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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Chief of the Defence Staff Statement on VADM Norman

May 8, 2019 – General Jonathan Vance, the Chief of the Defence Staff, made the following statement: “On Wednesday, 8 May, the Public Prosecution Service of Canada stayed the proceedings against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman. “This stay eliminates the conditions that caused me to relieve Vice-Admiral Norman from his military duties in January of 2017– in accordance with the Queen’s Regulations and Orders section 101.09. “As we know, the RCMP conducted and completed its investigation, charges were laid, and the proceedings have now been stayed. In this new context, the Queen’s…

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HMCS St. John’s crews recognized for exceptional service

May 7, 2019 – The Chief of the Defence Staff General Jonathan Vance recognized two crews of HMCS St. John’s on April 4 for their exceptional service and performance during 2017. The Canadian Forces Unit Commendation is a group award created to recognize distinguished service by a military unit. While deployed on Operation REASSURANCE in 2017 as part of Canada’s contribution to NATO assurance measures in the Mediterranean and Black Seas, HMCS St. John’s spent weeks tracking Russian naval forces near Syria, including a Kilo-class diesel submarine. As Force Antisubmarine…

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QinetiQ Wins C$51m UAS Contract

May 7, 2019 – QinetiQ has been awarded a C$51m (c£30m) contract to deliver unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) that will drive enhanced situational awareness for the Canadian Armed Forces. The contract will be delivered from QinetiQ’s state-of-the-art unmanned vehicle manufacturing and operational facilities in Medicine Hat. The vertical take-off UAS will provide Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) services to the Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Special Operations Forces Command, for both domestic and international operations. The system, based on the UMS SKELDAR V-200 UAS, will be equipped with…

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Royal Canadian Navy Commemorates the Battle of the Atlantic

May 5, 2019 – Today Canadians from all corners of the country commemorated the sacrifices of the thousands of Canadians who fought valiantly during the Battle of the Atlantic from 1939 to 1945. The National Commemorative Ceremony took place at the National War Memorial with participation by members of the Royal Canadian Navy and the Royal Canadian Air Force, as well as members of the Merchant Marines. Air Cadets and Sea Cadets from the National Capital Region, Navy League Cadets, Royal Canadian Legion Color Party, local veterans’ associations, the Diplomatic…

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OSI Signs Contract with Lockheed Martin Canada to Design IBNS for CSC

April 16, 2019 – OSI Maritime Systems (OSI) announced the signing of a contract with Lockheed Martin Canada (LMC) to design the Integrated Bridge and Navigation System (IBNS) for the Royal Canadian Navy Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) Program. Irving Shipbuilding is the CSC Prime Contractor and will build 15 ships at Halifax Shipyard. The CSC project, which is part of the National Shipbuilding Strategy, will replace both the Iroquois-class destroyers and the Halifax-class multi-role patrol frigates with a single class of ship capable of meeting multiple threats on both the…

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NATO marks 25th anniversary of Mediterranean Dialogue

May 6, 2019 – NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, with the 29 Permanent Representatives of the North Atlantic Council marked the 25th anniversary of the Mediterranean Dialogue on Monday (6 May 2019) in Ankara, Turkey. They were joined by the Ambassador of the Republic of North Macedonia and senior diplomats of the seven nations (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia) participating in the partnership forum. “Through the Mediterranean Dialogue, NATO has developed a unique network of partners across the region. It has helped to boost trust and cooperation…

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Team Canada announced for Warrior Games 2019

May 3, 2019 – Brigadier-General Mark Misener, Commander of the Canadian Armed Forces Transition Group and Head of Mission for Team Canada, announced the list of 39 athletes who will represent Canada at the 2019 United States of America Department of Defense Warrior Games June 21 to 30 in Tampa, Florida. Prior to their formal announcement as members of Team Canada, invited athletes spent a week in March at a training camp held at Esquimalt. Currently, they are continuing their training in their hometowns with the online help of the…

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Royal Canadian Navy Trains with Charles de Gaulle Strike Group

By Lt Linda Coleman RCN April 29, 2019 – On April 23, HMCS Regina conducted a cooperative deployment with  Task Force (TF) 473, a Carrier Strike Group with nuclear-powered French Navy aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle. The cooperation took place in the Arabian Sea with the goal of enhancing interoperability and improving communications. The day started with an Air Defence Exercise (ADEX), which saw French Navy Rafale M Fighter jets take off from Charles De Gaulle aircraft carrier to conduct maneuvers over Regina. As the jets flew over the warship…

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NECC Divers join U.S. Coast Guard, Canadian and British Forces Under Ice Training

April 2, 2019 – The echo of snowmobiles and chainsaws filled the air as U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, Royal Navy, and Royal Canadian Navy divers partnered to hone their ice diving skills during an Ice Diving Training Exercise hosted by the Royal Canadian Navy’s Fleet Diving Unit Pacific Mar. 4-15 in British Columbia, Canada. Over the course of two weeks, divers from Navy Expeditionary Combat Command’s Underwater Construction Teams (UCT) 1 and 2 and Mobile Diving and Salvage Units 1 and 2 worked with the multinational team to increase…

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