USS Arleigh Burke Arrives in Halifax

September 11, 2018 – The guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) arrived in Halifax, Canada for a scheduled port visit, Sept. 7. This visit reaffirms cooperation efforts between the United States and Canada and helps establish conditions for security and stability in the region as the two NATO allies work closely together to defend North America and ensure they are prepared to confront rapidly evolving threats, both from nation-state and non-state actors. “We are honored and excited to visit this beautiful country,” said Cmdr. Errol Robinson, commanding officer of…

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Thales Canada Opens New Maritime Office to Support Key Naval Programs

September 10, 2018 – On September 10th, Thales Canada celebrated the official opening of its eighth Canadian location in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The office will be home to up to 20 new Thales employees dedicated to the Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Coast Guard and our maritime partners and suppliers. Today, the Halifax office will support the Royal Canadian Navy’s AJISS Program; the comprehensive, long-term, in-service support contract for the Arctic and Offshore Patrol Vessels (AOPV) and the Protecteur Class AORs awarded in 2017. Thales, as the prime contractor for…

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HMCS Montreal arrives at Halifax Shipyard for docking work period

August 14, 2018 – The Royal Canadian Navy’s Halifax-class frigate, Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Montreal, arrived at Halifax Shipyard yesterday for a 53-week docking work period (DWP) that includes routine maintenance and upgrades to ensure the ships longevity. More than 400 Halifax Shipyard employees will work on HMCS Montreal DWP, including apprentice and journeyperson crane operators, electricians, engine fitters, ironworkers, joiners/stagers, labourers, material handlers, pipefitters, riggers, and welders, who are members of Unifor Local 1. HMCS Montreal is the third consecutive Halifax-class frigate from the Navy’s east coast fleet…

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Onondaga’s Second Commission

Author unknown On completion of refit, the ONONDAGA, commenced trials in local areas from November to December 1971. After Christmas alongside she sailed on the 6th of Jan. 1972 for Portsmouth, England. During the crossing the Submarine conducted drills of minor sorts to ensure the crew could safely respond to any emergency. On the 15 Jan. the ONONDAGA arrived at Portsmouth, England and remained there on a port visit till the morning of the 21 Jan., when she sailed for Faselane Scotland. For the next 6 weeks the crew conducted…

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Canada’s Ocean Supercluster Announces Information Sessions and Names CFO

Canada’s Ocean Supercluster is pleased to provide an update on upcoming opportunities for engagement across Atlantic Canada and our leadership team. The Ocean Supercluster is continuing to develop its operational framework. This work is expected to continue over the summer months and includes finalizing a funding agreement with government, formalizing partnerships with industry investors, and engaging stakeholders and innovators across the country. The top priorities for the leadership team remain: Incorporating the Ocean Supercluster as a federal non-profit organization Concluding a Contribution Agreement with the Government of Canada Finalizing an Ocean Supercluster Members…

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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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NRP Sagres Visiting Halifax June 14

Google Translation The NRP Sagres came from Alfeite the Naval Base on 27 April for a 4 month trip and a half in which to cross the Atlantic Ocean. The ship will practice 12 ports until the return to Lisbon, scheduled for September 14. In addition to Funchal and Philadelphia, New York, Newport, Boston, Halifax, Miami, Willemstad (Curaçao), Cartagena de Indias (Colombia), Praia da Vitória, Ponta Delgada and Faro are the ports where Sagres is expected to dock this year.

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HMCS Sackville Awarded $3.5 Million Federal Grant for Repairs

On January 26th, a federal grant of $3.5 million to the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust for extensive repairs to HMCS Sackville was announced in Halifax. As Canada’s oldest warship and the sole remaining Flower-class corvette, HMCS Sackville is an important part of Royal Canadian Navy history. HMCS Sackville has been owned by the non-profit Canadian Naval Memorial Trust since the 1980s, operating seasonally on the Halifax waterfront as Canada’s Naval Memorial and a museum ship. Most of the repair work is expected to be completed at the Fleet Maintenance Facility…

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