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5 Jan – Members of the Canadian contingent of the enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup in Latvia fire the Tube-launched, Optically tracked, Wire-guided (TOW) missile.
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5 Jan – Members of the Canadian contingent of the enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup in Latvia fire the Tube-launched, Optically tracked, Wire-guided (TOW) missile.

Photo: Sergeant Bernie Kuhn
16 Nov – A sailor of HMCS Moncton talks with kids at a local school in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
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16 Nov – A sailor of HMCS Moncton talks with kids at a local school in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Photo: 12 Wing Imaging Services
8 Dec – HMCS Charlottetown, currently deployed to increase Allied Maritime Situational Awareness as part of SNMG1, steams near RFN Soobrazitelnyy (531).
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8 Dec – HMCS Charlottetown, currently deployed to increase Allied Maritime Situational Awareness as part of SNMG1, steams near RFN Soobrazitelnyy (531). 

Photo: Cpl J.W.S. Houck
22 Nov – HMCS Nanaimo transfer cocaine bales seized from a suspected smuggling vessel in collaboration with a USCG Law Enforcement Detachment during Operation Caribbe.
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22 Nov – HMCS Nanaimo transfer cocaine bales seized from a suspected smuggling vessel in collaboration with a USCG Law Enforcement Detachment during Operation Caribbe.

Photo: MARPAC Imaging
2 Nov – Members conduct simulated section attacks with Leopard 2A4 tanks in the training area of CFB Valcartier in Quebec City during Exercise Lion Intrépide 2017.
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2 Nov – Members conduct simulated section attacks with Leopard 2A4 tanks in the training area of CFB Valcartier in Quebec City during Exercise Lion Intrépide 2017.

Photo: Cpl Nathan Moulton
4 Nov – HMCS Winnipeg's CH-124 Sea King helicopter flies past international ships, submarines and helicopter carriers during Exercise Trident Juncture.
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4 Nov – HMCS Winnipeg's CH-124 Sea King helicopter flies past international ships, submarines and helicopter carriers during Exercise Trident Juncture.

Photo: LS Ogle Henry, HMCS Winnipeg
21 Nov – Master Seaman Chris Newstead, a member of the RCN Naval Security Team participates in a simulated casualty scenario in Busan, South Korea.
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21 Nov – Master Seaman Chris Newstead, a member of the RCN Naval Security Team participates in a simulated casualty scenario in Busan, South Korea.

Photo: Cpl Stuart MacNeil
12 Oct – The Thunderbirds and The CF Snowbirds greet each other after arriving in Boise, Idaho for the Gowen Thunder Open House and Airshow at Gowen Field.
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12 Oct – The Thunderbirds and The CF Snowbirds greet each other after arriving in Boise, Idaho for the Gowen Thunder Open House and Airshow at Gowen Field.

Photo: Airman 1st Class Mercedee Schwartz
11 Nov – Sentries form up during the Remembrance Day Ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, ON.
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11 Nov – Sentries form up during the Remembrance Day Ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, ON.

Photo: Cpl MacIsaac
20 Oct – CH-146 Griffon helicopters from 430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron land at the Citadelle of Quebec during Exercise Spartiate Eclaireur in Quebec City.
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20 Oct – CH-146 Griffon helicopters from 430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron land at the Citadelle of Quebec during Exercise Spartiate Eclaireur in Quebec City.

Photo: Sgt Marc-André Gaudreault
Rescuers recover the training dummy
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10 Oct – Rescuers from HMCS Charlottetown recover the training dummy during a simulated man-overboard drill while participating in Exercise Brilliant Mariner 17.

Photo: Cpl J.W.S. Houck
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IN THE NEWS

Jan 19

The end of the Canadian Veterans Association in the United Kingdom was marked in a ceremony at Guildford Cathedral. Established in 1949 with 15 branches, the group had declined to a single branch. Now, with only a few surviving Canadian veterans, the association decided to close.

Jan 19

VAdm Gary Garnett and VAdm Ronald Buck, both retired, have called on federal authorities to either charge or exonerate VAdm Mark Norman  who has been suspended from his duties as Vice Chief Defence Staff for a year, under investigation for allegedly leaking confidential documents.

Jan 19

A planned fire last September at Canadian Forces Base Suffield spread and burned almost 300 square kilometres, including land beyond the base. The base has accepted 17 recommendations from a board of inquiry.

Jan 18

Public Services and Procurement Canada has awarded a contract valued at $5,737,350 to Marine Recycling Corporation from Port Colborne, Ontario, for the disposal of the Royal Canadian Navy’s former HMCS Athabaskan.

Jan 18

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Charlottetown is being replaced by HMCS St. John’s on Operation Reassurance following a successful six-month deployment as part of the Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1).

Jan 18

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan welcomed the reappointment of the interim Chairperson and three new appointments to the Military Grievances External Review Committee (MGERC).

Jan 18

Saeeda was at work when she got the message: “Mama, I’ve left to join ISIS.” The Canadian mother's quest to bring her daughter home took her to Turkey and Germany and is the subject of a CBC documentary called "The Way Out." 

Jan 18

While RCMP officers re-interview federal employees about the alleged leak of confidential information by VAdm Mark Norman, responsibility for the case has moved from the Ottawa Public Prosecution Service of Canada office to Halifax. It is not clear why the case has been transferred.

Jan 17

Japanese public broadcaster NHK issued an on-air apology Tuesday after issuing an alert incorrectly claiming that North Korea had launched a ballistic missile.

Jan 17

In 2017 two collisions killed 17 US Navy sailors. The former commanders of the ships involved in each incident, USS Fitzgerald and USS John S. McCain, will face criminal charges including dereliction of duty, hazarding a vessel and negligent homicide.

Jan 17

Vice Admiral Mark Norman was suspended as Vice Chief Defence Staff a year ago for allegedly leaking confidential documents related to shipbuilding. A retired lobbyist has come forward to say in the Ottawa defence community,"we all knew" the information Norman is accused of leaking within hours of an important cabinet meeting.

Jan 16

Twin suicide bombings rocked Baghdad, killing 38 people in the deadliest attack since Iraq declared victory over the Islamic State group last month. The bombers targeted the bustling Tayran Square, in the heart of the capital, setting off their explosive vests among labourers and street vendors during the morning rush hour.

Jan 16

Lloyd States was a soldier in the joint U.S.-Canadian First Special Service Forces — the famed Devil’s Brigade. Not only had he fought Nazi soldiers with bravery and distinction, he endured racism and prejudice. His daughter, Margaret States, accepted the 2018 Ottawa DreamKeepers’ Jean Augustine Life Achievement Award on behalf of her father, who died in 1996.

Jan 16

As angry complaints washed over Veterans Affairs Canada about its handling of last spring’s Vimy Ridge centennial, the department’s communications strategy appears to have been to minimize the blame — and, where possible, shift it.

Jan 16

Seaspan shipyards in Vancouver was supposed to begin work on the first Joint Support Ship this year, but now federal officials will not release a building and delivery schedule for those ships. The government does say construction of the supply ships will start in 2019.

Jan 16

News outlets in the United Kingson say Irving Shipyards of Halifax is recruiting engineers and managers from the Furness shipyard. The reports say BAE Systems employees have been contacted and offered “a new home and full relocation package”.

Jan 15

Following months of training and preparation, approximately 450 CAF members are now on their way to Latvia to provide relief for Canadian soldiers taking part in Operation Reassurance.

Jan 15

A technical fault on an El Al aircraft flying from  New York to Tel Aviv forced it to make an emergency landing at the Goose Bay Canadian air force base Sunday. Hundreds of passengers waited for hours on the runway in -30C temperatures until a replacement aircraft arrived from New York.

Jan 15

On Saturday a false alert of a ballistic missile attack caused panic in Hawaii. The alert, which went out to mobile telephones said, in capital letters, “Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill.” It took 38 minutes for officials to cancel the alert.

Jan 12

An unreleased document called “Court Martial Comprehensive Review Interim Report” says senior commanders think the military justice system is slow, too lenient, and neglects victims’ rights. Officers called the system “intolerably slow” and “broken”.

Jan 12

The Royal Canadian Navy has changed policy and started installing Wi-Fi on every ship. The American navy installed wireless networks on its ships in 2012.

Jan 11

The DGA has just awarded a contract for technology development in the field of rotary-wing drones to the Naval Group and Airbus Helicopters consortium. The contract covers de- risking studies ahead of construction of a future tactical helicopter drone demonstrator aboard warships.

Jan 11

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told a woman heckling him about Omar Khadr during a town hall in Hamilton that he, too, is angry about the multimillion-dollar settlement the former Guantanamo Bay inmate received from the government.

Jan 11

MGen Mike Rouleau, commander of Canada's special forces, wants to recruit more women. Rouleau said their presence would make the elite units more effective.

Jan 11

MV Asterix, the Royal Canadian Navy's new auxiliary replenishment vessel, lost power in Halifax Harbour last week just before a winter storm. The former container ship is in Halifax for sea trials before entering naval service.

ISSUES & IDEAS

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Alan Stephenson takes a hard look at the pending Australian fighter purchase and the "fictitious" capability gap it intends to fill.

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The social contract, which members of the Canadian Armed Forces hold as a sacred obligation, has been shot down by a BC Court of Appeals. The finding states: “the government has no obligation to care for its military and veterans”.

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David Bercuson wonders how long the government will continue to use political games to avoid making a decision on the fighter jet replacements.

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