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Government Finally Realizes How Bad Fighting Harassment Cases in Court Appears

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan today issued the following statement: “I am pleased to announce that the government and plaintiffs of several class action lawsuits filed on behalf of members of the Canadian Armed Forces relating to sexual assault, racism, harassment, and discrimination have agreed to suspend the current litigation processes. This will allow discussions to begin in order to potentially resolve these matters outside court. “The government will not be proceeding with motions to strike these proceedings. We look forward to commencing these discussions to bring closure, healing, and…

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Artifacts belonging to Lieutenant Barry Troy returning to Canada

On September 22, 2017 following hurricanes in the Jacksonville, Florida area, a parachute and accompanying items were retrieved from a beach near Naval Station Mayport, which is located near Jacksonville. These items were identified as belonging to Lieutenant William Thomas Barry Troy, a pilot with the Royal Canadian Navy who lost his life on February 25, 1958 when his McDonnell F2H-3 Banshee fighter jet vanished in dense fog following takeoff from Mayport. Lieutenant Troy and the pilots of three other Canadian Banshees had been participating in joint exercises with the…

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Raytheon overhauling Royal Canadian Navy Phalanx Close-In Weapon System

Raytheon Canada Limited is overhauling and providing in-service support for the Phalanx Close-In Weapon Systems operated by the Royal Canadian Navy. Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) produces Phalanx, a rapid-fire, computer-controlled radar and 20mm gun system that automatically acquires, tracks and destroys enemy threats that have penetrated other ship defense systems. More than 890 systems have been built for navies around the world. “The Phalanx CIWS is an integral element of the Canadian Navy’s defence,” said Terry Manion, RCL vice-president and general manager. “This contract supports modernization work that will keep these…

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Lockheed Martin’s Calgary Facility Launches Unmanned Vehicle Control Software that Can Simultaneously Control Multiple UAV Types Anywhere on Earth

Lockheed Martin software has been simultaneously flying, on average, at least six unmanned aircraft during every hour of the last 25 years, completing missions as diverse as reconaisance, inspection, mapping and targeting. Today, Lockheed Martin is launching VCSi, a new vehicle control software, as the culmination of more than two decades of experience and 1.5 million hours of operational use. Lockheed Martin will unveil VCSi – commercial software that enables operators to simultaneously control dozens of unmanned vehicles and conduct information, surveillance and reconaissance missions – during the Unmanned Systems Exhibition…

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Federal Government Awards Contract for Replacement of Esquimalt Graving Dock Substation

Public Services and Procurement announced February 19th the contract award valued at $15.8 million for the replacement of the main (north) substation at the Esquimalt Graving Dock, located in Esquimalt, British Columbia. Scansa Construction Ltd. will construct a new, modern substation building and replace aging high- and low-voltage transformers with modern and efficient equipment. The newly installed equipment is designed to last for a minimum of 30 years and will be easier and safer to use. The contract also includes the cleanup of service tunnels and the replacement of old,…

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Director of Military Prosecutions appoints Special Prosecutor

Colonel Bruce MacGregor, Director of Military Prosecutions, has announced the appointment of Lieutenant-Colonel Mark Poland as a Special Prosecutor to carry out military prosecution duties relating to the charges laid recently against the Chief Military Judge, Colonel Mario Dutil. Lieutenant-Colonel Poland has been appointed to conduct a post-charge review of the charges against Colonel Dutil as they have now been referred to the Director of Military Prosecutions pursuant to the National Defence Act. When conducting a post-charge review, prosecutors must conduct a two-stage analysis to determine whether or not to…

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A Basic Primer on Naval Shipbuilding From CGAI

By Ian Mack Canadian Global Affairs Institute February 2018 Introduction The National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) is consistent with the “Build in Canada” shipbuilding policy, which when fully implemented will deliver ships for the Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Coast Guard, employing two shipyards competitively selected in 2011. Some suggest other nations have done things that would have resulted in better value for money than is observed with the NSS in implementation. It’s also suggested that Canada’s approach to shipbuilding with the NSS is unusual.1 In fact, many NATO nations…

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Brothers proud to represent Canada on different stages

By Darlene Blakeley One has dreams of a career as a naval officer, the other has dreams of Olympic gold. Brothers Rene and Vincent De Haître represent Canada in their own unique ways, yet they also offer strong support to each other as they pursue their individual goals, even if they are a world apart. Vincent, a world class long track speed skater, will compete in the PyeongChang Olympic Games next month in both the 1,500 and 1,000-metre races on February 13 and 23 respectively, and Rene hopes to graduate…

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