Northwesterner on naval exercise

LEADING Seaman Tyrel Janzen inspects the ammunition feed on a .50 calibre machine gun on board Her Majesty's Canadian Ship (HMCS) Vancouver alongside in Pearl Harbor

LEADING Seaman Tyrel Janzen inspects the ammunition feed on a .50 calibre machine gun on board Her Majesty's Canadian Ship (HMCS) Vancouver alongside in Pearl Harbor

LEADING Seaman Tyrel Janzen from the Nass Valley was one of several northwesterners taking part in an anti-submarine warfare exercise while serving on the Canadian frigate HMCS Vancouver last month.

After graduating from Nisga’a Elementary Secondary School in New Aiyansh, Janzen enrolled in the Canadian Navy.

As a boatswain, or seamanship specialist, he is part of the largest trade in the Canadian Navy.

Janzen is the son of Deedee and Dave Janzen and enrolled when he was 17.

In 2009 he sailed in HMCS Winnipeg with the NATO fleet suppressing piracy off the Horn of Africa.

HMCS Vancouver participated in the exercise with U.S. Navy submarines off the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean Feb. 12 to 21.

Other Canadian ships on the exercise were another frigage, HMCS Winnipeg, and a supply ship, HMCS Protecteur.