Providing the Protecteur Class With Ship-Shore Lift

September 6, 2019 – Today, the Minister of National Defence, announced a contract of approximately $12 million to acquire five ship-to-shore connector systems that will support such missions. These systems will be built in Canada by Navamar Inc. With these ship-to-shore connector systems, ships will have an enhanced and robust capability to transfer cargo and equipment from the ship to the shore. They will enable the Canadian Armed Forces to respond more rapidly to operations and joint actions ashore. Of the five ship-to-shore connector systems we are acquiring, four will…

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RCN modernizes approach to sea command development and assessment

September 4, 2019 – The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) is modernizing the sea command development and assessment process for Naval Warfare Officers (NWOs). During Executive Governance Week in Halifax in June, the Naval Board approved a new process for Command Development and Assessment (CDA) which will evaluate a NWO’s command potential throughout his or her career, as opposed to focussing on singular events such as courses or the command review board. The traditional system is designed so that as Naval Warfare Officers complete their Director (D-level) training and go on…

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U.S., allied forces complete EOD exercise Hydracrab 2019

August 31, 2019 – Expeditionary forces from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States completed exercise Hydracrab 2019, Aug. 31. Hydracrab was a first-of-its-kind quadrilateral exercise with key partner nations, which began Aug. 19 and spanned two weeks. The exercise aimed to prepare allied explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) forces to operate as an integrated, capable force in the changing and complex maritime Indo-Pacific region. “During the inaugural EOD Hydracrab exercise, our teams took on an incredible compilation of highly-realistic unit level drills, and several tactics exchanges,” said Cmdr. Andrew…

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RCN Modernizes Approach to Sea Command Development and Assessment

August 20, 2019 – The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) is modernizing the sea command development and assessment process for Naval Warfare Officers (NWOs). During Executive Governance Week in Halifax in June, the Naval Board approved a new process for Command Development and Assessment (CDA) which will evaluate a NWO’s command potential throughout his or her career, as opposed to focussing on singular events such as courses or the command review board. The traditional system is designed so that as Naval Warfare Officers complete their Director (D-level) training and go on…

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The Sea King to Fly Again

You can’t keep a good aircraft down! Following the retirement of the Sea King helicopter last December 2018, the Department of National Defence and Public Services and Procurement Canada have been working on the divestment of the venerable aircraft. While nine will be displayed publicly and one will be kept as a training aid, some of the aircraft were identified for future sale. We are happy to confirm that a sale has now gone through and Rotor Maxx Support Limited, a Canadian-based company, has purchased the remaining fifteen helicopters and…

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Outcomes of Administrative Action to Victims of Sexual Misconduct

July 29, 2019 – On July 25, 2019, the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) issued direction to personnel indicating that commanding officers can now provide victims with information about the outcomes and conclusions of administrative reviews related to their complaint, as well as administrative actions imposed by the chain of command on the person who caused them harm. This change in process closes a critical information gap identified by complainants in cases of sexual misconduct and victim advocates. This gap was also highlighted by the Auditor General of Canada, who noted…

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29 HMCS St John’s Crewmembers Tour BAE Systems Shipyard in Scotland

July 22, 2019 – Twenty-nine sailors from Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) St. John’s recently had the opportunity to do just that when they visited the BAE Systems Shipyard in the United Kingdom (UK). The facility houses the construction of the UK’s Type 26 frigate, which is the winning design for the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC). Up to 15 new CSC vessels will be built for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). The St. John’s crew was shown a presentation on the main differences between the Royal Navy Type 26 and…

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Planbox Partners with the Royal Canadian Navy

August 6, 2019 – Planbox, a leading provider of cloud-based AI-Powered Agile Innovation Management solutions, today announced its partnership with the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). A versatile, multipurpose and combat-capable naval force, the RCN will trial Planbox’s AI-powered cloud-based agile innovation management solution as part of its agile innovation program. “Through the PSPC Built in Canada Innovation Program, the RCN has partnered with Montreal-based Planbox to trial their innovation management solution. As a matching agency for this technology, access to this tool will support the RCN’s focus on becoming a…

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Bluedrop Wins RCN & CCG Training Contract

July 22, 2019 – Bluedrop Performance Learning Inc. and its subsidiary Bluedrop Training & Simulation Inc. are pleased to announce that it has been the successful bidder on the End-to-End Learning Services contract for Maritime Warfare and Seamanship training and development for the Department of National Defence. The contract is valued at $6.7 million over two years, with options to extend for three additional one-year periods. The services will be delivered to the Royal Canadian Navy’s Naval Personnel Training Group (NPTG) as part of the Future Naval Training Systems Strategy.…

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