Contract Awarded for Four Tugs to Replace Seven

April 30, 2019 – Today, the Minister of National Revenue aannounced that Public Services and Procurement Canada, on behalf of National Defence, has awarded a contract of $102 million (including taxes) to Ocean Industries Inc., from Isle‑aux-Coudres, Quebec, for the acquisition of four tugs. These new tugs will provide towing, firefighting and other critical support services to both the Atlantic and Pacific Maritime Forces. They will replace the Royal Canadian Navy’s five civilian-crewed Glen-class large tugs and two Fire-class rescue boats. This contract will help sustain or create up to 140…

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Second AOPS Structurally Assembled at Halifax Shipyard

May 4, 2019 – The Royal Canadian Navy’s second Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS), the future HMCS Margaret Brooke, is now structurally assembled at Irving Shipbuilding’s Halifax Shipyard. On Friday, May 3, the bow section of the second AOPS was transported on heavy lift transporters from inside the Halifax Shipyard’s indoor shipbuilding facility outside to land level. Work will continue over the coming weeks to fully join the bow mega-block and its components to the centre and stern mega-blocks, which were transported to land level in September 2018. With…

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Piracy off Somalia: First Attack in Seven Months

May 3, 2019 (Google Translation) – Between 21 and 23 April, a group of pirates attacked two Korean and Spanish fishing vessels off the coast of Somalia , before being apprehended as part of Operation EU NAVFOR Atalanta. This is the first piracy incident around the Horn of Africa since October 2018. On April 19, 5 pirates hijacked a Yemeni dhow. Two days later, the pirates attacked 2 fishing vessels with skiffs, using the dhow as the mother boat. EU NAVFOR immediately responded by sending air and naval units to…

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NATO ships start missile defence drill off Scotland

May 8, 2019 – Ships from nine NATO countries are taking part in live-fire air and missile defence drills off the coast of Scotland from Tuesday (7 May 2019). Exercise Formidable Shield will take place at the United Kingdom’s Hebrides training range, in the Western Isles of Scotland and will run until 19 May. Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO will conduct the exercise on behalf of the US Navy. “Formidable Shield shows how Allies are working together to protect NATO forces and populations from the real threat of ballistic…

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Public Invited to U.S. Memorial Day Ceremony at Deadman’s Island in Halifax

May 14, 2019 – Historians have concluded that nearly 200 U.S. Prisoners of the War of 1812 died while confined on Melville Island, on the Northwest Arm in Halifax, and are buried on Deadman’s Island. On Monday, May 27, the U.S. Consul General and U.S. Navy Exchange Officers in Halifax will honor the U.S. service members buried on Deadman’s Island and all service members who have died in the line of duty. The Memorial Day ceremony will take place from 11:00am to 12:00pm and will include the firing of cannon.…

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