Navy ships’ crew members work together on a mock below-decks exercise during a recent Navy Day. This Saturday’s West Shore Navy Day event is being held at CFB Esquimalt’s property in Colwood.

Navy ships’ crew members work together on a mock below-decks exercise during a recent Navy Day. This Saturday’s West Shore Navy Day event is being held at CFB Esquimalt’s property in Colwood.

West Shore Navy Day offers glimpse into sailors’ routines

Navy hosts open house in Colwood for the first time

The West Shore is hosting the biggest public navy event in a decade.

Despite having approximately 5,000 employees with the Department of National Defence living in communities across Greater Victoria, Capt. (N) Steve Waddell said the work of their military staff is still a mystery to some. So, the forces are looking to pull back the curtains.

“This is an opportunity to open the door, invite folks down to see what we do, the type of resources and equipment (we have) … and to meet most importantly the people who (use it),” he said. “It’s important for (the community) to resonate with the passion and pride our workforce has.”

West Shore Navy Day, welcomes the entire family to the relatively unknown facilities and jetties in Colwood on Saturday, June 11. The day will be highlighted with search and rescue demonstrations, army displays, a helicopter display, music from the Naden Band and tours of both HMCS Winnipeg and Saskatoon. It’s a rare opportunity that the public last enjoyed 10 years ago at Ogden Point in Victoria.

“It’s really an open house and it’s not just the navy that will be represented,” Waddell said. “There will be other units and forces, the air force will be there, the army and civilian and support agencies linked to the force … we are proud to showcase all of the capabilities and equipment that are presented across all the armed forces.”

There will also be interactive areas where visitors can undertake a military fitness test, take photos on a search and rescue plane or experience bomb squad activities.

“If we see children and families leave with a smile on their face and a better understanding, that’s our goal,” Waddell said. “People will leave better informed and know that their neighbour works on the base and supports activity that happens on the base.”

Visitors are asked to park at the View Royal Casino or the top parking lot at Royal Roads University, where free shuttles will run back and forth every 20 minutes. The first shuttle leaves at 10:15 a.m. The all-ages event runs from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and for more information, including other transportation options, visit the CFB Esquimalt Facebook page at facebook.com/esquimaltbase.

alim@goldstreamgazette.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The Greater Victoria Women’s Transition House Society provides an essential service and has only seen an uptick in need since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Pixabay)
Greater Victoria women’s shelter adds second safe harbour

Costs soar as need does for Greater Victoria Women’s Transition House Society

The family of Iris McNeil, shown here with members of her family, has launched a petition to deny parole for the man who murdered McNeil in 1997. (Family photo)
Family fights killer’s release from Metchosin institution

Shortreed serving an indeterminate sentence at William Head Institution

Rendering of the floating market space that is part of one of the two proposals for the Turkey Head and Oak Bay Marina properties. (Courtesy District of Oak Bay)
Oak Bay Marina questionnaire nets hundreds of responses

Mayor Kevin Murdoch impressed by the quality, quantity of input on two proposals

Police are looking for the driver of this truck after it nearly hit a group of kids in Esquimalt on Thursday. (Photo courtesy of Victoria Police)
Victoria police looking for driver of truck that nearly missed kids before crashing in Esquimalt

The truck’s driver, a man, fled the scene after the truck crashed into a house’s fence

Rainbow trouts thrashing with life as they’re about to be transferred to the largest lake of their lives, even though it’s pretty small. These rainbows have a blue tinge because they matched the blue of their hatchery pen, but soon they’ll take on the green-browns of their new home at Lookout Lake. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
VIDEO: Lookout Lake stocked with hatchery trout to delight of a seniors fishing club

The Cherish Trout Scouts made plans to come back fishing soon

A woman wears a protective face covering to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as she walks past the emergency entrance of Vancouver General Hospital in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, April 9, 2021. COVID-19 cases have been on a steady increase in the province of British Columbia over the past week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Top doctor warns B.C.’s daily cases could reach 3,000 as COVID hospitalizations surge

There are more than 400 people in hospital, with 125 of them in ICU

(Black Press Media file photo)
POLL: Do you have a plan in place in the event of a tsunami?

Tsunamis have claimed the lives of more than 250,000 people between 1998… Continue reading

Anyone with information on any of these individuals is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit the website victoriacrimestoppers.ca for more information.
Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of April 13

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

The District of Sooke will continue to flower with Communities in Bloom. (Pixabay)
Sooke will bud but not bloom in provincial competition

Council scales back participation in Communities in Bloom

An armed officer walks outside Cerwydden Care on Cowichan Lake Road near Skinner Road Wednesday, April 14 around 5:30 p.m. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Police standoff at Duncan apartment ends peacefully

Officers surround building as homeowner held in apartment for nearly four hours by adult son

Latest modelling by public health shows cases generated by COVID-19 infections into places where it can spread quickly. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
Industrial sites, pubs, restaurants driving COVID-19 spread in B.C.

Infection risk higher in offices, retail, warehouses, farms

Hwy. 4 was shut down in both directions for 10 hours on March 23 as a rock bluff was blasted as part of Kennedy Hill’s ongoing construction. Commuters can expect five more 10 hour closures on five consecutive Wednesdays beginning April 28. (Photo courtesy of Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)
Five 10-hour Pacific Rim highway closures planned in the next 6 weeks

Closures needed for rock blasting as part of the Kennedy Hill Safety Improvement project.

Bulldogs forward Stephen Castagna flips the puck into the Clippers zone during a game on Oct. 24. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Island BCHL game postponed due to ‘potential positive’ COVID-19 test

Nanaimo Clippers team suspends activities, players isolating pending further test results

Most Read