HMCS Oriole: Still Sailing for Recruiting on Limited Basis

The Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) longest-serving ship is a sailing vessel, and is still looking sharp and working hard at 100. Sadly, here role is now limited to recruiting during summer months. Harsh East Coast winters preclude operations for much of the year. On the West Coast, Oriole was used year round for training. Say Happy Birthday to HMCS Oriole,…

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HMCS Harry DeWolf Commissioned

June 26, 2021 – The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) has officially welcomed into service the first Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship, Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Harry DeWolf, with the time-honored tradition of a Commissioning Ceremony. This significant occasion represents a great achievement for the Canadian shipbuilding industry and for the RCN, with the first ship of the RCN’s future…

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L3 MAPPS Awarded Halifax Class Support Contract

June 30, 2021 – Today the Defence Minister announced an in-service support contract with L3 MAPPS Inc. of Montreal. With an initial value of $24.5 million (including taxes) for six years, this contract will ensure our Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS) remains well-maintained and capable of supporting operations. The IPMS is a highly integrated and operationally critical system used to…

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Admiral Rob Bauer begins his tenure as Chair of the NATO Military Committee

On June 25th, Admiral Rob Bauer of the Royal Netherlands Navy took over as Chair of the NATO Military Committee. Elected in October 2020, Admiral Bauer begins his three-year tenure just one week after the Brussels Summit with Heads of State and Government. With the ambitious NATO 2030 agenda agreed, the Chair will be guiding the Military Committee to provide…

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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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