NATO Naval Force exercises with the Polish Navy in the Baltic Sea

Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) is conducting several days of naval exercises with the Polish Navy in the Baltic Sea this week. SNMG1 routinely patrols in the Baltic Sea providing regular opportunities to enhance interoperability among Allies. Since January, SNMG1 has trained with a number of allied counterparts in the Baltic Region, including Poland, Germany, Lithuania, and Latvia and now Poland has organized a second Passing Exercise. “The SNMG1 units, my staff and I are looking forward to participating in this training opportunity. The Polish Navy has pulled out…

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MARPAC Public Affairs Sends to News to USA But Not Maple Leaf Navy Magazine

Reprinted from Peninsula Daily News Canadian Navy to use Bentinck Island range ESQUIMALT, B.C. — The land-based demolition range at Bentinck Island will be in use Monday through Friday, March 23, the Royal Canadian Navy announced. The range will be in use from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily during that time. Bentinck Island is located near Race Rocks in the Strait of Juan de Fuca and is used as a terrestrial demolition range by the Canadian Armed Forces. Local residents will likely be unaware of the activities except on…

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GeoSpectrum Delivered Active Towed Sonar to Royal Canadian Navy

GeoSpectrum Technologies (GTI) is proud to announce that the containerized version of TRAPS (Towed Reelable Active Passive Sonar) was delivered to the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and is ready for ship installation and operation. The purchase was made through the Build in Canada Innovation Program. TRAPS is an innovative Low Frequency (LF) variable-depth-sonar intended for detection, tracking and classification of submarines, midget submarines, surface vessels and torpedoes. Its’ “wet-end” towed arrays’ acoustic elements are a vertical projector and a receive array. TRAPS’ unique advantage is that its’ projector array is…

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Upcoming Court Proceedings

March 14, 2018 Victoria, British Columbia Derival K. (Leading Seaman), R. v. Preliminary Proceedings Charges 1, 2: S. 90 NDA, absented himself without leave. Charge 3: S. 125(a) NDA, wilfully made a false entry in a document made by him that was required for official purposes. Charge 4: S. 130 NDA, uttering a forged document (s. 368(1) CCC). April 9, 2018 Halifax, Nova Scotia Florian-Rodriguez A.F. (Ordinary Seaman), R. v. Standing Court Martial Charge 1: S. 130 NDA, sexual assault (s. 271 CCC). Charge 2: S. 93 NDA, behaved in…

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Victoria Shipyard fully equipped to meet growing demand for LNG vessel engine conversions

Seaspan Shipyards (Seaspan) demonstrates its capabilities with liquefied natural gas (LNG) vessel engine conversions in the wake of a major project milestone. Victoria Shipyards (VSL) was selected by TOTE Maritime Alaska to carry out the yard production work and docking necessary for the conversion of their two TOTE Orca class vessels to dual-fuel systems, a process which is being carried out in four phases and will enable the two ships to use LNG as fuel. The ‘North Star’, the first of the two 839-foot-long roll-on, roll-off cargo ships which carry…

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EU Information Sharing With NATO

The EU Communications and Information Systems Support to Maritime Operations (CISSMO) workshop was held recently in the EU NAVFOR OHQ in Northwood, London. The workshop, which took place 20-22 February, was a 2 yearly update of EU CIS doctrine hosted by the staff of EU NAVFOR Somalia. Key CIS representatives from across the EU attended, from EU Naval Operations such as Operation Atalanta and Sophia, to member state maritime HQs including Belgium, Cyprus, Germany, the Netherlands, Romania, Sweden and the UK. Focus was placed on improving interoperability and the exchange…

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Statement Regarding Vice-Admiral Mark Norman

We were advised this morning, only hours before the information was sworn, that Vice-Admiral Norman was to be charged. That lack of transparency has unfortunately been a feature of this investigation for the last year. Vice-Admiral Norman has devoted his entire career to serving Canada and our military. Not once has he ever been swayed by political or personal considerations. His love of this country and ensuring its military strength has been his only guiding principle. He remains unwavering in his commitment confident in the knowledge that he has always…

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Chief of Defence Staff Refuses to Comment on Vice Admiral Norman

General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff, made the following statement in response to a charge laid by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police: “Today, the RCMP charged Vice-Admiral Mark Norman with one count of Breach of Trust. “As Chief of the Defence Staff, I must consider the impact and implications of criminal charges against a senior Canadian Armed Forces Officer on our organization. This is a complex matter, separate from the judicial process. I need time to weigh these factors carefully and deliberately. “Vice-Admiral Norman remains a member of‎…

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Seaspan Shipyards’ Canadian Expertise to be Shared Internationally with Awarding of Lockheed Martin Canada Contract for New Zealand’s Frigate System Upgrade Project

Seaspan Shipyards is pleased to have been awarded the Frigate Systems Upgrade project as a subcontractor for Lockheed Martin Canada on the Royal New Zealand Navy’s ANZAC Class frigates. The project will upgrade the surveillance, combat and self-defence capabilities of the ANZAC frigates to match current and future threats and address obsolescence of some of the frigates’ current systems. “Seaspan Shipyards is proud to be working with Lockheed Martin Canada and the Government of New Zealand in upgrading the Royal New Zealand Navy’s ANZAC Class frigates,” said Brian Carter, President…

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RCMP Lays Breach of Trust Charge Against Vice Admiral Mark Norman Which May Not Stand Up in Court

As part of a criminal investigation, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) National Division Sensitive and International Investigations Section has charged 54-year-old Mark Norman with Breach of Trust under Section 122 of the Criminal Code. Norman is alleged to have illegally disclosed government information to unauthorized parties. This investigation began in December 2015 when the RCMP received a complaint alleging that cabinet confidence information about the new Trudeau government wanting to cancel the interim support ship contact for a Canadian naval supply ship from Davie Shipyard of Lauzon PQ for…

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