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Maritime Gala Ball

Maritime Gala Ball! Saturday June 15, 2019 Save the Date! Tickets on Sale Now Tickets WHEN / Saturday JUNE 15, 2019  WHERE / Hilton Lac Leamy 3 Boulevard Du Casino Gatineau PQ (Special rates are available for ticket holders – please see Hotel page) ​ The event is an occasion for Canadians from all Maritime organizations and associations, and those that support them, to come together to celebrate Canada’s Maritime Heritage   SCHEDULE / 5:30 PM “Quarterdeck” Reception 7 PM Dinner and Entertainment 9 PM Dancing and Celebration Entertainment  Emcee – Ron James Dancing to the Sway…

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US State Department Approves RCN MK54 Upgrade Purchase

May 17, 2019 – The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Canada of MK 54 lightweight torpedoes with support for an estimated cost of $387 million.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on May 16, 2019. The Government of Canada has requested to buy four hundred twenty-five (425) MK 54 lightweight torpedo conversion kits.  Also included are torpedo containers, Recoverable Exercise Torpedoes (REXTORP) with containers, Fleet Exercise Section (FES) and fuel tanks, air launch…

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NATO ships exercise with Romanian Navy in the Black Sea

Sea Shield 2019, an annual Romanian-led naval exercise, wrapped up in the Black Sea on Friday (12 April 2019). The exercise, which began on 5 April, involved more than 20 ships and crews from Romania, Bulgaria, Canada, Greece, the Netherlands and Turkey, as well as Maritime Patrol Aircraft from the United States and Turkey. Five ships from Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) participated in the exercise. Five ships from Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) are participating in the annual Romanian-led naval exercise Sea Shield in the Black Sea…

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HMCS Halifax Officer Charged With Sexual Assault

On May 13, 2018, the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS) charged a member of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) with sexual assault under the National Defence Act (NDA) and Criminal Code of Canada (CCC). The charge relates to a reported incident from Fall 2018 involving another member of the CAF while deployed at sea onboard HMCS Halifax. Lieutenant Craig Brown, a Regular Force officer with the Halifax-based HMCS Halifax, faces the following charge: • One (1) count of Sexual Assault under section 271 of the CCC, punishable under section…

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NATO Deputy Secretary General takes stock of 70 years of Euro-Atlantic Security at the NATO Defense College

Today (12 April 2019), the NATO Deputy Secretary General, Ms. Rose Gottemoeller illustrated NATO’s achievements and priorities for the future, at an international conference entitled “NATO at 70: no time to retire,” organized by the NATO Defense College in Rome (Italy). “NATO Foreign Ministers gathered in Washington last week to mark the 70th anniversary of our Alliance and celebrate seventy years of peace and prosperity,” Ms. Gottemoeller said. “We’ve grown in size since 1949 – from 12 to soon 30 Allies. […] Spreading the area of peace and stability and…

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Sailor Charged With Sexual Assault in Kingston

On May 14, 2019, the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS) charged a member of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) with sexual assault under the National Defence Act (NDA) and Criminal Code of Canada (CCC). The charges are in response to an incident which was reported to the Military Police at CFB Kingston and involves another military member. Petty Officer 2nd Class Diane Marie Chiasson, a Regular Forces member with Joint Information and Intelligence Fusion Capability (JIIFC), faces the following charges: • One (1) count of Sexual Assault contrary to…

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RCN Ships to make first ever port call at Cam Ranh Bay

May 24, 2019 – Canadian naval vessels are expected to visit Cam Ranh military base in central Vietnam for the first time ever on June 10. Two vessels, the frigate HMCS Regina and supply ship Asterix, will dock at Cam Ranh deep-water naval base. According to the foreign affairs department of Khanh Hoa Province, home to Cam Ranh, the ships will visit for four days as part of the Canadian Navy’s exchange program with their counterparts in the Asia-Pacific. The visiting crews will play sports with Vietnamese naval officers, visit…

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The North American Satellite Tracking of Pollution (NASTOP) Program

On May 2, 2018 – the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and its counterpart in the north, Environment and Climate Change Canada, worked together to create the North American Satellite Tracking of Pollution (NASTOP) Program to bolster our shared capacity to respond to marine pollution events. Much like NOAA, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) works to preserve and enhance the natural environment — including water. Canada and the U.S. share two major coastlines and the Great Lakes. During a spill response, it’s important to have an understanding of the…

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Allies Conclude Formidable Shield 2019

May 20, 2019 – Exercise Formidable Shield 2019, a live-fire integrated air and missile defense (IAMD) exercise held at the U.K. Ministry of Defence’s Hebrides Range in the vicinity of the Western Isles of Scotland and conducted by Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO) on behalf of U.S. 6th Fleet, concluded May 19. “Our enduring relationship with the Missile Defense Agency, Maritime Threat Missile Defense Forum, our Royal Navy hosts, all of the participating navies, and our industry partners was critical to our success in Formidable Shield 2019,” said…

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