Crowsnest - Spring 2014

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Crowsnest, the national news magazine of the Royal Canadian Navy, is published twice a year in April and October. 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.


A navy diver displays an IED he has just dismantled and rendered safe.

Sailors in the sandbox

The following article was written at the height of the war in Afghanistan by an RCN clearance diver, whose name is withheld for security reasons, and whose powerful first-hand account of an individual mission is a reminder that the RCN stood together with more than 40,000 members of the CAF in the fight against terrorism.

CC-1 and CC-2 arrive in Halifax on October 14, 1917

A century of standing on guard below the waves

In commemoration of a colourful history of challenges, controversy and triumphs, submariners will celebrate 100 years of service on board submarines on behalf of Canada on August 5, 2014.

Members of HMCS Regina’s naval boarding party come alongside a fishing dhow in the Arabian Sea region.

The unexpected nature of boarding party operations

There’s a lot to get used to when you’re a member of a naval boarding party (NBP) working in difficult conditions in far flung and dangerous parts of the world.


Lieutenant (Navy) Markian Haluszka, HMCS Regina’s navigating officer, takes a bearing on the bridge.

HMCS Regina ready for broad spectrum of missions

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Regina is currently conducting maritime security and counter-terrorism operations at sea off the east coast of Africa as part of Operation Artemis.
April 24, 2014

The Stadacona Band marches over the Angus L. MacDonald Bridge

Striking the right note - Professional bands bring the navy to Canadians

As the frigate slips her lines and heads to sea for a long foreign deployment, the triumphant sound of band music echoes throughout the dockyard. Amid the smiles and tears of those saying goodbye to loved ones, the brassy notes uplift spirits and bring a festive aura to the departure.
April 24, 2014

HMCS Iroquois crew members conduct a replenishment-at-sea with Federal German Ship Bonn.

Joint training at sea

Approximately 900 personnel from the Royal Canadian Navy and Royal Canadian Air Force participated in a major fleet exercise in February and March off the eastern seaboard.
April 24, 2014

Le capitaine de vaisseau Jill Marrack

Perseverance and passion

She’s a powerful woman according to the Women’s Executive Network. But she’s also a mother, teacher, mentor and citizen sailor.
April 24, 2014

HMCS Toronto is greeted by family and friends in Halifax as the frigate returns

HMCS Toronto returns home from successful mission

The crew of HMCS Toronto arrived home in Halifax on February 27, reuniting with family and friends after more than seven months in the Arabian Sea region.
April 24, 2014

An artist rendering of the definition design for the new Joint Support Ships.

RCN names new Joint Support Ships

The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) has named its two new Joint Support Ships (JSS), which will be built by Vancouver Shipyards Co. Ltd. in North Vancouver, B.C. They will be named HMCS Queenston and HMCS Chateauguay in recognition of the significant battles of Queenston Heights and Chateauguay during the War of 1812.
April 24, 2014

Leading Seaman Lee Thibault shows local children how to use the ship’s helm as they visit HMCS Regina in Manila, Philippines.

HMCS Regina: lending a hand in the Philippines

In between some well-deserved rest and relaxation, a number of Regina’s sailors participated in community outreach activities designed to improve the lives of some of the city’s poorest citizens.
April 24, 2014

Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, left, Commander Royal Canadian Navy; Rosemary Chapdelaine, President Lockheed Martin Canada; and Lieutenant (Navy) Earl Corn, right, of the Navy League of Canada; present Master Seaman William White-Brown with the 2013 Royal Canadian Navy Centennial Award.

Service, sacrifice and loyalty

Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, Commander Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), presented the 2013 RCN Centennial Award to Master Seaman William White-Brown, a boatswain in HMCS Preserver.
April 24, 2014

HMCS Glace Bay, with a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter flying overhead

Op Caribbe 2013

Operation Caribbe was a success story in 2013, and there is every expectation that this year will be no different.
April 23, 2014