Victoria Shipyards to Maintain Canada’s West Coast-based Halifax-class Frigates

July 16, 2019 – Seaspan’s Victoria Shipyards has signed a contract to perform Docking Maintenance work on the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) fleet of Halifax-class frigates. This work has been executed by Victoria Shipyards for the last decade under the Frigate Life Extension (FELEX) modernization program. The maintenance support for Canada’s frigates will see Seaspan provide docking work periods for Canada’s five Halifax-class frigates stationed on the West Coast. The Government of Canada also announced similar work would be conducted by two other Canadian shipyards for Canada’s seven East Coast-based…

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FMF Cape Breton Barge Fleet Being Replaced

July 15, 2019 – Public Services and Procurement Canada, on behalf of the Canadian Armed Forces, has awarded a contract of $1,996,439 to Canadian Maritime Engineering Ltd. of Port Alberni for the acquisition of four steel barges for Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt. The contract also includes a complete technical data package, training and the option to buy spare parts. These steel barges will be used to support various types of maintenance on ships and will replace the six existing wooden barges. This contract will help sustain a minimum of nine…

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SNMG2 Concludes Participation in SEA BREEZE 19 in the Black Sea

July 13, 2019 – The ships of Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) have concluded their participation in SEA BREEZE 19, a Ukrainian-US co-hosted exercise in the Black Sea. Under the command of Commodore Josee Kurtz (CAN N), the Group is conducting a regional patrol as it proceeds to Varna, Bulgaria, during their deployment in the Black Sea. SEA BREEZE is an annual multinational maritime training engagement designed to enhance the ability of partnering nations to build their combined capability and capacity to ensure regional security, and foster unity. “The…

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The Ghosts of Southern Alberta

By Dave O’Malley with Todd Lemieux I’m am Eastern boy. Of that there’s no doubt. Liberal, urban, soft—a bit of a pussy by Alberta standards. But when I sweep down out of Calgary on Highway 2, the farther south I get, the more I feel I belong there. Perhaps it’s the blue dome of the sky and the startling vistas, the heartless winter winds, the direct, no-nonsense men, the uber-competent women or maybe it’s the fading ghosts that surround me from a time long past when men from the east and west…

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CADSI Announces Formation of Cyber Advisory Council

July 10, 2019 – As part of CADSI’s ongoing efforts to promote Canada’s innovative cyber-defence sector, our association is pleased to announce the formation of a new Cyber Advisory Council. The Council, made up of 10 industry cyber-defence practitioners, will provide ongoing feedback on CADSI’s activities and research efforts in the cyber domain, as well as offering input as the association works to form closer links between home-grown industry and government. The Council will function as an operating committee of CADSI. “Better harnessing Canada’s world-class cyber industrial capabilities will help…

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Poltorak Meets with Canadian Delegation

July 8, 2019 – Defense Minister of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak has held a meeting with the Canadian delegation as part of the Sea Breeze 2019 international naval exercises, the ministry’s press service has reported. “Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak has met with the Canadian delegation headed by Ambassador of Canada to Ukraine, Mr. Roman Waschuk, on board the Royal Canadian Navy frigate Toronto, which is participating in the Sea Breeze 2019 international naval exercises. Poltorak has thanked the Canadian side for the consistent support for Ukraine during the armed aggression from…

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Royal Canadian Navy, NATO STO – CMRE & Portuguese Navy to Discuss Data Exploitation at Maritime Information Warfare 2019

July 3, 2019 – A key theme to be discussed at the 3rd Annual Maritime Information conference, taking place on the 18th-19th November 2019, is ‘Information as an Enabler: Data exploitation’. This will be addressed by three senior military officials from the Royal Canadian Navy, NATO STO – CRME (Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation), and Portuguese Navy. For those interested in attending, there is a £100 early bird discount expiring at midnight on Monday 30th September 2019. Featured expert speakers and their presentations on day one of the event…

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HMCS Toronto Flight Ops

HMCS Toronto’s CH-148 helicopter deploying decoy flares in June while operating with NATO’s SNMG2. The aircraft, originally designed for offshore oil industry passenger service, retained the passenger windows. At last report, electronics and full combat capability will not be until 2013, an incredible 48 years after Sea King Replacement program launched. The CH-148 also has the same limitation of the CH-124 Sea King, having no ASuW (Anti-Surface Warfare) capability.

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Wrecked, Abandoned or Hazardous Vessel Act to Deal With Former HMCS Cormorant

June 24, 2019 – New authorities for the Coast Guard will be enacted under Bill C-64, the Wrecked, Abandoned or Hazardous Vessel Act (WAHVA). These new actions will improve the Canadian Coast Guard’s ability to respond, to ensure that vessels posing a potential  threat to the health and safety of coastal communities, and the environment, are dealt with. Assessments of vessels that pose a potential threat to our marine environment in Atlantic Canada, such as the Cormorant, are critical to ensuring the health and safety of our coastal communities. It…

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