Joint Statement by the Government of Canada and Vice-Admiral Mark Norman

June 26, 2019 – With the assistance of Warren Winkler, former Chief Justice of the Ontario Court of Appeal, counsel for both the Government of Canada and Vice Admiral Mark Norman have concluded discussions, held in good faith, which have resulted in a mutually acceptable agreement, the details of which will remain confidential. Vice Admiral Norman remains committed to the Navy, the Canadian Armed Forces and their mission. However, after consulting with his family, his chain of command, and his counsel, Norman has decided to retire from the Canadian Armed…

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RCN Captain Appointments 2019

Captain JS Armstrong to Chief of Staff, Naval Staff, Ottawa Captain MJ Barefoot to Deputy Director Intelligence NORAD Colorado Springs A/Captain Biddiscombe to Medial Liaison Officer Operation Impact Captain JFS Boisjoli to French indoctrination Captain JJLD Bouchard to Developmental Phase Four Program at Eisenhower School for National Security Washington DC Captain MD Bowden to Commander Fifth Operations Group Halifax Captain JR Boyd to Commander Naval Personnel & Training Group Esquimalt Captain JRR Brisson to retire Captain SW Carter extended as Canadian Liaison Officer US Pacific Fleet Pearl Harbor Captain MD…

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The Context of Canadian Defence Policy

The Canadian Armed Forces’ first mission is the defence of Canada and its second mission is to do what it can to defend North America. The CAF’s third traditional mission is to be deployed according to government dictates to out-of-Canada missions to aid allies. Canada’s real role in the defence of itself and consequently the defence of the northern part of North America – the front door of the United States – is primarily one of reconnaissance. Canada must have or acquire the very best technologically advanced interceptor aircraft, surface…

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Chief of the Defence Staff Announces Flag Officer Appointments, Promotions, and Retirements

June 29, 2018 – General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff, is pleased to announce an addition to the initial list of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) General and Flag Officer senior appointments, promotions, and retirements that will occur in 2018. These officers lead the CAF in defending our country’s values and interests, at home and abroad. Promotions and appointments resulting from retirements are as follows: Commodore R. Pumphrey will retire from service, resulting in the following promotion and appointment: Captain J.M. Hamilton will be promoted acting while so employed…

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Looks Like At Least a Decade for Commissioning of First CSC

The Federal Government and Irving Shipbuilding Inc. are extending the submission deadline for the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the design of the Canadian Surface Combatant fleet to November 30, 2017. The Canadian Surface Combatant is the largest, most complex procurement undertaken by the Federal Government, and the ships being built will form the backbone of the Royal Canadian Navy. Hopefully this will not turn into another Sea King replacement fiasco, which is now in year 42 and still six years from being fully operational. Based on lessons learned from the…

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