Artifacts belonging to Lieutenant Barry Troy returning to Canada

On September 22, 2017 following hurricanes in the Jacksonville, Florida area, a parachute and accompanying items were retrieved from a beach near Naval Station Mayport, which is located near Jacksonville. These items were identified as belonging to Lieutenant William Thomas Barry Troy, a pilot with the Royal Canadian Navy who lost his life on February 25, 1958 when his McDonnell F2H-3 Banshee fighter jet vanished in dense fog following takeoff from Mayport. Lieutenant Troy and the pilots of three other Canadian Banshees had been participating in joint exercises with the…

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Raytheon overhauling Royal Canadian Navy Phalanx Close-In Weapon System

Raytheon Canada Limited is overhauling and providing in-service support for the Phalanx Close-In Weapon Systems operated by the Royal Canadian Navy. Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) produces Phalanx, a rapid-fire, computer-controlled radar and 20mm gun system that automatically acquires, tracks and destroys enemy threats that have penetrated other ship defense systems. More than 890 systems have been built for navies around the world. “The Phalanx CIWS is an integral element of the Canadian Navy’s defence,” said Terry Manion, RCL vice-president and general manager. “This contract supports modernization work that will keep these…

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A Basic Primer on Naval Shipbuilding From CGAI

By Ian Mack Canadian Global Affairs Institute February 2018 Introduction The National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) is consistent with the “Build in Canada” shipbuilding policy, which when fully implemented will deliver ships for the Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Coast Guard, employing two shipyards competitively selected in 2011. Some suggest other nations have done things that would have resulted in better value for money than is observed with the NSS in implementation. It’s also suggested that Canada’s approach to shipbuilding with the NSS is unusual.1 In fact, many NATO nations…

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Brothers proud to represent Canada on different stages

By Darlene Blakeley One has dreams of a career as a naval officer, the other has dreams of Olympic gold. Brothers Rene and Vincent De Haître represent Canada in their own unique ways, yet they also offer strong support to each other as they pursue their individual goals, even if they are a world apart. Vincent, a world class long track speed skater, will compete in the PyeongChang Olympic Games next month in both the 1,500 and 1,000-metre races on February 13 and 23 respectively, and Rene hopes to graduate…

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HMCS Haida to be named RCN Flagship

In response to a petition started by Project Naval Distinction Founder and Executive Director, Patrick White, the Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan has confirmed that HMCS Haida will be named Flagship of the Royal Canadian Navy in 2018. The response was tabled in the House of Commons on January 29th, 2018 (included below). “Recognition of HMCS Haida, the ‘fightingest’ ship in Canadian history, as the Royal Canadian Navy Flagship has been a prime objective of Project Naval Distinction and is a symbolic way of honouring her incredible story,” White…

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Discovery Air Defence Announces Corporate Rebranding, Re-emerges as Top Aces

Top Aces Inc., formerly Discovery Air Defence Services Inc., today announced the return to the company’s original name. With an unparalleled record of flight safety and safety-first culture, Top Aces has the experience that matters. It has flown 68,000-plus accident-free flight hours and is the exclusive adversary air provider to the Australian, Canadian, and German armed forces. “2018 is a very exciting year for Top Aces and the global adversary air industry,” said Paul Bouchard, President of Top Aces. “This rebrand builds on our proud history. It aligns our geographical…

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Canada’s Military Family Services Selects Penelope Case Management Software

Athena Software is proud to announce that Military Family Services, a division of Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services (CFMWS), has selected Penelope as its new case management software solution. Athena Software is a rapidly growing software company based in Waterloo, Ont., whose Penelope software is used by hundreds of not-for-profit and social service organizations around the world. CFMWS is the service provider to over 1 million Canadian Armed Forces members, veterans, and their families, whether serving or retired. The services provided by CFMWS are tailored to help military members,…

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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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Raytheon Awarded Phalanx Upgrade & Support Contract

Raytheon Canada Limited has been awarded a $704 million contract to upgrade and support 21 Close-In Weapons Systems for the Royal Canadian Navy. These rapid-fire, radar-guided gun systems provide the most effective naval self-defence system available against close-in threats such as missiles, small ships, and aircraft. These systems are currently in use on the Navy’s Halifax-class frigates, and will also be installed on the Protecteur-class joint support ships following their construction.

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