Lost RCN Banshee Pilot Remembered in Ottawa

By Joanna Calder More than 25 members of Lieutenant Barry Troy’s family gathered in Ottawa recently to honor his memory and view artifacts related to the pilot’s fatal crash, which occurred in Florida more than 60 years ago. The loss On February 25, 1958, Lieutenant Troy, a pilot with the Royal Canadian Navy’s VF-871 Squadron, was part of a group of four RCN F2H-3 Banshees flying along the Florida coast from United States Naval Station Mayport. They were en route to a point south of Jacksonville Beach, where they would…

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Japan Announces Canadian Assistance in North Korea Monitoring

Google Translation Ministry of Defense April 28, 2018 1. With regard to illegal maritime activities including North Korea-registered vessels prohibited by the UN Security Council resolution, in addition to the United States, related countries, based on the US Army Kadena Air Base in Japan, We decided to conduct watch surveillance activities by aircraft. At the moment, Australia and Canada will dispatch patrol aircraft and are planning to engage in that activity based on the UN military status agreement. 2. Also, on April 10 this year, the British frigate ship “Sutherland”…

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NATO phonetic alphabet, codes and signals

The ability to communicate and make yourself understood can make a difference in life-threatening situations – imagine for example that you are trying to alert a search and rescue helicopter of the position of a downed pilot. To ensure clear communication, NATO uses a number of well-known formats which are in general use. NATO standardization agreements enable forces from many nations to communicate in a way that is understood by all. If you have ever said “Bravo” to mean “B” when speaking on the phone for instance, then you have…

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In Waters Deep by Eleanor Maloney

In ocean wastes no poppies blow, No crosses stand in ordered row, Their young hearts sleep… beneath the wave…… The spirited, the good, the brave, But stars a constant vigil keep, For them who lie beneath the deep. ‘Tis true you cannot kneel in prayer On certain spot and think. “He’s there.” But you can to the ocean go… See whitecaps marching row on row; Know one for him will always ride… In and out… with every tide. And when your span of life is passed, He’ll meet you at…

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Sale of Australian Classic Hornets to Canada

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, today announced the Government has agreed to the sale of 18 Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18 A/B Classic Hornets to the Government of Canada. The offer follows an expression of interest from the Canadian Government received in September. The sale of the aircraft and associated spares remains subject to final negotiations and Country of Origin export approvals. Defence plans to withdraw its fleet of F/A-18A/B Classic Hornets from service by 2022, which will be progressively replaced by the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter,…

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