Over 40 ships begin exercise Northern Coasts in the Baltic Sea

September 3, 2019 – Around 3,000 troops and more than 40 vessels from 18 nations are taking part in the annual Northern Coasts naval exercise that starts on 3 September in Copenhagen. Northern Coasts will take place near the Danish straits connecting the Baltic Sea to the North Sea, as well as between Kiel and Bornholm. It will run until 19 September. “The Baltic Sea is of vital importance for the Alliance and is bordered by six NATO countries”, said NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu. “Northern Coasts is now in its…

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Royal Canadian Navy, NATO STO – CMRE & Portuguese Navy to Discuss Data Exploitation at Maritime Information Warfare 2019

July 3, 2019 – A key theme to be discussed at the 3rd Annual Maritime Information conference, taking place on the 18th-19th November 2019, is ‘Information as an Enabler: Data exploitation’. This will be addressed by three senior military officials from the Royal Canadian Navy, NATO STO – CRME (Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation), and Portuguese Navy. For those interested in attending, there is a £100 early bird discount expiring at midnight on Monday 30th September 2019. Featured expert speakers and their presentations on day one of the event…

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Canada Upgrading MK 46 Torpedoes to Modern MK 54 Standard

August 22, 2018 – Canada, along with the UK, Australia and Taiwan, is piggybacking on a US Navy contract to Progeny Systems of Manassas, Virginia for upgrading the 40+ year old MK 46 ASW torpedo, currently embarked on CP-140 and CH-148 aircraft as well Halifax Class fr9gates The MK 54 can be deployed from a surface ship, helicopter or fixed wing aircraft to track, classify and attack underwater targets. It uses sophisticated processing algorithms to analyze the information, edit out false targets or countermeasures, and then pursue identified threats. The…

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Canada Announced as Participant in UNITAS 2018 in Colombia

Google Translation The Colombian National Navy will host the UNITAS LIX – 2018 Multinational Exercise that will be held in September, in which it is expected to have the participation of 18 naval units; both warships and submarines, with the purpose of strengthening the confidence and integration of the Naval Forces of the continent, as well as maintaining the training of the crews to cooperate with each other in the face of different hemispheric threats. In the facilities of the Caribbean Naval Force in Cartagena, the initial planning meeting was…

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Signature of the North Atlantic Treaty – April 4th 1949 in Washington

On April 4th 1949, the North Atlantic Treaty was signed by Norway, Denmark, The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Italy, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Iceland, Canada and the United States. This union of 12 nations became known as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or more simply NATO. They were sworn to stand together against aggression. An attack against one, would be an attack against all.

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Defence Secretary announces exceptional gift to Canada

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon announced today that the UK will gift the wrecks from Rear-Admiral Sir John Franklin’s historic expedition to the Canadian Government. This reflects our long shared history and the closeness of our current bilateral relationship. The journey to locate these vessels has taken 172 years. Rear-Admiral Sir John Franklin set sail from England in 1845 on an expedition to chart the Northwest Passage through the Canadian Arctic with HMS Erebus and HMS Terror. The ships and all crew were lost after the ships became stuck in…

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Wreck of U-boat’s first WW2 kill – liner Athenia – ‘discovered’ in the Atlantic

This is probably the very first ship sunk in World War 2 – the first of 3,500 merchant ships sent to the bottom of the Atlantic. The man who found legendary battle-cruiser HMS Hood, the Australian cruiser HMAS Sydney and the ill-fated cargo ship MV Derbyshire believes he was located the wreck of the liner SS Athenia. Helping to provide the most comprehensive map of the waters for Irish Government and European Union, leading shipwreck hunter David Mearns is “98 per cent” convinced the remains of a large ship located…

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