Book Review: Stranded: Alaska’s Worst Maritime Disaster Nearly Happened Twice

Stranded: Alaska’s Worst Maritime Disaster Nearly Happened Twice by Aaron Saunders Dundurn Press October 2015 Status: Available $19.99 144 pp ISBN 978-1-45973-154-7 8.5 x 8.5 in A very thorough and well-written account of the grounding of the 1918 Canadian Pacific’s SS Princess Sophia on Vanderbilt Reef in the Lynn Canal in Alaska waters and almost disaster with Princess Cruise’s Star Princess in 1994. Princess Sophia spend 40 hours hard aground on Vanderbilt Reef before tragically taking all passengers and crew to their death when the ship foundered. 76 years later,…

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JSK Collaborates with Kraken to Deliver Innovative Underwater Sonar Solution

October 2, 2019 – JSK has announced a collaboration with marine technology company Kraken Robotic Systems Inc., a world leading marine technology company dedicated to the production and sale of software-centric sensors and underwater robotic systems, to develop an enhanced autonomous underwater sonar solution. The two companies will combine expertise in open mission systems and unmanned underwater systems to develop the solution. Utilising an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) from Kraken will give JSK’s advanced sonar technology KraitArray increased scalability and adaptability, providing an innovative capability suitable for the Canadian Navy,…

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Supporting the CF: What It Means To Us – General Dynamics Mission Systems-Canada

September 27, 2019 – For more than 70 years, we have been a trusted partner to Canada’s Department of National Defence. We are extremely proud of this long standing relationship and the work our employees do every single day to design and develop cutting-edge solutions that allow the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces to make more informed decisions when it matters the most. In recognition of Canada Day, we asked our employees to share what it means to them. Here is what they had to say:

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GeoSpectrum Technologies Celebrates Successful ASW Sea Trial With the Royal Canadian Navy

September 26, 2019 – GeoSpectrum Technologies (GeoSpectrum) announces the successful trial of the Towed Reelable Active Passive Sonar (TRAPS) on board HMCS Glace Bay, completing the final assessment of the system. The Department of National Defence’s science and technology organization, Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), recently conducted performance trials with HMCS Glace Bay, the second Kingston Class vessel from which the GeoSpectrum’s TRAPS sonar was operated. The sonar performed well through the trials period, meeting predicted ranges in target detection, in both passive and active modes against different targets,…

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NATO Nations Hone ASW Skills in Cutlass Fury

September 24, 2019 – NATO nations in the Royal Canadian Navy-led exercise Cutlass Fury 2019 recently executed advanced training in anti-submarine warfare (ASW) in the waters off Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) is particpating, along with ships, submarines, aircraft and helicopters from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Denmark. “Cutlass Fury has been designed to provide advanced training opportunities for Canada and our Allies and partners,” said Commodore Rich Feltham, commander, Canadian Fleet Atlantic. “Together it will allow us to build upon our readiness…

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Discover the role of a NATO maritime expert

September 19, 2019 – Paul Beckley grew up in Long Island in south-eastern New York State. When he was a young boy, he liked watching the fishing boats entering the marina. “I loved the smell of the salt air,” says Paul. “Few years after, I joined the US Naval Academy. I was 18 years old.” “Imagine 8,000 personnel of both ships doing at the same time complex manoeuvres and sharing of resources between their naval vessels to host their respective aircraft. Everything went well. It was an amazing and humbling…

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NATO Secretary General unveils the logo for the London meeting of NATO Heads and State and Government

September 18, 2019 – NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday (18 September 2019) unveiled the logo for the next meeting of NATO Heads of State and Government. It will take place on 3-4 December 2019 in London to mark NATO’s 70th anniversary. In 1949, the United Kingdom was one of NATO’s twelve founding members and London was the home of NATO’s first headquarters. The meeting in London will be an opportunity for leaders to address current and emerging security challenges and to ensure that the Alliance continues to adapt…

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RCN Can Only Deploy Two Combatants to Their Own Exercise

September 17, 2019 – Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) ships participated in a photo exercise alongside the Royal Canadian Navy and other Allied navies Sept. 11 during exercise Cutlass Fury 2019. SNMG1 participants included the flagship U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101), the Royal Norwegian Navy frigate HNoMS Thor Heyerdahl (F-314), the Belgian Navy frigate Leopold I (F930), the Portuguese Navy frigate NRP D. Francisco de Almeida (F334) and the Royal Netherlands Navy frigate HNLMS Van Speijk (F 828). “Canada’s exercise Cutlass Fury 2019 is an excellent…

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CN donates an additional $25,000 to the Mission to Seafarers Halifax

September 12, 2019 – CN announced it is making an additional donation of $25,000 to the Mission to Seafarers Halifax. As the Halifax community has just been hit hard by Hurricane Dorian, CN wants to demonstrate its solidarity by making this additional donation to an organization that is doing impressive work with seafarers who come to the Port of Halifax. “CN wants to improve the quality of life of the communities in which it operates and wants to demonstrate its solidarity with the Halifax community by making this donation to…

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