Sailor proud to serve his country
By Darlene Blakeley,
Senior Editor and Writer, Navy Public Affairs
MS Korey Tynes joined the RCN in 2007 to help people and serve his country.
“The navy has given me the chance to do both with great pride,” he says.
MS Tynes, a sonar operator, is employed at the Naval Training Development Centre (Atlantic) in Halifax where he works as an analyst in curriculum control and development for the sonar operator trade. He comes from a naval background – his father was in the navy and his grandfather served in the merchant navy.
Originally from Dartmouth, N.S., he has been deployed overseas three times and will be departing again in the summer of 2018.
“My time in the RCN has been incredible. I have been across the globe and met some of the most amazing people,” he says. “I have been places you hear about in movies and built friendships that will last a lifetime with what is a second family. If I had it to do all over again I wouldn’t change a thing. I am nearly halfway through my career in the RCN and expect the second half to be even more exciting than the first.”
He says that the highlight of his career so far was being appointed the Maritime Forces Atlantic Formation Master Seaman.
“I am humbled by the opportunity I was given and working with so many amazing people, the senior leadership within the RCN, and on behalf of the junior ranks in the Formation was an exceptional honour,” he says.
MS Tynes is active in his community and has been a basketball coach with the Bedford Eagles organization for seven years.
“I have had the opportunity to coach my oldest daughter on three occasions and watch some incredible young ladies go on to play for Team Nova Scotia and a couple even for Team Canada.”
He has also visited elementary schools with firefighters, police officers and pilots during Black History Month.
“This was an opportunity to speak to the youth in the community on what we do as people of colour and what is out there for them as they finish school, as well as building a strong sense of community and belonging for people of African-Canadian decent,” he explains.
He leads an active life, and along with basketball and workouts at the gym, he enjoys spending time with his two daughters.
MS Tynes recommends that anyone interested in joining the navy should look for a trade that interests them.
“If you like to work with your hands, work on electronics, or have a mechanical background there are so many more doors that will open up for you once you start your career with the RCN,” he says. “There is a job waiting here for you with exceptional pay and benefits, along with vast opportunities to see the world.”
He adds that it is the people who make the navy a great place to work.
“These are selfless people who sacrifice part of their lives in the service of our country. The RCN is moving into the future with a very bright horizon and I am very excited to be a part of it.”