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Wrens trailblazer was a “precious part of Canada”

– The first woman to command a ship in the British Commonwealth, she was captain of His Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Conestoga in Galt, Ont., during the Second World War.

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Canadian troops in Bahrain bust drug runners on the ‘hash highway’

– MANAMA, Bahrain — Zeroing in on a small fishing dhow loaded with heroin in 2 million square miles of ocean is like trying to find a needle in a haystack, but a crew of mostly Canadian troops has helped find six in the past two months, hauling in nearly 16 tons of illicit drugs.

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HMCS Kootenay survivor receives Wound Stripe 49 years after engine room explosion

– Nearly 50 years after being badly injured at sea as a result of the 1969 Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Kootenay explosion, a member of that ship’s company has been recognized for his sacrifice in service to his country.

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St. John’s native shares medical knowledge in West Africa

– Lt(N) Morrow hails from St. John’s, Newfoundland, and completed his medical training in 2018. He joined the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) shortly thereafter. Mere months into his career, he was selected to join HMCS Kingston and deploy to West Africa…

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War fighter: Lt(N) Anne Day

– She is a war fighter, a wife and a mother. An Above Water Warfare Officer, Lieutenant(Navy) Anne-Marie Day challenges many people’s perceptions of what a young leader and war fighter looks like in today’s Royal Canadian Navy.

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Advanced unmanned aircraft to provide eye in the sky for Kingston-class ships

– Kingston-class ships are equipped with a visual line of sight intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capability, but have lacked a similar capability for vessels of interest beyond their visual line of sight. Enter PUMA, a Maritime Miniature Unmanned Aircraft System (MMUAS) equipped with powerful enhanced optical and infrared cameras that are able to capture still imagery and video.

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Canadian Armed Forces sailor named International Military Athlete of the Year

– Bravo Zulu to Canadian Armed Forces Able Seaman (AB) Yvette Yong, of the Royal Canadian Navy!

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Enhanced medical and dental capabilities return to the Royal Canadian Navy

– With the launch and deployment of Naval Replenishment Unit Asterix in January 2018 and its embarked Canadian Armed Forces personnel, the Royal Canadian Navy has re-established full medical and dental capabilities while at sea.

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Liberating potential: Sailors and young women inspire one another in West Africa

– On February 23, 2019, Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships (HMCS) Kingston and Shawinigan entered the Port of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Within an hour, crews departed for an event in the local community that, for many, would turn out to be a career high-point.

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Second World War Navy veteran recalls wartime service

– Hedley Whitfield Lake grew up in Fortune, Newfoundland. After the war broke out, he was recruited as part of the 10th contingent of Newfoundlanders destined for service in the Royal Navy (RN). He signed up on July 28, 1940. Lake sailed for 21 days in a convoy to England where he landed in South Hampton, and was assigned to HMS Ganges for training…

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