Parks Canada Guided Tour Inside HMS Terror

Over seven days, under exceptional weather conditions, the interior spaces of the wreck of HMS Terror were scientifically and systematically explored for the first time. Parks Canada’s Underwater Archaeology Team conducted seven ROV dives and explored 20 cabins/compartments on the ship, in search of uncovering a better understanding of the fate of the Franklin expedition. The team obtained clear images of over 90 per cent of the lower deck of the ship, which includes the living quarters of the crew. Unfortunately, no work could be done on this ship in…

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Asterix returns to Halifax after record 502-day deployment

August 26, 2019 – Asterix has today arrived home in Halifax after a 502-day deployment involving a wide range of international naval exercises, real world operations and diplomatic visits throughout the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Pacific Ocean, South China Sea, Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and Persian Gulf. Since Federal Fleet Service’s Combat Support Ship departed Halifax on the 11th April 2018, she has sailed 150,721 nautical miles – the equivalent of five times around the world. During the deployment, Asterix completed 197 supply operations with 40 Canadian, NATO and allied…

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Halifax Shipyard Delivers HMCS Montreal

August 22, 2019 – Today, Irving Shipbuilding Inc. celebrated the handover of Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Montreal to the Royal Canadian Navy, following the completion of a 53-week docking work period. The docking work period was completed on schedule and included preventive and corrective maintenance, ship system upgrades including new diesel generators and chillers to name a few, as well as installation of new equipment providing enhanced combat capabilities to ensure the longevity of HMCS Montreal, a Halifax-class frigate. More than 400 of Halifax Shipyard’s 2,000 employees worked on…

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RIMPAC 2020 wants you to design their logo

August 23, 2019 – The world’s largest maritime military exercise, Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), is holding a competition to find a logo for its 2020 session. This is an exciting opportunity for any artist, designer or creative person who would like to see their work featured as the exercise’s official branding for stationary, press releases, websites, social media, coins, shirts, hats, and more. The winner will also be officially recognized by the Commander of the U.S. Third Fleet. Held every two years since 1971, RIMPAC brings an international collection…

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Japan Details Assistance of Canada and Other Allies in Monitoring North Korean Shipping

August 22, 2019 (Google Translation) – The Canadian Navy frigate “Ottawa” has responded to illegal maritime activities including “Setori” of North Korean flagged vessels prohibited by the UN Security Council resolution. As a ship, we plan to conduct a third surveillance surveillance since last year. In early September, Australia is scheduled to conduct a fifth aircraft warning surveillance from last year based on the United States Armed Forces Kadena Air Base based on the UN Army Status Agreement. Japan has united the international community to realize the disposal of all…

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Jetty NJ at HMC Dockyard Halifax Officially Opened

August 22, 2019 – The completion of Jetty Six replacement, Jetty NJ, at HMC Dockyard Halifax was held today. Valued at $113 million, the Jetty NJ project will provide berthing space for up to four Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) vessels, as well as other naval ship classes and foreign vessels. During the jetty’s construction, this project created over 400 jobs for the surrounding region. RCN photos

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Vice-Admiral Haydn Edmundson Takes Command of Military Personnel

August 22, 2019 – Vice-Admiral Haydn Edmundson assumed command of Military Personnel Command from Lieutenant-General Wayne Eyre during a ceremony held today at National Defence Headquarters (Carling) in Ottawa. General Jonathan H. Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff, presided over the ceremony. The Commander of Military Personnel Command oversees approximately 14,000 military and civilian personnel who are responsible for the overall personnel management of the Canadian Armed Forces. Personnel management covers a wide spectrum, including recruitment, training and education, benefits, health services, honours and history, and corporate and personnel support.…

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Partnerships Promote Better Understanding of the North Atlantic as a Whole

by Dr. Martha Nizinski, NOAA Fisheries National Systematics Laboratory We often hear the statement that “it takes a village” to describe accomplishments that may not have been realized without a little help from our friends. So too is the case for scientific exploration and discovery. No matter the ocean, country, or province, many of the fundamental questions asked by the worldwide network of marine scientists are similar. Collaborations and partnerships allow us to move forward more quickly to address our goals. All benefit when the community of stakeholders agree to…

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DDH 280 Class 5inch/54 Mounts Wear Out After 50 Years

When the construction of the four DDH280 Class destroyers commenced in Quebec in the late 1960s, the main armament choice was the Oto-Melara of Italy’s 127 mm/54 (5″) Compact. The mountings were built in 1969 and shipped to Canada. This weapon system proved popular and was adopted by several navies around the world. They were in service for roughly 20 years and were replaced during DDH280 modernization program in the 1990s by a 76mm mount from the same firm. It is believed Canada returned the original mounts to Oto-Melara who…

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Around the World, Around the Corner

By Dave O’Malley The immensity and complexity of Second World War seems beyond comprehension—a global and total war that reached every corner of the planet—from the remotest of Aleutian Islands to the estuary of the River Plate; from frozen Iceland to steamy Ceylon; from grey Murmansk to sun-baked Malta, from the broken streets of Stalingrad to the surrender of Singapore. The cataclysm involved hundreds of millions of people, vacuumed up the industrial might and natural resources of every country involved and some that weren’t, brought about the brutal deaths of more than 70…

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