Standing NATO Maritime Group Two has a New Commander

June 16, 2019 – Command of Standing NATO Maritime Group Two was formally transferred from Commodore Boudewijn Boots of the Royal Netherlands Navy to Commodore Josee Kurtz of the Royal Canadian Navy in a ceremony held aboard Royal Netherlands Navy frigate HNLMS Evertsen, and presided over by Rear Admiral Andrew C. Lennon, Commander Submarines NATO, representing Allied Maritime Command. SNMG2 is one of four maritime task groups providing NATO presence, maritime situational awareness, and an operational response capability both in peacetime and crisis. It is comprised of ships from across…

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Close Encounters During Operation NEON

by Matthew Fisher June 25, 2019 – A pair of frontline Chinese Su-30 fighter jets buzzed HMCS Regina Monday in the East China Sea, in international waters east of Shanghai. The formidable twin-tail Russian-built strike aircraft flew within 300 metres of the Canadian ship’s bow, screaming past about 300 metres above the water. It was the first such close encounter between a Chinese warplane and a Royal Canadian Navy warship. It comes at a time of heightened tensions between China and Canada, triggered by Canada’s plan to hold an extradition…

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Regina & Asterix Join Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019

July 11, 2019 – Seventeen ships from the United States, Australia, Canada and Japan sailed together in formation for a massive photo exercise July 10, to signify the beginning of naval maneuvers as part of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019. This year’s Talisman Sabre is focused on defending the rights, freedoms, and uses of the sea, air, space and cyberspace guaranteed to all nations under international law and considered essential to prosperity, stability and security in the Indo-Pacific region. “Interoperability and working alongside allies and partners really is the future, particularly…

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Algoma to Supply Steel for New AORs

Seaspan Shipyards is pleased to announce that in association with its supply partner, Samuel Custom Plate, Algoma Steel Inc. (Algoma) has won a contract for work on Canada’s new replenishment ships. This award follows an open and competitive procurement process conducted by BC’s Samuel Custom Plate and Profiles. In working with Algoma and Samuel Custom Plate, Seaspan is affirming its confidence in the Canadian steel industry. Under this contract, Samuel Custom Plate will subcontract Algoma to provide steel plates which will be used to construct part of the hull of…

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Joint Statement by the Government of Canada and Vice-Admiral Mark Norman

June 26, 2019 – With the assistance of Warren Winkler, former Chief Justice of the Ontario Court of Appeal, counsel for both the Government of Canada and Vice Admiral Mark Norman have concluded discussions, held in good faith, which have resulted in a mutually acceptable agreement, the details of which will remain confidential. Vice Admiral Norman remains committed to the Navy, the Canadian Armed Forces and their mission. However, after consulting with his family, his chain of command, and his counsel, Norman has decided to retire from the Canadian Armed…

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Black Sea Fleet Monitors NATO Exercise Sea Breeze 2019

July 5, 2019 (Google Translation) – In the course of carrying out the tasks, the grouping of Russian warships began to work out a number of planned combat training activities in the Black Sea. The exercise involved about 10 ships of the fleet. In particular, large landing ships “Azov” and “Caesar Kunikov”, small missile ships “Orekhovo-Zuyevo” and “Mirage”, missile boats “Ivanovets”, “Naberezhnye Chelny” and “R-60” and others. At the moment, the crews of the ships continue to work out the elements of joint navigation and combat maneuvering in sea polygons,…

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NATO Conducting Routine Patrol in the Black Sea

July 3, 2019 – Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) arrived in the Black Sea yesterday to conduct a routine patrol to enhance interoperability with Allies and build on cooperation with NATO Partners. SNMG2 is led by Commodore Josée Kurtz of the Royal Canadian Navy from the Group’s flagship, Royal Canadian Navy frigate HMCS Toronto. The group also includes Turkish frigate TCG Turgutreis and British frigate HMS Duncan, which transited into the Black Sea with HMCS Toronto. There they are joining with Romanian frigate ROS Regele Ferdinand as well. “Patrolling…

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Robert Allan to Design New RCN Tugs

June 25, 2019 – Robert Allan Ltd. is pleased to announce they have been awarded the contract from Ocean Industries Inc., a related corporation of Ocean Group Inc., to design a new generation of Ship Handling tugs to be built at the Ocean Industries Inc. shipyard at L’Isle-aux-Coudres, Quebec for the Royal Canadian Navy. Four tugs are to be built, with two delivered to each of Canada’s major naval bases, at Esquimalt, BC and Halifax, NS. Known as the Naval Large Tug (NLT) project, the new IMO Tier III vessels…

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First Canadian C295 Makes Maiden Flight

July 5, 2019 – The first Airbus C295, purchased by the Government of Canada for the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) Fixed Wing Search and Rescue Aircraft Replacement (FWSAR) program, has completed its maiden flight, marking a key milestone towards delivery by the end of 2019 to begin operational testing by the RCAF. The aircraft, designated CC-295 for the Canadian customer, took off from Seville, Spain, on 4 July at 20:20 local time (GMT+1) and landed back on site one hour and 27 minutes later. The photo above shows the…

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