Sexual Assault Charges Laid Against HMCS Toronto Officer

November 14, 2018 – On November 10, 2018, the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS) charged a member of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) with multiple sexual assault-related offenses under the National Defense Act (NDA) and Criminal Code of Canada (CCC). The charges relate to reported incidents during Fall and Winter 2017 involving other members of the CAF while deployed at sea onboard HMCS Charlottetown. Navy Sub-Lieutenant Aidan Louise BROWNLEE, a Regular Force member of HMCS Toronto which homeport is Halifax, N.S. faces the following charges. • Three (3) counts…

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Snyper drone clears path for future systems

October 12, 2018 – The Royal Canadian Navy is operating in an increasingly complex environment, and is monitoring the potential of future innovations to keep its defense systems and strategies ahead of the curve so that potential threats do not become dangerous realities. One of the current innovations the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) is testing are micro and mini drones. Drones are a threat that has evolved over time. As they get smaller and harder to detect, and as they gain new capabilities like the ability to connect multiple drones…

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Visit of Canadian Frigate to Cuba Joins Both Countries

Santiago de Cuba, May 1, 2018 (Prensa Latina) The frigate HMCS Charlottetown of the Royal Navy of Canada arrived in the eastern port of Santiago de Cuba on Monday, as a show of rapprochement between the two countries. Coming from the province of Nova Scotia, in Canada, sailors and officers were welcomed by Colonel Ricardo Rodríguez, chief of staff of the Santiago Military Region, and Canadian Ambassador to Cuba Patrick Parisot. At the headquarters of the government of Santiago de Cuba, the visitors met with Captain Isidro Montero, head of…

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The Big Easy Kicks off Navy Week

The “Big Easy” will host ships from three navies including the flagship, the USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) during New Orleans Navy Week with a week-long series of community outreach events, April 19-25.  The celebration offers an opportunity for the citizens of New Orleans to meet and interact with Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen.  “The sea services belong to the American people,” said Rear Adm. Brad Skillman, Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group Two. “NOLA Navy Week is a great opportunity to demonstrate to visitors who the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S.…

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HMCS Charlottetown Returns to Halifax January 19th

HMCS Charlottetown is being replaced by HMCS St. John’s as part of the Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1). Charlottetown joined SNMG1 in August 2017, sailing in the Baltic Sea, Northern Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. She participated in two major exercises: Exercise NORTHERN COAST 17 in the Baltic Sea and Exercise BRILLIANT MARINER 17 in the Mediterranean Sea. These exercises further strengthened the Allied nations’ abilities to combine international assets in order to effectively conduct combined maritime operations. Charlottetown also supported NATO’s Operation SEA GUARDIAN from September to December 2017.…

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HMCS Charlottetown prepares for a deployed Christmas

HMCS Charlottetown, currently deployed on Operation REASSURANCE, is preparing for a deployed Mediterranean Christmas while continuing to operate with NATO. Even though the crew has become a family over the course of their deployment, it is the families back home that are on everyone’s minds now that the Christmas season is upon us. It is never easy for someone to be away from their family around the holidays and this holds true for all deployed service members aboard Charlottetown. While families at home are decorating and preparing to put gifts…

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Where is HMCS Charlottetown? Not in Operation Sea Guardian

Royal Canadian Navy’s latest announcement on HMCS Charlottetown was that the Halifax Class frigate was part of Operation Sea Guardian. This doesn’t appear to be the case and leaves one to wonder if they’re still alongside in Split. NATO ships provided by Italy, Greece and Turkey, supported by Allied Maritime Patrol Aircraft, are conducting focused security patrols in international waters of the central and eastern Mediterranean Sea as part of Operation Sea Guardian (OSG) 27 November-13 December 2017. This particular focused security patrol is being conducted in coordination with a…

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Status of HMCS Charlottetown Doesn’t Pass Smell Test

After mysteriously disappearing from NATO duty with Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) as well as a claim HMCS Charlottetown was participating in Operation Sea Guardian, both of which RCN or NATO would provide an explanation, comes claim that ship was in a “Rest and Maintenance Period (RAMP) in Split, Croatia.” Certainly a positive spin on mechanical problems with Canada’s aging fleet of warships. On November 21st, a news release admitted “tasks require technical experts that are not part of the core crew of a deploying warship. Over 30 support…

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SNMG1 in Lisbon Without Charlottetown

Google Translation SNMG1 is one of four permanent NATO maritime forces composed of ships from allied countries. These ships are permanently available for NATO to employ, where necessary, in both exercises and actual operations. The main operating area of ​​SNMG1 is the North Atlantic, including the Baltic Sea.  The main objective of this force is to provide the Alliance with a maritime capability with a high degree of readiness, increasing knowledge of the maritime situation demonstrating solidarity, and presence through visits to ports and contributing to interoperability between allied countries by enhancing…

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Brilliant Mariner 2017

Google Translation The crisis settled in the Golfe de Noland. The maritime component of the NATO Response Force (NRF) is deployed to defuse this situation, which involves a NATO member country with its expansionist neighbor and a terrorist group under the name of NOM, Novo Ordom Mundi. This scenario is actually the framework for the Brilliant Mariner 2017 exercise which took place from 29 September to 13 October 2017 in the Mediterranean Sea. 13 nations, 3,500 soldiers and some thirty means (surface vessels, aircraft and submarines) make up the TF…

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