2020 News 

Search efforts transition to recovery mission following helicopter accident

May 1, 2020 – Today, the search and rescue efforts of Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) officially transitioned into search and recovery efforts, following Wednesday’s tragic accident involving a Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CH-148 Cyclone helicopter in the Mediterranean Sea. At this time, one member, Sub-Lieutenant Abbigail Cowbrough, a Marine Systems Engineering Officer, originally from Toronto, Ontario, has been confirmed deceased. The missing five members who were aboard the aircraft are now officially considered missing and presumed deceased: Captain Brenden Ian MacDonald, Pilot, originally from New Glasgow, Nova…

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2020 News 

RIMPAC 2020 Scheduled for Last Half of August

April 29, 2020 – The United States Navy will sponsor the 27th Rim of the Pacific exercise, Aug. 17-31. Hosted by Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, this biennial maritime exercise will be an at-sea-only event in light of COVID-19 concerns. The theme of RIMPAC 2020 is “Capable, Adaptive, Partners.” The at-sea-only construct for RIMPAC 2020 was developed to ensure the safety of all military forces participating by minimizing shore-based contingents. Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet crafted the modified RIMPAC plan as a way to conduct a meaningful exercise with maximum training value…

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2020 News 

Fulmar Patrols Saint-Pierre et Miquelon

April 28, 2020 (Google Translation) – Based in Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, the Fulmar and its eleven crew members are used to conducting missions in the sometimes difficult weather conditions of the Northwest Atlantic. In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, the isolation of Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon was almost complete after the stopping of air and sea passenger connections with Canada, a compulsory step to trade with the metropolis. At the request of the prefecture of Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, the commander of the Atlantic maritime area hired the patrol boat Fulmar as part of the…

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2020 News 

Canadian Forces Snowbirds launch cross-Canada tour

April 29, 2020 – The Canadian Forces Snowbirds will cross the country to salute Canadians doing their part to fight the spread of COVID-19. This unique mission is being aptly dubbed Operation INSPIRATION. The team’s signature nine-jet formation, with trailing white smoke, will fly over cities across the country starting in Nova Scotia this weekend and working west throughout the week. The team will release anticipated locations, routes, and times on their social media platforms each day. Flyovers will occur at an elevation no lower than 500 feet above all…

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2020 News 

UMS SKELDAR selects 360iSR to provide innovative ISR training

April 21, 2020 – Europe’s leading provider of Rotary Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) platforms, UMS SKELDAR, has selected end-to-end Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) provider 360iSR to deliver specialist operational support from Concept of Operations (CONOPS) development to mission specific training for ISR operators, sensor operators and intelligence analysts.   “ISR is the future of modern warfare and of decision making in complex environments,” explains Ewen Stockbridge Sime, Founding Director of 360iSR. “We are providing to UMS an end-to-end ISR training solution, from the initial operating concept to full operational capability…

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2020 News 

The Memory that Would Not Die

By Dave O’Malley It was raining heavily with high gusting winds at RAF St. Eval, late in the morning of June 20, 1943 when two aging, white-painted Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk VII bombers laboured into the sky, climbed out over the choppy, wind-slashed Celtic Sea and turned southeast across the thick neck of the Cornish peninsula towards the Bay of Biscay. It wasn’t a pleasant day, that’s for sure, but for training Coastal Command anti-submarine crews, it was about as realistic as it got. Both Whitleys were part of a small anti-submarine detachment from…

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2020 News 

Halifax Port Days 2020 Suspended

April 15, 2020 – The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in national and global travel restrictions, self-isolation and quarantine measures, significant manufacturing disruptions, impacts on supply chains and considerable economic upheaval including mass global layoffs. The situation is expected to last for several months. Out of consideration to our delegates and sponsors, Halifax Port Days will be suspended until 2021. The Halifax Port Authority Port Days Planning Committee would like to thank our sponsors and delegates for their consideration and understanding.

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2020 News 

Only Two Combatant Ships in West Coast Task Group Exercise

HMC Ships Regina and Calgary were the only combatant ships during Task Group Exercise (TGEX) 20-1 off the coast of Vancouver Island. At one time in the Pacific, the two squadrons of escort ships would face off in combat training scenarios. Foreign ships would also take part periodically, cruiser HMS Blake and other Royal Navy ships took part in MARCOT 1978. Sadly, antisubmarine warfare (ASW) training is virtually nonexistent. Despite 22 years in commission with no deployments, submarine Victoria, the only one near ready to go to sea and which…

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