Life at Sea
Imagine waking up for work and walking to the dockyard. You are greeted by the call of seagulls, the smell of crisp sea air and the sound of crashing waves on the rocks. You board a ship, and spend your day with a tight-knit group of coworkers. Imagine traveling around the world, experiencing new cultures, climates and customs-- and getting paid for it.
While participating in the multinational exercise, Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016, HMCS Calgary is challenging its crew to their fourth consecutive Fitness Challenge. The program aims to improve the general health and fitness of participants by having them measure and track their fitness activity.
Few things say separation more perfectly than the image of Canadian sailors on a warship leaving home port as family and friends wave goodbye. Yet that iconic image of navy life is fast becoming a bit dated.
Coming from a long lineage of army and air force family members, I made a bold and rebellious move in joining the Royal Canadian Navy.
During a 2008 Standing Naval Force Mediterranean deployment aboard HMCS St. John’s, I managed to stow away my mandolin. Likewise, other crew members had managed to bring along their instruments, and we were able to form a band (aptly named Crash on Deck, or COD).
April 25, 2016
Nearly everyone has heard Napoleon’s expression that “an army marches on its stomach”, but what about the navy?
April 25, 2016
The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) is a professional war-fighting service, but its sailors have a generous side that is well known across the country and manifests itself in the hundreds of thousands of dollars raised each year for charity.
April 21, 2016