2020 News 

After 20 Years in Esquimalt and No Deployments, HMCS Victoria on Latest Sea Trials

October 22, 2020 – HMCS Victoria, which first arrived in Esquimalt October 23, 2000 and has never deployed, recently achieved another milestone as part of her ongoing sea trials. With the diesel-electric submarine operating on the surface in Royal Roads, a CH148 Cyclone helicopter hovered above to practice transferring equipment and personnel to the sub below – a first for a Victoria-class submarine and this new helicopter. “This serial allowed both units to update their standard operating procedures for helicopter transfer with this new airframe,” said Captain Jean Ouellet RCN,…

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Former naval officer leads B.C.’s response to COVID-19 pandemic

October 16, 2020 – Dr. Bonnie Henry is a prime example of the outstanding achievements of Canadian women who are celebrated during Women’s History Month in October. A former naval officer, Dr. Henry is British Columbia’s Provincial Health Officer, the first woman to hold that position. Her journey to becoming a household name in B.C. and across Canada began decades ago as the child of a military family. “I was born in Fredericton as my father was posted to nearby Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Gagetown, but I consider Charlottetown my…

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Thales to Support RCN SMART-S MK2 Radar

October 20, 2020 – The Minister of National Defence announced an in-service support contract with Thales Canada, of Ottawa, Ontario, to support the SMART-S MK2 radar system used on Canada’s Halifax-class frigates, starting in fall 2020. Valued at $4.6 million (including taxes), this contract will provide critical engineering, in-service support, and repair and overhaul services to ensure the radar remains operationally capable of detecting the location and range of possible air and surface threats up to 250 km away. The SMART-S MK2 radar is the primary tactical radar used on…

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If Canada is Serious About the CSC, Why Aren’t They Part of This?

October 21, 2020 – Australia and the United Kingdom (UK) have further strengthened their enduring defense relationship by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to cooperate on building and delivering the next generation of cutting-edge frigates. The MoU re-enforces both countries’ commitment to working together on delivering these important high-profile national programs and maximizing mutual opportunities. A key aspect of the MOU is a pledge for information exchange to ensure shipbuilding best practice is shared and both frigate programs deliver world-beating maritime capabilities to the Royal Navy and Royal Australian…

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Joint Statement – Five Eyes nations defence ministers

October 16, 2020 – Defence Secretary Ben Wallace yesterday evening took part in a videoconference of defense ministers from the Five Eyes nations, chaired by Canada’s Minister of National Defence. Mr Wallace joined defense ministers from Australia, Canada, and the United States. New Zealand were represented by a senior official, due to the ongoing New Zealand general election. Ministers highlighted the long-standing and trusted collaboration in intelligence among Five Eyes partners, and reaffirmed their commitment to advance defense and security cooperation to protect shared interests and values. Ministers discussed current…

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Reducing human error in ship navigation

October 12, 2020 – Many investigations, including the annual Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) Safety & Shipping Review, have identified human error as the main reason for incidents in global shipping. Human errors often relate to false situation assessment caused by poor or inconsistent presentation of data or confusing operation. Accordingly, intuitive and consistent user interfaces and operation concepts can improve safety at sea. This is why Raytheon Anschütz, a business of Raytheon Technologies, concentrated on the adoption of human-centered design when developing new navigational software. “In the past,…

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NATO Chiefs of Defence Elect Rob Bauer as next Chairman of the Military Committee

October 9, 2020 – Allied Chiefs of Defence today, 9 October 2020, elected Admiral Rob Bauer, Chief of Defence of the Netherlands Armed Forces to be the next Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, the senior military adviser to the Secretary General. Admiral Bauer will take up the position following the end of Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach’s tenure in June 2021. Air Chief Marshal Peach welcomed the election of Admiral Bauer. He said “Congratulations to Admiral Bauer, Rob. He will be an excellent Chairman of the NATO Military…

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