FMF Cape Breton Barge Fleet Being Replaced

July 15, 2019 – Public Services and Procurement Canada, on behalf of the Canadian Armed Forces, has awarded a contract of $1,996,439 to Canadian Maritime Engineering Ltd. of Port Alberni for the acquisition of four steel barges for Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt. The contract also includes a complete technical data package, training and the option to buy spare parts. These steel barges will be used to support various types of maintenance on ships and will replace the six existing wooden barges. This contract will help sustain a minimum of nine…

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Robert Allan to Design New RCN Tugs

June 25, 2019 – Robert Allan Ltd. is pleased to announce they have been awarded the contract from Ocean Industries Inc., a related corporation of Ocean Group Inc., to design a new generation of Ship Handling tugs to be built at the Ocean Industries Inc. shipyard at L’Isle-aux-Coudres, Quebec for the Royal Canadian Navy. Four tugs are to be built, with two delivered to each of Canada’s major naval bases, at Esquimalt, BC and Halifax, NS. Known as the Naval Large Tug (NLT) project, the new IMO Tier III vessels…

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A ship’s journey from deployment to deployment

By Matthew Mooney May 16, 2019 – It takes a lot for a ship and crew to be ready to let go lines and proceed to sea in support of Canadian operations around the world. The process begins the moment the ship returns from its previous deployment. A warship is like a floating city that’s constantly supporting its crew. After a long deployment overseas, the ship needs to proceed alongside for a maintenance period where anything that degraded can be repaired or replaced. Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Ottawa’s road…

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RCN Captain Appointments 2019

Captain JS Armstrong to Chief of Staff, Naval Staff, Ottawa Captain MJ Barefoot to Deputy Director Intelligence NORAD Colorado Springs A/Captain Biddiscombe to Medial Liaison Officer Operation Impact Captain JFS Boisjoli to French indoctrination Captain JJLD Bouchard to Developmental Phase Four Program at Eisenhower School for National Security Washington DC Captain MD Bowden to Commander Fifth Operations Group Halifax Captain JR Boyd to Commander Naval Personnel & Training Group Esquimalt Captain JRR Brisson to retire Captain SW Carter extended as Canadian Liaison Officer US Pacific Fleet Pearl Harbor Captain MD…

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USS Zumwalt arrives in British Columbia for port visit

March 11, 2019 – The namesake of the U.S. Navy’s newest class of guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), arrived in Esquimalt, March 11. “We are excited for this opportunity to visit Canada and further strengthen the close partnership between our navies and communities,” said Capt. Andrew Carlson, Zumwalt’s commanding officer. “By working together with partners like the Royal Canadian Navy, we help ensure the security, stability and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific region.” The visit is an opportunity for the crew to experience the hospitality of the Canadian port, as…

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HMCS Regina & MV Asterix Depart Esquimalt for CTF150

February 6, 2019 – HMCS Regina and MV Asterix departed Esquimalt today for a deployment to the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions. The ships will initially support Operation PROJECTION working with partner navies and conducting key leader engagements to enhance military cooperation and partnerships in support of Canada’s diplomatic efforts in the Asia-Pacific region. In March 2019, the ships will transition to Operations ARTEMIS, supporting the Canadian-led Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150). CTF 150 is part of the Combined Maritime Force, which is a naval coalition of 33 partner…

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HMCS Calgary Returns to Esquimalt

December 18, 2018 – Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Calgary recently concluded a successful five-month deployment to the Asia-Pacific region on Operation PROJECTION and returned to the ship’s home port at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Esquimalt today. HMCS Calgary sailed on Operation PROJECTION from August 20 to December 18, 2018. Throughout the deployment, HMCS Calgary participated in engagements that further strengthened partner nations’ abilities to effectively conduct combined maritime operations. The ship supported operations in the region, participated in three multinational maritime engagements (KAKADU 2018 in Australia, and KEEN SWORD…

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Sea Kings Retire After Over Half a Century of Service

By Peter Mallett December 12, 2018 – Heartfelt tributes flowed freely during the official Sea King helicopter retirement parade December 1, 2018, when the military community bade farewell to the longest serving aircraft in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). Inside the hangar at 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron at Pat Bay, B.C., more than 500 people gathered to witness the historic send-off. “To our magnificent Sea King, though you were an inanimate object, you were a living presence in the lives of so many of us in the navy and…

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