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Prince Harry's opening speech at the Invictus Games in Toronto is a moving tribute to "those who wear the uniform." Listen here: https://twitter.com/KensingtonRoyal/status/911795064694886400

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20 Sept - HMCS Charlottetown's CH-124 Sea King helicopter hovers behind the ship and launches its defensive flares during a training flight.

Photo: LS Dan Bard
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20 Sept - HMCS Ottawa leads Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force, JDS Kashima and JS Harusame through the Haro Strait off the coast of Vancouver Island.

Photo: Cpl Stuart MacNeil
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18 Sept - Members of the Danish Boarding Party board HMCS Charlottetown as part of a cross-nation training exercise during Operation Reassurance.

Photo: Cpl J.W.S. Houck
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17 Sept - Leading Seaman Brandon Messom performs maintenance on the drive engine of HMCS Charlottetown during Operation Reassurance.

Photo: Cpl J.W.S. Houck
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17 Sept - Divers from HMCS St. John’s prepare to inspect a jetty on South Caicos Island during Op Renaissance, the Hurricane Irma humanitarian aid mission in the Caribbean.

Photo: MCpl Chris Ringius
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17 Sept - Cdr of the RCAF, Lt-Gen Michael Hood salutes as Honorary Col Loreena McKennitt sings the nation anthem at the 77th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

Photo: Cpl Alana Morin
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14 Sept - CAF members are briefed as exercise candidates prepare a missile for disposal during Exercise Taz Tornado in 4 Wing’s Jimmy Lake Range, Alberta.

Photo: Avr Caitlin Paterson
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14 Sept - A live munitions explosion detonates at Exercise Taz Tornado in 4 Wing’s Jimmy Lake Range, near Cold Lake, Alberta.

Photo: Avr Caitlin Paterson
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14 Sept - A CH-147F Chinook helicopter conducts a practice landing near Kamloops, BC during Operation Lentus.

Photo: Cpl Dominic Duchesne-Beaulieu
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14 Sept - Exercise candidate prepares a missile for disposal during Exercise Taz Tornado in 4 Wing’s Jimmy Lake Range, near Cold Lake, Alberta.

Photo: Avr Caitlin Paterson
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14 Sept - A CAF CC-177 Globemaster awaits Canadian evacuees at the Provindeciales airport in the Turks and Caicos following Hurricane Irma.

Photo: MCpl Louis Brunet
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13 Sept - Crew members from the CC-177 Globemaster install seats into the aircraft in preparation for humanitarian transport in the Caribbean following hurricane Irma.

Photo: MCpl/Cplc Louis Brunet
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12 Sept - LS Joshua McIntosh and LS Lucas Ruber wait to be lowered into the water while sitting in a Ridged Hull Inflation Boat from HMCS Charlottetown.

Photo: J.W.S. Houck
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12 Sept - Members of the ship’s company assume Emergency Flying Stations as they respond to a simulated air craft emergency aboard HMCS Charlottetown.

Photo: J.W.S. Houck
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11 Sept - A soldier from the U.S. National Guard Shooting Team knocks over a plate during the pistol barricade as part of the military biathlon that was held in Ottawa, On.

Photo: Cpl Jax Kennedy
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IN THE NEWS

Sep 22

Naval Group delivered its first Gowind 2500 corvette to the Egyptian Navy today. The ceremony took place in Lorient, France, in the presence of Admiral Ahmed Khaled, commander in chief of the Egyptian Navy; Hervé Guillou, President and CEO of Naval Group; and senior officials of the French Navy and the French armament procurement agency.

Sep 22

As Prime Minister, Paul Martin decided not to join with the United States in a joint ballistic missile defence system. Today, he said, different circumstances including an unstable and belligerent North Korea might bring a different decision.

Sep 22

The federal government has informed potential bidders for the Royal Canadian Navy frigate program that the new date for submissions is November 17, according to industry sources. The contract could be worth as much as $60 billion.

Sep 22

An August 2017 survey shows many soldiers and first responders have trouble finding help for their health issues. While members of these groups listed sleep and stress issues as concerns, they did not always link them to the health risks they face.

Sep 22

Shot down over France in 1944, the wreckage of RCAF Spitfire NH341 was purchased and restored by a British business. The aircraft is now flown from Headcorn Airfield in Kent, England.

Sep 21

President Donald Trump indicated Wednesday that he has made a decision on the future of the Iran nuclear deal, but refused to offer additional information.

Sep 21

Documents show military officers recommended two-seat versions of the proposed interim Super Hornet fighter jet, because they would fetch a better price once a permanent aircraft is selected and they are no longer required. A trade dispute has slowed the purchase of the interim fleet.

Sep 21

Delays in the delivery by Seaspan Shipyards of offshore science vessels have triggered a review of the schedules for construction of an icebreaker and navy supply ships. Three science vessels must be completed before work begins on the rest of the program.

Sep 21

Nations and international organizations are advising Kurds not to vote for independence but a September 25 ballot seems likely to succeed. Canada has provided military aid to Kurds in northern Iraq since 2014.

Sep 20

The Canadian military was planning to hire retired Master Warrant Officer Barry Westholm to help reform its Joint Personnel Support Units until he wrote letters criticizing them to senior leaders, including Prime Minister Trudeau. The job offer has since been withdrawn.

Sep 20

Joining soldiers from five other NATO nations, 450 Canadian Forces members stand with Latvia against a possible incursion from Russia.  Do the facts on the ground justify that fear?

Sep 19

The PM has reaffirmed that Canada will continue to push for one of the temporary seats on the United Nations Security Council when it becomes open in four years.

Sep 19

The Cassini spacecraft sent its final string of data back to Earth early Friday morning, shortly before vaporizing in Saturn's atmosphere ending a 13-year journey.

Sep 19

Some NATO members, including the Baltic states and Poland, have criticized an alleged lack of transparency about the war games and questioned Moscow's intentions.

Sep 19

The United States has established a military base on Israeli soil for the first time in history. Dozens of US military members will staff the missile defence base, which will work closely with the Israeli Air Force.

Sep 19

A total of 17 US sailors died in two collisions with civilian ships in Asian waters since June. Rear Adm. Charles Williams, commander of Task Force 70, and Capt. Jeffrey Bennett, commander of a destroyer squadron have both been fired, joining four other senior officers who have been relieved of command.

Sep 19

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in the Commons yesterday that if Boeing wants to sell Canada 18 fighter jets, it must drop its trade complaint against Bombardier. Boeing says the Bombardier C-series pricing is a classic case of 'dumping', or selling below the cost of production.

Sep 18

The Canadian Armed Forces Small Arms Concentration (CAFSAC) top shooters were announced at Connaught Ranges and Primary Training Centre in Ottawa, Ontario. 

Sep 18

International military snipers and Canadian law enforcement officers participated in the 19th annual Canadian International Sniper Concentration (CISC), from September 7 to 14, 2017, at 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown, New Brunswick.

Sep 18

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Matt DeCourcey, took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony today for a newly-constructed Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle (TAPV) facility at 5 Canadian Division Support Base (5 CDSB) Gagetown.

Sep 18

An expected attack on the Iraqi city of Hawija would drive ISIS forces from one of their last remaining strongholds in the country. About 200 Canadian special forces soldiers are working with Iraqi and local forces.

Sep 18

Boeing has promised $18 billion in benefits over ten years to Canada, if the government buys 18 Super Hornet aircraft for the RCAF. The proposed purchase went sour after the company filed a trade action against Canadian aircraft builder Bombardier.

Sep 14

Russia embarks on a week of combat exercises and military maneuvers that will be closely watched by neighbouring countries and the United States.

Sep 14

The fourth annual status report on selected major defence acquisitions was released today. The University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy, the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, and author David Perry provides a comprehensive reference, tracking the progress on major defence acquisition commitments.

Sep 14

The 2017 Canada Army Run is taking place this Sunday, September 17, and several road closures will occur over the weekend.

ISSUES & IDEAS

Ken Pole's picture

A trade dispute has upended Canada's defence plan, announced this Spring, to fill a "capability gap" in the RCAF fleet with Boeing Super Hornets before the production line for this platform winds down. 

Canadian Global Affairs Institute's picture

The effort to replace Canada’s fighter jets is reaching new depths of hilarity, writes David Bercuson.

Canadian Global Affairs Institute's picture

Canada should resist the temptation to follow America's renewed effort in Afghanistan, notes David Bercuson.

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