Canadian Navy Visits Sekondi School of Deaf

By Joseph Agrace Wiyorbie/Evans Quayson Ghana News Agency March 13, 2019 – Representatives of the Canadian Navy has visited the Sekondi School for the Deaf to interact with the students and made donations to the school. Items donated included, white boards, story books. Pencils and erasers, footballs, sanitary pads, toiletries and toys. The maiden visit to the school was also to train the staffs on basic first aid practices. Her Excellence Dr Heather Cameron the High Commissioner of Canada to Ghana who led the team said, her outfit was committed…

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Obangame Express 19

March 25, 2019 – On the morning of March 16, 2019, a fisheries officer from Cote d’Ivoire (the Ivory Coast) boarded Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Kingston, at sea in the Gulf of Guinea. Escorted by sailors of the Marine Nationale du Cote d’Ivoire, he wore a no-nonsense expression as he approached a table littered with documents. “You’re the Captain?” he asked the sailor seated at the table. “I am,” the sailor replied. “We are simple fishermen.” “May I see your license to fish here, then?” the officer inquired, eyeing…

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Nearly Defenseless MCDVs in Dangerous African Waters

HMC Ships Kingston and Shawinigan, both Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels (MCDVs), are set to arrive in Abidjan 23 February after a stop in an unannounced stop in Senegal on the 18th. The ships departed from Halifax in January 2019 and have now completed their trans-Atlantic crossing, arriving in the Gulf of Guinea region of West Africa to conduct Operation PROJECTION West Africa. Their deployment will include engagements with West African nations to build partner capacity, promote maritime security, and foster relationships in the Gulf of Guinea region by conducting stakeholder…

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Sexual Assault Charges Against Halifax Sailor

February 1, 2019 – Yesterday, the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS) charged a member of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) with sexual assault under the Criminal Code and other charges under the National Defence Act (NDA). The charges relate to reported incidents while aboard HMCS KINGSTON between February and March of 2018 during Operation PROJECTION. Incidents involved another member of the CAF. Leading Seaman Trevor Michael Brenton, a Regular Force member with HMCS Moncton, though currently serving with Fleet Diving Unit (FDU) (Atlantic) faces the following charges. • Two…

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Exchange officer from the Ivory Coast Navy gains a new RCN family

By LT Linda Coleman RCN Sailing across the Atlantic Ocean is routine for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), but for many African nations, it’s a rare occurrence. So for Sub-Lieutenant Lassina Traoré, a member of the Ivory Coast Navy, to spend five weeks sailing in HMCS Summerside to West Africa was a pretty big deal. “I am most likely the person who has traveled the most nautical miles in my navy,” said SLt Traoré upon conclusion of his time in Summerside. “It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me to sail…

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Two Canadian naval vessels arrive in Ghana

Two Canadian naval vessels, HMCS Kingston and HMCS Summerside arrived in Ghana the weekend of March 16th. This is to strengthen the already bilateral relationship in tackling illegal migration and human trafficking along the Gulf of Guinea. Bilateral relations between Ghana and Canada spans a sixty year period. The two ships prior to arriving in Ghana have visited other Countries like Cote D’ Ivoire, Benin and Liberia who are members of Operations Obangame. Obangame Express conducted by US Naval Forces in Africa is an at-sea Maritime excise designed to improve…

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Visit of the Joint Arctic Command

HMCS Kingston hosted members from the Joint Arctic Command (JACO) while alongside Nuuk, Greenland, on September 10, 2017. On the return transit from Operation LIMPID, HMCS Kingston paid a visit to Nuuk in order to resupply before continuing home to Halifax. While alongside, Kingston had the pleasure of hosting the Commanding Officer of the Joint Arctic Command (JACO) and his team for a visit. The Commander of JACO, Generalmajor Kim Jesper Jørgensen, Chief of Operations Kommandørkaptajn Jakob Rousøe, and Canadian Desk Officer Premierløjtnant Rasmus Kilmose, joined Kingston’s command team for…

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