UK Defence Chief appointed as NATO Chairman of Military Committee

UK Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach elected the new NATO Chairman of the Military Committee. UK Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach has been elected as the new NATO Chairman of the Military Committee, the Alliance’s senior military officer. Following a lengthy election campaign, Sir Stuart was today elected by other NATO Chiefs of Defence. It is anticipated that CDS will take over the role in June 2018. Becoming the first Briton to hold the position for 25 years,…

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HMCS Montreal Brief European Deployment

HMCS Montreal has arrived in Western Europe to participate in Neptune Trident 17-02 ‎which will include participation in FORMIDABLE SHIELD 17—a U.S.-led, joint NATO live fire Integrated Air Missile Defence exercise involving eight nations, including Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In conjunction with NEPTUNE TRIDENT 17-02 and FORMIDABLE SHIELD 17, Montreal will also participate in JOINT WARRIOR 17-2, a bi-annual United Kingdom-led multinational exercise that will involve over 22 warships, numerous aircraft, marines, and troops. Montreal will also continue its experimentation activities…

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Sea King Replacement Program, Now in Year 42, begins aircrew conversion training

By LT Catherine Drover RCAF On Monday, September 11, 2017, the first round of aircrew conversion training began for pilots at 406 Maritime Operational Training Squadron in 12 Wing Shearwater, Nova Scotia, in preparation for operational employment on the CH-148 Cyclone and eventual initial operational capability around 2023. Personnel on pilot conversion training courses 1 and 2, consisting mostly of CH-124 Sea King-experienced airmen and airwomen, will spend the next 90 training days learning new aircraft systems and tactics while transferring their knowledge and skills from the Sea King to…

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Canada Remembers Those Lost During U-boat Attacks on Newfoundland Crown Colony

Canadians take pride in their rich history and military heritage and a central responsibility of Veterans Affairs Canada is to pay tribute to the selfless service and contributions of Canada’s Veterans, and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. [smartslider3 slider=4] On September 16th, Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, attended a commemorative ceremony that marked an important military milestone – the 75th anniversary of the U-boat attacks at Bell Island during the Second World War. Bell Island, which sits in Newfoundland and Labrador’s Conception Bay, was one of the few communities in North…

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CFB Esquimalt Master Corporal Charge With Sexual Assault

On September 14, 2017, the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service charged a member of the Canadian Armed Forces with sexual assault under the Criminal Code. The charge relates to a reported incident involving the accused and another member of the Canadian Armed Forces during training at Canadian Forces Base Borden in August 2011. Master Corporal Dylan Lafeber of Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt faces one count of Sexual Assault under section 271 of the Criminal Code, punishable under section 130 of the National Defence Act.

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81 Companies Attend Seaspan’s Third Annual Atlantic Canada Industry Day

104 people representing 81 companies attended Seaspan Shipyards’ third annual Atlantic Canada Industry Day in Halifax today. During the session, attendees received an update on Seaspan Shipyards’ progress on its National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) Non-Combat package of vessels and associated supply chain opportunities. “Seaspan Shipyards’ work on the National Shipbuilding Strategy’s Non-Combat package of vessels is having a solid impact on the Canadian economy and helping to create thousands of jobs across the country,” said Brian Carter, President & CEO – Seaspan Shipyards. “Our partnerships with Canadian companies will ensure…

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Visit of the Joint Arctic Command

HMCS Kingston hosted members from the Joint Arctic Command (JACO) while alongside Nuuk, Greenland, on September 10, 2017. On the return transit from Operation LIMPID, HMCS Kingston paid a visit to Nuuk in order to resupply before continuing home to Halifax. While alongside, Kingston had the pleasure of hosting the Commanding Officer of the Joint Arctic Command (JACO) and his team for a visit. The Commander of JACO, Generalmajor Kim Jesper Jørgensen, Chief of Operations Kommandørkaptajn Jakob Rousøe, and Canadian Desk Officer Premierløjtnant Rasmus Kilmose, joined Kingston’s command team for…

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Invictus Games: Diagnosis No Barrier for Whangarei Naval Officer

Breaking down barriers is the focus for Royal New Zealand Navy officer Lieutenant Dan Crawford as he heads to the Invictus Games in Canada. The Invictus Games is the only international adaptive sporting event for wounded, injured and ill active duty and veteran service members. This year’s event, in Toronto from 23-30 September, will be the largest yet, with 550 ill and injured servicemen and women from 17 allied nations – including 24 from the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) – competing in 12 adaptive sporting events. Lieutenant Crawford, who…

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OSI Maritime Systems at DSEI

OSI Maritime Systems (OSI) will feature the Company’s leading naval integrated navigation and tactical solutions at DSEI, 12 – 15 September 2017, at the ExCeL Exhibition Center, London. The product of over 20 years of Military Electronic Navigation experience and certified against MED Type Approval, OSI’s Integrated Navigation & Tactical System (INTS) gives users the most compliant and fully scalable military Integrated Bridge System (IBS) available. Shipbuilders will find INTS represents a cost-effective, total solution that provides for IBS installations to be completed on time and on budget. Featuring a…

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