NATO ships Visit Sweden

November 27, 2018 – The ships of Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) and Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One (SNMCMG1) conducted a port visit in Karlskrona, Sweden 23 to 25 November. The port visit included visits to local military and civilian officials as well as tours of the ships for both local residents and Swedish military personnel. Sweden is a NATO Partner nation and NATO ships regularly call on ports in Sweden as part of their routine patrols in the Baltic Sea. These port visits allow the crews to…

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HMCS Summerside Arrives in Latvia With SNMCMG1

HMCS Summerside (MM 711) arrives at Rigas Pasazieru osta (Freeport of Riga) on November 16, 2018, a first in the Royal Canadian Navy’s history. HMCS Summerside is among a group of six ships that comprise the Standing NATO Mine Counter Measures Group One. SNMCMG1 will participate in the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Latvian Independence in Riga on November 18, 2018. (Photo: Aviator Jérôme Lessard, Task Force Latvia HQ)

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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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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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