GeoSpectrum Awarded MCDV Sonar Contracts

GeoSpectrum Technologies (GTI) has been awarded two contracts from the Department of National Defence under the ADSA Science and Technology (S&T) program. Under the first contract – Long Range Detection and Communications – GTI will build and field-demonstrate a Very Low Frequency (VLF) acoustic source for long distance underwater detection and potentially basin-scale (1000 km) communications, as well as supporting, for example, an Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) engaged in under-ice work. This source will be suitable for year-round Arctic deployment, capable of providing persistent surveillance and messaging over very long…

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Royal Canadian Navy’s new mothership sails, on time and to budget

Davie Shipbuilding announced December 26th it has completed the construction, commissioning and sea-trials of the first Resolve-Class Naval Support Ship, Asterix. The ship was delivered on time, to budget and most importantly, at an internationally competitive cost. The ship departed Quebec City 23 December 2017 en-route to Canadian Forces Base Halifax where she will enter service with the Royal Canadian Navy and be operated by Federal Fleet Services Inc. Her crew of 36 Canadian merchant sailors together with Davie personnel and industry contractors sailed the 26,000-tonne ship on her maiden…

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Fraser Institute: Ten year-end facts Canadians need to know

By Niels Veldhuis, Charles Lammam, and Milagros Palacios As we end 2017, here are 10 year-end facts Canadians should understand and consider as we enter 2018: The total tax bill for the average Canadian family will exceed $35,000 in 2017, or 42.5 per cent of their income—more than what the average family spends on housing, food and clothing combined. While the federal government has claimed it “cut taxes for middle-class Canadians everywhere,” the reality is that 81 per cent of middle-class families in Canada are paying higher federal income taxes…

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Ballard Launches Next Generation Fuel Cell System for Drones, Expands Insitu Flight Testing

Ballard Power Systems announced December 22nd that the company has developed a next generation high performance fuel cell propulsion system to power unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones. Ballard has also received a follow-on contract from Insitu, a Boeing subsidiary, for extended durability testing of the next-generation 1.3 kilowatt (kW) fuel cell propulsion system to power test flights of its ScanEagle UAV platform. Ballard and Insitu have partnered over the past two years to integrate Ballard’s prior generation fuel cell propulsion system – a complete hydrogen power system for small…

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HMCS Chicoutimi Provides ASW Training for JMSDF

HMCS Chicoutimi (SSK 879) spent December 19th conducting ASW training for JS Hamakaze (DDG 171), JS Ikazuchi (DD 107), JS Marusame (DD 102) & JS Izumo (DDH 183) and P-1 maritime patrol aircraft. Unknown if Chicoutimi has any weapons onboard as two thirds of capabilities removed from time as HMS Upholder. Of the four Victoria Class submarines, only HMCS Victoria has fired a torpedo. All photos official JMSDF.

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Rust and Mould – The RCN remains ever vigilant

Regardless of the type of ship operating at sea, there are two ever-present challenges that require constant vigilance to ensure they are appropriately dealt with – rust and mould. While both are naturally occurring processes and the conditions at sea are ideal for them, they are manageable. The RCN takes these two issues very seriously because if not effectively managed they can affect the health and safety of our sailors, and the effectiveness of its ships. The RCN has a very broad and comprehensive strategy in place to appropriately manage…

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HMCS Charlottetown prepares for a deployed Christmas

HMCS Charlottetown, currently deployed on Operation REASSURANCE, is preparing for a deployed Mediterranean Christmas while continuing to operate with NATO. Even though the crew has become a family over the course of their deployment, it is the families back home that are on everyone’s minds now that the Christmas season is upon us. It is never easy for someone to be away from their family around the holidays and this holds true for all deployed service members aboard Charlottetown. While families at home are decorating and preparing to put gifts…

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Final Aurora Welcomed Home from Operation Impact

Families and Canadian Armed Forces leaders welcomed the return of the final CP-140 Aurora and its aircrew from the Middle East on Saturday, December 16, 2017. Members of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s CP-140 Aurora squadrons have maintained a presence on Operation Impact as part of Air Task Force-Iraq since Canada joined the Coalition to counter Daesh in October 2014. During Operation Impact, two Auroras deployed on short notice to provide an essential overland intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capability to the Coalition using a number of upgraded, technologically-advanced sensors. The…

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Construction launched on third Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship built by Irving Shipbuilding

During a ceremony today in Dartmouth, start of construction on the third Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS), the future HMCS Max Bernays. Today’s announcement represents an important milestone for Irving Shipbuilding Inc., the Government of Canada, and the National Shipbuilding Strategy, which will deliver both large and small ships, as well as ship repair, refit and maintenance.

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