Crowsnest - Spring 2015

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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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Arctic ice

The Royal Canadian Navy returns to Arctic ice

The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) is making a concerted effort to expand its operations in Canada’s Arctic region, increasing the frequency and duration of its annual forays into remote and desolate waterways long ago visited by intrepid explorers such as Amundsen, Franklin and Peary.

HMCS Victoria

Steady State: The Victoria-class submarine fleet is now operational

It has been a lot of work getting to steady state, but finally having three Victoria-class submarines in their operational cycle while a fourth is in deep maintenance makes it an exciting time to be a submariner in the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN).

Commodore Brian Santarpia

Canadian sailor commands multinational task force

Commodore Brian Santarpia of the Royal Canadian Navy took command of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150) in December 2014 and is based in Bahrain. CTF-150 is one of three multinational naval task forces operated by the 30-nation Combined Maritime Forces (CMF).


HMCS Fredericton

Demonstrating Canada’s resolve within the NATO alliance

In late March HMCS Fredericton departed the Black Sea after three weeks of joint NATO training exercises and maritime situational awareness operations with warships from several allied nations.
April 28, 2015

Sub-Lieutenant Chris Sulyma

REGULUS program keeps sailor’s skills sharp

It’s said that a ship is only as strong as her crew. Skills, experience and proficiency are critical for all ranks and sea trades, and for the operational excellence of a navy as a whole.
April 28, 2015

Dwayne Hill

Model builder pays tribute to submarines

When the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) celebrated its submarine centenary in 2014, one submarine enthusiast offered up a very tangible lesson in Canada’s boat history. Remote control model builder Dwayne Hill has built from scratch 1/48 scale models of every class of submarine to enter Canada’s service.
April 28, 2015

HMCS Toronto

HMCS Toronto returns home from overseas mission

HMCS Toronto returned to her home port of Halifax January 18, after a successful six month deployment in the Mediterranean Sea on Operation Reassurance, Canada’s response to Russia’s military aggression towards Ukraine.
April 28, 2015

HMCS Toronto

HMCS Toronto receives U.S. Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation

HMCS Toronto has received recognition from the U.S. Navy for her support of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150), significantly disrupting the flow of drugs, criminal and terrorist activities while deployed on Operation Artemis in the Middle East.
April 28, 2015

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