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15 Feb - Hon Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defence poses with the rest of the defence ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.

Photo: MCpl Jennifer Kusche
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8 Feb - Romanian Naval Ship Ferdinand sails in between HMCS St John’s and the Spanish frigate Juan de Borbon in preparation for Replenishment at Sea.

Photo: Leading Seaman Ogle Henry
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6 Feb - A maintenance crew prepares a CH-146 Griffon helicopter during Exercise SOUTHERN BREEZE at Opa-locka Executive Airport, Florida.

Photo: Corporal Bryan Carter, 4 Wing Imaging
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6 Feb - Canadian mentors and Malagasy students of the Maritime Operations Centre pose for a photo at Antsiranana Naval Base, in Madagascar.

Photo: Cpl Gabrielle DesRochers, Canadian Forces Combat Camera
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5 Feb - Members of HMCS Ville de Québec's ice canoe-racing team approach the finish line at the Québec Carnival Ice canoe race.

Photo: Corporal Eric Girard, Canadian Forces Combat Camera
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3 Feb - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with CAF members participating in Operation LENTUS in Lamèque, New Brunswick.

Photo: WO Jerry Kean, 5 Cdn Div Public Affairs
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1 Feb - The pilot of a CF-188 Hornet approaches for an air to air refueling during CHUMEX at the Homestead Air Reserve Base in Florida.

Photo: Cpl Jean-Roch Chabot, 3 Wing Bagotville
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1 Feb - Canadian and Ukrainian soldiers complete the 22 Pushup Challenge at the International Peacekeeping and Security Centre in Starychi, Ukraine.

Photo: Joint Task Force - Ukraine
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31 Jan - Eight CF-188 Hornet aircraft sit on the tarmac at the Homestead Air Reserve Base in Florida before conducting a training mission during CHUMEX.

Photo: Cpl Jean-Roch Chabot, 3 Wing Bagotville
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31 Jan - A CF-188 Hornet aircraft takes off for a training mission from Homestead Air Reserve Base in Florida during CHUMEX.

 

Photo: Cpl Jean-Roch Chabot, 3 Wing Bagotville
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31 Jan - The German Navy frigate SACHSEN makes a replenishment at sea approach alongside HMCS St. John’s as the ship transits the Aegean Sea.

Photo: Leading Seaman Ogle Henry, Formation Imaging Services
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31 Jan - The CAF Unclassified Remote-sensing Situational Awareness system supports Operation ARTEMIS in Manama, Bahrain.

Photo: Master Corporal Mathieu Gaudreault, CF Combat Camera
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30 Jan - LCol Carol Potvin, Col Luc Guillette and Maj Mathieu Bertrand sign the change of command documents to officially transfer command from LCol Potvin to Major Betrand.

Photo: Courtesy of the US Army
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29 Jan - Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada and Defence Minister, Harjit S. Sajjan attend the Chinese New Year parade in Vancouver, BC.

Photo: Cpl Stuart MacNeil, MARPAC Imaging Services
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26 Jan - Cdr Brigadier-General Shane Brennan presides over a transfer of command from Maj Kevin Cadman (right) to Maj Robert Wuskynyk (left).

Photo: Op Impact, DND
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IN THE NEWS

Feb 17

The Government of Canada and Irving Shipbuilding are extending the Canadian Surface Combatant Request for Proposal submission deadline. Originally due on April 27, 2017, submissions will now be received until June 22, 2017.

Feb 17

The pro-trade show of solidarity that Justin Trudeau and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are likely to make in Berlin later today will mask differences in how to deal with Donald Trump's call for NATO members to boost military spending.

Feb 17

Canada expects to make significant new investments in defence following the forthcoming release of its defence policy review, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said Thursday as he met with NATO leaders in Brussels.

Feb 17

Michael Byers: It is possible, within the NATO definition of “defence expenditure,” to take a more expansive view of what constitutes defence spending.

Feb 17

Public Works and Procurement Canada has extended the deadline for bids on the Canadian Surface Combatant program from the end of April to June 22. Many of the companies expected to submit bids had complained of insufficient time to prepare required documentation.

Feb 17

Three Chinese warships including the aircraft carrier Liaoning carried out a week of exercises in the South China Sea, including weapons firing. On Wednesday, the government of China warned the United States not to challenge its sovereignty in the region.

Feb 16

A row over defence spending has erupted in the United Kingdom after a respected think tank said the Government was breaking its promise on spending two per cent of GDP on the military budget.

Feb 16

Canada says it's satisfied with the terms of its Canadian Surface Combatant project following criticism from Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri. Fincantieri had warned the Canadian government that it won’t bid on a new program to build a fleet of future surface combatants unless significant changes to the project are made and foreign firms are given more of a role.

Feb 16

Canadian soldiers in dangerous situations can claim tax exemptions worth up to $1800 a month, but RCAF aircrew operating over Iraq do not qualify. Tory defence critic James Bezan has called on the government to review tax breaks for Canadian Forces members on duty in the Middle East.

Feb 16

It’s been no secret that the F-35’s nine-figure price tag has been falling. This article charts the costs and offers insight into the process.

Feb 16

With a deadline looming in late April to submit bids for work on the Canadian Surface Combatant, companies are having trouble getting crucial information from the government of Canada. Potential bidders say both prime contractor Irving Shipbuilding and Public Services and Procurement Canada are slow to answer questions.

Feb 16

A poster in Gdansk, Poland invites workers to join the next generation of shipbuilders in Poland. In an email an Irving spokesperson said its 95 percent Canadian workforce sometimes requires expertise that can only be found abroad.

Feb 15

Following discussions on this topic at NATO meetings today, Defence Critic James Bezan calls on the Liberal government to budget more funds and finally fulfill the spending target agreed to 10 years ago.

Feb 15

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, warned that the amount of American support for NATO could depend on whether other countries meet their own spending commitments.

Feb 15

Some 200 soldiers from Edmonton are preparing to deploy to Ukraine — though with everyone waiting to see whether the mission there will be extended, exactly how long they will be staying is anyone’s guess.

Feb 15

Exercise CASTOR BORÉAL, running from February 10 to 18, brings 600 soldiers from 5 Canadian Mechanized Battle Group to the Goose Bay, Labrador airport to simulate the attack and defence of a strategic position.

Feb 15

Former MP and retired RCAF fighter pilot Laurie Hawn has received a request from the air force to quit his position as honorary colonel. He had publicly criticized the interim acquisition of Super Hornet jets, which the military said constituted political advocacy incompatible with his status.

Feb 14

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan will be in Europe from February 15 to 18 to participate in the NATO Defence Ministers Meeting and the Counter-ISIS Defence Ministerial, held in Brussels, Belgium, as well as the Munich Security Conference, taking place in Munich, Germany.

Feb 14

Hamas has named a shadowy militant commander as its new leader in the Gaza Strip, placing one of the Islamic group’s most hardline figures in charge of its core power base.

Feb 14

Having someone make swift decisions would save time and money on the National Shipbuilding Strategy, according to the government’s two key shipbuilders. Both Irving Shipyard in Halifax and Seaspan in Vancouver have recommended Ottawa take a page from other seafaring nations and hire someone to act as a single point of accountability and decision-making in shipbuilding.

Feb 14

Rights group accuses Syria of eight chemical attacks, killing at least nine people during offensive to retake key town.

Feb 14

President Donald Trump’s embattled national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned late Monday night, following reports that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other officials about his contacts with Russia. His departure upends Trump’s senior team after less than one month in office.

Feb 14

Royal Canadian Navy clearance diver Lt Mike St-Pierre, on exchange with UK forces, supervised the removal of an 80 year old Luftwaffe bomb from the Thames River near the Houses of Parliament. The bomb was floated to a remote location and safely detonated.

Feb 14

A Congressional study carried out by naval personnel, government bureaucrats and contractors echoes the official call for more ships but foresees fewer people. The Alternative Future Fleet paper calls for smaller aircraft carriers and uncrewed submarines and patrol boats.

Feb 13

The United States, Japan and South Korea have requested urgent diplomatic talks at the United Nations on Monday over North Korea's latest ballistic missile launch, with Seoul condemning what it called "serious military and security threats" and predicting more such tests.

ISSUES & IDEAS

Danny Lam's picture

Canada is in default of its treaty obligations under Article 3 of the 1949 North Atlantic Treaty; it is time to examine the cold, hard facts – and make changes.

Lawrie Hawn's picture

I have been very critical of the 100% politically motivated plan to buy 18 “interim” Super Hornets for some time and the story only gets worse. We could fill the fabricated “capability gap” with much cheaper options.

Canadian Global Affairs Institute's picture

Defeating the physical ISIS caliphate is an achievable goal but addresses none of the underlying causes and it would not end the conflicts of the region.

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