HMCS Fredericton and the Colombian Navy Ship Almirante Padilla fly their battle ensigns while sailing in formation off the coast of Colombia in November.
IN THE NEWS
This weekend, the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) is marking its 10th year of Operation CARIBBE. Since 2006, the Royal Canadian Navy and the Royal Canadian Air Force have been credited with supporting the seizure or disruption of more than 66 metric tonnes of cocaine and just under four metric tonnes of marijuana.
An open competition to select a new fighter jet to replace Canada’s entire fleet of aging Boeing CF-18 Hornets could take up to five years to complete—well after the next federal election—according to a timetable disclosed by Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan.
Commodore Haydn C. Edmundson of the Canadian Armed Forces officially assumed command of Combined Task Force 150.
The Government of Canada has selected the Airbus C295W aircraft for its Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue Program. The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) will receive 16 C295Ws modified for Search and Rescue (SAR). The contract will also include in service support, provided through a joint venture between Airbus Defence and Space and PAL Aerospace.
Russian President Vladimir Putin Monday approved the new Doctrine of Information Security of Russia, which has already come into force. The doctrine says that one main aim in ensuring information security is the strategic prevention of military conflicts which could arise from the use of information technologies.
The first major move of Defence department employees to the former Nortel campus in west end Ottawa will be delayed until early next year so as not to cause workers too much stress over the holidays as well as to allow them to sort out their transportation arrangements to the site.
The Harper government made a "political" decision to cut flying times for CF-18s and other military aircraft so it could save money and campaign on a balanced budget in 2015, says a former Conservative MP and ex-fighter pilot.
The Canadian military needs training to help personnel identify and counter the increasing number and types of homemade explosive devices they will confront. A recent Request For Proposals calls for a 'train the trainers' solution to create in-house expertise.
The decision to meet NATO and Norad fighter jet requirements simultaneously means the Royal Canadian Air Force needs more aircraft than the 18 Super Hornets the government intends to buy from Boeing. Defence minister Harjit Sajjan says the exact number will be in next year's defence policy review.
The Liberal government will announce the winner of a multi-billion dollar program for new search and rescue aircraft on Thursday, even as industry sources say aerospace giant Airbus has won the deal. The Airbus C-295 was selected over the C-27J built by the Italian firm, Leonardo.
A military funeral for Canadian Forces pilot Capt. Thomas McQueen took place this morning in Hamilton. The ceremony was held at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum at John. C Munro Airport. McQueen, a native of nearby Fisherville, was killed in last Monday's fatal fighter jet crash near Cold Lake, Alta.
President-elect Donald Trump plans to nominate retired Marine General John Kelly to lead the Department of Homeland Security, CBS News reported on Wednesday. Kelly, the former head of the U.S. Southern Command, has accepted the offer, CBS said, citing unidentified sources.
The Liberal government signalled to its allies that it is prepared to extend Canada's military training mission in Ukraine, according to CBC News. A series of senior Ukrainian government officials visited Ottawa over the last few weeks, warning of the dangers of warming frosty relations with Russia.
GE’s Marine Solutions announced that its LM2500 marine gas turbines will power the Indian Navy’s P17A stealth frigate.
On a conference call from Germany, former Ordinary Seaman Nicola Peffers said her complaints about abuse and harassment had been ignored by superior officers. She served nine years and left the Royal Canadian Navy in 2012.
Kay Kennedy, mother of former Canadian soldier Michael Kennedy, said her son would be home for Christmas after his release from prison in Iraq. Michael, whose brother was killed in Afghanistan in 2007, was arrested in Iraq after returning from northern Syria, where his mother said he was on a humanitarian mission.
L-3 Communications announced today that it will change its name to L3 Technologies, Inc.
A former federal public servant who stole nearly $1 million in computer parts from the Department of National Defence and sold some of them on the classified website Kijiji has pleaded guilty to fraud and breach of trust.
You might not think a man nicknamed “Mad Dog” would put America’s allies at ease. But that’s the buzz here at the Reagan Library’s annual defense conference, where Donald Trump‘s choice of Gen. James Mattis to run the Pentagon met with enthusiastic praise from the right, from the left, and from overseas.
A Royal Navy ship is monitoring a Russian vessel as she moves through British waters. HMS Sutherland, a Type 23 frigate, was sent from her base at Devonport, Plymouth, to the edge of the English Channel to meet the Vice Admiral Kulakov
Defence scientists have developed a smartphone app that could be used to prevent dazzling mid-air laser attacks on pilots. The danger from people shining hand-held laser pointers into cockpits is so high that earlier this year a pilots’ union called for the devices to be classed as offensive weapons.
The Liberal government wants to sole-source Super Hornet jets as an interim measure before replacing the current CF18 fighter fleet. Conservative defence critic James Bezan writes that if there is a gap, the government created it.
The government’s strategy to replace Canada’s CF-18s is reflective of a government that either has no comprehension of how to conduct the business of defence procurement, or understands the business all too well.
A Canadian military veteran who has spent the past six months fighting ISIL alongside Kurdish forces has been arrested in northern Iraq, his mother said in an interview Sunday.
For decades, Canadian soldiers and veterans have reported severe psychological side-effects they associate with the anti-malarial drug mefloquine. With a deployment to Africa in view, senior Canadian Forces medical officers say they see no reason not to use the medication again.
ISSUES & IDEAS
I’ve been raising this issue for some time without success. There is an unfairness in the Veteran Health Care Regulations in how VAC reimburses Veterans for their treatment expenses.
As the former ADM (Science and Engineering), I was responsible for procuring the original CF-18 Fleet. Surely the selection of weapon systems should be left to the military professionals who must risk their lives operating these systems in combat.