Calgary to Visit Da Nang September 26-30

September 30, 2018 (VNA) – The visit takes place from September 26-30, according to a statement of National Defense/Canadian Armed Forces. Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Calgary is currently taking part in OP Projection in the Asia-Pacific to conduct forward naval presence operations in the region and support international naval exercises with partner nations. The deployment is aimed to strengthen existing defense partnerships and establish new multinational relations in order to achieve greater interoperability and enhanced delivery of defense capabilities for future operations. HMCS Calgary will be conducting a port…

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Canadian Refueling a First for Stuart at Kakadu 18

September 10, 2018 – Replenishments at sea are business-as-usual in the Royal Australian Navy but new ground was broken recently for HMAS Stuart when the Anzac class frigate took on fuel from Canadian tanker MV Asterix for the first time during Exercise Kakadu 2018. Stuart Commanding Officer, Commander Chris Leece, said despite not having worked with Asterix before, the RAS went off without a hitch. “Refuelling at sea is always a challenging evolution but the fact that we’ve never operated with Asterix before added another level of complexity to the…

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Canadian Armed Forces set to participate in Exercise RIMPAC

Over 1,000 Canadian sailors, soldiers, and aviators are set to participate in Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC). The world’s largest international maritime exercise takes place June 27 to Aug. 2 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. During RIMPAC, forces will exercise a wide range of capabilities from disaster relief to maritime security operations and complex warfighting. Canada, along with Australia and the United States, has participated in every RIMPAC exercise since its inception in 1971. The continued participation of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) reinforces Canada’s…

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Official Statement on RIMPAC 2018

Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) is the world’s largest maritime military exercise that involves forces from many countries. RIMPAC is run every two years in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. Nations with an interest in the Pacific Rim region send ships, aircraft and troops to take part in the exercise. Over 1 000 Canadian sailors, soldiers, and aviators are participating in RIMPAC from June 27 to August 2, 2018. The exercise is being led by the United States Navy. It is taking place in and around…

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Chief of Defence Staff Refuses to Comment on Vice Admiral Norman

General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff, made the following statement in response to a charge laid by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police: “Today, the RCMP charged Vice-Admiral Mark Norman with one count of Breach of Trust. “As Chief of the Defence Staff, I must consider the impact and implications of criminal charges against a senior Canadian Armed Forces Officer on our organization. This is a complex matter, separate from the judicial process. I need time to weigh these factors carefully and deliberately. “Vice-Admiral Norman remains a member of‎…

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Asterix completes Royal Canadian Navy trials, achieves Full Operational Capability (FOC)

Davie Shipbuilding and Federal Fleet Services announced January 29th that following an intensive period of at-sea trials and testing, Asterix has been formally accepted by the Department of National Defence and has now entered full operational service with the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). As planned, Asterix performed daily replenishment-at-sea (RAS) exercises with the RCN and conducted extensive RCAF CH-148 Cyclone helicopter operations to prove and demonstrate the world-leading capabilities of the Resolve-Class Naval Support Ship. These exercises have included everything from dual RAS operations…

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Royal Canadian Navy’s new mothership sails, on time and to budget

Davie Shipbuilding announced December 26th it has completed the construction, commissioning and sea-trials of the first Resolve-Class Naval Support Ship, Asterix. The ship was delivered on time, to budget and most importantly, at an internationally competitive cost. The ship departed Quebec City 23 December 2017 en-route to Canadian Forces Base Halifax where she will enter service with the Royal Canadian Navy and be operated by Federal Fleet Services Inc. Her crew of 36 Canadian merchant sailors together with Davie personnel and industry contractors sailed the 26,000-tonne ship on her maiden…

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Federal Fleet Services Joins Green Marine

Federal Fleet Services has made its auxiliary oiler replenishment ship, M/V Asterix, the very first naval fleet auxiliary vessel to join Green Marine, which is the largest voluntary environmental certification program for North America’s maritime industry. A former container ship, the M/V Asterix was retrofitted at Federal Fleet Services’ sister shipbuilding company, Davie, in Lévis, Quebec. The M/V Asterix is the largest naval vessel ever to be delivered from a Canadian shipyard. Equally suited for combat and humanitarian operations, the vessel is equipped with state-of-the-art environmental features. “It’s the greenest…

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