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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HMCS Vancouver command team shares Sudanese connection

By Peter Mallett The three members of Her HMCS Vancouver’s command team share a unique commonality. They all served on Operation SAFARI, the Canadian Armed Forces’ contribution to the former United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) in the mid-2000s. Commander Jonathan Kouwenberg was there in 2005; his Executive Officer, Lieutenant-Commander Collin Forsberg, served from 2009 to 2010; and Coxswain, Chief Petty Officer First Class Steve Wist, was in Sudan in 2008. “This isn’t by design; this is completely accidental,” said Kouwenberg. “I think we are probably a unique command team…

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Underwater Warfare Suite Upgrade protects sailors from quieter submarines and torpedoes

June 10, 2019 – The naval operational environment is constantly in flux, and small advantages can be the strategic difference during an engagement. In recent years almost all nations in possession of submarines have put forth significant resources to make submarines and torpedoes operate more quietly. To address these evolving threats, the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) is taking steps to improve the detection abilities of its Halifax-class frigates. “A lot of the resources that were put forward at the end of the Cold War were for passive sonars,” said Lieutenant-Commander…

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Royal Canadian Navy Welcomes New Commander

June 12, 2019 – Vice-Admiral Art McDonald assumed the duties of Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) from Vice-Admiral Ron Lloyd this afternoon in a formal change of command ceremony presided over by General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff. During the ceremony there was also a change of appointment which saw Chief Petty Officer First Class David Steeves assume the role of Command Chief of the Royal Canadian Navy from Chief Petty Officer First Class Michel Vigneault. The ceremony was held at Her Majesty’s Canadian Dockyard, Halifax,…

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106th NATO Electronic Warfare Advisory Committee (NEWAC) convenes in Brussels

June 7, 2019 – On 5th to 7th June, the NATO Electronic Warfare Advisory Committee held its 106th Plenary meeting at the NATO Headquarters in Brussels. Since its inception in 1949, NATO has continuously evolved by recognizing potential threats and adapting to counter and defend against them. Electronic Warfare is just one of many areas where NATO is working to ensure that it is prepared to continue to uphold its founding principles and pursue its core tasks. The NATO Electronic Warfare Advisory Committee’s mission is to enhance NATO’s Electronic Warfare…

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Royal Canadian Navy’s ships visit Vietnam

June 10, 2019 (VNA) – The Royal Canadian Navy’s multi-role patrol frigate HMCS Regina and supply ship MV Asterix arrived at Cam Ranh port in the central province of Khanh Hoa on June 10, beginning a four-day visit to Vietnam. Talking to reporters after a welcome ceremony, Commander Jacob French, Commanding Officer of HMCS Regina, said Vietnam is a valuable partner of Canada in Southeast Asia. He said the current visit is a chance for his crewmembers to interact with the local community and for Canada to prove its partnership…

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Canada concludes maritime security and counter-terrorism mission

May 30, 2019 – Canada has concluded Operation Artemis, the Canadian Armed Forces’ (CAF) contribution to counter-terrorism and maritime security operations in Middle Eastern and East African waters. The successful deployment saw HMCS Regina, along with its embarked CH-148 Cyclone helicopter and Naval Tactical Operations Group enhanced boarding team seize and destroy 9,155 kg of illegal narcotics, worth just over $4.7 million (USD) regional wholesale value. Additional CAF assets that participated in Operation Artemis this year included Naval Replenishment Unit (NRU) Asterix, and a CP-140 Aurora aircraft. The units were…

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Coast Guard to Enforce Rose Festival Security Zone

June 5, 2019 – The Coast Guard will be enforcing a security zone along the Willamette River between the Hawthorne and Steel Bridges, in support of the Rose Festival and Fleet Week, Wednesday, through Monday. The security zone is set in place to protect the various vessels that will be moored along the waterfront near Tom McCall Park, as well as, the visiting public. A lane will be established for human-powered craft, such as kayaks and paddle-boards, which will allow those watercraft to transit the zone without a dedicated escort.…

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