HMCS Ville de Quebec deploys with Cyclone helicopter

HMCS Ville de Quebec departed Halifax July 18th, the same day the ship she is supposedly relieving, arrives in St John’s, for Operation REASSURANCE. This mission also marks the first operational deployment of a CH-148 Cyclone helicopter, which at last report will not be combat ready until 2023, year 48 of the Sea King replacement program. The ship will join Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2), one of NATO’s maritime immediate reaction forces, on its way to the Mediterranean Sea as part of Canada’s support to NATO assurance and deterrence…

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HMCS Vancouver and HMCS Ottawa depart Pearl Harbor for sea-phase at RIMPAC 2018

Royal Canadian Navy frigates HMCS Vancouver (FFH 331) and HMCS Ottawa (FFH 341) depart Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to participate in the at sea phase of the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018 exercise July 9. Twenty-five nations, 46 ships, five submarines, about 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 27 to Aug. 2 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity while fostering and sustaining cooperative relationships among participants critical to ensuring…

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The Context of Canadian Defence Policy

The Canadian Armed Forces’ first mission is the defence of Canada and its second mission is to do what it can to defend North America. The CAF’s third traditional mission is to be deployed according to government dictates to out-of-Canada missions to aid allies. Canada’s real role in the defence of itself and consequently the defence of the northern part of North America – the front door of the United States – is primarily one of reconnaissance. Canada must have or acquire the very best technologically advanced interceptor aircraft, surface…

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RCN Order of Military Merit Awards June 29

Governor General Julie Payette presided over an Order of Military Merit investiture ceremony at Quebec Citadel June 29, 2018. Created in 1972, the Order of Military Merit recognizes meritorious service and devotion to duty by members of the Canadian military. The Order honors them for their commitment to Canada, according to the following three levels of membership: Commander (CMM), Officer (OMM) and Member (MMM). Here is the list of those receiving the awards: Commander Rear-Admiral Darren Carl Hawco CMM MSM CD RCN Chief of Force Development Ottawa Member Chief Petty…

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Brussels Declaration on Transatlantic Security and Solidarity

ATO guarantees the security of our territory and populations, our freedom, and the values we share – including democracy, individual liberty, human rights and the rule of law. Our Alliance embodies the enduring and unbreakable transatlantic bond between Europe and North America to stand together against threats and challenges from any direction. This includes the bedrock commitment to collective defence set out in Article 5 of the Washington Treaty. NATO will continue to strive for peace, security and stability in the whole of the Euro-Atlantic area, in accordance with the…

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Cambridge Pixel Supplies Radar Acquisition and Display Technology to Lockheed Martin Canada

Cambridge Pixel, a developer of radar display, tracking and recording sub-systems, is supplying its radar acquisition and display technology to Lockheed Martin Canada for integration with its innovative naval Combat Management System 330 . The Cambridge Pixel scan converter runs in each display console to convert the polar-format network video into a PPI or B-Scan representation for display to the operator. The radar image must be scaled and adjusted to match the view being requested by the operator. The radar image can then be combined with the map graphics, such…

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Maritime Security Response Team–West, Canadian EOD Train to Mitigate Threats

U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) deployable specialized forces (DSF) and Canadian explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technicians trained for maritime interdiction operations during the opening events of the force integration training (FIT) phase of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Southern California (SOCAL). This year marks the first time that the USCG Maritime Security Response Team–West (MSRT-W) has participated in RIMPAC. Both MSRT-W DSFs and EOD technicians partnered in the training event under the umbrella of Commander Task Force (CTF) 177, RIMPAC’s mine warfare commander. Assigned participants in the training came from the…

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Royal Roads Homecoming September 7-9

Homecoming September 7-9, 2018 Please register by Friday, August 24, 2018 to allow appropriate time for our event planning committee.  REGISTER HERE NOW. About Homecoming Fun, food, connections, and reunions! Homecoming is a celebration of Royal Roads’ past and present, bringing you home to organize your cohorts to meet and celebrate at a reduced rate of only $100 to participate in the full weekend of events. It is an event that is open to alumni, ex-cadets, faculty, and staff from Royal Roads Naval, Tri-Services and Military Colleges (RRMC), to provide a…

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USS Halsey, HMCS Ottawa kick off RIMPAC 2018 Soccer tournament

By Petty Officer 1st Class Corwin Colbert Sailors from the guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) and the Royal Canadian Navy Halifax-class frigate HMCS Ottawa (FFH 341) kicked off the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise 2018 soccer tournament June 27 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The tournament runs though July 1 and allows servicemembers from different countries to build relations while participating in the world’s largest maritime exercise. Halsey Seaman Xavier Atkins called his first RIMPAC experience “amazing.” “RIMPAC, personally, is a great opportunity for me to meet servicemembers…

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