Seaspan Awards Protecteur-Class Subcontract

January 17, 2019 – Seaspan Shipyards has awarded L3 MAPPS a contract for work on Canada’s new Joint Support Ships (JSS). The award is one of several to be announced for Canadian suppliers supporting Seaspan’s work on naval supply ships under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS). This work will contribute to Seaspan fulfilling its Industrial and Technological Benefits Policy commitments. Seaspan’s James Mitchell said, “L3 MAPPS will provide the globally deployed Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS) for JSS. The IPMS will use advanced computer-based technology to control and monitor platform…

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Federal Government Prepares to Assess Lever of Risks of Derelict Vessels

January 14, 2019 – Public Services and Procurement Canada has awarded a contract to London Offshore Consultants, from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, for the development of a risk assessment methodology related to hundreds of vessels of concern (abandoned, wrecked or dilapidated vessels) in Canadian waters or on Crown land. The risk assessment methodology, expected to be delivered by this summer, will help the Canadian Coast Guard assess the level of risk these vessels pose to the environment, the economy and public safety.

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CGAI: “Overcoming ‘Boom and Bust’? Analyzing National Shipbuilding Plans in Canada and Australia”

January 17, 2019 – While both Canada and Australia share similar constitutional frameworks and imperial histories, they are also no stranger to procurement challenges. Cost overruns, delays, regionalism, and protracted intellectual property disputes have all been part of major defence acquisition projects in recent decades. This Policy Paper analyzes the largest and most expensive procurement projects undertaken by either country, Canada’s $73 billion (estimated) National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS), launched in 2010, and Australia’s A$90 billion Naval Shipbuilding Plan (NSP), launched in 2017. Each project represents an attempt to implement a…

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US and Denmark take command of two NATO naval groups

January 16, 2019 – NATO’s standing naval forces are integrated into the NATO Response Force, and provide the Alliance with a continuous presence at sea. These multinational forces regularly carry out patrols, exercises and port visits, work with partners, and can be rapidly deployed in times of tension or crisis. They also support the Alliance’s Aegean deployment – helping to cut lines of illegal migration between Greece and Turkey. NATO’s naval forces consist of four groups: Standing NATO Maritime Groups 1 and 2, and Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Groups 1…

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Questionable “Game Changing” Mast Installation Underway for Submarines

January 14, 2019 – HMCS Corner Brook will become the first of the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) four elderly Victoria-class submarines to be equipped with a new modern mast system. The submarine is currently stationed in the purpose-built repair facility dock at Victoria Shipyards as workers from Babcock Canada install the L3 Calzoni Universal Modular Mast (UMM). The system, similar to the one fitted in the United States Navy Virginia-class submarines, was acquired under the United States Foreign Military Sales program. Masts are vital to the functioning of any submarine.…

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New CTF Commander Conducts First Official Visit in Oman

January 10, 2019 – Commodore Darren Garnier RCN, Commander of Combined Task Force (CTF) 150, visited the Royal Oman Navy and Royal Oman Police Coast Guard as part of a Key Leadership Engagement (KLE) on 30 Dec 18. This was Commodore Garnier’s first official visit outside Bahrain since taking command of CTF 150 in early December, and as such highlights the importance of this country to the coalition. The purpose of the visit was twofold: to build and strengthen naval relationships with Oman, as well as to discuss Combined Maritime…

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Preserver Scrapping Completed

The final 15 meter section of the former Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) HMCS PRESERVER was broken up in December 2018, concluding an 18 month disposal of the ship. With nearly 1.4 million parts and 8,400 controlled goods certificates verified and catalogued, the storied life of PRESERVER came to an end with the issuance of her final Certificate of Demilitarization on 12 December 2018. PRESERVER’s disposal is part of a larger disposal program managed by the Directorate of Maritime Equipment Program Management (Non-Combatants), Department of National Defence. In recent years,…

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2019 Appointments Announced

1. VADM RON LLOYD IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE FOLLOWING NAVY COMMAND AND SENIOR APPOINTMENTS: a. THE FOLLOWING OFFICERS ARE APPOINTED COMMANDING OFFICERS: (1) CDR P. CHU – SUBMARINE SEA TRAINING GROUP (2) CDR S. NELSON – SEA TRAINING STAFF (ATLANTIC) (3) CDR L. CREASY – HMCS REGINA (4) CDR J. DARGAVEL – HMCS TORONTO (5) CDR M. EELHART – HMCS VILLE DE QUEBEC (6) CDR D. LAYTON – HMCS CALGARY (7) CDR S. PATCHELL – HMCS OTTAWA (8) CDR C. ROCHON – HMCS HALIFAX (9) CDR G. SIMPSON –…

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