Canada Taking Part in Exercise Sea Breeze 2019 in the Black Sea

July 25, 2019 – U.S. 6th Fleet is going to participate in the upcoming Sea Breeze 2019 (SB19), an exercise which brings together 19 nations, 32 ships, 24 aircraft and more than 3,000 troops. The 19th iteration of Sea Breeze, an annual, multinational maritime exercise with land, air, and sea components, is scheduled to be July 1-12. The exercise seeks to build combined capability and capacity to ensure maritime regional security and foster stronger friendships among partnering nations. SB19 will be co-hosted by the United States and Ukraine to enhance…

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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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CGAI: “Overcoming ‘Boom and Bust’? Analyzing National Shipbuilding Plans in Canada and Australia”

January 17, 2019 – While both Canada and Australia share similar constitutional frameworks and imperial histories, they are also no stranger to procurement challenges. Cost overruns, delays, regionalism, and protracted intellectual property disputes have all been part of major defence acquisition projects in recent decades. This Policy Paper analyzes the largest and most expensive procurement projects undertaken by either country, Canada’s $73 billion (estimated) National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS), launched in 2010, and Australia’s A$90 billion Naval Shipbuilding Plan (NSP), launched in 2017. Each project represents an attempt to implement a…

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4th Japan – Canada Vice – Ministerial 2 + 2 Dialogue

December 12, 2018 (Google Translation) – On December 12, the 4 th Japan – Canada Vice – Ministerial Level “2 + 2” Dialogue was held in Tokyo. Mr. Makoto Makoto and Mr. Ken Air Mori Foreign Affairs Officer from Mr. Maki Mori from the Japanese side, Mr. Gordon Venner, Associate Deputy Minister of National Defense ( Mr. Gordon Venner ) from Ian · Mr. Sugart ‘s Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs ( Mr. Ian Shugart, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs ) attended. In this dialogue, opinions were exchanged on the…

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Lifesaving Coast Guard Needs More Independence & Stable Funding

November 29, 2018 – Canada’s maritime search and rescue workers save an average of 15 lives every day and are responsible for monitoring millions of square kilometres of some of the harshest marine conditions in the world. Yet the Canadian Coast Guard — which leads maritime search and rescue operations — is hampered by its position within Fisheries and Oceans Canada, which leaves it at the mercy of the department for funding and prevents it from receiving long-term sustainable capital funding. The coast guard must be empowered so it can…

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Halifax International Security Forum 2018: Introduction to Indo-Pacific Security Challenges

ADM Phil Davidson Commander, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Halifax International Security Forum Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada November 17, 2018 As Prepared for Delivery Thank you, Peter, for the kind introduction – I appreciate that – and thank you for the invite to speak here at the Forum. On behalf of everyone here, Peter, thank you for the addition of the McCain Award added to the Forum’s program. It is a wonderful way to remember the Senator and his contribution to the forum. I’m grateful for the opportunity to talk to you…

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Regional Ties Strengthened As Exercise Kakadu Wraps Up In the Top End

September 13, 2018 – Exercise KAKADU 2018, Australia’s largest multilateral maritime and air exercise, drew to a close in Darwin today, after a fortnight of activities aimed at enhancing regional maritime security. Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said KAKADU was a military highpoint for Australia as well as a significant diplomatic achievement, with this year’s exercise involving 23 ships, 21 aircraft, a submarine and 3000 personnel from 27 visiting nations. “The size and success of KAKADU is evidence of Australia’s growing reputation as a trusted and capable…

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Alion Submits Final Proposal for Canadian Surface Combatant Program

August 9, 2018 – Alion Canada, a wholly owned subsidiary of Alion Science and Technology, headquartered in McLean, Va., is pleased to announce that they have submitted their final bid and compliance forms to the Canadian government for the Canadian Surface Combatant Program. This is a major milestone in the Canadian Surface Combatant procurement. “We provide a world-class combatant that is a proven, affordable, off-the-shelf solution. Our offering is focused on the Royal Canadian Navy’s stated requirements and will generate jobs and innovation across Canada” “We provide a world-class combatant…

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Canada to acquire Thales advanced ground segment technology to respond to distress signals

Canada has awarded Thales Canada Phase II of the MEOSAR (Medium Earth Orbit Search and Rescue) Ground Segment contract. It will support Canada’s ability to respond quickly and effectively to distress signals from land, air and sea from coast-to-coast-to-coast; enabling Canada to meet its obligations under the International COSPAS-SARSAT Program Agreement. The contract includes the procurement of two MEOLUTs and maintenance services for five years with options for an additional five years. Using Thales Alenia Space’s powerful and compact MEOLUT Next phased array solution, Canada will benefit from the world’s…

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