Exchange officer from the Ivory Coast Navy gains a new RCN family

By LT Linda Coleman RCN Sailing across the Atlantic Ocean is routine for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), but for many African nations, it’s a rare occurrence. So for Sub-Lieutenant Lassina Traoré, a member of the Ivory Coast Navy, to spend five weeks sailing in HMCS Summerside to West Africa was a pretty big deal. “I am most likely the person who has traveled the most nautical miles in my navy,” said SLt Traoré upon conclusion of his time in Summerside. “It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me to sail…

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Why is Canada Sending Almost $350,000 (US) to Boeing for Super Hornet family of aircraft (NOT in RCAF fleet) ???

US Navy Contract Announcement March 27, 2018 The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, is being awarded a $34,406,262 modification (07) to a previously issued firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order (0006) issued against basic ordering agreement N00019-16-G-0001 for integrated product support and sustaining engineering for F/A-18A-F and EA-18G aircraft in support of the Navy and the governments of Australia, Finland, Kuwait, Malaysia, Switzerland, Canada, and Spain. Support to be provided includes product support management, design interface, sustaining engineering, supply support, maintenance planning and provisioning, technical data updates, support equipment engineering, and training…

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Life for an O Boats Crew As It Use To Be Circa 1960-80

Author unknown and published in situ 1.Other than hands and teeth you did not wash. Up to 12 week patrols 2.You never undressed, except footwear, to turn in your bunk or any other time 3.You never ever had more than 5.5 hours un-interrupted sleep 4.All your kit has to fit into 50cm X40cmX40cm locker or under your mattress 5.You “will” smell of diesel plus body odours 6.In general divided into three watches when dived. 2 hour watches 8am to 8 pm then 3 hour watches back to 8am. Four watches…

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Long Time MARPAC PAO Gerry Pash a Citizenship Judge

Gerry Pash, a well known figure in Victoria news circles for almost 50 years and vehemently denied accepting any patronage awards, is now a Citizenship Judge. Appointed Citizenship Judge for British Columbia in June 2012, he had a 27-year career in radio broadcasting, following which he worked for the Department of National Defence for 22 years as a public affairs officer at the Maritime Forces Pacific Headquarters, in Victoria, B.C. In his civilian occupations and as a Canadian Forces reservist, he has received several awards in recognition of his commitment…

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HMCS Chicoutimi Returns to Esquimalt

HMCS Chicoutimi has returned to HMC Dockyard in Esquimalt March 21st after a 197-day deployment (down from originally announced 10 months) in the Asia-Pacific region, marking an historic milestone for the Royal Canadian Navy submarine fleet after a nearly 50-year absence from the region. The former HMS Upholder was escorted into port by HMCS Regina and tug Glendale, the latter forced into service due to the lack of a submarine support vessel. The deployment included numerous opportunities for HMCS Chicoutimi to operate with regional partner navies such as the United…

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Twelve Pounder on Display

Former Mark V naval twelve pounder on display outside Navy League Building North Vancouver BC March 19, 2018. Wikipedia entry says, “The QF 12-pounder 12-cwt gun (abbreviated as Q.F. 12-pdr. (12-cwt.)) was a common, versatile 3-inch (76.2 mm) calibre naval gun introduced in 1894 and used until the middle of the 20th century. It was produced by Armstrong Whitworth, Elswick and used on Royal Navy warships, exported to allied countries, and used for land service. In British service “12-pounder” was the rounded value of the projectile weight, and “12 cwt…

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Ocean War Graves

The House of Commons Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities is pleased to announce that Merchant Navy war veteran Captain Paul Bender has agreed to participate in its upcoming study on ocean war graves. Captain Bender joined the Merchant Navy in 1943, shortly before his 16th birthday. Canada’s Merchant Navy ships played a decisive role in Canada’s Second World War effort, transporting desperately needed equipment, fuel, goods and personnel around the world. The 12,000 men and women who served in Canada’s Merchant Navy faced great danger as its ships…

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Two Canadian naval vessels arrive in Ghana

Two Canadian naval vessels, HMCS Kingston and HMCS Summerside arrived in Ghana the weekend of March 16th. This is to strengthen the already bilateral relationship in tackling illegal migration and human trafficking along the Gulf of Guinea. Bilateral relations between Ghana and Canada spans a sixty year period. The two ships prior to arriving in Ghana have visited other Countries like Cote D’ Ivoire, Benin and Liberia who are members of Operations Obangame. Obangame Express conducted by US Naval Forces in Africa is an at-sea Maritime excise designed to improve…

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