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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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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