Irving Shipbuilding and L3 MAPPS celebrate Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship milestone

At an event in Montreal PQ on May 18th, Irving Shipbuilding announced that L3 MAPPS has successfully completed the First Article Acceptance Testing of the Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS) for the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) new class of Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) under construction at Halifax Shipyard. Irving Shipbuilding contracted L3 MAPPS to provide the IPMS for each AOPS it is constructing as part of the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS). The L3 MAPPS IPMS provides comprehensive monitoring and control of the ship’s propulsion, electrical, ancillary, auxiliary and…

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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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Royal Canadian Navy Strengthens Ties in North Africa

The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) has concluded its participation in Phoenix Express 18, a U.S. Africa Command led exercise conducted by U.S. Naval Forces Africa, North African partners, and Western partner nations to assess and improve maritime interoperability and promote national and regional security in the Mediterranean Sea region. RCN observers and assessors were based at Maritime Operations Centres in Tunisia and Greece where they observed, assessed and acted as mentors in the area of maritime security awareness, provided expertise in maritime interdiction operations, and assisted with the development of…

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Statement from Canada’s Combat Ship Team regarding the Battle of Atlantic

On May 6th, Canadians from sea to sea to sea commemorated the thousands of men and women who fought during the Battle of the Atlantic. From 1939 to 1945, the members of the Royal Canadian Navy, Royal Canadian Air Force, and the Merchant Navy served valiantly to fight for the freedom and security of all Canadians. From both sides of the Atlantic, Canada’s Combat Ship Team was proud to come together to pay tribute to everyone who fought during the longest campaign of the Second World War and we remember…

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Four Part YouTube Video on the Battle of the Atlantic

THE BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC Celebrated on the first Sunday of May, each year. PART 1                 1939-1940          PART 2  1941-1942           PART 3  1943-1945           PART 4  Statistics                             I presented it to the SUBMARINERS ASSOCIATION OF CANADA (WEST) in 2018. Cheers, John Webber

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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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Twelve Pounder on Display

Former Mark V naval twelve pounder on display outside Navy League Building North Vancouver BC March 19, 2018. Wikipedia entry says, “The QF 12-pounder 12-cwt gun (abbreviated as Q.F. 12-pdr. (12-cwt.)) was a common, versatile 3-inch (76.2 mm) calibre naval gun introduced in 1894 and used until the middle of the 20th century. It was produced by Armstrong Whitworth, Elswick and used on Royal Navy warships, exported to allied countries, and used for land service. In British service “12-pounder” was the rounded value of the projectile weight, and “12 cwt…

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GeoSpectrum Delivered Active Towed Sonar to Royal Canadian Navy

GeoSpectrum Technologies (GTI) is proud to announce that the containerized version of TRAPS (Towed Reelable Active Passive Sonar) was delivered to the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and is ready for ship installation and operation. The purchase was made through the Build in Canada Innovation Program. TRAPS is an innovative Low Frequency (LF) variable-depth-sonar intended for detection, tracking and classification of submarines, midget submarines, surface vessels and torpedoes. Its’ “wet-end” towed arrays’ acoustic elements are a vertical projector and a receive array. TRAPS’ unique advantage is that its’ projector array is…

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Upcoming Court Proceedings

March 14, 2018 Victoria, British Columbia Derival K. (Leading Seaman), R. v. Preliminary Proceedings Charges 1, 2: S. 90 NDA, absented himself without leave. Charge 3: S. 125(a) NDA, wilfully made a false entry in a document made by him that was required for official purposes. Charge 4: S. 130 NDA, uttering a forged document (s. 368(1) CCC). April 9, 2018 Halifax, Nova Scotia Florian-Rodriguez A.F. (Ordinary Seaman), R. v. Standing Court Martial Charge 1: S. 130 NDA, sexual assault (s. 271 CCC). Charge 2: S. 93 NDA, behaved in…

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Statement Regarding Vice-Admiral Mark Norman

We were advised this morning, only hours before the information was sworn, that Vice-Admiral Norman was to be charged. That lack of transparency has unfortunately been a feature of this investigation for the last year. Vice-Admiral Norman has devoted his entire career to serving Canada and our military. Not once has he ever been swayed by political or personal considerations. His love of this country and ensuring its military strength has been his only guiding principle. He remains unwavering in his commitment confident in the knowledge that he has always…

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