Parade of Ships Kicks off Seattle Fleet Week

July 31, 2019 – Guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111), Royal Canadian navy ships HMCS Edmonton, and U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Active (WMEC 618) participated in a parade of ships in Elliott Bay, July 29, to kick off the 70th annual Seattle Fleet Week. Seattle Fleet Week 2019 is a time-honored celebration of the sea services and provides an opportunity for the citizens of Washington to meet Sailors and Coast Guardsmen, as well as witness firsthand the latest capabilities of today’s maritime services…

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NATO Announces Exercise Breeze 2019 a Week Late After Prodding

July 19, 2019 – After inquiring of Exercise Breeze 2019 July 18th, with their usual no response, NATO released this today one week after event began. Over 2,000 forces and 27 ships are taking part in exercise Breeze 2019 in the Black Sea. The Bulgarian-led maritime exercise, which began on 12 July, involves forces from 12 NATO Allies – Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, France, Greece, Italy, Poland, Romania, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States. The exercise aims to enhance interoperability among participating units and strengthen NATO’s readiness in the…

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Is the CSC Program Dead?

July 16, 2019 – With the election style press release today from Public Services and Procurement Canada reveals something that does not bode well for the Canadian Surface Combatant program. “The government is investing more than $7.5 billion in the Royal Canadian Navy’s 12 Halifax-class frigates to provide necessary ongoing maintenance until they are retired in the early 2040s.” Yes, you read it correctly, 50 or more years for however many of the current frigate fleet can survive budget cuts or rust out. Obviously this boilerplate statement is a lie:…

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Victoria Shipyards to Maintain Canada’s West Coast-based Halifax-class Frigates

July 16, 2019 – Seaspan’s Victoria Shipyards has signed a contract to perform Docking Maintenance work on the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) fleet of Halifax-class frigates. This work has been executed by Victoria Shipyards for the last decade under the Frigate Life Extension (FELEX) modernization program. The maintenance support for Canada’s frigates will see Seaspan provide docking work periods for Canada’s five Halifax-class frigates stationed on the West Coast. The Government of Canada also announced similar work would be conducted by two other Canadian shipyards for Canada’s seven East Coast-based…

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FMF Cape Breton Barge Fleet Being Replaced

July 15, 2019 – Public Services and Procurement Canada, on behalf of the Canadian Armed Forces, has awarded a contract of $1,996,439 to Canadian Maritime Engineering Ltd. of Port Alberni for the acquisition of four steel barges for Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt. The contract also includes a complete technical data package, training and the option to buy spare parts. These steel barges will be used to support various types of maintenance on ships and will replace the six existing wooden barges. This contract will help sustain a minimum of nine…

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SNMG2 Concludes Participation in SEA BREEZE 19 in the Black Sea

July 13, 2019 – The ships of Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) have concluded their participation in SEA BREEZE 19, a Ukrainian-US co-hosted exercise in the Black Sea. Under the command of Commodore Josee Kurtz (CAN N), the Group is conducting a regional patrol as it proceeds to Varna, Bulgaria, during their deployment in the Black Sea. SEA BREEZE is an annual multinational maritime training engagement designed to enhance the ability of partnering nations to build their combined capability and capacity to ensure regional security, and foster unity. “The…

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The Ghosts of Southern Alberta

By Dave O’Malley with Todd Lemieux I’m am Eastern boy. Of that there’s no doubt. Liberal, urban, soft—a bit of a pussy by Alberta standards. But when I sweep down out of Calgary on Highway 2, the farther south I get, the more I feel I belong there. Perhaps it’s the blue dome of the sky and the startling vistas, the heartless winter winds, the direct, no-nonsense men, the uber-competent women or maybe it’s the fading ghosts that surround me from a time long past when men from the east and west…

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CADSI Announces Formation of Cyber Advisory Council

July 10, 2019 – As part of CADSI’s ongoing efforts to promote Canada’s innovative cyber-defence sector, our association is pleased to announce the formation of a new Cyber Advisory Council. The Council, made up of 10 industry cyber-defence practitioners, will provide ongoing feedback on CADSI’s activities and research efforts in the cyber domain, as well as offering input as the association works to form closer links between home-grown industry and government. The Council will function as an operating committee of CADSI. “Better harnessing Canada’s world-class cyber industrial capabilities will help…

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