RCN, Canadian Coast Guard sign historic Arctic operations agreement

By Darlene Blakeley An historic agreement on joint Arctic operations has been signed by the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and the Canadian Coast Guard. On May 22, 2018, Vice-Admiral Ron Lloyd, Commander RCN, and Jeffery Hutchinson, Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard, signed the Joint Concept of Arctic Operations (CONOPS), which establishes how the RCN and the Coast Guard will coordinate maritime operations within Canada’s Arctic Archipelago and Arctic waters, with the intent of pursuing greater interoperability. With the Government of Canada’s commitment to increasing presence in the Arctic regions,…

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Canadian Armed Forces set to participate in Exercise RIMPAC

Over 1,000 Canadian sailors, soldiers, and aviators are set to participate in Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC). The world’s largest international maritime exercise takes place June 27 to Aug. 2 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. During RIMPAC, forces will exercise a wide range of capabilities from disaster relief to maritime security operations and complex warfighting. Canada, along with Australia and the United States, has participated in every RIMPAC exercise since its inception in 1971. The continued participation of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) reinforces Canada’s…

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Canadians concerned about “fake news” and want government to take action

A strong majority of Canadians are concerned that fake news is making it more difficult to find accurate sources of information, and they want the government to do something about it, according to a new survey. More than eight in ten Canadians agree (51%) or somewhat agree (31%) that the prevalence of false information designed to appear legitimate is making it more difficult to find accurate news, while 17% of Canadians disagree (9%) or somewhat disagree (8%) and one per cent are unsure, according to a survey conducted by Nanos…

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Canadian Armed Forces set to participate in Exercise RIMPAC

Over 1,000 Canadian sailors, soldiers, and aviators are set to participate in Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC). The world’s largest international maritime exercise takes place June 27 to Aug. 2 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. During RIMPAC, forces will exercise a wide range of capabilities from disaster relief to maritime security operations and complex warfighting. Canada, along with Australia and the United States, has participated in every RIMPAC exercise since its inception in 1971. The continued participation of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) reinforces Canada’s…

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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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