USS Arleigh Burke Arrives in Halifax

September 11, 2018 – The guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) arrived in Halifax, Canada for a scheduled port visit, Sept. 7. This visit reaffirms cooperation efforts between the United States and Canada and helps establish conditions for security and stability in the region as the two NATO allies work closely together to defend North America and ensure they are prepared to confront rapidly evolving threats, both from nation-state and non-state actors. “We are honored and excited to visit this beautiful country,” said Cmdr. Errol Robinson, commanding officer of…

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Government Announces Details of Multi-year Investigation of Franklin Wrecks

September 5, 2018 – After Sir John Franklin and his crew went missing while searching for a Northwest Passage in the 1840s, Inuit shared stories and knowledge that helped the world better understand the Arctic and the fate of the Franklin ships and their crews. That same profound knowledge of history and the natural world led to the discovery of the wreck of HMS Erebus in 2014 and then HMS Terror in 2016. These storied ships of the Franklin Expedition now comprise the Wrecks of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror…

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HMCS Calgary on Operation Projection

By Annie-Claude Venne HMCS Calgary left Esquimalt July 30, 2018 for Operation Projection. The Calgary is sailing in the Asia-Pacific region to participate in international naval exercises with partner nations. Calgary has already completed training exercises with ships from Australia and New Zealand and has visited Guam. In the coming weeks, Calgary will participate in a regional exercise run by the Australians in Darwin. Then, it will conduct visits to Vietnam, Republic of Korea and Japan to promote cooperation with partners. The final stop of its deployment will be in…

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RAN Sailors Enjoy Canadian Hospitality, Calgary Style

September 9, 2018 – Australian and Canadian military ties were further strengthened recently when a group of RAN sailors and officers cross-decked in Royal Canadian Navy Ship Calgary as part of Exercise Kakadu 2018 (KA18). The group, consisting of a cross section of HMAS Stuart’s crew, spent the day onboard Calgary as the task group conducted a series of anti-submarine warfare exercises. Calgary Commanding Officer Commander Blair Saltel said cross-decking of personnel in both directions was an important component of building ties between allied nations. “An exercise such as Kakadu…

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Commander Jeff Loder RCN to Speak at Prestigious Conference

September 10, 2018 – SMi group reports: Interview released with Royal Canadian Navy released ahead of Maritime Information Warfare conference taking place this November in London With SMi’s 2nd annual Maritime Information Warfare conference just 2 months away, SMi group caught up with Commander Jeff Loder, Section Head Communications and Information Systems Requirements, Royal Canadian Navy to discuss current developments, priorities and the upcoming event. Loder said, “Traditionally navies have operated in three primary areas of warfare; Anti-Air Warfare (AAW), Anti-Surface Warfare (ASuW) and Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW). Although previously foundational,…

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U.S., Canada Commence Bilateral Maritime Ops

September 10, 2018 – The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) and the Royal Canadian Navy are conducting bilateral operations in the North Atlantic Sept. 10-12. Commander, U.S. Second Fleet, Vice Adm. Andrew Lewis embarked the strike group flagship, USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), and the USS Normandy (CG 60) Sept. 10, to observe firsthand the exercises aimed at strengthening the two nations’ vital, longstanding partnership. “Canada is our steadfast partner in NATO, in the North Atlantic, in the Artic, and around the globe,” said Lewis. “We operate…

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Thales Canada Opens New Maritime Office to Support Key Naval Programs

September 10, 2018 – On September 10th, Thales Canada celebrated the official opening of its eighth Canadian location in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The office will be home to up to 20 new Thales employees dedicated to the Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Coast Guard and our maritime partners and suppliers. Today, the Halifax office will support the Royal Canadian Navy’s AJISS Program; the comprehensive, long-term, in-service support contract for the Arctic and Offshore Patrol Vessels (AOPV) and the Protecteur Class AORs awarded in 2017. Thales, as the prime contractor for…

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Canadian Refueling a First for Stuart at Kakadu 18

September 10, 2018 – Replenishments at sea are business-as-usual in the Royal Australian Navy but new ground was broken recently for HMAS Stuart when the Anzac class frigate took on fuel from Canadian tanker MV Asterix for the first time during Exercise Kakadu 2018. Stuart Commanding Officer, Commander Chris Leece, said despite not having worked with Asterix before, the RAS went off without a hitch. “Refuelling at sea is always a challenging evolution but the fact that we’ve never operated with Asterix before added another level of complexity to the…

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Use of Cannabis by CAF Members

1. Introduction Date of Issue: 2018-09-07 Effective Date: 2018-10-17 Application: This DAOD is an order that applies to officers and non-commissioned members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF members) and a directive that applies to employees of the Department of National Defence (DND employees) who supervise CAF members. Approval Authority: Deputy Minister of National Defence (DM) Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) Enquiries: Director General Military Personnel Policy (DGMPP) (for overall policy) Director Military Careers Policy and Grievances (DMCPG) (for policy and grievances) Director Military Careers Administration (DMCA) (for policy administration) Surgeon General…

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