Crowsnest - Spring 2016

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Crowsnest is the national news magazine of the Royal Canadian Navy. Its aim is to keep readers informed about the navy through in-depth articles, news and dynamic imagery. The magazine provides a better understanding of our navy, as well as an appreciation for the great work our sailors and air personnel do for Canada around the world.

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HMCS Summerside

Deployed sailors stay connected with home while at sea

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.

Lieutenant (Navy) Brendan Ryan

Guitars and battleships

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).

Nicholas Pike

Generous sailors reach out to local charities

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.


The “borrowed” piano that went to Murmansk

“Borrowed” piano makes the Murmansk Run

During the Second World War, Russia was in desperate need of supplies for both its civilians and its military operations. In response, the Allies established several supply routes, one of which utilized seagoing convoys to carry goods from North America to the northern Russian ports of Archangel and Murmansk.
April 25, 2016

Ordinary Seaman David Lescombe

Does the navy sail on its stomach?

Nearly everyone has heard Napoleon’s expression that “an army marches on its stomach”, but what about the navy?
April 25, 2016

Sailors work out

Fitness on the high seas

Fitness on the high seas is not always as easy as tying up a pair of sneakers and going for a jog. The motion of the sea, compressed work schedules and confined spaces are just a few of the obstacles that would make it much easier to crawl into a bunk rather than exercise during down time.
April 25, 2016