Japan-Canada Joint Training KAEDEX

From November 24th to 27th, the JMSDF conducted joint training exercises KAEDEX 2018 with the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) at Sasebo Port and waters west of Kyushu. Destroyer Kirisame from the JMSDF, the frigate HMCS Calgary and the supply ship MV Asterix from the RCN joined the trainings such as anti-submarine to increase the JMSDF’s tactical skill and strengthen relations with the RCN. The MOD has been strengthening its relation with Canada, which is a Pacific nation sharing fundamental values with Japan, through such training to maintain peace and stability…

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Bay Class in French Service

Photos and text by Chris Sattler Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate La Dunkerquoise (ex-Fundy) M726, 6/1973- P653 30 Davie SB, Levis, Canada 6/1951 9/12/1953 3/1954 // 3/1954 patrol 6/1973, stricken 10/1986 La Malouine (ex-Cowichan) M727, 6/1973- P651 592 Victoria SB, Canada 6/1951 12/11/1951 12/1953 // 3/1954 patrol 6/1973, stricken 1977 La Bayonnaise (ex-Chignecto) M728, 6/1973- P654 195 Marine Industries, Sorel, Canada 6/1951 13/6/1952 12/1953 // 5/1954 patrol 6/1973, stricken 1976 La Paimpolaise (ex-Thunder) M729, 6/1973- P657 252 Canadian Vickers, Montreal, Canada 5/1951 17/7/1952 12/1953 // 3/1954 patrol 6/1973, stricken 1/1987 La Dieppoise (ex-Chaleur)…

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HMCS Calgary Returns to Esquimalt

December 18, 2018 – Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Calgary recently concluded a successful five-month deployment to the Asia-Pacific region on Operation PROJECTION and returned to the ship’s home port at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Esquimalt today. HMCS Calgary sailed on Operation PROJECTION from August 20 to December 18, 2018. Throughout the deployment, HMCS Calgary participated in engagements that further strengthened partner nations’ abilities to effectively conduct combined maritime operations. The ship supported operations in the region, participated in three multinational maritime engagements (KAKADU 2018 in Australia, and KEEN SWORD…

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St. John’s Company Aims High with Drone Technology

December 18, 2018 – The Federal Government is supporting projects at Seamatica Aerospace that will contribute to the company’s growth and enable it to acquire new equipment to demonstrate the effectiveness of its drone (unmanned aerial system or UAS) technology. Seamatica Aerospace (SMA) is conducting land-based trials of its GuardianEye anti-collision system for the Royal Canadian Navy, which will enable safe operation of drones beyond visual line of sight. New hardware components for the GuardianEye will help SMA demonstrate the system to the Navy, while a permanent installation of the…

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NATO 2019 Bureaucracy Budget to be a Whopping €250.5 Million

December 19, 2018 – NATO Allies have agreed the civil and military budgets for 2019. At a meeting of the North Atlantic Council on Tuesday (18 December 2018), Allies agreed a civil budget of €250.5 million and a military budget of €1.395 billion for 2019. All member countries contribute to these budgets, according to an agreed cost-sharing formula based on Gross National Income. In the face of a more demanding security environment, NATO continues to adapt – including through the modernization of the NATO Command Structure, and a functional review…

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Elbit Systems’ Seagull USV Completed Intensive Sea Tests with Kraken’s KATFISH Sonar

December 18, 2018 – Elbit Systems’ SeagullTM multi-mission Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) recently completed a series of rigorous sea tests operating the Kraken Robotic Systems Inc.’s KATFISH Synthetic Aperture Sonar (SAS) towed system. These tests are an addition to a successful series of Mine Counter Measures (MCM) tests and exercises conducted by the Seagull over the past two years, including trials and exercises in participation with Western and other Navies. Actively controlled, KATFISH is an intelligent towfish platform that was specifically designed for high-speed hunting of naval mines and underwater…

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4th Japan – Canada Vice – Ministerial 2 + 2 Dialogue

December 12, 2018 (Google Translation) – On December 12, the 4 th Japan – Canada Vice – Ministerial Level “2 + 2” Dialogue was held in Tokyo. Mr. Makoto Makoto and Mr. Ken Air Mori Foreign Affairs Officer from Mr. Maki Mori from the Japanese side, Mr. Gordon Venner, Associate Deputy Minister of National Defense ( Mr. Gordon Venner ) from Ian · Mr. Sugart ‘s Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs ( Mr. Ian Shugart, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs ) attended. In this dialogue, opinions were exchanged on the…

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Sea Kings Retire After Over Half a Century of Service

By Peter Mallett December 12, 2018 – Heartfelt tributes flowed freely during the official Sea King helicopter retirement parade December 1, 2018, when the military community bade farewell to the longest serving aircraft in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). Inside the hangar at 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron at Pat Bay, B.C., more than 500 people gathered to witness the historic send-off. “To our magnificent Sea King, though you were an inanimate object, you were a living presence in the lives of so many of us in the navy and…

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Asterix Returns to Canada After Year-Long Deployment

December 18, 2018 – Today, Canada’s Resolve-Class Naval Support Ship Asterix arrived back in Canada for the first time following a year-long deployment throughout the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Since delivery from Davie Shipbuilding in January 2018, the ship has maintained 100% utilization without a single day of downtime, something which is virtually unheard of in naval ship operations. During 2018, Asterix has travelled 51,062 nautical miles, performed 138 supply operations with 9 allied navies and delivered over 20 million litres of fuel at sea. She has taken part in…

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Canada Falls to 16th in Defense Spending

December 18, 2018 – Global defence expenditure grew by 4.9 percent in 2018, the fastest growth rate since 2008, according to the annual Jane’s Defence Budget report, released today by business information provider IHS Markit. Global defence spending grew for the fifth consecutive year to reach a total of USD1.78 trillion in 2018, significantly exceeding the post-Cold War record of USD1.69 trillion in 2010, according to the report. Fueling this global growth was a 5.8 percent boost to NATO spending, which totaled USD54 billion, largely due to higher defence spending…

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