2020 News 

Canada, Romania & NATO partner Australia Join Maritime Unmanned Systems Initiative

November 20, 2020 – Canada and Romania and NATO partner Australia joined the Maritime Unmanned Systems Initiative on 20 November 2020. The Maritime Unmanned Systems Initiative aims to strengthen the ability of navies to operate in a multinational context above, on, and under the water, in an increasingly complex maritime domain. Together with the National Armaments Directors of the other 14 countries that participate in the initiative, the National Armaments Directors of Canada, Romania and Australia signed a corresponding amendment to the Maritime Unmanned Systems Initiative Declaration of Intent in…

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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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Joint Statement – Five Eyes Defence Ministers’ Meeting

Joint statement from: Hon Ron Mark, New Zealand Minister of Defence; Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC, Australia Minister for Defence; Hon Harjit Sajjan, Canada Minister of National Defence; Rt Hon Ben Wallace, United Kingdom Secretary of State for Defence; and Dr Mark Esper, United States Secretary of Defense. June 23, 2020 – The defense ministers from the Five Eyes nations (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States) met via video conference on 23 June. Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to advance defense and security cooperation on…

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BALTOPS 20 Concludes

June 16, 2020 – Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO) concludes Exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 20, the premiere annual maritime-focused U.S. European Command exercise in the Baltic region, June 16. BALTOPS is an annual maritime exercise, designed to enhance interoperability, flexibility, and demonstrate resolve among allied and partner forces in defending the Baltic region. Twenty-eight air and 28 maritime assets from 17 NATO and 2 partner nations participated in the live training event that began on June 7, 2020. “For almost half a century BALTOPS has brought allied and…

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BALTOPS 2020

June 1, 2020 – The 49th Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) exercise, the premier maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region, takes place in the Baltic Sea from June 7-16. Air and maritime assets from NATO allies and partner nations are involved in the live training events. Training focus areas include air defense, anti-submarine warfare, maritime interdiction, and mine countermeasures operations. The exercise enhances flexibility and interoperability among allied and partner nations to strengthen combined response capabilities, as well as demonstrate international resolve to ensure stability in, and if necessary defend, the Baltic…

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Operation NANOOK-NUNALIVUT in Rankin Inlet

May 20, 2020 – Royal Canadian Navy divers participated in Operation NANOOK-NUNALIVUT in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut from March 2 to 18, 2020, along with divers from Finland, France and Belgium. “The conduct of dive operations in the Arctic in temperatures below -50 degrees Celsius presents many unique challenges relating primarily to equipment temperatures and freeze-up,” said Lieutenant (Navy) Kristopher Hicks, dive team officer in charge and clearance diving officer at the Fleet Diving Unit (Atlantic). The dive team’s presence in Rankin Inlet enabled them to revalidate their procedures, test equipment…

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