Four Part YouTube Video on the Battle of the Atlantic

THE BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC Celebrated on the first Sunday of May, each year. PART 1                 1939-1940          PART 2  1941-1942           PART 3  1943-1945           PART 4  Statistics                             I presented it to the SUBMARINERS ASSOCIATION OF CANADA (WEST) in 2018. Cheers, John Webber

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NATO cyber defenders tested at world’s largest cyber drill

NATO cyber experts will test and train their ability to defend against cyber attacks in the largest international live-fire cyber defence exercise, Locked Shields (23 April – 27 April). A team of 30 from the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA) will be taking part in the week-long event, alongside 1000 national experts from around 30 nations. The competition has been organized annually by the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE) based in Tallinn, Estonia, since 2010. Locked Shields is an opportunity for cyber defenders to test the…

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Government releases Key Industrial Capabilities (KICs) as important tool for defence procurement

On April 23, the Federal Government announced that the government will use its ITB Policy to motivate defence contractors to invest in Key Industrial Capabilities (KICs). As part of the announcement, the Minister included five areas of Canadian industrial strength in emerging technologies, which have the potential to grow quickly, and 11 established industrial capabilities where Canada is globally competitive or where domestic capacity is essential to national security. These areas include: Emerging technologies Advanced materials Artificial intelligence Cyber resilience Remotely piloted systems and autonomous technologies Space systems Leading competencies and…

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Proposed Settlement of LGBT Purge Class Action

Government of Canada and certain former members of the Canadian Armed Forces (“CAF“), RCMP and employees of the Federal Public Service (“FPS“) who were directly affected by the LGBT Purge in the CAF, RCMP and FPS have reached a proposed settlement of class action lawsuits. The proposed settlement must be approved by the Federal Court before there is any money available. Your legal rights are affected even if you do nothing. Please read this notice carefully. The “LGBT Purge” refers to actions taken to identify, investigate, sanction, and in some cases, terminate the…

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UK gifts historic shipwrecks to Canada

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced that the UK has officially gifted the historic Franklin Wrecks to the Canada. Ownership of the two shipwrecks, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, two of the most archaeologically important shipwrecks in the world, was formally transferred to the Canadian government with the signing of a Deed of Gift at a ceremony today. With this historic transfer, Inuit of Nunavut, who played a key role in their discovery, will also become joint owners of the wrecks and artefacts. The ceremony at the Canadian Museum of…

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Team of injured soldiers and Veterans, along with business executives, successfully reach Everest Base Camp, raising $1 million for charity providing critical support to Canadian military families

On April 1st, a team of ill and injured soldiers and Veterans, along with business leaders from across Canada, arrived in Nepal as part of the True Patriot Love Scotiabank Expedition: Himalayas. The team’s objective was to raise funds for True Patriot Love Foundation (TPL), a national charity which provides critical support to military families, by successfully trekking to Everest Base Camp and then summiting the near-by 20,000-ft. peak of Lobuche East. This physically and mentally demanding adventure successfully concluded on April 18th and has so far raised more than…

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Seaspan Shipyards Celebrates Handover of HMNZS Te Kaha

Seaspan’s Victoria Shipyards (VSL) celebrated the handover of HMNZS Te Kaha at a ceremony in Esquimalt April 26th. The handover ceremony marks the transfer of care of HMNZS Te Kaha from the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) to Lockheed Martin Canada (NYSE: LMT) and VSL. Today’s event follows last month’s formal announcement that VSL had been awarded work on the Frigate Systems Upgrade for the RNZN’s ANZAC class frigates as a subcontractor for Lockheed Martin Canada. “Being awarded this project demonstrates Seaspan’s Victoria Shipyards’ capabilities as a leader in ship…

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Developing NATO’s cutting-edge capabilities

Top national defence officials discussed opportunities to procure and develop together the capabilities the Alliance needs to face today’s security challenges at the Conference of National Armaments Directors (CNAD) held in Luxembourg on 19 April 2018. “To carry out its missions and tasks, NATO needs cutting-edge and cost-effective equipment,” said Camille Grand, the CNAD Permanent Chairman and NATO’s Assistant Secretary General for Defence Investment during the opening of the Conference. He underscored the CNAD’s critical role in helping NATO Allies decide how and where to invest in defence. Facilitating multinational…

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Making Arctic Resupply Safer and More Efficient

The Federal Government Canada is investing $94.3 million over five years to make Arctic resupply operations faster, safer, and more efficient for remote communities. The Safety Equipment and Basic Marine Infrastructure in Northern Communities initiative is providing on-the-ground equipment and infrastructure, along with training on how to use and maintain it. Transport Canada is now accepting proposals from Nunavut and Northwest Territories for projects to be funded by the $94.3 million fund. Territorial governments will work with local communities, Inuit and Indigenous peoples, and stakeholders to assess needs. This investment…

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