Poltorak Meets with Canadian Delegation

July 8, 2019 – Defense Minister of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak has held a meeting with the Canadian delegation as part of the Sea Breeze 2019 international naval exercises, the ministry’s press service has reported. “Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak has met with the Canadian delegation headed by Ambassador of Canada to Ukraine, Mr. Roman Waschuk, on board the Royal Canadian Navy frigate Toronto, which is participating in the Sea Breeze 2019 international naval exercises. Poltorak has thanked the Canadian side for the consistent support for Ukraine during the armed aggression from…

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Royal Canadian Navy, NATO STO – CMRE & Portuguese Navy to Discuss Data Exploitation at Maritime Information Warfare 2019

July 3, 2019 – A key theme to be discussed at the 3rd Annual Maritime Information conference, taking place on the 18th-19th November 2019, is ‘Information as an Enabler: Data exploitation’. This will be addressed by three senior military officials from the Royal Canadian Navy, NATO STO – CRME (Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation), and Portuguese Navy. For those interested in attending, there is a £100 early bird discount expiring at midnight on Monday 30th September 2019. Featured expert speakers and their presentations on day one of the event…

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HMCS Toronto Flight Ops

HMCS Toronto’s CH-148 helicopter deploying decoy flares in June while operating with NATO’s SNMG2. The aircraft, originally designed for offshore oil industry passenger service, retained the passenger windows. At last report, electronics and full combat capability will not be until 2013, an incredible 48 years after Sea King Replacement program launched. The CH-148 also has the same limitation of the CH-124 Sea King, having no ASuW (Anti-Surface Warfare) capability.

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Wrecked, Abandoned or Hazardous Vessel Act to Deal With Former HMCS Cormorant

June 24, 2019 – New authorities for the Coast Guard will be enacted under Bill C-64, the Wrecked, Abandoned or Hazardous Vessel Act (WAHVA). These new actions will improve the Canadian Coast Guard’s ability to respond, to ensure that vessels posing a potential  threat to the health and safety of coastal communities, and the environment, are dealt with. Assessments of vessels that pose a potential threat to our marine environment in Atlantic Canada, such as the Cormorant, are critical to ensuring the health and safety of our coastal communities. It…

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Standing NATO Maritime Group Two has a New Commander

June 16, 2019 – Command of Standing NATO Maritime Group Two was formally transferred from Commodore Boudewijn Boots of the Royal Netherlands Navy to Commodore Josee Kurtz of the Royal Canadian Navy in a ceremony held aboard Royal Netherlands Navy frigate HNLMS Evertsen, and presided over by Rear Admiral Andrew C. Lennon, Commander Submarines NATO, representing Allied Maritime Command. SNMG2 is one of four maritime task groups providing NATO presence, maritime situational awareness, and an operational response capability both in peacetime and crisis. It is comprised of ships from across…

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Close Encounters During Operation NEON

by Matthew Fisher June 25, 2019 – A pair of frontline Chinese Su-30 fighter jets buzzed HMCS Regina Monday in the East China Sea, in international waters east of Shanghai. The formidable twin-tail Russian-built strike aircraft flew within 300 metres of the Canadian ship’s bow, screaming past about 300 metres above the water. It was the first such close encounter between a Chinese warplane and a Royal Canadian Navy warship. It comes at a time of heightened tensions between China and Canada, triggered by Canada’s plan to hold an extradition…

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Regina & Asterix Join Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019

July 11, 2019 – Seventeen ships from the United States, Australia, Canada and Japan sailed together in formation for a massive photo exercise July 10, to signify the beginning of naval maneuvers as part of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019. This year’s Talisman Sabre is focused on defending the rights, freedoms, and uses of the sea, air, space and cyberspace guaranteed to all nations under international law and considered essential to prosperity, stability and security in the Indo-Pacific region. “Interoperability and working alongside allies and partners really is the future, particularly…

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Algoma to Supply Steel for New AORs

Seaspan Shipyards is pleased to announce that in association with its supply partner, Samuel Custom Plate, Algoma Steel Inc. (Algoma) has won a contract for work on Canada’s new replenishment ships. This award follows an open and competitive procurement process conducted by BC’s Samuel Custom Plate and Profiles. In working with Algoma and Samuel Custom Plate, Seaspan is affirming its confidence in the Canadian steel industry. Under this contract, Samuel Custom Plate will subcontract Algoma to provide steel plates which will be used to construct part of the hull of…

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Joint Statement by the Government of Canada and Vice-Admiral Mark Norman

June 26, 2019 – With the assistance of Warren Winkler, former Chief Justice of the Ontario Court of Appeal, counsel for both the Government of Canada and Vice Admiral Mark Norman have concluded discussions, held in good faith, which have resulted in a mutually acceptable agreement, the details of which will remain confidential. Vice Admiral Norman remains committed to the Navy, the Canadian Armed Forces and their mission. However, after consulting with his family, his chain of command, and his counsel, Norman has decided to retire from the Canadian Armed…

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