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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HMCS Corner Brook Getting New Communication Mast During Current Overhaul

Calzoni Submarine Masts are the Antenna/Sensor Hoisting Systems of choice on most modern Submarines in service within Navies around the world, together with Snorkels and Air Inlet and Gas Exhaust Valves. Winches, Auxiliary Thrusters and Steering Systems complete the catalogue. Reliability and leading edge technology are recognized strengths of our solutions. Electronic Universal Modular Mast Eliminates external hydraulics, introducing electronic actuation Reduces maintenance burden Pre-programmable antenna motion High precision positioning Improved submarine architecture

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HMCS Ottawa Fires Harpoons During JOLTEX

September 27, 2018 – HMCS Ottawa fired two Harpoon missiles in the Point Mugu Sea Test Range to the northwest of Los Angeles on September 7, 2018, striking targets ashore after it conducted a full dress rehearsal on the range the day prior to validate procedures and communications. “JOLTEX is a great force generation tool for those giving orders ashore, for those executing the strikes ashore, and everything in between,” said Lt Garrett Aitken RCN, Ottawa’s above water warfare officer. “Further, it provides an opportunity to develop and improve our…

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Babcock receives extension to Victoria In-Service Support Contract (VISSC)

Babcock, the global engineering services company, has secured a $384m (CAD) three year extension to its existing strategic submarine support contract from the Canadian Department of National Defense for its fleet of four Victoria Class submarines. The original VISSC contract has been further extended to June 2021 and will see a team of more than 400 highly experienced Babcock engineers, project managers and specialist support staff continue to support all four submarines in refit and in service. VISSC is the largest naval in service support contract in Canada and includes…

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Long Time MARPAC PAO Gerry Pash a Citizenship Judge

Gerry Pash, a well known figure in Victoria news circles for almost 50 years and vehemently denied accepting any patronage awards, is now a Citizenship Judge. Appointed Citizenship Judge for British Columbia in June 2012, he had a 27-year career in radio broadcasting, following which he worked for the Department of National Defence for 22 years as a public affairs officer at the Maritime Forces Pacific Headquarters, in Victoria, B.C. In his civilian occupations and as a Canadian Forces reservist, he has received several awards in recognition of his commitment…

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HMNZS Te Kaha arrives in Canada for major systems upgrade

Minister of Defence Ron Mark announced today the arrival of HMNZS Te Kaha in Canada, where a major upgrade of its sensor and weapons systems will be undertaken. Focused on the frigates’ surveillance, combat and self-defense capabilities, this upgrade is the latest in a series of projects that will extend the vessels’ operational life to around 2030. Earlier projects delivered a refit of the frigates’ propulsion, heating and air-conditioning systems, and the close-in weapon system. “There is a significant program of work to upgrade or replace New Zealand’s defence equipment…

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Federal Government Awards Contract for Replacement of Esquimalt Graving Dock Substation

Public Services and Procurement announced February 19th the contract award valued at $15.8 million for the replacement of the main (north) substation at the Esquimalt Graving Dock, located in Esquimalt, British Columbia. Scansa Construction Ltd. will construct a new, modern substation building and replace aging high- and low-voltage transformers with modern and efficient equipment. The newly installed equipment is designed to last for a minimum of 30 years and will be easier and safer to use. The contract also includes the cleanup of service tunnels and the replacement of old,…

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RFI for YTB Replacement Issued

RFI – Naval Large Tugs (W8472-185713 A) Friday, December 15, 2017 11:28 AM The following statistics are only for the English page and are provided in close to real time. To calculate the total activity for a tender notice, you will need to add the English and French statistics. Trade Agreement: Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) Tendering Procedures: All interested suppliers may submit a bid Competitive Procurement Strategy: N/A – P&A/LOI Only Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement: No Nature of Requirements: RFI – Naval Large Tugs W8472-185713/A Lamothe, Brenda Telephone No.…

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