Robert Allan to Design New RCN Tugs

June 25, 2019 – Robert Allan Ltd. is pleased to announce they have been awarded the contract from Ocean Industries Inc., a related corporation of Ocean Group Inc., to design a new generation of Ship Handling tugs to be built at the Ocean Industries Inc. shipyard at L’Isle-aux-Coudres, Quebec for the Royal Canadian Navy. Four tugs are to be built, with two delivered to each of Canada’s major naval bases, at Esquimalt, BC and Halifax, NS. Known as the Naval Large Tug (NLT) project, the new IMO Tier III vessels…

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First Canadian C295 Makes Maiden Flight

July 5, 2019 – The first Airbus C295, purchased by the Government of Canada for the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) Fixed Wing Search and Rescue Aircraft Replacement (FWSAR) program, has completed its maiden flight, marking a key milestone towards delivery by the end of 2019 to begin operational testing by the RCAF. The aircraft, designated CC-295 for the Canadian customer, took off from Seville, Spain, on 4 July at 20:20 local time (GMT+1) and landed back on site one hour and 27 minutes later. The photo above shows the…

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Inside the University of Victoria human-powered submarine Chinook II

June 27, 2019 – Jaryd Middleton, pilot and president of Canada’s University of Victoria’s Submarine Racing Club from British Columbia, Canada, was once a part of a submarine team populated with senior students when he was just entering college. Many of them have now graduated, ushering in a new era of young science, technology, engineering and math team members. Although they are new to each other and their roles within the club, all members have hit the ground running after seizing the opportunity to learn and improve from the team…

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Canada Taking Part in Exercise Sea Breeze 2019 in the Black Sea

July 25, 2019 – U.S. 6th Fleet is going to participate in the upcoming Sea Breeze 2019 (SB19), an exercise which brings together 19 nations, 32 ships, 24 aircraft and more than 3,000 troops. The 19th iteration of Sea Breeze, an annual, multinational maritime exercise with land, air, and sea components, is scheduled to be July 1-12. The exercise seeks to build combined capability and capacity to ensure maritime regional security and foster stronger friendships among partnering nations. SB19 will be co-hosted by the United States and Ukraine to enhance…

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Quilt stitching details care, support for service personnel

June 17, 2019 – Every stitch in these quilts acknowledges the sacrifice and service of a Canadian Armed Forces member or veteran who may need just that special coziness. The national Quilts of Valour program has a network of quilters across Canada, working with fabric, designing quilt blocks and patterns, and layering together the colourful tops, warm lining and backing that make up the quilts, each quilt different from the others. One group meets the third Thursday of each month in Greenwood, Nova Scotia, home of 14 Wing, putting their…

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DND Statement on Parliamentary Budget Officer’s Report on the Canadian Surface Combatant

June 21, 2019 – The Department of National Defence (DND) welcomes the report of the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) on the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC). As the PBO uses similar tools to our own analysts, their report represents a valuable and independent corroboration of our work. Since selecting a design for the CSC earlier this year, we have recalculated our cost estimates based on certain weapons and support systems which are now known to be part of the CSC design. After an initial review of the PBO report, we find…

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Passage of Regina & Asterix Lauded by Taiwan

June 19, 2019 (Google Translation) – Regarding the “Canadian warships 2, which sailed through the Taiwan Strait on the 18th”, the Ministry of National Defense said today (19) that Canadian warships sailed freely through the Taiwan Strait, and the National Army used joint ISRs as required, and the whole process was strictly controlled. China’s surrounding sea and airspace dynamics, maintaining regional peace and stability, there is no abnormality during the period, please rest assured.

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RCN to Make Rare Appearance at Kieler Woche

June 14, 2019 – HMCS Toronto is scheduled to attend the 125th Kieler Woche (Kiel Week) June 21. Fresh from a term of duty with SNMG2 in the Mediterranean, Toronto is heading north to the Baltic Sea to attend this event along with dozens of other warships from the USA and Europe. In the first decades of its existence, the Kieler Woche was a pure sailing event. There is no question that the 125th edition of what is now the largest summer festival in Northern Europe also offers many innovations…

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