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The Canadian Forces 2016 CF-18 Demonstration aircraft performs at the Yellowknife Airport during the Yellowknife International Airshow on July 9th, 2016.
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9 Jul – The Canadian Forces 2016 CF-18 Demonstration aircraft performs at the Yellowknife Airport during the Yellowknife International Airshow.

 

Photo: PO2 Belinda Groves
2 Aug – Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Calgary arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam after participating in the at sea phase of RIMPAC 2016.
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2 Aug – Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Calgary arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam after participating in the at sea phase of RIMPAC 2016.

Photo: MCpl Mathieu Gaudreault
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31 Jul – Members from 2e Bataillon, Royal 22e Régiment prepare to jump into a ''russian trench'' during RIMPAC 2016 at Camp Pendleton in San Diego, California.

Photo: Sgt Marc-André Gaudreault
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22 Jul – Vice-Admiral Ron Lloyd welcomed Rear-Admiral Art McDonald into his new role as Maritime Forces Pacific Commander.

Photo by: MARPAC Imaging
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15 Jul – Snipers, Pathfinders and reconnaissance members conduct insertion and extraction training with a CH-147F Chinook helicopter during RIMPAC 2016 at Camp Pendleton in San Diego, CA.

Photo: Sgt Marc-André Gaudreault
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11 Jul – Royal Canadian Navy Halifax-class frigate HMCS Vancouver departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for Rim of the Pacific 2016.
 

Photo: Shannon Chambers
MCpl John Hotchkiss from the Princess Patricia’s Light Infantry, B Company instructs a member of the Jamaican Defence Force at the Jamaican Defense Forces Gallery Range during Exercise TRADEWINDS 16 in Kingston, Jamaica on June 23, 2016.
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23 Jun – The Princess Patricia’s Light Infantry instructs the Jamaican Defence Force at the Jamaican Defense Forces Gallery Range during Exercise Tradewinds 16 in Kingston, Jamaica.

Photo: MCpl Kevin McMillan
2 Jul – Canadian Armed Forces members salute while the national anthems of France and Canada are played, during a parade commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Somme in Courcelette, France.
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2 Jul – CAF members salute while the national anthems of France and Canada are played, during a parade commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Somme in Courcelette, France.

Photo: MCpl Pat Blanchard
A CH-146 helicopter from 430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron, Canadian Forces Base Valcartier flies over the majestic mountain range on Ellesmere Island en route to D’Iberville on June 14, 2016 during Operation NEVUS.
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14 Jun – A CH-146 from 430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron, Canadian Forces Base Valcartier flies over the mountain range on Ellesmere Island during Operation Nevus.

Photo: PO2 Belinda Groves
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IN THE NEWS

Aug 24

Since the government took office, Defence Minister Sajjan has spent much of his time musing about Canada's military role in Iraq, CF-18 replacements, and future peacekeeping operations. More than 10,000 search and rescue incidents occur each year – and there are not enough SAR helicopters, which are due for their mid-life refit. Senator Colin Kenny says there are real and timely options for anyone thinking outside the box.

Aug 24

Airbus Defence and Space has successfully demonstrated the capability of the A400M new generation airlifter to operate on a sand runway – the last of three unprepared types of surface on which it will be certified.  

Aug 24

French naval contractor DCNS announced it may have been the victim of "economic warfare" after secrets about its Scorpene submarines being built in India were leaked. India is investigating. The leak contains more than 22,000 pages outlining the details of six submarines that DCNS has designed for the Indian Navy.

Aug 24

Turkish special forces, tanks and jets backed by planes from the U.S.-led coalition launched their first co-ordinated offensive into Syria on Wednesday to try to drive Islamic State from the border and prevent further gains by Kurdish militia fighters.

Aug 24

Canada could withdraw from the F-35 stealth fighter jet program on short notice by paying a little more than $300 million U.S., according to an analysis prepared by the defence department soon after the Liberals won the federal election.

Aug 23

A Canadian-owned company involved in controversial sales of armoured vehicles in South Sudan and Libya has broken its silence. The Streit Group, which has sales offices and factories around the globe, has been criticized by two separate United Nations panels for its business dealings in the war-ravaged African nations.

Aug 22

Operation NANOOK 2016, Canada’s annual northern sovereignty operation, began yesterday and will occur in three locations across the North. Approximately 850 military and civilian participants will take part in the operation, which this year will focus on interagency operations with federal and territorial agencies in Yukon.

Aug 19

The first six Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicles (TAPV) arrived at 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown on Friday, August 12. Starting next week, the 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown will start the first iteration of training on the new vehicle.

Aug 19

Police have found a body believed to be that of 19-year-old Cape Breton soldier Pte. Andrew Fitzgerald. Around 3:45 p.m. ET Thursday, members of the Ontario Provincial Police underwater team found a body near the water treatment facility on the eastern shore of Owen Sound Harbour.

Aug 18

A new analysis says an NDP proposal to boost pension benefits for families of deceased Canadian Forces and RCMP veterans could cost more than $6 billion.

Aug 18

As expected, ISIL has ramped up its propaganda campaign against Canada following last week’s police killing of Aaron Driver, an ISIL supporter in Strathroy, Ont. who was allegedly in the final stages of planning a bomb attack.

Aug 17

The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed on 16 August that Russian Air Force Tu-22M3 long-range bombers and Su-34 strike aircraft have flown a mission over Syria from Iran's Hamadan Air Base.

Aug 17

Ten members of the 4th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group are presently cross-training with their Australian counterparts in Darwin, Australia, during the third iteration of Exercise SOUTHERN CROSS. This exercise, which will end on August 26, 2016, provides a significant opportunity to continue growing the valuable international relationship between the Canadian Army and the Australian Defence Force.

Aug 16

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan today concluded his visit to Africa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), marking the end of a week-long visit to five countries where he has been meeting with African partners as part of a fact-finding trip to inform Canada’s re-engagement in peace operations

Aug 16

The Liberal government has asked the Mounties to look into a UN report that found a Canadian-owned company shipped dozens of armoured personnel carriers into the chaos of Libya, possibly in violation of an arms embargo.

Aug 16

CTV News has learned that Canadian-backed Kurdish forces have spent the past 48 hours clearing the way to take back Mosul, the last major stronghold of ISIS and its de facto capital in Iraq.

Aug 16

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems successfully executed a missile tracking test as part of the Pacific Dragon exercise off the coast of Kauai, Hawaii.

Aug 15

World powers urged Russia and Ukraine to refrain from ratcheting up a confrontation over Crimea as President Vladimir Putin bolstered the disputed peninsula’s military with some of his army’s most advanced air-defence missile systems.

Aug 15

The Russian army can outgun British troops on the battlefield following military advances by the Kremlin, a leaked report suggests. The assessment by the British Army's warfare branch, seen by The Times newspaper, warned that Russian weapons, including rocket launchers and air defence systems, were more powerful than their British equivalents

Aug 15

The Canadian Army says the 5th Canadian Division has received the first Textron TAPV (Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle) at Gagetown, NB. The six vehicles will be used to train operators and maintainers.

Aug 15

Canada’s military is gearing up for a busy period of overseas deployments but the big task of ferrying troops and supplies to these dispersed missions could stretch defence resources thin, experts say.

Aug 15

Police are asking for the public’s help to find a soldier missing from the 4th Canadian Training Centre Meaford who was last seen early Saturday morning in Owen Sound.

Aug 12

The RCN is deploying two ships to Arctic waters this summer. HMCS Shawinigan and Moncton departed from their home port of Halifax, Nova Scotia, today to conduct sovereignty and surveillance patrols as part of Operations Qimmiq and Nanook 2016.

Aug 12

The new-age fighter jet once poised to replace Canada's aging CF-18 fleet, but whose ballooning price tag and controversial selection process threw its purchase into doubt, has made its inaugural visit to Canada. A pair of F-35 stealth fighters roared into British Columbia on Thursday in preparation for the annual Abbotsford International Airshow.

Aug 11

Pro-government Libyan militias backed by American air power said Wednesday that they had seized the Islamic State’s last stronghold in the country, in the seaside city of Surt. They claim to have taken the heavily-fortified Ouagadougou Center, which the IS had used as its headquarters.

ISSUES & IDEAS

Ferry de Kerckhove's picture

Retired Canadian diplomat Ferry de Kerckhove talks to The House about potential consequences of the failed coup in Turkey.

Robbin Laird's picture

It can be easy to overlook how revolutionary a vertical lift aircraft that can operate at supersonic speeds actually is.

Alan Williams's picture

If the government feels that, as a result of a "capability gap", it must proceed with a sense of urgency, it should still hold a competition – a sole-source process can often take longer than a competitive one.

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