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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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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