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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New organization prepares RCN for future ships

A new organization, designed to better support the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) as it receives the ships it needs for the future, plans to introduce them into service smoothly and with a view to driving naval innovation. Director General Future Ship Capability (DGFSC), headed by Rear-Admiral Casper Donovan, will help ensure the RCN is ready in terms of occupations, training systems, infrastructure, doctrine and tactics, and operational policies when the ships are completed and turned over to the navy to operate. DGFSC has three main components. The first is the…

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2018 Arctic Season Underway

The Canadian Coast Guard’s annual Arctic operational season is underway and includes a maiden voyage to the Arctic by the CCGS Samuel Risley. The season will run into late November, providing extended vessel presence in the Arctic. CCGS Samuel Risley will depart July 11 from Quebec City for her maiden voyage to Arctic waters, where she will participate in Operation Pacer Goose, which is the annual resupply mission for the Thule US Air Force base in Greenland. Six other Coast Guard icebreakers deploy this season to support Coast Guard operational…

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RCN, Canadian Coast Guard sign historic Arctic operations agreement

By Darlene Blakeley An historic agreement on joint Arctic operations has been signed by the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and the Canadian Coast Guard. On May 22, 2018, Vice-Admiral Ron Lloyd, Commander RCN, and Jeffery Hutchinson, Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard, signed the Joint Concept of Arctic Operations (CONOPS), which establishes how the RCN and the Coast Guard will coordinate maritime operations within Canada’s Arctic Archipelago and Arctic waters, with the intent of pursuing greater interoperability. With the Government of Canada’s commitment to increasing presence in the Arctic regions,…

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Fresh Success for Rheinmetall in Canada

The Canadian Forces have awarded Rheinmetall an important follow-on contract. The Canadian Navy plans to expand the MASS countermeasure systems installed on its Halifax-class frigates. The order is worth about CAD20 million (€12 million). MASS (Multi Ammunition Softkill System) is an automated decoy system that protects surface combatants from advanced anti-ship missiles. Scheduled to run for four years (2018-2022), the project will be carried out in close cooperation between Rheinmetall’s Fronau plant in Bavaria and Rheinmetall Canada Inc. in Canada. The Canadian procurement authorities have given a green light to…

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Seaspan & Partners Celebrate Start of Construction of New AORs

On January 15th, Seaspan Shipyards celebrated the start of construction on the first new AOR for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). The steel cutting ceremony held at Vancouver Shipyards is a significant milestone for Seaspan, the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) and Canada’s shipbuilding industry. With the start of construction on the new AOR, Seaspan is leading the way in rebuilding Canada’s shipbuilding industry. In addition, start of construction ensures that Seaspan will see the continued growth of Vancouver Shipyards’ workforce while mitigating any possible downturn in production. “Today’s start of…

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Lockheed Martin Canada Awarded Extension to its Contract for In-Service Support for Halifax Class Frigates

Lockheed Martin Canada has been awarded a three-year extension to its In-Service Support contract for the Royal Canadian Navy’s 12 Halifax Class Frigates. “We are pleased by the vote of confidence from our Royal Canadian Navy customer to continue this existing relationship,” said Gary Fudge, vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin Canada Rotary Mission Systems. As part of our Combat System Integrator portfolio, Lockheed Martin Canada has established a world class in-service support team which is also being recognized by our international customers.” The Lockheed Martin Canada In-Service…

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