Upgrade for Arctic Surveillance

February 1, 2019 – Raytheon Canada Limited and the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies’ Space Flight Lab (UTIAS SFL) under the All Domain Situational Awareness (ADSA) Science & Technology (S&T) Program for a total of $46.2 million. Raytheon Canada Limited has been awarded a contract for $31.2 million for the construction of transmit and receive electronics for a study of over-the-horizon radar detection at long range. A contract for $15 million has also been awarded to UTIAS SFL for the development of a prototype of a multipurpose microsatellite…

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2018 Arctic Season Underway

The Canadian Coast Guard’s annual Arctic operational season is underway and includes a maiden voyage to the Arctic by the CCGS Samuel Risley. The season will run into late November, providing extended vessel presence in the Arctic. CCGS Samuel Risley will depart July 11 from Quebec City for her maiden voyage to Arctic waters, where she will participate in Operation Pacer Goose, which is the annual resupply mission for the Thule US Air Force base in Greenland. Six other Coast Guard icebreakers deploy this season to support Coast Guard operational…

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RCN, Canadian Coast Guard sign historic Arctic operations agreement

By Darlene Blakeley An historic agreement on joint Arctic operations has been signed by the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and the Canadian Coast Guard. On May 22, 2018, Vice-Admiral Ron Lloyd, Commander RCN, and Jeffery Hutchinson, Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard, signed the Joint Concept of Arctic Operations (CONOPS), which establishes how the RCN and the Coast Guard will coordinate maritime operations within Canada’s Arctic Archipelago and Arctic waters, with the intent of pursuing greater interoperability. With the Government of Canada’s commitment to increasing presence in the Arctic regions,…

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Making Arctic Resupply Safer and More Efficient

The Federal Government Canada is investing $94.3 million over five years to make Arctic resupply operations faster, safer, and more efficient for remote communities. The Safety Equipment and Basic Marine Infrastructure in Northern Communities initiative is providing on-the-ground equipment and infrastructure, along with training on how to use and maintain it. Transport Canada is now accepting proposals from Nunavut and Northwest Territories for projects to be funded by the $94.3 million fund. Territorial governments will work with local communities, Inuit and Indigenous peoples, and stakeholders to assess needs. This investment…

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New Arctic Shipping Safety and Pollution Prevention Regulations

Transport Canada has introduced new Arctic Shipping Safety and Pollution Prevention Regulations. The regulations incorporate the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (the Polar Code) into Canada’s domestic legislation. The Polar Code addresses the unique hazards encountered by certain vessels that operate in the Arctic and Antarctic. The Polar Code and Canada’s new regulations include a variety of safety and pollution prevention measures, including those related to vessel design and equipment, vessel operations and crew training. Drawing from decades of experience as an Arctic regulator, Canada played a…

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HMS Terror Added to the Wrecks of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror National Historic Site

HMS Terror has been added to the Wrecks of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror National Historic Site, ensuring additional legal protection for the wreck site under the Canada National Parks Act. The inclusion of HMS Terror in the national historic site was done based on the recommendation of the Franklin Interim Advisory Committee.  HMS Erebus and HMS Terror were the two vessels of the 1845 Franklin Expedition to locate the Northwest Passage. The location of the ships had been a mystery for over 150 years, but Inuit knowledge provided information…

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My Month With the Royal Canadian Navy

By Petty Officer 2nd Class Travis Litke USN I recently had the opportunity to sail with the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) for Operation Limpid, which is an annual patrol of the Arctic Ocean and Canada’s Northwest Territories. The group of ships I deployed with was comprised of several marine coastal defense vessels from the eastern and western coasts of Canada. I joined the Kingston-class coastal defense vessel HMCS Yellowknife (MM 706) ship, commanded by RCN Lt. Cmdr. Donald Thompson-Greiff, in Nome, Alaska on Sept. 22. I wasn’t the only foreign…

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Contract Awards for All Domain Situational Awareness Science & Technology Program

Strong, Secure, Engaged, Canada’s new defence policy, commits Defence to focus on Arctic joint intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance as a defence research and development priority and produce innovative solutions to surveillance challenges in the North. In support of this initiative, the Department of National Defence (DND) has awarded contracts to four Canadian suppliers, valued at approximately $8.3 million in total, through the first Call for Proposals for the All Domain Situational Awareness (ADSA) Science & Technology (S&T) program. The research and analysis will be delivered through collaboration with other government…

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