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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.

Photo: MCpl Pat Blanchard, DND
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23 Mar - Members of HMCS Summerside visit and pay respects to fallen comrades at the King Tom Commonwealth Cemetery in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Photo: MCpl Pat Blanchard, DND
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22 Mar - Members of the Christian Young Adult Fellowship of Sierra Leone go for a ride aboard a Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat during a visit of HMCS Summerside.

Photo: MCpl Pat Blanchard, DND
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21 Mar - An American medical technician secures an intravenous needle to a simulated casualty as part of a training scenario during Operation REASSURANCE.

Photo: MCpl Jennifer Kusche
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21 Mar - Boatswain Able Seaman Kyle Hutchinson operates the .50 calibre heavy machine gun during a warning shot exercise onboard HMCS St. John's.

Photo: Leading Seaman Ogle Henry
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20 Mar - LCdr Nicole Robichaud, Commanding Officer of HMCS Moncton speaks to guests onboard the ship in Freetown, Sierra Leone during Obangame Express.

Photo: MCpl Pat Blanchard, DND
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20 Mar - LCdr Paul Smith, Commanding Officer of HMCS Summerside reads with students at the Aberdeen Municipal School in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Photo: MCpl Pat Blanchard, DND
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16 Mar - Canadian soldiers from Charlie Company, 3rd PPCLI provide security while conducting a react to contact scenario during Exercise Allied Spirit VI.

U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Keion Jackson
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19 Mar - Lieutenant General John Edson Milton, is greeted by LCdr Paul Smith as he comes aboard HMCS Summerside in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Photo: MCpl Pat Blanchard, DND
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18 Mar - Maj Caroline Pollock attends an exercise planning brief alongside her American and Latvian counterparts in the Hohenfels Training Area, Germany.

Photo: MCpl Jennifer Kusche
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16 Mar - A member of 3rd Battalion, PPCLI adds camouflage paint in the Hohenfels Training Area on Exercise ALLIED SPIRIT VI during Op REASSURANCE.

Photo: MCpl Jennifer Kusche
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13 Mar - Nations participating in Exercise DYNAMIC MANTA sail in formation along with HMCS St John's during a photo exercise in the Mediterranean Sea.

Photo: Leading Seaman Ogle Henry
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13 Mar - The CH-124 Sea King helicopter onboard HMCS St John's is being prepared for maintenance as the ship transits the Mediterranean Sea.

Photo: Leading Seaman Ogle Henry
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14 Mar - Canadian and American maintenance members practice their recovery skills in the Hohenfels Training Area on Exercise ALLIED SPIRIT VI.

Photo: MCpl Jennifer Kusche
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11 Mar - Crewmembers of HMCS Winnipeg conduct casualty training during POSEIDON CUTLASS.

Photo: Cpl Carbe Orellana, MARPAC Imaging Service
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IN THE NEWS

Mar 24

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.

Mar 24

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.

Mar 24

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.

Mar 24

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.

Mar 24

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.

Mar 24

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.

Mar 23

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.

Mar 23

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

Mar 23

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.

Mar 23

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.

Mar 22

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.

Mar 22

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.

Mar 21

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.

Mar 21

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.

Mar 21

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.

Mar 21

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.

Mar 21

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."

Mar 21

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?

Mar 20

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.

Mar 20

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. 

Mar 20

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.

Mar 20

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.

Mar 20

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.

Mar 20

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.

Mar 17

Major-General Denis Thompson relinquished command of the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) to Australian Major General Simon Stuart.

ISSUES & IDEAS

Ken Pole's picture

The federal government is ready to hold back some 10 percent of the Department of National Defence’s funding.

Danny Lam's picture

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.

GUY PARENT's picture

My goal is to ensure fairness for Veterans. To date, we have made 57 recom- mendations and, of these, the Government has fully or partially implemented 37, leaving 20 still to be addressed.

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