Interim Ombudman for the Canadian Armed Forces

September 21, 2018 – Mr. Gregory Lick (pictured above with a CD with no explaination) was announced as the interim Ombudsman for the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces and thanked Mr. Gary Walbourne for his service to the Defence community as Ombudsman since 2014. With over 30 years in the Canadian Coast Guard, Mr. Lick has served onboard icebreakers and search and rescue vessels, and has worked on the development of the shipbuilding procurement and fleet renewal strategies. He will serve as the interim Ombudsman effective…

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Canada Post honours Canadian Armed Forces as “last line” of help in emergencies

September 11, 2018 – Canada Post today unveiled a stamp that pays tribute to members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) for their critical role in responding to emergencies across Canada, such as wildfires, floods and ice storms. Dedicated members of the CAF, both Regular and Reserve members, are a last line of defence when natural disasters occur. Trained in engineering, health services, aviation, logistics and the use of specialized equipment, they conduct evacuations, deliver aid, provide transportation, execute search and rescue missions, among many other tasks. Following Government of…

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National Defence & Veterans Affairs Introduce Veteran’s Service Card

September 11, 2018 – The Minister of National Defence and the Minister of Veterans Affairs announced that the new Veteran’s Service Cards will be distributed to former and releasing Canadian Armed Forces members who completed basic training and have been honorably released. The new Veteran’s Service Card will provide a tangible symbol of recognition for former members, encourage an enduring affiliation with the Canadian Armed Forces and ensure linkages to Veterans Affairs Canada support programs as members transition to post-service life. The new Veteran’s Service Card will be distributed in…

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CANEX Celebrates 50 Years

September 5, 2018 – CANEX, Canadian Forces Morale & Welfare Services’ (CFMWS) retail operations, often coined as “Canada’s Military Store”, celebrates its 50th anniversary of providing goods and services to the Defense community. First opened in 1968, CANEX currently counts 35 retail outlets across Canada, which includes bases, wings and its e-commerce store, CANEX.ca. In Canada, business consists of mainly general merchandise with select grocery, petroleum, and food services available at Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) bases / wings and units. In Europe, retail facilities, operated under NATEX, provide similar services…

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Birth of a Giant – The Canadair Argus

This documentary short tells the story of the conception, construction and testing of the largest Canadian aircraft of its time – the Canadair Argus. A marine reconnaissance aircraft, the Argus was designed and manufactured by Canadair for the Canadian Forces and the Royal Canadian Air Force. In its early years, it was reputedly the finest anti-submarine patrol bomber in the world. Birth of a Giant, Hugh O’Connor, provided by the National Film Board of Canada Image courtesy of Comox Air Force Museum

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Leonardo Welcomes Decision to Modernize CH-149s

Leonardo welcomes the Government of Canada’s intention to proceed with the CH-149 Cormorant Mid-Life Upgrade Program (CMLU) to be carried out by the Company to deliver a comprehensive upgrade to Canada’s AW101 primary search and rescue helicopter fleet and expand the current fleet of 14 AW101s by up to seven  additional AW101s. Leonardo with IMP Aerospace and Defence and the other members of Team Cormorant – CAE, Rockwell Collins Canada, and GE Canada – comprise a strong Canadian team for the CH-149 CMLU.  The Government of Canada’s CMLU announcement…

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Sikorsky & DND Receive AHS International Award for Successful CH-148 Shipboard Tests

AHS International has recognized Canada’s Department of National Defence (DND) and Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, for “conducting an extraordinary international effort” to demonstrate flight and shipboard operation of the CH-148 Cyclone maritime helicopter from a Royal Canadian Navy Halifax-class frigate. The award cites successful expansion of the flight envelop to Sea State 6 conditions, where waves reached a height of six meters (20 feet) with winds up to 55 knots (100 km/hour or 63 mph). On May 16, 2018, representatives from the Canadian Maritime Helicopter Project (CMHP) Combined Test Force accepted the…

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Japan Announces Canadian Assistance in North Korea Monitoring

Google Translation Ministry of Defense April 28, 2018 1. With regard to illegal maritime activities including North Korea-registered vessels prohibited by the UN Security Council resolution, in addition to the United States, related countries, based on the US Army Kadena Air Base in Japan, We decided to conduct watch surveillance activities by aircraft. At the moment, Australia and Canada will dispatch patrol aircraft and are planning to engage in that activity based on the UN military status agreement. 2. Also, on April 10 this year, the British frigate ship “Sutherland”…

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Proposed Settlement of LGBT Purge Class Action

Government of Canada and certain former members of the Canadian Armed Forces (“CAF“), RCMP and employees of the Federal Public Service (“FPS“) who were directly affected by the LGBT Purge in the CAF, RCMP and FPS have reached a proposed settlement of class action lawsuits. The proposed settlement must be approved by the Federal Court before there is any money available. Your legal rights are affected even if you do nothing. Please read this notice carefully. The “LGBT Purge” refers to actions taken to identify, investigate, sanction, and in some cases, terminate the…

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