Fresh Success for Rheinmetall in Canada

The Canadian Forces have awarded Rheinmetall an important follow-on contract. The Canadian Navy plans to expand the MASS countermeasure systems installed on its Halifax-class frigates. The order is worth about CAD20 million (€12 million). MASS (Multi Ammunition Softkill System) is an automated decoy system that protects surface combatants from advanced anti-ship missiles. Scheduled to run for four years (2018-2022), the project will be carried out in close cooperation between Rheinmetall’s Fronau plant in Bavaria and Rheinmetall Canada Inc. in Canada. The Canadian procurement authorities have given a green light to…

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Sexual Assault Charge Laid Against HMCS Brunswicker Reservist

Today, the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service charged a member of the Canadian Armed Forces with sexual assault June 20th under the Criminal Code as well as a related offence under the National Defence Act. The charges relate to a reported incident involving another member of the Canadian Armed Forces at HMCS Brunswicker, a Naval Reserve Division in Saint John, New Brunswick, in December 2017. Leading Seaman Nicholas Mitchell, a Reserve Force member of HMCS Brunswicker, a Naval Reserve Division in Saint John, New Brunswick, faces one count of Sexual…

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Seaspan & Partners Celebrate Start of Construction of New AORs

On January 15th, Seaspan Shipyards celebrated the start of construction on the first new AOR for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). The steel cutting ceremony held at Vancouver Shipyards is a significant milestone for Seaspan, the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) and Canada’s shipbuilding industry. With the start of construction on the new AOR, Seaspan is leading the way in rebuilding Canada’s shipbuilding industry. In addition, start of construction ensures that Seaspan will see the continued growth of Vancouver Shipyards’ workforce while mitigating any possible downturn in production. “Today’s start of…

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HMCS Shawinigan Completes Exercise Tradewinds 2018

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) successfully participated in Exercise Tradewinds 18, a U.S.-led multinational land and maritime exercise involving partner nations with a common interest in strengthening safety and security in the Caribbean region. The exercise took place from June 4 to 21, 2018 in both St. Kitts and Nevis and the Bahamas. As part of their contribution, the CAF deployed both maritime and land capabilities as well as the Canadian Disaster Assessment Team in a training and mentorship role to the 34th Tradewinds’ iteration, which involved ships, aircraft and…

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Moncton and Oriole Conducting 2018 Great Lakes Cruise

Two Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) ships will visit communities along the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Great Lakes this summer as part of the annual Great Lakes Deployment. Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships (HMCS) Moncton and Oriole are this year’s RCN ambassadors for the annual deployment which connects Canadians to their Navy. HMCS Oriole will visit the following cities: Toronto, ON (June 17-25) Hamilton, ON (June 29-July 4) Port Dalhousie, ON (July 6-9) Oakville, ON (July 13-16) Port Stanley, ON (July 20-23) Windsor, ON (July 27-30) Port Colborne, ON (August 3-6) Oshawa,…

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Minister Considers First Steel Cutting of New AORs Not Newsworthy Enough for Twitter Feed

On June 15th, the Defence Minister participated in a steel-cutting ceremony for the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) future Replenishment Ships (AOR). At its peak, work on the JSS project will help to sustain an estimated 1 000 highly skilled jobs at Seaspan Vancouver Shipyards. The AORs are critical components to achieving success in both international and domestic Canadian Armed Forces missions. The presence of replenishment warships increases the range and endurance of Naval Task Group operations at sea, permitting ships to remain at sea for significant periods of time without…

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DHS Announces Strengthened Northern Border Strategy

On June 12, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published an updated Northern Border Strategy (NBS). The strategy establishes a clear vision and concrete actions that will improve DHS’s efforts to safeguard our northern border against terrorist and criminal threats, facilitate the safe and efficient flow of lawful cross-border trade and travel, and strengthen cross-border critical infrastructure protection and community resilience.

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Birth of a Giant – The Canadair Argus

This documentary short tells the story of the conception, construction and testing of the largest Canadian aircraft of its time – the Canadair Argus. A marine reconnaissance aircraft, the Argus was designed and manufactured by Canadair for the Canadian Forces and the Royal Canadian Air Force. In its early years, it was reputedly the finest anti-submarine patrol bomber in the world. Birth of a Giant, Hugh O’Connor, provided by the National Film Board of Canada Image courtesy of Comox Air Force Museum

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ISED & CADSI Release the State of Canada’s Defence Industry Report

CADSI, in partnership with Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) and Statistics Canada, have just released the highly anticipated State of Canada’s Defence Industry Report. The State of Canada’s Defence Industry Report provides important insights into the economic and innovation performance of the industry, the geographic distribution of firms and related industrial capabilities. Because the report offers a comprehensive picture of the industry, it is a key source of data that helps government make better informed policy decisions. The 2018 report clearly reflects a sector steeped in innovation, evidenced by high R&D…

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