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Navy couple shares family, command of same ship

By Darlene Blakeley They have made history as a navy couple commanding the same warship, but to Lieutenant-Commanders Chris and Victoria Devita, balancing their busy careers in the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) with a happy family life remains their prime objective. Victoria commanded HMCS Glace Bay for two years from 2013 to 2015, and her husband Chris took command of the same ship in early August. They were recently told by navy historians that this is the first time married partners have commanded the same warship. The couple lives in…

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Navantia team submits proposal for CSC

Navantia team has announced the submission of its proposal for the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) program. “We are pleased to announce that Navantia-led team has submitted its tender response for the Canadian Surface Combatant program, with Saab Australia as the Combat Systems Integrator (CSI) and CEA Technologies providing key elements of the proposed solution. With a strong heritage in designing and building frigates and destroyers and proven technology transfer in global programs, the Navantia team offers a compliant solution with the best capability for the Royal Canadian Navy and the…

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Federal Government to reduce local marine traffic issues through the Oceans Protection Plan

Canada has the world’s longest coastline, and our water is one of our most important resources. Canadians across the country rely on marine transportation to go about their everyday life or to deliver products to market in a safe and responsible way. As we marked the one-year anniversary of Canada’s $1.5 billion Oceans Protection Plan earlier this month, the largest investment ever made to protect Canada’s coasts and waterways, the Federal Government is pleased to announce that $1.9 million is being dedicated over three years to reduce local marine traffic…

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Open Letter: Justin Trudeau – What It’s Like To Be A Veteran In Canada

November 27, 2017 Pete Howell Dear Mr. Trudeau, A veteran is someone who, at one point in their life wrote a blank cheque made payable to their country for an amount up to and including their life. At 17 years old, like many of us, I signed that blank cheque which thankfully was never cashed by the Government of Canada during those years of military service. I am a military veteran and one of the lucky ones in this country. It also includes being the son of a veteran and…

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Marine Industry Seeks Better Coastal Management

Last weekend’s marine incident off British Columbia’s Central Coast involving an articulated tug and barge operation in adverse weather highlights the need for improved risk prevention and management for Canada’s coastal waters. B.C.’s Central and North Coast is one of the richest marine ecosystems in the world, has enormous cultural significance to the people who live there, and contains important resources for British Columbia’s economy – protecting it should be a priority. While the response actions by the vessel’s crew, the Canadian Coast Guard, and supporting commercial vessels in adverse…

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Federal Fleet Services Joins Green Marine

Federal Fleet Services has made its auxiliary oiler replenishment ship, M/V Asterix, the very first naval fleet auxiliary vessel to join Green Marine, which is the largest voluntary environmental certification program for North America’s maritime industry. A former container ship, the M/V Asterix was retrofitted at Federal Fleet Services’ sister shipbuilding company, Davie, in Lévis, Quebec. The M/V Asterix is the largest naval vessel ever to be delivered from a Canadian shipyard. Equally suited for combat and humanitarian operations, the vessel is equipped with state-of-the-art environmental features. “It’s the greenest…

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NovAtel’s GPS Anti-Jam Technology Selected for the United Kingdom’s Type 26 Frigate

NovAtel® of Calgary announced December 1st its GPS Anti-Jam Technology (GAJT®) has been selected for the United Kingdom’s Type 26 Frigates to meet a requirement as part of a protected navigation system. These vessels are 21st Century warships that will replace the Type 23 Frigate as the workhorse of the British Fleet, undertaking the Royal Navy’s three core roles – warfighting, maritime security and international engagement – on the world stage. GAJT protects GPS-based navigation and precise timing receivers from intentional jamming and accidental interference, ensuring that the satellite signals…

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Statement from Harley Marine Regarding Tug Jake Shearer and Barge

On Sunday, November 26 at approximately 5 pm Pacific time an incident began when the articulated tug and barge, tug JAKE SHEARER and barge ZIDELL MARINE 277, reported a series of extreme waves hitting the vessels broadside while traveling northbound south of Goose Island, British Columbia. The large waves caused an alignment problem between the tug and barge and the unit was separated. The barge was safely anchored approximately one mile from shore in 200 foot depth of water. No damage or contact with any shoreline or vessel occurred, and…

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Expungement of historically unjust convictions

Historically, Canada unjustly convicted and imposed criminal records on individuals for engaging in consensual sexual activity between same-sex partners that would be lawful today. On November 28, 2017, the Government of Canada introduced legislation – Bill C-66, the Expungement of Historically Unjust Convictions Act– to put into place an expungement process to permanently destroy the records of these unjust convictions. Convictions under the Criminal Code, as well as convictions under the National Defence Act, will be eligible for permanent destruction. Who can apply Individuals convicted of an offence listed in…

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Fincantieri and Naval Group Offer FREMM for CSC

The Government of Canada has declared its intention to acquire an existing and proven NATO warship design that could be readily modified to best meet the Royal Canadian Navy requirements. French and Italian world-class shipbuilders Naval Group and Fincantieri, with the strong support of both French and Italian governments, will combine their expertise and present to the Government of Canada an “off-the-shelf”, sea-proven solution based on the FREMM frigate design for the supply of 15 surface combatant ships to the Royal Canadian Navy. Should the offer be accepted, the future…

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