HMS Queen Elizabeth Makes First Visit to Canada

September 12, 2019 – The UK’s new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, this morning in an historic first visit. The 65,000-tonne warship, the biggest ever built for the Royal Navy, will be joined in harbour by other ships from the UK Carrier Strike Group who are on a deployment called ‘Westlant 19’. The main purpose of the deployment is to conduct Operational Tests with UK F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter jets for the first time, off the east coast of the USA. The carrier…

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CUTLASS FURY 2019 to take place in September

August 29, 2019 – Ships from eight NATO nations will visit Halifax from September 9 to 20 for Exercise CUTLASS FURY 2019, which will take place in the waters and skies off Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. It will be a medium-scale international exercise and visiting warships will be open for tours for two days. The public is invited to tour Canadian and allied warships on September 6 and 7 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors can access Dockyard through HMCS Scotian, the Naval Reserve Division located at 2111 Upper…

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Jetty NJ at HMC Dockyard Halifax Officially Opened

August 22, 2019 – The completion of Jetty Six replacement, Jetty NJ, at HMC Dockyard Halifax was held today. Valued at $113 million, the Jetty NJ project will provide berthing space for up to four Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) vessels, as well as other naval ship classes and foreign vessels. During the jetty’s construction, this project created over 400 jobs for the surrounding region. RCN photos

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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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DND Statement on Parliamentary Budget Officer’s Report on the Canadian Surface Combatant

June 21, 2019 – The Department of National Defence (DND) welcomes the report of the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) on the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC). As the PBO uses similar tools to our own analysts, their report represents a valuable and independent corroboration of our work. Since selecting a design for the CSC earlier this year, we have recalculated our cost estimates based on certain weapons and support systems which are now known to be part of the CSC design. After an initial review of the PBO report, we find…

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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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