22 Jul – Vice-Admiral Ron Lloyd welcomed Rear-Admiral Art McDonald into his new role as Maritime Forces Pacific Commander.
IN THE NEWS
Canada Army Run, presented by BMO Bank of Montreal, is one of the most inspiring events in the country, where civilians, Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel, and runners of all ages and abilities run, walk, and roll together to show their pride as Canadians and as runners.
The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is accepting applications for the next class of astronauts for Canada's space program. Applications are being accepted until August 15, and the CSA expects to announce selected candidates in Summer 2017. This next class of Canadian astronaut candidates will start their training at NASA in August 2017.
The VH-92A Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program recently passed its Critical Design Review, Lockheed Martin announced on 25 July. The milestone means that the programme to replace the presidential fleet of ageing Sikorsky VH-3D (Sea King) and VH-60N (Black hawk) helicopters with the Sikorsky S-92 can now proceed to assembly, test and evaluation.
China rolled out a new amphibious aircraft from the Aviation Industry Corporation of China production line in Zhuhai on 23 July, state media announced. With a wing span of 38.8 m and a length of 37 m, the four-turboprop AG600 is the largest 'flying boat' to have been built by China.
Nine months after the Liberals came to power saying veterans would not have to fight the government for support and compensation, former soldiers say they are disappointed that so many commitments have yet to be fulfilled, including a promise of a free education for those who complete their service.
The military's aging fleet of Tutor jets flown by the Snowbirds demonstration team could remain in flight until 2030 – two decades past the scheduled retirement date. CBC News is reporting that DND is studying the feasibility of keeping the Canadian-built CT-114 Tutors in operation until 2025 and 2030, despite some "significant concerns" about the aircraft.
The latest version of MBDA’s Brimstone precision strike missile has formally entered service on the RAF’s Tornado GR4.
Gunfire erupted outside a nightclub in Fort Myers, Fla., at about 12:30 a.m. Monday, leaving two people dead and at least 14 people injured. Fort Myers police responded to Club Blu, where they found several victims suffering from gunshot wounds in the parking lot.
Canada has issued a request for information to Boeing, Lockheed-Martin, Saab, Dassault and Eurofighter earlier this month seeking information by the end of July in order to design an acquisition process to replace Ottawa’s CF-18 fighters. Amidst reports that Lockheed Martin’s F-18 stands at an advantage in Canada’s fighter aircraft competition, the Canadian MoD has issued a document stating “all procurement options are being considered,” Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan was quoted as saying by The Globe and Mail earlier this month.
All of Canada's front-line navy frigates have had serious mould problems, something that has routinely affected the health of sailors deployed overseas, a CBC News investigation has determined.
At least one shooter is still on the loose after a shooting inside a McDonald's at Munich's Olympia shopping mall Friday, police spokeswoman Claudia Küntzel said. "There could be several dead and one or even several shooters are on the loose." The shooting happened around 5:50 p.m. (11:50 a.m. ET).
A Canadian firm wants Ottawa to buy older transport aircraft from Norway, saying this could significantly boost the military’s capabilities in the Arctic relatively cheaply.
Rear-Admiral (RAdm) Art McDonald officially assumed command of Maritime Forces Pacific (MARPAC) and Joint Task Force (Pacific) (JTF(P)) from RAdm Gilles Couturier during a ceremony held today at CFB Esquimalt. Presiding over the ceremony was Vice-Admiral Ron Lloyd, Commander Royal Canadian Navy.
Over 100 members from the Canadian Army will take part in Exercise Arctic Anvil at Fort Greely and Fort Wainwright training areas in Alaska, from July 23 to August 3, 2016.
The minister of National Defence can carry on being the boss of the military justice system, says Canada’s top court. The Supreme Court of Canada has found defence ministers, even though they are political players, are the only ones who can appeal the decisions of a court martial, or the court martial appeals court.
The Canadian government is proceeding with the strategy of awarding the $5-billion “winner take all” support contract for the Joint Support Ships and the Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships, despite risk that the selected company could boost prices once it clinches the deal.
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion yesterday wrapped up two days of productive meetings in Washington with defence and foreign ministers from countries contributing to the Global Coalition to Counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
Operation NUNAKPUT 2016 ends today in Fort Simpson, Northwest Territories after two weeks of maritime patrols and training opportunities that began on July 5. The patrols and training centred around members of 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group, as well as search and rescue exercises that involved Canadian Armed Forces members, various Governmental Departments and a civilian search and rescue organization.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told Reuters on Thursday that there were significant failures in intelligence ahead of last Friday’s attempted military coup and that the armed forces would quickly be restructured.
A total of 16 companies have come forward to express interest in providing the Canadian military with drones, but more consultation is in the offing, and it's likely other federal departments will be using the technology well before it arrives at National Defence.
Canada's largest icebreaker is preparing for a critical expedition to the North Pole, marking the country's final mission in the High Arctic before making an official claim to the barren, but strategically important area at the top of the world.
Donald Trump's comments that, if elected president, the U.S. wouldn't automatically come to the aid of allies are "not helpful," Canada's defence minister says.
The SkyHawks, Canada’s only military parachute demonstration team in celebration of their 45th anniversary, will be performing in Ottawa on July 21, 22, and 23 on Parliament Hill to kick off the 20th annual Fortissimo celebration.
A backgrounder on the reasons for declaring a State of Emergency have been provided by official Turkish sources. Also, video links, taken on the night of the attempted coup in Turkey, have been compiled here for your convenience.
The Globe reports that explosive breaching gear that literally says "Made in Canada" has been found at the scene of a deadly raid against Shia civilians in the Qatif region of Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province – this illustrates the very real risk of misuse by Saudi Arabia.
ISSUES & IDEAS
Retired Canadian diplomat Ferry de Kerckhove talks to The House about the potential consequences of the failed coup in Turkey.
It can be easy to overlook how revolutionary a vertical lift aircraft that can operate at supersonic speeds actually is.