HMCS Protecteur will be the largest naval ship ever built in Canada

January 16, 2020 – Today, Seaspan Shipyards and its more than 2,800 employees were proud to host the ceremonial keel laying event for the Royal Canadian Navy’s future HMCS Protecteur. The keel laying event is a significant milestone in a ship’s construction during which a newly minted coin is placed near the keel where it will remain for the duration of the ship’s life. The coin is said to bring good luck for the builders and all those who sail in the vessel. The future HMCS Protecteur, the first of…

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Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River and Canada’s Economy

Inland and coastal shipping are key drivers of the U.S. and Canadian economies. The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River navigation system is an efficient, low-cost marine superhighway that connects our cities/towns and businesses to markets throughout North America and around the world. It supports the economic success of a bi-national region with a GDP valued at more than CDN$6 trillion. Marine-related industries also contribute significantly to the health, education and general prosperity of society through supporting well-paying, family-supporting jobs and making a significant contribution to taxes in Canada and the U.S.…

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Keel Laid in North Vancouver for First Berlin Class AOR

January 16, 2020 – After a 10 year delay, a ceremonial keel laying event for the first of two new AORs. The keel laying event is a significant milestone in a ship’s construction where a newly minted coin is placed near the keel, which traditionally runs along the length of the ship. The coin was laid by Seaspan’s Senior Procurement Specialist Jeff Smith, a 45-year employee of the company. It will remain for the duration of the ship’s life, and is said to bring good luck for the builders and…

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NATO Nations Cannot Be Complacent, Milley Says

By Jim Garamone January 14, 2020 – Army Gen. Mark A. Milley said people need to remember why NATO began in 1949. The defensive alliance was put in place to prevent the outbreak of great power war, and that’s still a valid task, the chairman said. “Sometimes, people can become complacent and assume that peace is the state of nature,” he added. “Peace doesn’t happen by accident: It happens because of effort, resources, commitment, allies banding together … to maintain a strong, cohesive alliance.”  This alliance is important. … It’s important to…

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Royal Canadian Mint Celebrates 75th Anniversary of VE-Day on 2020 Proof Silver Dollar

January 7, 2019 – Seventy-five years after Canadian soldiers and their allies liberated Western Europe in the closing months of the Second World War, the Royal Canadian Mint is dedicating its annual Proof Silver Dollar to their memory. This exceptional collectible features the artwork of accomplished coin designer Pandora Young, who has vividly illustrated the outpouring of emotion of civilians cheering the victorious troops. In tribute to each military branch, the distinct silhouettes of a sailor, soldier and airman stand out in a mirror-like finish before a thankful crowd. A…

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Adding Third Strategic Partner under National Shipbuilding Strategy

December 19, 2019 – Today, the Government of Canada announced Chantier Davie has prequalified to become the third strategic partner under the Strategy. The NSS’s third yard will build six program icebreakers for the Canadian Coast Guard. This shipyard has demonstrated it meets initial requirements related to experience, capability and capacity, as defined in the Invitation to Qualify issued on August 2, 2019. Chantier Davie will now move to the next stage in the selection process, the Request for Proposal and evaluation stage. This will include a third-party assessment of…

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Radio Room of St Roch

ST. ROCH RADIO ROOM Developed by: John Gilbert VE3CXL, Tom Brent and Jerry Proc VE3FAB This web document describes the radio fittings aboard the RCMP vessel St. Roch during her service life.  Also, the intent is to capture the essence of the vessel’s communications with other stations. Many radio items requisitioned for the ship could not be verified  as being delivered or implemented..  However, the requisitions are an official part of the ship’s history so these  radios are noted for the record. . Every effort has been made to provide…

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Royal Canadian Navy Creates New Flag Officer Position

In the cavernous three-story Maritime Operations Center, amidst a sea of television monitors and projection screens, a mass of uniforms gathers huddled around a cluster of desks. Interspersed throughout the crowd of mostly U.S. Navy uniforms are a smattering of Marines and a few livelier uniforms from France, the U.K, and Norway. “Standby,” is anonymously called and all conversation ceases. Everyone stands in quiet anticipation for the arrival of the admiral who is leading the briefing. “Attention on deck,” rings out and everyone snaps to rigid attention. In walks the…

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Association of Pacific Ports appoints new Executive Director

January 9, 2020 – The Board of the Association of Pacific Ports (APP) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jane McIvor as Executive Director, effective February 1, 2020. In making the announcement, Ian Marr, President of the APP and President and CEO of the Port of Nanaimo, noted that “Jane’s strong knowledge of the marine industry, coupled with her expertise in association management, will allow the APP to continue to fulfill its mandate of promoting communications and collaboration among ports within the Pacific trading area.” In accepting the position,…

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