HMS Queen Elizabeth Makes First Visit to Canada

September 12, 2019 – The UK’s new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, this morning in an historic first visit. The 65,000-tonne warship, the biggest ever built for the Royal Navy, will be joined in harbour by other ships from the UK Carrier Strike Group who are on a deployment called ‘Westlant 19’. The main purpose of the deployment is to conduct Operational Tests with UK F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter jets for the first time, off the east coast of the USA. The carrier…

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UBC to Become a More Veteran-Friendly Campus by 2020

September 9, 2019 – UBC has committed to new initiatives that aim to make it one of Canada’s first “veteran-friendly” campuses by 2020. The university will provide programs and services specially designed for veterans including: specialized mental health and counseling support priority student housing social and recreational opportunities professional development courses a Royal Canadian Legion Branch, the first new branch established in British Columbia in more than 25 years “As Canadians we owe so much to the veterans who have served and sacrificed for our country, preserving and protecting the…

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Volunteer for Your Local Poppy Campaign

October is just around the corner, and Legion Branches are starting to gear up for the annual Poppy Campaign! From the last Friday of October to November 11, tens of millions of Canadians wear a Poppy as a visual pledge to honor Canada’s Veterans and remember those who sacrificed for the freedoms we enjoy today. In our most recent reported campaign year, the 2017 Poppy Campaign, 19.8 million Poppies were distributed, and more than $16 million dollars was disbursed between October 2017 to October 2018 to support Veterans and their…

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Davie Hopes to Become Canada’s National Icebreaker Builder

September 9, 2019 – On Friday August 30 2019, bidding closed to become Canada’s national icebreaker builder. Having cemented its place over the last decade as a world-class shipbuilder and specialist in the construction and conversion of complex, mission-critical vessels for harsh environments, Davie is the only qualified and experienced shipbuilder capable of delivering the required vessels. Pierre Drapeau, Vice President of the Davie Suppliers Association commented, “Though we have not yet received confirmation from the company nor the government, due to the fact that the original NSPS requirement criteria…

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OSI Embarks on Development Program to Achieve NATO STANAG Edition 3

September 9, 2019 – For over 20 years, OSI Maritime Systems has been dedicated to the development and leadership of the Naval WECDIS market. During that time, OSI has led the market across more than 20 navies with over 600 warships and submarines operating with ECPINS® – the only WECDIS that meets and has been independently certified against NATO WECDIS STANAG 4564 Ed. 2. OSI is now starting the development of the next generation ECPINS that will fully meet the WECDIS Ed.3 requirements through a new modular approach. This will…

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U-94 Sunk By USN PBY and HMCS Oakville

SERIAL NO. 5 U-94 SUNK BY U.S.N. PBY Plane and H.M.C.S. Oakville 8-27-42 POST MORTEMS ON ENEMY SUBMARINES DIVISION OF NAVAL INTELLIGENCE Confidential [Declassified] NAVY DEPARTMENT OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS WASHINGTON SERIAL No. 5 REPORT ON THE INTERROGATION OF SURVIVORS FROM U-94 SUNK ON AUGUST 27, 1942 UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE WASHINGTON : 1942 OP-16-F-10(20) SS/EF74 L11-1/EF74 CONFIDENTIAL Declassified Serial No. 02488116 O. N. I. 250 SERIES NAVY DEPARTMENT, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, October 25, 1942. 1. The O. N. I. 250 Series –…

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Providing the Protecteur Class With Ship-Shore Lift

September 6, 2019 – Today, the Minister of National Defence, announced a contract of approximately $12 million to acquire five ship-to-shore connector systems that will support such missions. These systems will be built in Canada by Navamar Inc. With these ship-to-shore connector systems, ships will have an enhanced and robust capability to transfer cargo and equipment from the ship to the shore. They will enable the Canadian Armed Forces to respond more rapidly to operations and joint actions ashore. Of the five ship-to-shore connector systems we are acquiring, four will…

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RCN modernizes approach to sea command development and assessment

September 4, 2019 – The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) is modernizing the sea command development and assessment process for Naval Warfare Officers (NWOs). During Executive Governance Week in Halifax in June, the Naval Board approved a new process for Command Development and Assessment (CDA) which will evaluate a NWO’s command potential throughout his or her career, as opposed to focussing on singular events such as courses or the command review board. The traditional system is designed so that as Naval Warfare Officers complete their Director (D-level) training and go on…

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