The Naval Reserve LINK - April 2017

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The Naval Reserve LINK is a magazine published nation-wide two times a year (fall and spring). It is an internal communication tool used by the Naval Reserve.

The publication's mission is to foster exchanges of information between Naval Reservists and to show their accomplishments.

The different Naval Reserve Divisions and sailors across Canada are asked to submit articles on any subject of concern to them.


Cmdre Marta Mulkins, Commander Naval Reserve


In the coming months, we will see the culmination of several key planning efforts which will better define our way ahead and our overall return to strength.

Logo RDV 2017.

Rendez-vous 2017 - The Royal Canadian Navy's biggest strategic outreach event of the year

On 25 June 2015, the Prime Minister of Canada announced in Quebec City at the Pointe-à-Carcy Naval Complex that the Government of Canada would provide financial support for the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta.

Commodore Martin Mulkins, David Calconi of Career Edge, Capitain (Navy) Chris Ross.

Primary Reservists find civilian employment success

Primary Reservists play a critical role in Canada's strategy to develop a diverse and qualified pool of military personnel.


Cmdre Marta Mulkins

From the Commodore

The last six months have been amazing for the pace of change across the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) as a whole - and the Reserve in particular.
May 31, 2017

Capt(N) Chris Ross

At Wheelover

Building on the heels of last year's NAVRES recruiting reorganization, we have now launched an expedited enrolment program and the process that will see a willing applicant enrolled in as little as 21 days and in only three visits, without any compromise to the intake standard.
May 31, 2017

CPO 1 David Arsenault

Looking back, and ahead

As I write what will be my last article for the Link as the Naval Reserve Chief Petty Officer, I can't help but look back at all that has happened during the incredible three years I was honoured to serve in this position.
May 31, 2017

NST Crest

What is the Naval Security Team (NST)?

The NST strive to anticipate and dissuade threats, integrate its operations in consultation with port authorities, and support the CAF as required.
May 31, 2017

A small boat from HMCS Malahat establishes a security checkpoint near the Ogden Point breakwater at the entrance to Victoria Harbour, on Saturday October 29th, 2016.

Malahat preps for future Naval Force Protection opportunities

Approximately 50 members of Her Majesty's Canadian Ship (HMCS) Malahat executed the first of a series of local Naval Force Protection exercises with their boat and dive teams in local waters.
May 31, 2017

Recruits on the obstacles course during their Basic Military Qualification.

A new Basic Military Qualification for the naval reservists

For the last year, the Naval Fleet School (Quebec) has worked closely with the Naval Personnel and Training Group in order to review the previous BMQ/BMOQ in use by the RCN.
May 31, 2017

Mr. André Kirouac, Naval Museum of Quebec director, talking to Naval Reserve HQ members.

Remembrance Day 2016 observed by sailors at the Naval Museum of Québec

Even if very few of those who fought for the free world in that bloody conflict are still alive to talk about it, we have to ask ourselves, once those last veterans are gone, what remains of their stories, their experiences of war, the objects they used, and their day-to-day lives.
May 31, 2017

A boats crew conducts a coastal patrol training serial in Sydney Harbour during Exercise STEEL SHIELD

Atlantic Region NRDs host the first ever Naval Reserve exercise in Sydney

The Atlantic Region units made history from October 21-23, 2016 when HMCS Scotian hosted Exercise STEEL SHEILD. The exercise was the first time in recent Naval Reserve history that an exercise was held in Cape Breton.
May 31, 2017

SONAR greets a familiar friend at the Parkinson's Superwalk in Saint John, New Brunswick, 10 September, 2016.

Walking the Dog: my travels with SONAR

SONAR was recruited into the Royal Canadian Navy in 2010 and is based on a large black Newfoundland dog, known for the traits of vigilance and loyalty, qualities embodied by the Royal Canadian Navy.
May 31, 2017

Chief Petty Officer 2nd class Rick Bungay, GLA commissioning crew member, Dr. Winnifred Chafe, GLA ships sponsor, Lieutenant-Commander (LCdr) Emily Lambert, former Executive Officer GLA and Mr. Cecil Clarke, Mayor of Cape Breton in attendance at the celebration.

HMCS Glace Bay Sailors Reuniting with the Community of Cape Breton

Mrs. Winnifred (Winnie) Chafe is Her Majesty's Canadian Ship (HMCS) Glace Bay's ships sponsor and turned 80 years old on 25 Dec 2016. Winnie is an icon in the community who has spent a life time playing her fiddle and bringing the wonderful sounds of music into the heart of the community.
May 31, 2017

Brescia Student, Maggie McLellan (L) and Padre Catherinanne George (R) present Pope Francis with gifts from You are Loved - Messengers of Hope program

Blessing from Pope Francis impacts RCN and Naval Reserve

A Brescia student, Maggie McLellan, had been chosen in a blind selection process to be Canada's student delegate.
May 31, 2017

Able Seaman Marylie Laplante patrols the perimeter of HMCS Radisson.

"TOUJOURS LÀ, TOUJOURS PRÊT", HMCS Radisson practises disaster response

About 50 members of HMCS Radisson braved the cold and snow to simulate a response to a domestic disaster.
May 31, 2017

German submarine: A type VII U boat could cover 7,000 to 15,000 km, carried up to 15 torpedoes and was armed with an 88 mm gun.

Torpedoes in the St. Lawrence - 75th anniversary of the Battle of the St. Lawrence

Beginning in 1939, the Nazi submarines ruled the Atlantic. Operating in packs, they harassed the Allied convoys tasked with connecting the United Kingdom, the USSR and North Africa.
May 31, 2017

NCdt Elizabeth Mifsud-Sweeney (right) practices a lookout report while Petty Officer 2nd Class Colleen McInnis (center) and Leading Seaman Manuel Dussault-Gomez (left) provide instruction and guidance.

HMCS Malahat introduces life at sea to new recruits and divers

In a mid-January weekend, Her Majesty's Canadian Ship (HMCS) Malahat took advantage of the mild west coast climate by going to sea onboard Patrol Craft Training (PCT) Grizzly.
May 31, 2017

Junior officers representing allied international navies pose for a group photo on the deck of Japanese Ship (JS) Kashima during Op REGULUS. SLt Ben Mason from HMCS Scotian is located at the far left side of the middle rows.

My Two-Weeks with the Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force

In early September, I was selected to sail on the flagship of the Japanese Training Squadron aboard Japanese Ship (JS) Kashima for two weeks during her Overseas Training Cruise for newly commissioned officers.
May 31, 2017

Bob Watkins speaks at HMCS Chippawa's Battle of the Atlantic Ceremony 2016

Prairie Sailors & the Naval Museum of Manitoba

Winnipeg, Manitoba - When one thinks of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and the cities associated with it names such as Halifax and Victoria/Esquimalt come to mind. Winnipeg, Manitoba is not usually included on this list.
May 31, 2017

A Regular force sailor training on the Kingston-class simulator at Naval Fleet School (Quebec).

The MESO Transition to Marine Technician

The Marine Engineering System Operator (MESO) occupation, after 19 successful years, will move forward to meet the requirements of today's RCN by transitioning to Marine Technician (MAR TECH).
May 31, 2017

Commodore Marta Mulkins is welcomed by the commanding officer of HMCS Carleton, LCdr Carmen Lapointe, for the inauguration.

HMCS Carleton: well established at Dow's Lake

Carleton's Manning Ship Ceremony, held on November 16, 2015, was marked by joy, pride and emotion.
May 31, 2017

For doors open: Battle of the Atlantic Memorial.

Why a Battle of the Atlantic Memorial?

It was a rainy day at the CP Rail station when Philemon and Christina said goodbye to their son. A teary-eyed embrace from mom, a firm handshake from dad, and Tony boarded the train.
May 31, 2017