threats by improving the detection abilities of its Halifax-class frigates.

RCN sailors


RCN sailors onboard HMCS Nanaimo during Operation CARIBBE in 2018. Eligible personnel deployed on international naval missions may receive compensatory payments.

Personnel on deployed naval missions to receive compensatory payment

Eligible Canadian Armed Forces members who deployed on international naval operations between July 23, 2003 and August 1, 2019 will receive a compensatory payment for allowances they were entitled to but have not received. Further information will be communicated directly to affected members and if required, clarification may be sought through the member’s chain of command.


PO1 Charles Bressette


Petty Officer 1st Class Charles Bressette of the RCN was awarded the Medal of Bravery for his “quick response and selfless actions in the face of imminent danger preventing grievous bodily harm to others” during a knife attack at the Canadian Forces Recruiting Centre in Toronto on March 14, 2016.

Meet Petty Officer First Class Charles Bressette. He received the Medal of Bravery for his actions defending colleagues from a knife attacker at a Canadian Forces Recruiting Centre.

PO2 Matthew Compeau


Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew Compeau received the Medal of Bravery for “selfless efforts in rescuing two badly injured drivers from their burning trucks during a horrendous multi-vehicle accident” in Saint-Zotique, Que., on March 14, 2017.

Meet Petty Officer Second Class Matthew Compeau. He received the Medal of Bravery for his actions rescuing drivers, including one who was on fire, during a large traffic accident.




RCN Clearance Divers


Clearance Divers during TRADEWINDS 19.

We’re diving right into training! Leading Seaman Brad Northrup breaks down the training Fleet Diving Unit (Atlantic) is conducting during TRADEWINDS 19.

Check out this farewell video to former Commander of the RCN, VAdm (ret’d) Ron Lloyd, and see what the Navy has to look forward to.

HMCS Oriole is coming to a port near you. Check out some archival footage, as well as footage from last year’s Great Lakes Deployment.

See if you have what it takes to be a Naval Combat Information Operator in the RCN.