2020 News 

Operation NANOOK-NUNALIVUT in Rankin Inlet

May 20, 2020 – Royal Canadian Navy divers participated in Operation NANOOK-NUNALIVUT in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut from March 2 to 18, 2020, along with divers from Finland, France and Belgium. “The conduct of dive operations in the Arctic in temperatures below -50 degrees Celsius presents many unique challenges relating primarily to equipment temperatures and freeze-up,” said Lieutenant (Navy) Kristopher Hicks, dive team officer in charge and clearance diving officer at the Fleet Diving Unit (Atlantic). The dive team’s presence in Rankin Inlet enabled them to revalidate their procedures, test equipment…

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2020 News 

Oostende Naval Memorial

On the afternoon of February 14, 1945, disaster struck the Canadian 29th Motor Torpedo Boat flotilla during the Second World War. In advance of a patrol that night, many of the sailors were asleep on their boats docked in Ostend, Belgium (spelled ‘Oostende’ in the local Flemish language). Spilled fuel that had ended up floating on the surface of the harbor suddenly ignited and, before an alarm could even be raised, a raging fire quickly spread amongst the closely-moored vessels. Fuel and ammunition supplies exploded as boat after boat caught fire.…

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