German Navy History of BALTOPS

Author Frigate Captain Göran Swistek is visiting scholar at the Science and Politics Foundation in Berlin. From 2015 to 2017 he was responsible for the planning and implementation of BALTOPS at STRIKFORNATO. June 19, 2021 (Google Translation) – As early as 1970 gathered under US United States- American leadership of naval units of the NATO Baltic Sea countries Denmark, Norway…

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Vice-Admiral Bob Auchterlonie Takes Command of Questionable CJOC Bureaucracy

June 18, 2021 – Today, Vice-Admiral Bob Auchterlonie assumed leadership of the Canadian Joint Operations Command (CJOC) from Acting Commander Major-General Bill Seymour. The Acting Chief of the Defence Staff, Lieutenant-General Wayne Eyre, presided over the morning ceremony, which was live-streamed on Facebook. According to DND, “CJOC is the command within the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) responsible for the planning,…

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Anti-Israel Blockade Vanquished on Second Try at B.C. Port

June 17, 2021 – A vessel owned by an Israel-based company managed to unload its cargo at a northern British Columbia port last night, following an ultimately unsuccessful blockade effort by anti-Israel extremists. The ship in question is the Volans, a Liberian-flagged container ship carrying cargo for ZIM, a Haifa-based shipping company that played a key role in the establishment…

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Ten Years After Bottoming, Corner Brook Refloated

June 16, 2021 announcement. Notice no mention of 2011 grounding, three years in layup and seven years in refit. Nor is the fire or ballast tank bungling while in Babcock care. When Her Majesty’s Canadian Submarine (HMCS) Corner Brook began its undocking on June 13, 2021, it became the most modern submarine in the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). This undocking…

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Senior Officer Announcements

June 17, 2021 – Lieutenant-General Wayne Eyre, Acting Chief of the Defence Staff, has announced additions to the list of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) General and Flag Officer senior appointments and promotions for 2021. These promotions and appointments support recent decisions on military institutional initiatives. • Commodore Christopher Robinson will be appointed Commander Canadian Fleet Atlantic, in Halifax, replacing Commodore…

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HMCS Windsor prepares for upcoming Exercise Cutlass Fury

June 9, 2021 – What distinguishes a submarine deployment from a surface ship deployment? For CDR William Matheson, Commanding Officer of HMCS Windsor, the answer is clear. “That’s simple, the submarine.” While this is evident, he is only partly kidding. Everything onboard the submarine comes with its own interpretation. Showering, using the washroom (called the “heads” in Navy-speak), sleeping, watch…

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Canadian and Australian CTF-150 members contribute to Seychelles capacity-building initiative

June 15, 2021 – Canadian and Australian staff from the multinational Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150) deployed to the Republic of Seychelles from May 1-14, 2021 to provide training assistance to the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Their goal was to help build the capacity of regional partners in maritime security operations. The training involved participants from…

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