Maritime Security Challenges 2018: “Pacific Seapower”

Maritime Security Challenges 2018: “Pacific Seapower” 15-18 October 2018 Victoria, British Columbia, Canada A Strong, Secure, and Engaged Maritime Future We are pleased to announce that Vice-Admiral Ron Lloyd, Commander, Royal Canadian Navy, will open MSC18 on Tuesday, 16 October 2018. Don’t miss this premier maritime security event! MSC18’s topical presentations will include: • Striking a Balance in the Full Spectrum of Maritime Operations • The Evolving Seascape: Understanding the Future Maritime Environment • Building Strategic Resolve: Policy, Platforms, and People in Maritime Security • The Future Fleet: Investing in…

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Asterix completes Royal Canadian Navy trials, achieves Full Operational Capability (FOC)

Davie Shipbuilding and Federal Fleet Services announced January 29th that following an intensive period of at-sea trials and testing, Asterix has been formally accepted by the Department of National Defence and has now entered full operational service with the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). As planned, Asterix performed daily replenishment-at-sea (RAS) exercises with the RCN and conducted extensive RCAF CH-148 Cyclone helicopter operations to prove and demonstrate the world-leading capabilities of the Resolve-Class Naval Support Ship. These exercises have included everything from dual RAS operations…

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Canada assumes national chair of Military Intelligence Committee

Canada assumed the national chair of NATO’s Military Intelligence Committee from Belgium on Wednesday 24 January 2018. A handover ceremony took place in the premises of the Joint Delegation of Canada to NATO in Brussels. Read-Admiral Scott Bishop, Canadian Navy, will serve as Chairman. He said: “Canada is truly honored to chair the NATO Military Intelligence Committee together with the Joint Intelligence and Security Division (JISD), and our team is dedicated to the successful attainment of Alliance objectives. I want to thank Lieutenant-General Testelmans for his personal commitment to NATO…

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Blowing Up Ripple Rock 1958

This film shows a complicated three-year engineering project leading to the destruction of Ripple Rock, a deathtrap in the shipping lane between Vancouver Island and the mainland. Also shown are tunnelling beneath the ocean floor of Seymour Narrows, the placing of the explosives and a close-up view of the successful explosion in 1958. Ripple Rock, , provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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Raytheon Awarded Phalanx Upgrade & Support Contract

Raytheon Canada Limited has been awarded a $704 million contract to upgrade and support 21 Close-In Weapons Systems for the Royal Canadian Navy. These rapid-fire, radar-guided gun systems provide the most effective naval self-defence system available against close-in threats such as missiles, small ships, and aircraft. These systems are currently in use on the Navy’s Halifax-class frigates, and will also be installed on the Protecteur-class joint support ships following their construction.

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HMCS Sackville Awarded $3.5 Million Federal Grant for Repairs

On January 26th, a federal grant of $3.5 million to the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust for extensive repairs to HMCS Sackville was announced in Halifax. As Canada’s oldest warship and the sole remaining Flower-class corvette, HMCS Sackville is an important part of Royal Canadian Navy history. HMCS Sackville has been owned by the non-profit Canadian Naval Memorial Trust since the 1980s, operating seasonally on the Halifax waterfront as Canada’s Naval Memorial and a museum ship. Most of the repair work is expected to be completed at the Fleet Maintenance Facility…

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Canadian Forces National Investigation Service Charges Chief Military Judge

January 25, 2018 – Commodore Geneviève Bernatchez, Judge Advocate General today issued the following statement: “Earlier today, the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service laid charges against Chief Military Judge (Colonel Mario Dutil). “Today’s announcement serves to remind us that, as in the civilian justice system, no one is above the law. All Canadian Armed Forces members, regardless of their rank or position, remain subject to the Code of Service Discipline. “As in all cases, the subject of charges is presumed innocent until proven guilty. “I will not comment on the…

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Rising Tide Lifts all Boats: Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy to Yield Economic Benefits Across the Country

As part of the National Shipbuilding Strategy to replace the current fleets of the Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Coast Guard, the federal government contracted Nova Scotia’s Halifax Shipyard to build six Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS). The shipbuilding activity and the modernization of the Halifax Shipyard Facility are expected boost economic activity in Canada by $3.42 billion between 2013 and 2022. An average of 4,230 jobs per year will be supported by the shipbuilding activity during the core AOPS build phase of 2016-20, according to a new…

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Small Increase for DND MFRC Programs

MP Sherry Romanado announced January 24th $6 million per year in new funding to modernize the Military Family Services Program and provide additional support to military families. The announcement was made at the Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC) in Winnipeg. Parliamentary Secretary Romanado met with service providers and military families and saw firsthand how the new funding will benefit military families. These benefits will include extended childcare hours, expanded youth programs, and the provision of additional mental health services (including couples counselling and women’s workshops), among other enhanced services. The…

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NATO phonetic alphabet, codes and signals

The ability to communicate and make yourself understood can make a difference in life-threatening situations – imagine for example that you are trying to alert a search and rescue helicopter of the position of a downed pilot. To ensure clear communication, NATO uses a number of well-known formats which are in general use. NATO standardization agreements enable forces from many nations to communicate in a way that is understood by all. If you have ever said “Bravo” to mean “B” when speaking on the phone for instance, then you have…

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