2020 News 

HMCS Winnipeg Refuels from USNS Henry J Kaiser

 PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 17, 2020) Members of Royal Canadian Navy ship HMCS Winnipeg (FFH 338) participate in a replenishment-at-sea with U.S. Navy fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187) off the coast of the Hawaiian Islands during Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC). Ten nations, 22 ships, one submarine, and more than 5,300 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from August 17 to 31 at sea around the Hawaiian Islands. RIMPAC is a biennial exercise designed to foster and sustain cooperative relationships, critical to ensuring the safety of…

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2020 News 

Royal Canadian Navy Representing Canada at RIMPAC 2020

August 17, 2020 – Exercise Rim of the Pacific, or RIMPAC, is the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise. Since its inception in 1971, the unique training event has grown in scope and complexity to provide participating nations the chance to strengthen military partnerships, provide experience operating with international forces and overall readiness to contribute to a wide-range of potential coalition operations. The at-sea-only construct for RIMPAC 2020 was developed to ensure the safety of all military forces participating by minimizing shore-based contingents. Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet crafted the modified…

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2020 News 

Last Goodbye to old NATO Headquarters

September 4, 2020 – The site and the building of the old NATO Headquarters in Brussels were returned to the Alliance’s host country Belgium during a small ceremony today (1 September 2020). After the spaces were emptied and the temporary structures removed, the old building was handed over to its owner, the Belgian Ministry of Defence. “Today we said our last goodbye to our old HQ, which has served NATO well through the decades, and where so many historic decisions were taken by Allies”, NATO’s spokesperson Oana Lungescu said. “We…

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2020 News 

Thomas Hudner wraps up operation NANOOK 2020

August 24, 2020 – USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116) concluded its participation Operation Nanook on Aug. 23, a joint exercise conducted in the northern Atlantic Ocean. “Thomas Hudner performed very well during Operation Nanook,” said Cmdr. Brett Litchfield, the ship’s commanding officer. “The crew was very motivated and forward-leaning throughout the exercise. We have gathered many lessons learned that can be used for future Arctic operations.” Operation Nanook 2020 is a northern operation conducted by the Royal Canadian Navy with Allied nations to ensure a stable, conflict-free Arctic region. In…

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2020 News 

BSAM Rhône in the Saint Pierre and Miquelon Archipelago

September 9, 2020 (Google Translation) – The Rhône metropolitan support and assistance building (BSAM) continued its “LANDSEER 20.2” deployment towards the French archipelago of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, where the patroller Fulmar is permanently based . Off Langlade (southern part of Miquelon), the two naval vessels seized the opportunity to train together. These included towing presentations, towing and an asymmetric threat defense exercise. In Miquelon, the Rhône also had the opportunity to achieve a rare anchorage, no military vessel having stopped there for 10 years. Docked in the port of…

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2020 News 

Northwest Territories celebrates addition of new double-hulled barges to MTS fleet

September 1, 2020 – The Government of the Northwest Territories is pleased to announce the addition of four new double-hulled barges to the Marine Transportation Services (MTS) fleet. Built at a shipyard in Nanjing, China, the new barges were transported across the Pacific Ocean on the heavy lift ship Hua Yang Long before being delivered to Tuktoyaktuk on August 31, 2020. The barges will improve operational efficiency, reduce logistical challenges, and reduce operating costs to the benefit of NWT communities that are reliant on seasonal marine resupply programs. The double-walled…

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2020 News 

Already Drowning in Bureaucracy, NATO Creates More

September 9, 2020 – The Royal Navy has committed to supporting Germany setting up a new headquarters for NATO operations. It has signed a binding agreement with its continental counterpart – which includes providing a liaison officer to the new German Maritime Force (DEU MARFOR) taking shape in Rostock. From the middle of this decade, the headquarters will not only be the hub of German Navy operations, but also be available to the UN, NATO and EU for operations and exercises they wish to direct. Warfare officer Lieutenant Commander Thomas…

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Book Reviews 

Book Review: E-Boat Threat

By Bryan Cooper Pen & Sword Military Pages: 138 ISBN: 9781473827837 Published March 2015 For some reason unknown, the British referred to German S Boat motor torpedo boats of the Second World War as E-boats. The speed and firepower of these German craft were a bit of a shock and caused Britain to radically revamp their own craft in order to fight them. During the war, Britain relied heavily on convoys of cargo ships along their eastern seaboard. The E-boats were unleashed on these convoys during some ferocious night actions.…

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Book Reviews 

Book Review: The Hunters and the Hunted

By Bryan Perrett Pen and Sword Books Pages: 150 ISBN: 9781848846388 Published: 31st August 2012 I was really looking forward to this book, which covers the early part of the First World War, arguably one of the most profound part of history and its impact on later world events. Unfortunately, this book read like a first draft with numerous sentences and paragraphs which made little or no sense. The author’s knowledge of naval history must be called into question. For example, author Perrett refers to “commanders” of British cruisers. At…

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