23 Mar - LtN Murray and LS Eidukas-Mooney of HMCS Summerside take selfies with students from Saint Joseph's Primary School in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
IN THE NEWS
The demolition of the British Navy ship HMS Illustrious has begun in Aliaga, west Turkey. The carrier was affectionately known as "Lusty." In December 2016, the ship left Portsmouth on her final journey to Turkey for recycling. See the demolition in pictures.
The Pentagon’s director of defense pricing announced plans Wednesday for a major review of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program costs, with an emphasis on getting companies up and down the supply chain to find savings for the famously expensive jet.
The federal finance minister is standing by the amount of money the Liberal government currently spends on defence, saying the military is "appropriately provisioned" to address Canada's needs. But Minister Morneau left the door open to future "adjustments" depending on what ends up being included in the Liberals' new defence policy.
Latvia’s Foreign Minister says Canada should expect Russian-led attempts to smear or discredit an upcoming deployment of Canadian troops to his country. Canada will shortly dispatch 450 troops to the country as part of a NATO operation to deter Russian expansionism.
HMCS Moncton is in the Gulf of Guinea as part of a 31-national naval training exercise. The Canadian ship's crew members are helping to train their African counterparts in combating piracy and illegal fishing.
While American forces are not engaged in ground combat, US helicopters have begun transporting Iraqi and Kurdish soldiers to the front lines with ISIS forces. It is a significant change in the US commitment to the fight.
This year’s federal budget offers little – and in many cases, nothing – in the way of plans to support the military or domestic security agencies, reports ipolitics.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Wednesday's apparent terrorist incident outside the British Parliament is a "cowardly attack" on democracy around the world. And he says Canada stands ready to help Britain in any way it can after the attack, which left at least four dead in London
It was the terrorist attack that police and security services always feared, but hoped would never come. A man, dressed all in black, drove a car at 50 mph the full length of Westminster Bridge, aiming deliberately at pedestrians and cyclists.
A Budget paper by the Canadian Global Affairs Institute shows the Trudeau government has removed billions of dollars from capital spending for the military. Cuts to future expenditures appear unprecedented.
Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s March 22 budget speech made only passing reference to veterans but devoted an entire section of the document to how former members of the Canadian Armed Forces are treated by their country.
With the battle for Mosul still in the balance, it is expected that some 200 Canadian Forces members will remain engaged in Iraq past an end of March deadline. Canadian special forces operators and air force reconnaissance and aerial tanker personnel are involved.
Britain and Germany are poised to sign a new defence pact as Theresa May signals her intention to play a significant role in European security after Brexit. The Prime Minister is seeking to reassure European Union leaders that Britain will continue to cooperate on training, cyber security and maritime patrols.
The Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare Italiana: AMI) has deployed six Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft to Iceland in support of NATO's air policing and training mission.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to skip an April 5-6 meeting of NATO foreign ministers for a U.S. visit by the Chinese president and will travel to Russia later in the month, U.S. officials said on Monday, a step allies may see as putting Moscow’s concerns ahead of theirs.
Canada will lead a mixed set of forces in Latvia - Spain, Poland, Slovakia, Italy, Albania - and some units will operate under national constraints. BGen Simon Hetherington discusses the challenges.
The commander of 1100 US soldiers deploying to Poland in April says the mission is to deter aggression, not training. LCol Steven Gventer said his command is "fully ready to be lethal."
With the retirement of its last destroyer, and a frigate fleet facing eventual replacement, the Royal Canadian Navy must protect vast stretches of coastline. Do 'boom and bust' procurement policies meet the need?
Canada's Veterans Ombudsman is hosting a public town hall for Veterans, military and RCMP members, on Facebook Live, and in-person for those in the Ottawa area on March 21st.
Iraqi forces battling Islamic State militants in Mosul have approached the mosque where the leader of the extremist group declared its self-styled caliphate in the summer of 2014.
On 15 March Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko announced that the country's defence industry will develop its own twin-engine, multirole fighter. The announcement was made during Poroshenko's visit to the Ivchenko-Progress engine design bureau located in the southern Ukrainian city of Zaparozhe.
A former DND employee and Canadian Forces soldier whose $400-a-day cocaine addiction led to the theft of nearly $1 million in computer parts from the federal government was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison Friday.
The Royal Canadian Navy considered giving a destroyer and supply ship to another nation instead of scrapping them, but had to nix the idea when it realized how costly it would be to remove hazardous materials from the vessels.
A group that advises Veterans Affairs minister Kent Hehr on mental health issues will devote an entire day this week to the issue of suicide prevention among active and retired Canadian Forces members. Male regular force members take their own lives at a rate 2.6 greater than that of a comparable civilian population.
Major-General Denis Thompson relinquished command of the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) to Australian Major General Simon Stuart.
ISSUES & IDEAS
The federal government is ready to hold back some 10 percent of the Department of National Defence’s funding.
Canadians were promised “open and transparent government” by the Liberal regime. This promise apparently does not apply to major defence programs that will burden the Canadian taxpayer for generations with hundreds of billions of spending.