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“We have seen much progress as NATO and allied forces continue to achieve their goals.”
- Teri Reil  


Submitted photo
Crowsnest Pass native Sub-Lietenant Teri Reil of the Canadian Navy
relays orders to the engineering department during a refueling at sea
with a NATO tanker.
Sub-Lieutenant Teri Reil of the Canadian Navy has been aboard the HMCS Charlottetown since March 23rd, working with Canada’s NATO allies to enforce a maritime arms embargo off the coast of Libya.
The Crowsnest Pass native is just one of hundreds who are working to protect civilians in populated areas by preventing illicit shipments of arms, munitions, military vehicles, and materiel from reaching the region.
“In the relatively short time we have been operating in the Mediterranean Sea, we have seen much progress as NATO and allied forces continue to achieve their goals,” said Reil in an email interview with the Pass Herald while aboard the HMCS Charlottetown.
“In March, the (Muammar) Gaddafi regime was unrestrained in its use of military force against civilians,” she said. “By imposing a ‘No Fly Zone’ and an arms embargo, NATO has seriously reduced the capacity of pro-Gaddafi forces to attack their own population.”
“HMCS Charlottetown has been active in defending the port of Misrata from attacks on land and sea, while facilitating the safe passage for humanitarian assistance into Libya.”
She added that this is her first mission at sea, and that she hopes to have the opportunity to experience other missions throughout her career.
In her role as Phase VI Marine Systems Engineering Officer, Reil is currently completing the “at sea” phase of her technical training.
“Right now I am responsible for learning all of the systems in the ship relating to the propulsion plant, the electrical plant, and their auxiliary systems,” she said. “I am also responsible for learning about damage control and stability – for example, if the ship were to take a damage resulting in flooding and fires, the damage control organization is responsible for stopping the ingress of water and fighting the fires.”
The crew left Halifax on March 2nd, and while they do not have a firm return date, Reil said they are prepared to remain operational for six months, a typical duration for naval deployments.

However, Reil said she will be returning to Halifax on June 9th to complete her technical board examination, following which she will be posted to the Naval Engineering School as an instructor.
Reil has been spending much of her time studying for her exam as of late, as well as getting involved in any ongoing maintenance, in addition to some of the administration within her department.
Reil joined the Navy in June 2004, upon graduation from Crowsnest Consolidated High School, joining under the Regular Officer Training Plan.
“As most young adults coming to the end of their time in high school, I was trying to decide what I wanted to do with my life,” she said.
Following suit of a close friend, Reil applied to the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC), with an interest in the Air Force and the Army.
“I thought it sounded like a great school and a great career with many opportunities,” she said. “Coming from a land-locked province, I wasn’t very familiar with Canada’s Navy… at the end of my interview process, the recruiting centre offered acceptance to RMC, but as a Naval Officer.”
“It sounded exciting, so I accepted and it has been very rewarding,” she said, adding that she graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering, receiving her commission at the same time.
She said the most rewarding part of her job is having the opportunity to see all of the hard training the crew undergoes in preparation for deployment.
“(It) really pays off once the deployment actually happens,” she said.
She said being able to see different parts of the world is also a major perk of the job, but that it is also hard being at sea for long stretches of time, and being away from the comforts of home.
“While we have many different methods available for communicating with family and friends at home, it’s just not the same as being home and with them,” she said.
Reil said she is excited to return home to Canada, and to continue in the advancement of her career with the Canadian Navy.
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