Canada in Responsive Space Capabilities Steering Group (RSC)

November 19, 2019 (Google Translation) – In the coming years, the space domain may be the defining backdrop for developments on the world stage. That is why the Defense departments that deal with this have joined forces internationally in the Responsive Space Capabilities Steering Group (RSC). Here 11 countries join forces in the field of research, development, testing and experimentation. The annual meeting took place last week at the Netherlands Aerospace Center. An important theme was the cooperation with civilian space partners. The RSC collaboration dates from 2014. Since then,…

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RCN Divers Mark Remembrance Day in Rockingham

November 19, 2019 – Remembrance Day was honoured at Fleet Base West with a ceremony that was attended by the Five Eyes nation participants in the recently commenced Exercise DUGONG 19. Exercise DUGONG 19 brings mine warfare and dive teams from Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States of America together for two weeks to practice contemporary mine warfare and dive salvage techniques and procedures in the vicinity of Western Australia’s Fleet Base West at Garden Island. Specifically, Exercise DUGONG 19 is a field training exercise…

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The Origins of NATO

This December, the world will watch as heads of state and government and military leaders gather at the NorthAtlantic Treaty Organization’s Leaders’ Meeting in London. With the commemoration of the Alliance’s 70th anniversary, this past year has served to honor NATO’s achievements. To round off this historic year, the NATO Leaders’ Meeting in December presents an important opportunity to jointly assess challenges and opportunities and highlight NATO’s enduring value as it adapts to a changing world. Building on the success of NATO Engages Brussels 2018 and NATO Engages Washington, DC…

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Tribute Tower receives LEED Silver certification

November 5, 2019 – SNC-Lavalin is pleased to announce that the Royal Canadian Navy’s new Tribute Tower project at Stadacona in CFB Halifax received LEED Silver certification in May 2019. Tribute Tower combines a 12-storey accommodation tower with a three-level podium that incorporates dining and messing facilities for junior ranks personnel. The Leadership in Environment and Energy Design (LEED) Silver designation is often a minimum design target for federal government buildings with a construction value of $10M or greater. This project pursued and achieved the LEED Silver certification through the…

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Halifax Shipyard launches Canada’s second Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship

November 10, 2019 – The Royal Canadian Navy’s second Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS), the future HMCS Margaret Brooke, was launched today, Nov. 10, 2019, at Halifax Shipyard. The launch of the second of six AOPS for the Royal Canadian Navy, marks a significant milestone for Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) and the revitalization of the Royal Canadian Navy’s combatant fleet. The 103-metre future HMCS Margaret Brooke transitioned from Halifax Shipyard’s land level facility to a submersible barge on Nov. 8, 2019 and launched in the Bedford Basin today.…

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Exercise Dogu Akdeniz-19 All About Interopability

November 12, 2019 – The Dogu Akdeniz-19 (Eastern Mediterranean-2019) joint international naval exercise is important to demonstrate the interoperability between the allied nations of Turkey and Pakistan, a Pakistani navy captain said on Tuesday. PNS Alamgir Captain Muhammad Akram told Anadolu Agency that all personnel participating in the exercise were provided with advanced training, along with the opportunity to observe various types of navy ships. Opening the ship’s doors to Anadolu Agency, Akram said the crew were extremely proud to take part in the 12-day multinational maritime exercise, which concludes…

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Pakistani Frigate Joins with HMCS Halifax and NATO Ships in Exercise

November 10, 2019 – Pakistan Navy ship Alamgir (ex-USS McInerney) arrived in Turkey for a 12-day multinational maritime exercise. In a statement, Pakistan Navy said the ship reached the Aknaz Naval Base in the Aegean Sea off Mugla’s coast on Saturday. It will participate in the Dogu Akdeniz-19 (Eastern Mediterranean) drill which will run through Nov. 20, Capt. Muhammad Akram said. The aim of the exercise is to operate in a multi-threat environment while providing advance training opportunities to the participants, it added. The naval forces of the U.S., Turkey,…

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Creating and maintaining good Canadian jobs should remain Irving Shipbuilding’s top priority

November 5, 2019 – Unifor is reminding Irving Shipbuilding, Inc. that creating and maintaining Canadian jobs is a key component of the Canadian Shipbuilding Strategy and should remain the top priority. “The spirit and intent of the Canadian Shipbuilding Strategy is to revitalize our Canadian Navy while creating and supporting good shipbuilding jobs here at home and that’s not what’s happening here,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Members are rightly concerned that Irving is more interested in looking for ways to outsource than fulfilling its commitment to increase Nova…

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Secretary General: NATO is the bedrock of European and transatlantic security

November 7, 2019 – Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg delivered remarks at the Körber Global Leaders Dialogue in Berlin on Thursday (7 November 2019), stressing the importance of NATO as the bedrock of European and transatlantic security. Speaking two days before the thirtieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, he said: “The bond between Europe and North America made it possible to reintegrate Germany into the European and international community, to end the Cold War without a shot being fired, and to create the conditions for European integration.”

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