Public Invited to U.S. Memorial Day Ceremony at Deadman’s Island in Halifax

May 14, 2019 – Historians have concluded that nearly 200 U.S. Prisoners of the War of 1812 died while confined on Melville Island, on the Northwest Arm in Halifax, and are buried on Deadman’s Island. On Monday, May 27, the U.S. Consul General and U.S. Navy Exchange Officers in Halifax will honor the U.S. service members buried on Deadman’s Island and all service members who have died in the line of duty. The Memorial Day ceremony will take place from 11:00am to 12:00pm and will include the firing of cannon.…

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Request for Research Assistance

Colleagues: I am currently researching the activities of RCN Motor Launches (MLs) defending the approaches to various harbours along Canada’s eastern seaboard during the Second World War. As part of this effort, I am reading the Log for HMC ML-095, a scan of which for 9 August 1943 may be viewed at the link given below. I have found repeated references in these logs to the various vessels being on “Blue Patrol”, (as can be seen in the scan at the link). Obviously, “Blue Patrol” is some short-hand cum code…

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Irving Shipbuilding Premier Sponsor for the 25th Skills Canada National Competition

March 13, 2019 – Skills/Compétences Canada (SCC), a not-for-profit organization that actively promotes careers in skilled trades and technologies to Canadian youth, is proud to announce that J.D. Irving, Limited (JDI) and Irving Shipbuilding have confirmed as Premier Sponsors of the 2019 Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC). SCC is very pleased to announce that JDI will once again be supporting SCNC in celebration of its 25th anniversary. Under J.D. Irving’s Group of Companies, there will be support from Kent Building Supplies and Irving Shipbuilding through this partnership. The Skills Canada…

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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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Ville de Quebec Home From SNMG2

January 21, 2019 – HMCS Ville de Quebec has completed her six-month deployment with Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) and returned to Halifax today. On January 19, 2019, HMCS Toronto left Halifax to take her place as the maritime component of Operation REASSURANCE, Canada’s contribution to NATO’s assurance and deterrence measures in Central and Eastern Europe. After several years absence, it is nice to see Canada maintaining NATO duty at sea. Official RCN photos

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Nova Scotia Government Making Repairs to CSS Acadia

December 6, 2018 – On the 101st anniversary of the Halifax explosion, government is making repairs to the only vessel still afloat to have survived the event, the historic CSS Acadia. The province will also continue repair work to the Nova Scotia Museum of Industry. The CSS Acadia is a national historic site that is permanently moored at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax. The 105-year-old steel-hulled ship also served in the Royal Canadian Navy during both World Wars. Restoration work that is necessary to preserve the CSS…

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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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National Gallery of Canada commemorates centennial of the end of World War I with a special exhibition on Halifax

October 10, 2018 – The paintings Halifax, the largest and most ambitious work executed by British artist Harold Gilman, and Winter Camouflage, by Group of Seven co-founder Arthur Lismer, are at the heart of the new exhibition Masterpiece in Focus: Halifax Harbour 1918. The show, which marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, is presented at the National Gallery of Canada from October 12, 2018 to March 17, 2019. It is organized in partnership with the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. In 1918 the Canadian…

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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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