AOPS Weapon Systems Mirrors HMCS St Laurent Fiasco of 1955

What does AOPS Harry DeWolf have in common with HMCS St Laurent (II)? In the video below, notice the two single 40mm Bofors guns. For some inexplicable reason, the mandarins in Ottawa okayed the purchase of the guns but refused to pay for the directors. Only the first few of the St Laurent Class were fitted with the guns and the concept was abandoned as the 40mm mountings would be nearly useless. Fast forward 65 years and Harry DeWolf will commission without the infrared/radar system of the MK38 mount, rendering…

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British and Canadian sailors shared their experience in logistics and navigation training

November 27, 2019 – Scientific and methodological training according to the program of international military cooperation within operation “ORBITAL” took place in the Ukrainian Navy Command. Classes were held in two groups. The first was to study logistics, and the second was to conduct practical navigation lessons directly on the navigation bridge of the frigate Hetman Sahaidachnyi. During the practical training, the senior assistant commander of the frigate briefed on how the navigation service on the ship is organized and how to model combat situations during the training of the…

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Secretary General Marks $1 Billion Contract to Modernize NATO AWACS Fleet

November 27, 2019 – NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the President of Boeing International, Sir Michael Arthur, met at Melsbroek Airport in Brussels on Wednesday (27 November 2019) to mark a major investment in the Alliance’s fleet of AWACS surveillance aircraft. NATO’s 1 billion dollar contract with Boeing will modernize the AWACS fleet, ensuring they continue to support the Alliance’s missions to 2035. “NATO AWACS have been our eyes in the sky, supporting our operations for decades, from patrolling American skies after 9/11, to our operations in Afghanistan, and…

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Canadian Pacific honors Canadian, U.S. military with special locomotives

November 12, 2019 – Canadian Pacific (CP) unveiled five specially painted locomotives on Remembrance Day in Canada and Veterans Day in the U.S. honoring the culture and history of the armed forces. The five Electro-Motive Diesel SD70ACUs will take the message of military pride across the CP system. “As a leading employer of veterans, CP is proud to commemorate military machines and the brave men and women who’ve operated them in conflicts around the world,” said CP President, CEO and veteran Keith Creel. “As these locomotives pass through communities across…

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WIDS Offering Scholarships

The Annual WiDS Scholarship fund was established in 2006 with a mandate to encourage women to further their educational objectives and pursue careers and related to Canada’s defence and security. Since 2006, over $100,000 has been awarded in amounts ranging from $1,000-$10,000. This year, WiDS is pleased to announce that one scholarship, valued at $10,000 will be awarded. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA Applicants must meet the following mandatory criteria. No exceptions will be considered. Applicants must: 1.  be enrolled at an accredited university or college, either full-time or part-time in the school year 2020-2021 (in…

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CSC Radar Designated AN/SPY-7(V)1

November 14, 2019 – The world’s latest generation solid-state radar technology, formerly known as Lockheed Martin’s (NYSE: LMT) Solid State Radar (LM SSR), has been designated as AN/SPY-7(V)1 by the United States government. The designation of AN/SPY-7(V)1 is a direct reflection of the maturity and capability of Lockheed Martin’s solid-state radar technology. The Japanese Ministry of Defense selected AN/SPY-7(V)1 for two planned Aegis Ashore installations in 2018. Additionally, variants of AN/SPY-7(V)1 will be used by the Royal Canadian Navy for the Canadian Surface Combatant program and the Spanish Navy for…

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New RCN UAV SKELDAR V-200 Begins Mass Production in 2020

November 14, 2019 – The first SKELDAR V-200 Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have been manufactured and deployed by international outsource manufacturing contractor Scanfil. It is a milestone that represents a significant boost to production ahead of what is planned to be UMS SKELDAR’s biggest year yet in 2020. Following major contract wins with the German Navy and Royal Canadian Navy, and important advancements to the flagship SKELDAR V-200 platform over the last 12 months, UMS SKELDAR has entered what (it says) is a critical phase…

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US Coast Guard Video From HMCS Nanaimo MEDEVAC

Coast Guard crews hoisted an injured man from a Canadian naval vessel transiting in the northern section of Admiralty Inlet, Friday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound command center in Seattle were notified at 10:30 a.m. that an individual aboard the 181-foot Royal Canadian Navy Ship HMCS Nanaimo had sustained a head injury after suffering a fall. The crew of the Nanaimo reported that the man had a laceration on his head and showed signs of a concussion. The command center diverted a Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles…

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75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic

November 14, 2019 – On May 3rd, 2020 services and branches across Canada and internationally will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of action in the Battle of the Atlantic. This significant milestone provides Canadians and the world an opportunity to commemorate our navy’s proud past while celebrating its bright future. Canada’s proud naval and maritime history could not be better represented than by Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) successes in the Battle of the Atlantic. For this reason, the annual celebration of naval and maritime service takes its name.…

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HMCS Ottawa Commits Seven to the Deep on Deployment

November 20, 2019 – When HMCS Ottawa departed Esquimalt for Operations NEON and PROJECTION August 6, it carried the ashes of seven veterans – two who served in the Second World War – that had been entrusted into the care of Ottawa’s crew by their families. “When we departed, along with our own families, present among the crowd were the loved ones of the ashes we carried, saying a final farewell knowing their loved one’s remains would be committed to sea during the deployment,” says Lieutenant Andrew Klinger, Ottawa’s padre.…

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