Quilt stitching details care, support for service personnel

June 17, 2019 – Every stitch in these quilts acknowledges the sacrifice and service of a Canadian Armed Forces member or veteran who may need just that special coziness. The national Quilts of Valour program has a network of quilters across Canada, working with fabric, designing quilt blocks and patterns, and layering together the colourful tops, warm lining and backing that make up the quilts, each quilt different from the others. One group meets the third Thursday of each month in Greenwood, Nova Scotia, home of 14 Wing, putting their…

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DND Statement on Parliamentary Budget Officer’s Report on the Canadian Surface Combatant

June 21, 2019 – The Department of National Defence (DND) welcomes the report of the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) on the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC). As the PBO uses similar tools to our own analysts, their report represents a valuable and independent corroboration of our work. Since selecting a design for the CSC earlier this year, we have recalculated our cost estimates based on certain weapons and support systems which are now known to be part of the CSC design. After an initial review of the PBO report, we find…

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Irving Tries to Repair Their Tarnished Media Profile

June 4, 2019 – Irving Shipbuilding is committed to maximizing Canadian content and benefit through our construction of the Royal Canadian Navy’s Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS). Our AOPS contract requires us to achieve at least 50% of Canadian Content Value (CCV) in direct work, recognizing that in some instances, we must procure material for the ships internationally. Today, approximately 70% of the work on AOPS is direct Canadian content. This is work that a Canadian supplier does with us directly related to the AOPS program. Any work performed…

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Federal Government Improving Space-Based Earth Observation Capabilities

December 14, 2018 – In support of this ongoing commitment, DND, through Public Services and Procurement Canada, has awarded 12 contracts and a total of $6.7 million to eight Canadian suppliers to improve tasking, collection, processing, exploitation and dissemination capabilities for future Canadian earth observation satellites. These contracts, awarded the contracts under the All Domain Situational Awareness (ADSA) science and technology (S&T) program, are modeled on the Defence Innovation Research Program structure and funded through a 50/50 funding split between government and industry, bringing the total joint investment to $13.2…

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LR Now Authorized to Conduct Halifax Class Surveys

December 4, 2018 – On 15 November 2018, LR became the first classification society to be assigned RO (Recognized Organization) status by the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND). LR is now authorized to survey Halifax Class vessels and undertake combatant certification activities in key hazard areas of the Naval Ship Code. The DND assessed LR’s ability to execute certification duties on behalf of the Naval Materiel Regulatory Authority (NMRA) for Combatant Naval Vessels through a three-day verification audit. LR successfully demonstrated the requisite competencies and was awarded RO status…

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Pay Raise For Senior Ranks

November 28, 2018 – Treasury Board has approved a pay increase for General Officers, Flag Officers, Colonels and Navy Captains as well as all legal officers. This multi-year increase is similar to, and follows, the pay increase percentages received by Canadian Armed Forces members in June 2017. The new rates, along with a lump sum back-payment, are expected to be in the pay of all affected officers on November 30, and not later than mid-December, and are as follows: o For senior officers, a 1.25% raise in pay effective April…

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Interim Ombudman for the Canadian Armed Forces

September 21, 2018 – Mr. Gregory Lick (pictured above with a CD with no explaination) was announced as the interim Ombudsman for the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces and thanked Mr. Gary Walbourne for his service to the Defence community as Ombudsman since 2014. With over 30 years in the Canadian Coast Guard, Mr. Lick has served onboard icebreakers and search and rescue vessels, and has worked on the development of the shipbuilding procurement and fleet renewal strategies. He will serve as the interim Ombudsman effective…

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Unfounded Sexual Assault Internal Review Results Released

September 20, 2018 – The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS) has completed an internal review of all 2010-2016 Canadian Forces Military Police (CF MP) sexual assault files concluded as unfounded. CFNIS assigned a member that reviewed the 179 files from early 2017 until July 2018 revealing that: • 113 cases remained as unfounded following this review; • 43 cases had been misclassified; and • 23 cases were identified for further investigation. The Canadian Forces Provost Marshal and CF MP Group Commander directed the CFNIS to conduct the internal review…

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Canada Post honours Canadian Armed Forces as “last line” of help in emergencies

September 11, 2018 – Canada Post today unveiled a stamp that pays tribute to members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) for their critical role in responding to emergencies across Canada, such as wildfires, floods and ice storms. Dedicated members of the CAF, both Regular and Reserve members, are a last line of defence when natural disasters occur. Trained in engineering, health services, aviation, logistics and the use of specialized equipment, they conduct evacuations, deliver aid, provide transportation, execute search and rescue missions, among many other tasks. Following Government of…

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National Defence & Veterans Affairs Introduce Veteran’s Service Card

September 11, 2018 – The Minister of National Defence and the Minister of Veterans Affairs announced that the new Veteran’s Service Cards will be distributed to former and releasing Canadian Armed Forces members who completed basic training and have been honorably released. The new Veteran’s Service Card will provide a tangible symbol of recognition for former members, encourage an enduring affiliation with the Canadian Armed Forces and ensure linkages to Veterans Affairs Canada support programs as members transition to post-service life. The new Veteran’s Service Card will be distributed in…

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