Irving Shipbuilding and L3 MAPPS celebrate Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship milestone

At an event in Montreal PQ on May 18th, Irving Shipbuilding announced that L3 MAPPS has successfully completed the First Article Acceptance Testing of the Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS) for the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) new class of Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) under construction at Halifax Shipyard. Irving Shipbuilding contracted L3 MAPPS to provide the IPMS for each AOPS it is constructing as part of the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS). The L3 MAPPS IPMS provides comprehensive monitoring and control of the ship’s propulsion, electrical, ancillary, auxiliary and…

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Sikorsky & DND Receive AHS International Award for Successful CH-148 Shipboard Tests

AHS International has recognized Canada’s Department of National Defence (DND) and Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, for “conducting an extraordinary international effort” to demonstrate flight and shipboard operation of the CH-148 Cyclone maritime helicopter from a Royal Canadian Navy Halifax-class frigate. The award cites successful expansion of the flight envelop to Sea State 6 conditions, where waves reached a height of six meters (20 feet) with winds up to 55 knots (100 km/hour or 63 mph). On May 16, 2018, representatives from the Canadian Maritime Helicopter Project (CMHP) Combined Test Force accepted the…

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Hero Around the Corner

By Dave O’Malley It’s springtime in the Glebe. May 14th to be exact. The sun shines with a new intensity. The breeze billows through the screen window of my office, wafting paper across my desk. It was a particularly tough winter but the pain of it is soothed by a fine evening. Tonight is one of those evenings in which it is very good to be alive. My office is on the second floor of a small building at the corner of Third Avenue and Bank Street in an area of Ottawa known…

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Royal Canadian Navy Strengthens Ties in North Africa

The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) has concluded its participation in Phoenix Express 18, a U.S. Africa Command led exercise conducted by U.S. Naval Forces Africa, North African partners, and Western partner nations to assess and improve maritime interoperability and promote national and regional security in the Mediterranean Sea region. RCN observers and assessors were based at Maritime Operations Centres in Tunisia and Greece where they observed, assessed and acted as mentors in the area of maritime security awareness, provided expertise in maritime interdiction operations, and assisted with the development of…

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USNS Mercy, Brunswick Conduct PASSEX with HMCS Vancouver

Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) participated in a passing exercise (PASSEX) with the expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Brunswick (T-EPF 6) and Her Majesty’s Canadian ship HMCS Vancouver (FFH 331), May 15. PASSEX is an exercise in which multiple naval ships operate in close proximity of one another to help strengthen the ship’s abilities to perform in complex maneuvering, logistics, and humanitarian relief operations. “This PASSEX was a unique opportunity for us to engage with one of our partner nations,” said Capt. David Bretz, mission commander,…

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Meggitt Training Systems to Highlight Expanded Virtual and Live-Fire Solutions at CANSEC

Meggitt Training Systems will conduct demonstrations of its industry-leading simulators and trainers, plus display live-fire solutions, during CANSEC 2018 at Ottawa’s EY Centre on May 30-31. The range-topping FATS®100MIL delivers a significant expansion in virtual small-arms training capability, complemented by the FATS 100P when ease of transport is paramount. Other products on display include Meggitt’s Armored Fighting Vehicle Trainers, Multi-Function Stationary Infantry Target and GranTrap™ bullet trap model. “The Canadian debut of the portable FATS 100P, along with other solutions on display, reinforces our unique ability to design, deliver and…

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Increased Support to Military Families

Entering the military is not just a job, it is a way of life. When Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members medically-release from the military, they and their families both have to adjust to a new way of life. This transition can be overwhelming has lead to increased support to military families at all 32 Military Family Resource Centers (MFRCs) across Canada. First, as of April 1, 2018, medically-releasing CAF members, Veterans and their families can now access the transition programs, referral services, and intervention supports at all MFRCs for as…

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Canada Announced as Participant in UNITAS 2018 in Colombia

Google Translation The Colombian National Navy will host the UNITAS LIX – 2018 Multinational Exercise that will be held in September, in which it is expected to have the participation of 18 naval units; both warships and submarines, with the purpose of strengthening the confidence and integration of the Naval Forces of the continent, as well as maintaining the training of the crews to cooperate with each other in the face of different hemispheric threats. In the facilities of the Caribbean Naval Force in Cartagena, the initial planning meeting was…

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