Your Navy Today - September 2019

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CH-148 Cyclone helicopter

Corporal David Veldman

A CH-148 Cyclone helicopter flies over the Atlantic Ocean during CUTLASS FURY 19 on September 11.

Warships from around the world gather for CUTLASS FURY 19

Approximately 2,800 personnel from Canada and seven partner nations participated in CUTLASS FURY 2019 (CF19) off the coast of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland from September 9 to 20. CF19 was an opportunity for Canada’s Atlantic fleet, allied navies and other joint elements to maintain readiness in tactical-level warfare.

On September 5, the week before CF19, participating warships began arriving in Halifax Harbour with planned public showings and events for that coming weekend. Unfortunately, these activities coincided with the incoming Hurricane Dorian so most were cancelled and all CF19 ships were moved out of Halifax Harbour to deeper waters to reduce the risk of damage to equipment and material.

Belgium, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, the United Kingdom and the United States participated in CF19. Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) participants included Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships (HMCS) Fredericton, Ville de Québec, St. John’s, Shawinigan, and Glace Bay, as well as Naval Replenishment Unit (NRU) Asterix.

##MCECOPY##HMCS Ottawa is welcomed by the South Korean navy and children

Leading Seaman Victoria Ioganov

HMCS Ottawa is welcomed by the South Korean navy and children in traditional dress upon arrival in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, the ship’s third port visit during Op PROJECTION/NEON 2019.

HMCS Ottawa welcomed in South Korea

On September 2, HMCS Ottawa arrived in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, its first port visit to the country since Op PROJECTION 2017. HMCS Ottawa is deployed in the Asia-Pacific region on Op PROJECTION until December.

During its South Korean port visit, Ottawa held a reception with the Canadian Head of Mission, members of the Republic of Korea Navy and senior government officials from various nations, made official calls, and participated in a friendly game of basketball with its hosts.

The purpose of Op PROJECTION is to conduct forward naval presence operations in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as to conduct cooperative deployments and build capacity with partner nations.

During this deployment Ottawa will also support Operation NEON, Canada’s contribution to the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolutions 2375 and 2397 on North Korea.

Ships manoeuvre in formation astern

Corporal Braden Trudeau

Turkish ships manoeuvre in formation astern of HMCS Halifax, flagship of Standing NATO Maritime Group Two, as part of DYNAMIC GUARD 19-2 during Op REASSURANCE on September 11.

HMCS Halifax in Europe continuing Op REASSURANCE

HMCS Halifax is currently supporting Standing NATO Maritime Group Two on Op REASSURANCE, Canada’s support to NATO assurance and deterrence measures in Central and Eastern Europe.

This month, HMCS Halifax conducted manoeuvres and helicopter operations with its German NATO partner, Federal German Ship Hessen; participated in DYNAMIC GUARD 19-2; and conducted a visit to the Aksaz Naval Base where the crew participated in a friendly game of soccer with members of the Turkish navy.


Corporal Simon Arcand

Leading Seaman Max Lavallée (right) and Able Seaman Fuwen Xie (left) convey Federal Wild Life Officers (centre) towards a vessel found sailing in a protected area in the Esquiman Channel, close to the coast of Québec, during Op NANOOK, September 18.

HMCS Kingston comes in from the cold

HMCS Kingston wrapped up its Arctic operations as part of Op NANOOK 2019 on September 20. From August 9 to September 13, the ship brought a naval presence and monitoring to the Northwest Passage during its busiest time of the year for maritime traffic as part of the fourth part of the operation, Op NANOOK-TUUGAALIK. During this time, Kingston participated in Community Days in Clyde River, Nunavut from September 5 to 7 and visited Nuuk, Greenland.

During Op NANOOK-TUUGAALIK, Kingston also supported Defence Research and Development Canada and Canadian Armed Forces science and technology experimentation in the vicinity of Gasocyne Inlet near Devon Island, and supported Environment Canada by embarking two wildlife officers and patrolling national protected areas in Baffin Bay and Hudson Bay.

HMCS Oriole ceremonial cannon

Leading Seaman A.J. Domingo

Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Yardy fires the ship’s ceremonial cannon aboard HMCS Oriole while coming alongside in Kingsville, Ont., during the Great Lakes Deployment on August 16.

Oriole returns home an honorary tall ship

HMCS Oriole returned to HMC Dockyard Halifax on September 15, concluding its Great Lakes Deployment (GLD), but it came back a different ship than when it departed.

HMCS Oriole returned with an honorary membership in the Tall Ships Canada organization. It was presented during a ceremony held in Brockville, Ont., in early September. The Tall Ships Canada organization welcomes members who are committed to supporting sail training, the preservation of maritime heritage, environmental stewardship and advocacy for maritime careers.

HMCS St. John’s is currently in Halifax preparing for its departure in October for the second leg of this year’s GLD.


VAdm Art McDonald


Vice-Admiral Art McDonald

Vice-Admiral Art McDonald Flag Hoist Signal

Vice-Admiral Art McDonald recognizes those before him and shares his vision for his tenure as Commander of the RCN in his Flag Hoist Signal, including his guiding principles outlined by the order “STEADI.”

Sea command development and assessment modernization for Naval Warfare Officers

The RCN is modernizing the sea command development and assessment process for Naval Warfare Officers (NWOs). During Executive Governance Week in Halifax in June, the Naval Board approved a new process for command development and assessment which will evaluate a NWO’s command potential throughout his or her career, as opposed to focussing on singular events such as courses or the command review board.

Capt. Thomas G. Fuller


Captain Thomas G. Fuller

“Pirate of the Adriatic” wreaked havoc during Second World War

Captain Thomas G. Fuller was a three-time recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions in combat. On one such occasion he had an enemy navy firing on itself, which earned him the nickname “Pirate of the Adriatic.”

Message from the Deputy Minister and Chief of the Defence Staff regarding the CAF/DND Sexual Misconduct Class Actions

The Government of Canada has agreed to a settlement relating to several class action lawsuits regarding sexual misconduct that were brought on behalf of current and former Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members.

To learn more about the Class Actions and how the proposed settlement may impact you, please visit the CAF/DND Sexual Misconduct Class Actions website or call 1-888-626-2611.


HMCS Fredericton’s crew


A team from HMCS Fredericton’s crew (green shirts) participated in the International Fire Truck Pull in St. Stephen, N.B., as part of the Sailors For Wishes fundraising campaign from August 6 to 14.

In eight days, they biked 1,000 km, marched in parades and even pulled a fire engine with their bare hands. Then, the sailors of HMCS Fredericton granted a little boy his wish – playtime outside.

NCdt Isaac Goggin

NCdt Isaac Goggin

NCdt Isaac Goggin raises the sails of the Chilean tall ship Esmeralda alongside officers from Chile, Brazil and Portugal. NCdt Goggin joined 20 other international sailors and 60 Chilean midshipmen in a training voyage across the Pacific in the summer of 2019.

Meet Naval Cadet Isaac Goggins. He recently returned from a training voyage across the Pacific on a Chilean tall ship where he worked with 20 other international sailors.







The RIMPAC 2018 logo.

Got what it takes? RIMPAC 2020 logo design competition open to Defence Team members

The world’s largest maritime military exercise, Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), is holding a competition to design a logo for its 2020 iteration. There are some basic requirements that submissions should meet, and this competition is open to the entire Defence Team. Deadline for submissions is November 1, 2019.