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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Alion Submits Final Proposal for Canadian Surface Combatant Program

August 9, 2018 – Alion Canada, a wholly owned subsidiary of Alion Science and Technology, headquartered in McLean, Va., is pleased to announce that they have submitted their final bid and compliance forms to the Canadian government for the Canadian Surface Combatant Program. This is a major milestone in the Canadian Surface Combatant procurement. “We provide a world-class combatant that is a proven, affordable, off-the-shelf solution. Our offering is focused on the Royal Canadian Navy’s stated requirements and will generate jobs and innovation across Canada” “We provide a world-class combatant…

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RCN Awards Contract to GeoSpectrum Technologies

August 7, 2018 – Dartmouth-Cove Harbour Darren Fisher MP announced that GeoSpectrum Technologies Inc. of Dartmouth has been awarded a $3,435,625-contract to provide replacement parts for hydrophone sonars currently being used on Victoria-class submarines. The company was recently granted the rights by Lockheed Martin to produce parts for hydrophones, which are underwater microphones designed to detect subaquatic sounds. This contract will support Royal Canadian Navy (RCN)’s ability to effectively detect threats to Canada’s coastal regions, while enhancing regional economic growth in Nova Scotia.

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RCN Order of Military Merit Awards June 29

Governor General Julie Payette presided over an Order of Military Merit investiture ceremony at Quebec Citadel June 29, 2018. Created in 1972, the Order of Military Merit recognizes meritorious service and devotion to duty by members of the Canadian military. The Order honors them for their commitment to Canada, according to the following three levels of membership: Commander (CMM), Officer (OMM) and Member (MMM). Here is the list of those receiving the awards: Commander Rear-Admiral Darren Carl Hawco CMM MSM CD RCN Chief of Force Development Ottawa Member Chief Petty…

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Maritime Security Response Team–West, Canadian EOD Train to Mitigate Threats

U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) deployable specialized forces (DSF) and Canadian explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technicians trained for maritime interdiction operations during the opening events of the force integration training (FIT) phase of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Southern California (SOCAL). This year marks the first time that the USCG Maritime Security Response Team–West (MSRT-W) has participated in RIMPAC. Both MSRT-W DSFs and EOD technicians partnered in the training event under the umbrella of Commander Task Force (CTF) 177, RIMPAC’s mine warfare commander. Assigned participants in the training came from the…

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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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