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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RCN on Track to Acquire Unmanned Aircraft Systems

The Director of Naval Requirements (DNR) is leading the first phase of the Unmanned System programme with the acquisition of a family of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) that can be operated from all Canadian Warships in order to provide near real-time intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISTAR) information. Over the last decade, the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) has maintained its course in investigating and developing a robust Unmanned System program. As a force multiplier, the UAS will provide information required to extend a commander’s situational awareness, increase interoperability with…

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