Crowsnest - Fall 2014

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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.


Ships sail in close formation during RIMPAC


Building long-lasting relationships that will pay dividends during future operations is one of the main reasons for the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) long-standing participation in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise.

HMCS Toronto

RCN begins transition to the future fleet

The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) is in the midst of the most intensive and comprehensive period of fleet modernization and renewal in its peacetime history, touching upon all elements of the fleet.

HMCS Halifax in dry-dock at Halifax Shipyard

Modernized frigates: Providing strategic effect for Canada

One of the Royal Canadian Navy’s Halifax-class frigates is in the Mediterranean Sea with NATO forces. Another participated this summer in the largest international maritime warfare exercise in the world.


Leading Seaman Cornelis Post embraces his wife

HMCS Regina returns home from overseas deployment

After eight months at sea and two Canadian naval operations, the crew of HMCS Regina returned home September 17.
November 4, 2014

The Romanian ship Regele Ferdinand and HMCS Toronto

HMCS Toronto: Diplomacy at sea

HMCS Toronto glides into position and reports to the Ukrainian warship Hetman Sagaidachny that she is “Alpha Station”, or in position. Sub-Lieutenant James Anderson has just maneuvered the 5,000-tonne frigate at full speed into a point station 500 yards from the Ukrainian destroyer, demonstrating that the ship’s workups conducted this spring have paid off.
November 3, 2014

Vice-Admiral Harry DeWolf

Class of new Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ships named after naval hero

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Harry DeWolf is named in honour of a wartime Canadian naval hero and is the first of the AOPS designed to better enable the RCN to exercise sovereignty in Canadian waters, including in the Arctic.
November 2, 2014

Lieutenant (Navy) Ashley Hunt

“The coolest job in the world”

As an engineering officer in HMCS Windsor, one of four Victoria-class submarines in the RCN, Lieutenant (Navy) Ashley Hunt is the only female officer currently serving in Canada’s submarine force.
November 1, 2014

HMCS Shawinigan and Canadian Coast Guard Ship Henry Larsen

The RCN’s diverse missions in the North

Protecting Canadian sovereignty. Maintaining interoperability with mission partners. Improving coordination between government departments. Conducting surveys of Arctic sea beds. Helping to locate one of the lost vessels of Sir John Franklin’s ill-fated expedition. And all of this before breakfast?
November 1, 2014

Commander (retired) Peter Chance

French medal bestowed upon Canadian naval veteran

Seventy years after his ship, HMCS Skeena, took part in the D-Day landings, Commander (retired) Peter Chance received recognition from the French government.
October 31, 2014

Committal of ashes at sea ceremony for Warrant Engineer John Ernest Rawson

Ashes of veteran committed to the deep while commemorating the Battle of the Atlantic

The remains of Battle of the Atlantic veteran Warrant Engineer John Ernest Rawson were committed to the deep in the Arabian Sea at 15 00.59N, 052 48.7E.
October 31, 2014

Leading Seaman Josh Oldford provides instruction to members of partner nations’ maritime diving teams

Progressive partnerships: strengthening Caribbean security

The annual U.S. Southern Command-led training exercise brought together 16 nations and key regional organizations in the Caribbean Basin from June 1-25. The exercise improved military relationships from the command level down to individual participants.
October 30, 2014

NATO ships, including HMCS Fredericton in the foreground, sail together during the multinational fleet exercise.

Training with NATO partners off the Atlantic Coast

Five Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) warships and four Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) aircraft participated alongside NATO allies in a multinational fleet exercise held off the Atlantic Coast in August.
October 29, 2014

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