15 Oct – HMCS Charlottetown’s rigid hull inflatable boat approaches HDMS Absalon during Exercise Joint Warrior in the Atlantic Ocean.
IN THE NEWS
Three out of four Canadian Forces members were overweight or obese, according to a new study, but the authors point out that soldiers with high muscle mass could wrongly show up in those categories.
HMCS Preserver concluded its service to the RCN on 21 October 2016. Canada's last Auxiliary Oilier Replenishment (AOR) was officially "paid off" – receiving a final salute from current and former sailors, soldiers, airmen, and airwomen during a ceremony at HMC Dockyard Halifax.
U.K. Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said Thursday that Britain's military is launching cyberattacks against the Islamic State group in support of the offensive on the Iraqi city of Mosul, a first-of-its kind acknowledgement that British forces are launching attacks across the internet.
Airbus Helicopters and French naval shipbuilder DCNS are to offer a clean-sheet vertical take-off and landing unmanned aerial vehicle to the French Navy. The collaboration, announced on 20 October, will see the unmanned helicopter developed in response to the MN's Système de Drones Aériens de la Marine requirement.
At the United Nations, Canada's foreign minister, Stéphane Dion called on Russia to stop its air attacks on the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo. Russian UN Ambassador Valery Churkin said his country, with Syrian forces, was fighting terrorists in the region.
The countries that circle the Arctic are all concerned about their territories' security. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute reports on their military assets in the region and their possible intentions.
Yesterday, the Royal Canadian Air Force marked the completion of a major upgrade of all 17 CC-130J Hercules aircraft, keeping Canada’s CC-130J Hercules at the forefront of airlift operations. The 17th and last upgraded Hercules was received on October 13, 2016.
The 2 Canadian Ranger Patrol Group is hosting a two-day National Working Group Conference at the Royal Military College in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, to discuss a number of important initiatives related to the future of the Canadian Ranger Program.
Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Vancouver arrived in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, yesterday to conduct a goodwill visit as part of WESTPLOY 16, a deployment aimed at building strong ties between the Royal Canadian Navy and the navies of Asia-Pacific countries while also promoting peace and security in the region.
As Kurdish and Iraqi troops battle their way toward ISIS-held Mosul, Canada’s work to train the Kurds for the pivotal fight will finally be put to the test. Approximately 200 highly trained soldiers with the Canadian Special Operations Forces have taught strategy and battlefield first aid to Kurdish Peshmerga troops in Iraq.
The Trudeau government promised openness and transparency but little information is available about what Canadian Forces personnel are actually doing on the ground in Iraq. The mission to train Iraqi soldiers has taken Canadians to a new danger zone.
The Canadian military plans to open up one of its principal bases to help a major defence contractor validate design changes and quality assurance on light armoured vehicles destined for Saudi Arabia, according to CBC News.
ISIL said it carried out 12 suicide attacks on Monday against the forces advancing on Mosul, including eight that targeted the peshmerga.
Richard (Rich) Foster has been appointed as the new corporate Vice President, Canada Operations, for L-3 Canada. Rich will be reporting directly to the Senior Vice President of Business Strategy, David Van Buren, and will work out of the Ottawa office.
Canadian assets in the fight include surveillance aircraft, electronic warfare soldiers, and a field hospital as well as about 200 Special Forces operators. The Minister of National Defence did not indicate exactly where Canadians are located in the battle area.
A psychiatrist sums up her experience with Canadian Forces PTSD patients and explains why each case is different and each treatment must also be different.
Russia's only aircraft carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov, and a supporting naval task group has set sail for the Mediterranean. Many of NATO's naval and air assets participating in Exercise 'Joint Warrior' off the west coast of Scotland are expected to be drawn upon for a surveillance operation, including RCAF CP-140 Aurora and US Navy Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft.
Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) sailors are participating in mine countermeasure (MCM) training CLEAR HORIZON 16 in the Republic of Korea from October 16 to 23, 2016.
Kurdish peshmerga, Iraqi forces and U.S.-led air strikes are hammering Islamic State’s last major stronghold in Iraq. Here’s a primer on why Mosul is strategically and symbolically important, and how the conflict is unfolding.
A year after a stunning majority win, Maclean’s adds up the stumbles and successes of Justin Trudeau’s government in our Trudeau Report Card. The hard work of delivering on more than 200 campaign promises—and breaking some along the way—has only just begun.
The Streit Group, heavily promoted last year by the Global Affairs Department as a rising star in the export market, has on at least two occasions sold - or modified - sport utility and luxury vehicles to people with alleged gang connections.
For years, Canadian veterans of the Afghan conflict have wondered why their government declined NATO's recognition of their service. A spokesperson for the Department of National Defence explains how the Canadian Honours Policy rule was applied.
Canadian Army Afghanistan veterans BGen Greg Smith and BGen Dave Anderson say the expected fight for Iraq’s second largest city could be long and hard. ISIL took the city two years ago in an embarrassing defeat for the Iraqi army.
Bombing in Syria, missile tests in the Homeland and suspicions of tampering with the US election. The New Yorker magazine looks at the rhetoric and the reality coming out of today's Kremlin.
The Canadian Army Land Warfare Centre is sending officers from CFB Kingston to Fort Bliss,Texas and White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico for the computer simulation-based Army Warfighting Assessment Exercise, starting Monday. The goal is army modernization and improved readiness.
ISSUES & IDEAS
This collection of essays by key experts offers informed advice and suggestions on issues that are the most germane to Canada's defence policy.
Rather than an off-the-shelf design, would a clean-sheet Canadian design, with a specialized support vessel, find market success with navies worldwide?