Interim Ombudman for the Canadian Armed Forces

September 21, 2018 – Mr. Gregory Lick (pictured above with a CD with no explaination) was announced as the interim Ombudsman for the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces and thanked Mr. Gary Walbourne for his service to the Defence community as Ombudsman since 2014. With over 30 years in the Canadian Coast Guard, Mr. Lick has served onboard icebreakers and search and rescue vessels, and has worked on the development of the shipbuilding procurement and fleet renewal strategies. He will serve as the interim Ombudsman effective…

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Unfounded Sexual Assault Internal Review Results Released

September 20, 2018 – The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS) has completed an internal review of all 2010-2016 Canadian Forces Military Police (CF MP) sexual assault files concluded as unfounded. CFNIS assigned a member that reviewed the 179 files from early 2017 until July 2018 revealing that: • 113 cases remained as unfounded following this review; • 43 cases had been misclassified; and • 23 cases were identified for further investigation. The Canadian Forces Provost Marshal and CF MP Group Commander directed the CFNIS to conduct the internal review…

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Calgary to Visit Da Nang September 26-30

September 30, 2018 (VNA) – The visit takes place from September 26-30, according to a statement of National Defense/Canadian Armed Forces. Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Calgary is currently taking part in OP Projection in the Asia-Pacific to conduct forward naval presence operations in the region and support international naval exercises with partner nations. The deployment is aimed to strengthen existing defense partnerships and establish new multinational relations in order to achieve greater interoperability and enhanced delivery of defense capabilities for future operations. HMCS Calgary will be conducting a port…

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Halifax Shipyard launches Canada’s lead Arctic and Offshore Patrol Vessel

September 15, 2018 – Canada’s lead Arctic and Offshore Patrol Vessel, the future HMCS Harry DeWolf, was launched today, Sept. 15, 2018, marking a significant milestone for the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) and the revitalization of the Royal Canadian Navy’s combatant fleet. At 103 metres and 6,615 tonne, the future HMCS Harry DeWolf is the largest Royal Canadian Navy ship built in Canada in 50 years. The ship was transitioned from our land level facility to a submersible barge yesterday, Sept. 14, 2018, and launched in the Bedford Basin today.…

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Alion Canada Invests in UBC’s Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Program

September 18, 2018 – Alion Canada is pleased to announce a $200,000 investment into the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (NAME) program. Used to support the launch of an open-water hydrodynamic test facility, the funds will help grow the University’s training capabilities and further educate the engineers and operational experts that Alion and other Canadian companies look to attract and retain. “Alion’s contribution to the NAME program is not only an investment in UBC’s future, but that of Canada’s marine sector writ large,” said Jon…

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Hometown Heroes from Nova Scotia

Vice-Admiral Harry DeWolf RCN Born in Bedford, Nova Scotia, the late Harry DeWolf became one of the most respected naval officers in Canada’s history. A park in his hometown was named in his honor and the newest class of Royal Canadian Navy ships will bear his name. Mrs. Martin (Malti) A Micmac mother who worked at Foundation Maritime Ltd. shipyard in Pictou during the Second World War, Mrs. Martin performed her duties as a bolter, assembling Park Class cargo ships with her child on her back. Mr. Norman Crewe A…

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U.S., Canada Wrap Up Bilateral Maritime Ops

September 13, 2018 – The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) and the Royal Canadian Navy concluded three days of bilateral operations in the North Atlantic, Sept.12. The multi-day event, under the direction of U.S. Northern Command’s Navy Component Command, U.S. Navy North, was comprised of training evolutions geared towards partnership building and enhancing interoperability between the two nations, to include liaison officer exchanges, rotary wing deck landing qualifications, replenishment at sea, and advanced surface ship maneuvering operations. “Canada is a vital partner in ensuring security in the North…

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Regional Ties Strengthened As Exercise Kakadu Wraps Up In the Top End

September 13, 2018 – Exercise KAKADU 2018, Australia’s largest multilateral maritime and air exercise, drew to a close in Darwin today, after a fortnight of activities aimed at enhancing regional maritime security. Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said KAKADU was a military highpoint for Australia as well as a significant diplomatic achievement, with this year’s exercise involving 23 ships, 21 aircraft, a submarine and 3000 personnel from 27 visiting nations. “The size and success of KAKADU is evidence of Australia’s growing reputation as a trusted and capable…

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Canada Post honours Canadian Armed Forces as “last line” of help in emergencies

September 11, 2018 – Canada Post today unveiled a stamp that pays tribute to members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) for their critical role in responding to emergencies across Canada, such as wildfires, floods and ice storms. Dedicated members of the CAF, both Regular and Reserve members, are a last line of defence when natural disasters occur. Trained in engineering, health services, aviation, logistics and the use of specialized equipment, they conduct evacuations, deliver aid, provide transportation, execute search and rescue missions, among many other tasks. Following Government of…

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USS Arleigh Burke Arrives in Halifax

September 11, 2018 – The guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) arrived in Halifax, Canada for a scheduled port visit, Sept. 7. This visit reaffirms cooperation efforts between the United States and Canada and helps establish conditions for security and stability in the region as the two NATO allies work closely together to defend North America and ensure they are prepared to confront rapidly evolving threats, both from nation-state and non-state actors. “We are honored and excited to visit this beautiful country,” said Cmdr. Errol Robinson, commanding officer of…

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