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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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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RCN Modernizes Approach to Sea Command Development and Assessment

August 20, 2019 – The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) is modernizing the sea command development and assessment process for Naval Warfare Officers (NWOs). During Executive Governance Week in Halifax in June, the Naval Board approved a new process for Command Development and Assessment (CDA) which will evaluate a NWO’s command potential throughout his or her career, as opposed to focussing on singular events such as courses or the command review board. The traditional system is designed so that as Naval Warfare Officers complete their Director (D-level) training and go on…

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NATO Innovation Challenge for Entrepreneurs and Inventors Launched

August 20, 2019 – The latest edition of the NATO Innovation Challenge was launched on Monday (19 August 2019), under the theme: “Optimizing leader development”. The competition aims to tap into pools of private sector innovators (entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, scientists, coders, etc.) to find new, creative and efficient ways for NATO to respond to security challenges and potential crises. In this challenge, NATO is seeking solutions to prepare first responders and leaders at all levels to make informed decisions in complex, dynamic situations. Specifically, the challenge deals with leadership skills,…

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The Sea King to Fly Again

You can’t keep a good aircraft down! Following the retirement of the Sea King helicopter last December 2018, the Department of National Defence and Public Services and Procurement Canada have been working on the divestment of the venerable aircraft. While nine will be displayed publicly and one will be kept as a training aid, some of the aircraft were identified for future sale. We are happy to confirm that a sale has now gone through and Rotor Maxx Support Limited, a Canadian-based company, has purchased the remaining fifteen helicopters and…

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Hepburn Engineering to Provide Replenishment Systems for Protecteur Class

August 13, 2019 – Seaspan Shipyards is pleased to announce that it has awarded Hepburn Engineering Inc. (Hepburn) of Toronto, ON, a contract for work on Canada’s new replenishment ships. Hepburn will provide four Replenishment Stations for the Joint Support Ships, which will allow the vessels to transfer fuel, fresh water, and solid goods to and from other vessels. These Replenishment-at-Sea (RAS) systems will be fully compatible with NATO standards, thereby allowing the new replenishment ships to resupply and refuel Canadian and allied task force ships at sea, considerably extending…

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