Royal Canadian Navy Creates New Flag Officer Position

In the cavernous three-story Maritime Operations Center, amidst a sea of television monitors and projection screens, a mass of uniforms gathers huddled around a cluster of desks. Interspersed throughout the crowd of mostly U.S. Navy uniforms are a smattering of Marines and a few livelier uniforms from France, the U.K, and Norway. “Standby,” is anonymously called and all conversation ceases. Everyone stands in quiet anticipation for the arrival of the admiral who is leading the briefing. “Attention on deck,” rings out and everyone snaps to rigid attention. In walks the…

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Association of Pacific Ports appoints new Executive Director

January 9, 2020 – The Board of the Association of Pacific Ports (APP) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jane McIvor as Executive Director, effective February 1, 2020. In making the announcement, Ian Marr, President of the APP and President and CEO of the Port of Nanaimo, noted that “Jane’s strong knowledge of the marine industry, coupled with her expertise in association management, will allow the APP to continue to fulfill its mandate of promoting communications and collaboration among ports within the Pacific trading area.” In accepting the position,…

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OSI Signs Contract with Polish Navy to Provide Naval Integrated Bridge Systems

January 7, 2020 – OSI Maritime Systems (OSI) is pleased to announce that it has entered in to a strategic partnership with PGZ Stocznia Wojenna Shipyard (PGZ SW), located in Gdynia, Poland to provide Integrated Navigation and Tactical Systems (INTS) to the Polish Navy. Its first contract is for the Kormoran program, vessels two and three (ORPs ‘Albatros’ and ‘Mewa’). “We are very pleased to be working with PGZ Stocznia Wojenna (PGZ SW) and the Polish Navy, our newest naval customer, on the Kormoran project,” stated Ken Kirkpatrick, President and…

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Viking Offers Ideas at Seas Wide Area Optical Radar Payload for Guardian 400 Twin Otter Multi-Mission Aircraft

  December 11, 2019 – Announced during a World Demonstration Tour, Viking Air Limited of Victoria, British Columbia is now offering Ideas at Sea’s wide area optical radar payload as optional equipment on its Twin Otter Guardian 400 special mission aircraft. Viking and Ideas at Sea will immediately commence sensor integration with a view to presenting their optical radar options to customers in early 2020. Ideas at Sea will be working with Viking’s integrator and principal tour partner, Airborne Technologies of Austria, to house the Visual Detection and Ranging (ViDAR)…

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Certification and Settlement Regarding the Canadian Armed Forces

November 25, 2019 – The Federal Court (which as concealed the name(s) of the judiciary involved) approved a settlement regarding class action lawsuits initiated by seven former members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) for current and former members of the Canadian Armed Forces as well as current and former employees of the Department of National Defence (DND) and Staff of the Non-Public Funds, Canadian Forces, who experienced sexual harassment, sexual assault or discrimination based on sex, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation (“Sexual Misconduct“) in connection with their military…

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The Role of the Arctic in Chinese Naval Strategy

In her recent China Brief article, Dr. Anne-Marie Brady examined the prospect of China deploying military power to the Arctic (China Brief, December 10). Applying the methods she used in her pathbreaking 2017 book, Brady draws from authoritative Chinese sources to demonstrate the growing importance of the Arctic in China’s strategic calculus. [1] She also cites a host of other indications that Beijing intends to send naval forces—especially submarines—north through the Bering Strait. Her research provides important context for an oracular 2019 U.S. Department of Defense claim that China could be laying the foundation…

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How Laser Weapons are Changing the Defense Equation

Directed Energy and Laser Weapon Systems Offer Power and Flexibility in an Age of Tech-driven Warfare. In 2017, a U.S. military ally detected an unusual threat: a small quadcopter drone—the kind anyone can buy online for $200—was approaching. A $3 million Patriot missile was fired to take it down, eliminating the threat, but at a disproportionate cost. The incident highlights an issue armed forces worldwide face today: What is the best defense against a new generation of weapons? With rapidly changing technology, warfare is evolving along similar lines around the…

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2020 Snowbirds Schedule

Date Location June 6 – 7 Selfridge AFB, Michigan, USA* 10 North Bay, Ontario* 13 – 14 Borden, Ontario 17 Thompson, Manitoba 20 – 21 Portage la Prairie, Manitoba 24 Saint-Georges, Quebec 27 – 28 Waterloo, Ontario July 1 Canada Day, Ottawa, Ontario 4 – 5 Pierre, South Dakota, USA 11 – 12 Yellowknife, Northwest Territories 15 Whitehorse, Yukon 18 – 19 Cold Lake, Alberta 23 – 26 Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA 29 Vancouver, British Columbia August 1 – 2 Lethbridge, Alberta 5 Rocky Mountain House, Alberta 7 – 9 Abbotsford, British…

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