Sea Kings Retire After Over Half a Century of Service

By Peter Mallett December 12, 2018 – Heartfelt tributes flowed freely during the official Sea King helicopter retirement parade December 1, 2018, when the military community bade farewell to the longest serving aircraft in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). Inside the hangar at 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron at Pat Bay, B.C., more than 500 people gathered to witness the historic send-off. “To our magnificent Sea King, though you were an inanimate object, you were a living presence in the lives of so many of us in the navy and…

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Asterix Returns to Canada After Year-Long Deployment

December 18, 2018 – Today, Canada’s Resolve-Class Naval Support Ship Asterix arrived back in Canada for the first time following a year-long deployment throughout the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Since delivery from Davie Shipbuilding in January 2018, the ship has maintained 100% utilization without a single day of downtime, something which is virtually unheard of in naval ship operations. During 2018, Asterix has travelled 51,062 nautical miles, performed 138 supply operations with 9 allied navies and delivered over 20 million litres of fuel at sea. She has taken part in…

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RV David Thompson Departs Victoria for Erebus and Terror Wreck Sites

August 9, 2018 – RV David Thompson, has left Victoria on a journey of research, archaeology, and science on the Pacific, Arctic, and Atlantic oceans. The voyage of RV David Thompson will occur over three legs: journeying along the Pacific Coast and through the Northwest Passage; spending approximately three weeks in Nunavut investigating the wrecks of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror; and then travelling eastward to the Atlantic before finally travelling up the St. Lawrence River to spend the winter in the Great Lakes. Along the route, Parks Canada’s Underwater…

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Dominion Astrophysical Observatory celebrates 100 years

May 3, 2018 – Today, staff and friends of the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory gathered to recognize a century of discovery and celebrate the telescope that helped shape early knowledge of the Milky Way. On May 6, 1918, the first light fell onto photographic plates at the Plaskett Telescope, beginning research at the Observatory and propelling Canada onto the world stage of astrophysics. The Plaskett Telescope was Canada’s first major “big science” project to be funded publicly. For more than three decades, as one of the three largest telescopes in the…

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USS Pearl Harbor Arrives in Victoria, British Columbia

Amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) arrived in Victoria, British Columbia, for a scheduled port visit April 12. The port visit gives Sailors an opportunity to visit a new country and to gain memorable experiences from right across the U.S. border. “This visit helps to demonstrate the continuing commitment the U.S. has to our longstanding and important relationship with Canada,” said Cmdr. Ben Miller, Pearl Harbor’s commanding officer from Mobile, Alabama. “The U.S. and Canada share not only a border, but common interests in regional and global…

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Maritime Security Challenges 2018: “Pacific Seapower”

Maritime Security Challenges 2018: “Pacific Seapower” 15-18 October 2018 Victoria, British Columbia, Canada A Strong, Secure, and Engaged Maritime Future We are pleased to announce that Vice-Admiral Ron Lloyd, Commander, Royal Canadian Navy, will open MSC18 on Tuesday, 16 October 2018. Don’t miss this premier maritime security event! MSC18’s topical presentations will include: • Striking a Balance in the Full Spectrum of Maritime Operations • The Evolving Seascape: Understanding the Future Maritime Environment • Building Strategic Resolve: Policy, Platforms, and People in Maritime Security • The Future Fleet: Investing in…

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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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Babcock Canada Interaction Lab takes shape at Interurban

“The Interaction Lab has landed at the doorstep of Camosun College,” says Dr. Tim Walzak, Director of Camosun Innovates. “It’s truly a world class space and it has exceeded my expectations about how it’s shaping up.” The Interaction Lab is part of Camosun’s commitment to enhancing Applied Learning, in partnership with Education and Student Experience. The college’s emphasis on Applied Learning helps Camosun meet the needs of students in a way that makes education meaningful. It is integral to bringing skills, knowledge and real-world problem-solving to the classroom experience. Detailed…

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