Nearly Defenseless MCDVs in Dangerous African Waters

HMC Ships Kingston and Shawinigan, both Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels (MCDVs), are set to arrive in Abidjan 23 February after a stop in an unannounced stop in Senegal on the 18th. The ships departed from Halifax in January 2019 and have now completed their trans-Atlantic crossing, arriving in the Gulf of Guinea region of West Africa to conduct Operation PROJECTION West Africa. Their deployment will include engagements with West African nations to build partner capacity, promote maritime security, and foster relationships in the Gulf of Guinea region by conducting stakeholder…

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Federal Fleet Services Sponsored the Naval Support Ships Conference in London

From 19 – 21 February Federal Fleet Services sponsored the international Naval Support Ships conference in London, UK. Spencer Fraser, CEO of Federal Fleet Services was provided the chance to brief world navies on the success of Canada’s Resolve-Class Naval Support Ship Asterix. There were several points made by global navies during the conference this week which should provide some serious food-for-thought for Canadian shipbuilding and naval operations: All current European replenishment ship construction programs at well-established military shipyards are estimating a minimum of 5-year construction times. Davie’s achievement in…

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Thales’ Recruitment Drive Continues

February 26, 2019 – Since 2016, Thales has hired 5,000 to 6,000 people a year. And in 2019, the company’s recruitment drive continues apace, with 5,500 new jobs created worldwide, including 2,500 in France. In 2019, Europe’s largest technology company is focusing on digital security to help invent the world of tomorrow — a world of autonomous systems and smart interconnected sensors. Thales will be recruiting all around the world, mainly in France with new jobs in all parts of the country, but also in Europe (United Kingdom, Germany, Netherlands),…

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RCN Officer Experiences Antarctic Operations on BAP Carrasco

February 19, 2019 – Not many people get to go Antarctica, never mind drive an advanced polar class ship as part of the twenty-sixth Scientific Campaign of Peru to Antarctica. On December 17, 2018 Sub-Lieutenant Riley Perrior got the rare opportunity to be part of the Peruvian Navy Ship Buque Armada Peruana (BAP) Carrasco. A Naval Warfar Officer, SLt Perrior operated BAP Carrasco and was an observer of the research taking place during the scientific campaign, called ANTAR XXVI. Some of this research was conducted aboard the ship while the…

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Medal of Bravery Awarded for HMCS Fredericton Incident

February 20, 2019 – On February 23, 2017 HMCS Fredericton was conducting a replenishment at sea with a foreign tanker. HMCS Fredericton had just begun receiving fuel from the tanker when the span wire connected to both ships snapped. The fueling probe and receiver fell to the deck. The fueling hose began falling into the water and pulled the probe from the receiver, bending over metal barriers as it left the ship. The light and heavy messengers, two lines that guide and support the fueling probe as it is heaved…

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Ordinary Seaman Benjamin’s leap of faith

February 21, 2019 – “I joined the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) because I wanted to challenge myself, experience new things and be a part of something great,” said OS Benjamin who joined the RCN in 2016. During her last year of university she knew she had to decide what she wanted to do with the rest of her life. She didn’t know if she wanted to find a job within her degree or do something different. “One day, I saw a commercial for the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and something…

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Veterans and Military families call for more support to the Highway of Heroes Tree Campaign

February 21, 2019 – Representatives and supporters of the Highway of Heroes Tree Campaign are asking for increased support from the Federal Government. The campaign will fund the planting of 2,000,000 trees between Trenton and Toronto, one tree for every Canadian that has served during times of conflict. 117,000 of the most prominent trees will be planted along and near the stretch of the 401 known as the Highway of Heroes, one tree for every life lost while serving in the Canadian Armed Forces. Support from the Government of Canada…

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One MCDV Drone for Each Coast

February 18, 2019 – Kingston-class ships are equipped with a visual line of sight intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capability, but have lacked a similar capability for vessels of interest beyond their visual line of sight. Enter PUMA, a Maritime Miniature Unmanned Aircraft System (MMUAS) equipped with powerful enhanced optical and infrared cameras that are able to capture still imagery and video. It is capable of staying in the air for approximately two hours and can fly at an altitude up to 10,500 feet with a range of 20 km…

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Strengthening Naval Partnerships in the Middle East

By Lt Linda Coleman RCN CTF 150 Public Affairs Officer February 14, 2019 – Rear-Admiral Craig Baines RCN, Commander Maritime Forces Atlantic and Maritime Component Command, visited Manama, Bahrain from January 14-15, 2019, for a series of key leadership engagements, and to visit Commodore Darren Garnier and the Canada-led Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 team responsible for counter-terrorism and deterring illicit maritime activities in the Western Indian Ocean and Middle Eastern waters. RAdm Baines’ first meeting with Vice-Admiral James Malloy, United States Navy, Commander Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), enabled discussions…

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