HMCS Edmonton assisted the (USCG) in the disruption of three separate illicit drug shipments in November 2016 off the Pacific Coast of Central America.
IN THE NEWS
The first Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter for the Japan Air Self-Defence Force was handed over at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona. The F-35 arrival marks a significant milestone in the Japan's F-35A program to replace its ageing Phantom II aircraft that have been in service since the early 1970s.
Britain will support US President-elect Donald Trump's campaign to get Nato countries to spend more on defence, Boris Johnson has said. In a speech, he said it could not be "justified" that the US accounted for about 70% of Nato defence spending.
Europol has warned that militants from so-called Islamic State (IS) will aim to step up attacks on European targets, as they face defeat in the Middle East.
The Liberal government's plan to keep a number of its CF-18 fighters flying through the 2020s — possibly up to 2032 — is a "high-risk" and "costly" option, according to an internal government report obtained by CBC News.
Canada wants to work with the United States to face the "challenge" posed by Russia, Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion said Thursday. The minister said Canada and the U.S. have a shared interest in dealing with Russia's incursion into Ukraine.
Canada’s top soldier is issuing the first-ever guidelines for Canadian military personnel on how to deal with child soldiers in advance of deployment to Africa, the Toronto Star is reporting.
An internal defence study that dismissed any plan to buy "interim" fighter jets because of "significant additional costs," has been pulled off the National Defence website. DND says it took down the report, originally published by its research arm in June 2014, because of concerns it contained classified information.
The Trudeau government has promised Kurdish forces lethal weapons for the fight against ISIS. The United States, United Kingdom and Germany have actually provided such equipment, but so far, nothing from Canada.
The defence minister, Harjit Sajjan, said the shortage of jet fighters necessary to meet Canada's NATO and Norad commitments is the fault of the previous, Conservative government. The RCAF commander, LGen Michael Hood said the the fighter gap opened when the current Liberal government redefined their missions.
The UK Ministry of Defence will announce plans for higher compensation payouts to killed or wounded troops as it tries to cut the number of legal claims it faces for battlefield negligence. The Defence Secretary will announce a consultation on how better to compensate troops and their families, amid fears that the risk of one day being sued for negligence could end up tying the hands of wartime commanders.
The federal auditor general, Michael Ferguson, reports the Canadian military recruiting system is floundering in red tape, and bad estimation of equipment maintenance costs could mean serious deficiencies for future operations.
When it came to power, the Liberal government dropped its call to investigate allegations that the Canadian army wrongly handed over Taliban prisoners to Afghan security forces, knowing they might be abused. Key to that decision was defence minister Harjit Sajjan, who served three tours as a Lieutenant Colonel in Afghanistan.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command is celebrating the 61st Anniversary of tracking Santa’s yuletide journey! The NORAD Tracks Santa website, www.noradsanta.org, launching Dec 1, features Santa’s North Pole Village, which includes a holiday countdown, games, activities, and more.
Michael Den Tandt: It’s truly remarkable, given how Liberal and Conservative MPs speak so often and sincerely of their sacred covenant with the “brave men and women in uniform,” that this country’s air force is obsolete and decrepit, and has been so for as long as anyone now living can remember.
Amid claims that new Super Hornet fighter jets are urgently needed to stave off a 9/11-type of attack on Canada, the federal government admits it has no idea when it will start negotiations to buy the planes or when they will arrive.
The Canadian military has a stated goal of bringing the number of women in its ranks to 25 percent from the present 14 percent. The Auditor General said yesterday the Canadian Forces does not have a plan to meet that target.
HMCS Toronto, the last of 12 frigates in the $4.3 billion Halifax class modernization program, returned to the fleet yesterday. Speakers at an event marking the program's conclusion used the phrase 'on time, under budget' at least eight times.
Opposition critics accused the Liberal government of trying to manufacture a crisis Monday after the commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force told the Senate defence committee the Liberals recently changed the number of jet fighters he is required to have ready at any given time for NATO missions and to defend North America.
In November, the Trudeau government announced the purchase of 18 Super Hornet fighters as an interim replacement for the RCAF's CF18 aircraft. Retired officials and political opponents claim the purchase is not only unnecessary, it may violate defence procurement rules.
Female Canadian Forces members were four times more likely to report sexual misconduct in the workplace or involving co-workers. The definition of assault includes unwanted touching, sexual attacks and activity without consent.
Can Canada afford, financially or otherwise, to make good on the government’s commitment in August to spend $450 million over three years on an as-yet-unspecified United Nations “peace support” mission in Africa? The Senate Committee on National Security and Defence doesn’t seem to think so – at least that’s one suggestion to be derived from a report released today.
Helicopter crews were dispatched to the Cold Lake training area to search for the pilot of a CF-18 that crashed. It has been confirmed that the pilot was killed in the accident. An investigation will be conducted to determine the cause of accident. More information to come.
NATO's primary purpose has become obsolete, says military historian Joseph Micallef. While NATO has been steadily expanding its membership across Eastern Europe, Russia has become increasingly provocative, particularly to former Soviet states that consider joining NATO. The organization needs to redefine the kinds of threats it is designed to oppose.
The head of the Canadian Forces says fixing a casualty-support unit remains an “overriding concern,” along with significantly improving the assistance offered to military members slated for release, many of whom are coping with serious injuries and mental-health issues.
Despite the Liberals’ election-time promise to “not buy the F-35 stealth fighter-bomber,” the Trudeau government now says the jet can be considered, along with others, in Canada’s ongoing saga of replacing the military’s aging fleet of fighter jets.
ISSUES & IDEAS
A new report from that Senate Committee on National Security and Defence is proposing to revolutionize peacekeeping.
Several trends are underway at the same time, and they add up to a significant redefinition of the global scene, power and policy priorities.