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Halifax Shipyard launches Canada’s second Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship

November 10, 2019 – The Royal Canadian Navy’s second Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS), the future HMCS Margaret Brooke, was launched today, Nov. 10, 2019, at Halifax Shipyard. The launch of the second of six AOPS for the Royal Canadian Navy, marks a significant milestone for Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) and the revitalization of the Royal Canadian Navy’s combatant fleet. The 103-metre future HMCS Margaret Brooke transitioned from Halifax Shipyard’s land level facility to a submersible barge on Nov. 8, 2019 and launched in the Bedford Basin today.…

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Exercise Dogu Akdeniz-19 All About Interopability

November 12, 2019 – The Dogu Akdeniz-19 (Eastern Mediterranean-2019) joint international naval exercise is important to demonstrate the interoperability between the allied nations of Turkey and Pakistan, a Pakistani navy captain said on Tuesday. PNS Alamgir Captain Muhammad Akram told Anadolu Agency that all personnel participating in the exercise were provided with advanced training, along with the opportunity to observe various types of navy ships. Opening the ship’s doors to Anadolu Agency, Akram said the crew were extremely proud to take part in the 12-day multinational maritime exercise, which concludes…

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Pakistani Frigate Joins with HMCS Halifax and NATO Ships in Exercise

November 10, 2019 – Pakistan Navy ship Alamgir (ex-USS McInerney) arrived in Turkey for a 12-day multinational maritime exercise. In a statement, Pakistan Navy said the ship reached the Aknaz Naval Base in the Aegean Sea off Mugla’s coast on Saturday. It will participate in the Dogu Akdeniz-19 (Eastern Mediterranean) drill which will run through Nov. 20, Capt. Muhammad Akram said. The aim of the exercise is to operate in a multi-threat environment while providing advance training opportunities to the participants, it added. The naval forces of the U.S., Turkey,…

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Shearwater Technician and Tribal Advisor Retires After 39 year Career Navy and Air Force Career

November 6, 2019 – On the brisk, sunny morning of October 24, 2019, Sergeant Tony Parsons gathered with his family, friends, and colleagues at 12 Wing Shearwater, Nova Scotia, to celebrate his retirement after 39 years in the Canadian Armed Forces. He spent 36 of those years at Shearwater and, while there, learned of his Mi’kmaq heritage. “I was emotionally overwhelmed during the flag-raising knowing it would be my last salute,” he said, “and I was elated from the support of command and my fellow peers.” After growing up in…

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Creating and maintaining good Canadian jobs should remain Irving Shipbuilding’s top priority

November 5, 2019 – Unifor is reminding Irving Shipbuilding, Inc. that creating and maintaining Canadian jobs is a key component of the Canadian Shipbuilding Strategy and should remain the top priority. “The spirit and intent of the Canadian Shipbuilding Strategy is to revitalize our Canadian Navy while creating and supporting good shipbuilding jobs here at home and that’s not what’s happening here,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Members are rightly concerned that Irving is more interested in looking for ways to outsource than fulfilling its commitment to increase Nova…

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Secretary General: NATO is the bedrock of European and transatlantic security

November 7, 2019 – Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg delivered remarks at the Körber Global Leaders Dialogue in Berlin on Thursday (7 November 2019), stressing the importance of NATO as the bedrock of European and transatlantic security. Speaking two days before the thirtieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, he said: “The bond between Europe and North America made it possible to reintegrate Germany into the European and international community, to end the Cold War without a shot being fired, and to create the conditions for European integration.”

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Margaret Brooke Transitioned to Barge for Launch

November 8, 2019 – Earlier today the shipbuilders at Halifax Shipyard successfully transitioned the future HMCS Margaret Brooke from land-level onto a submersible barge for the vessel’s planned launch. The future HMCS Margaret Brook is the second of six Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) the shipbuilders at Halifax Shipyard are building for the Royal Canadian Navy as part of Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy. Weather permitting, the barge carrying the future HMCS Margaret Brooke will be towed from Halifax Shipyard to a launch site in Bedford Basin, located off the…

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What is the most venomous marine animal?

They may not look dangerous, but the sting from a box jellyfish could be enough to send you to Davy Jones’s locker-a watery grave, that is. Box jellyfish, named for their body shape, have tentacles covered in biological booby traps known as nematocysts – tiny darts loaded with poison. People and animals unfortunate enough to be injected with this poison may experience paralysis, cardiac arrest, and even death, all within a few minutes of being stung. But don’t choose the mountains over the ocean just yet. Of the 50 or…

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