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22 Jul – Vice-Admiral Ron Lloyd welcomed Rear-Admiral Art McDonald into his new role as Maritime Forces Pacific Commander.

Photo by: MARPAC Imaging
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15 Jul – Snipers, Pathfinders and reconnaissance members conduct insertion and extraction training with a CH-147F Chinook helicopter during RIMPAC 2016 at Camp Pendleton in San Diego, CA.

Photo: Sgt Marc-André Gaudreault
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11 Jul – Royal Canadian Navy Halifax-class frigate HMCS Vancouver departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for Rim of the Pacific 2016.
 

Photo: Shannon Chambers
MCpl John Hotchkiss from the Princess Patricia’s Light Infantry, B Company instructs a member of the Jamaican Defence Force at the Jamaican Defense Forces Gallery Range during Exercise TRADEWINDS 16 in Kingston, Jamaica on June 23, 2016.
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23 Jun – The Princess Patricia’s Light Infantry instructs the Jamaican Defence Force at the Jamaican Defense Forces Gallery Range during Exercise Tradewinds 16 in Kingston, Jamaica.

Photo: MCpl Kevin McMillan
2 Jul – Canadian Armed Forces members salute while the national anthems of France and Canada are played, during a parade commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Somme in Courcelette, France.
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2 Jul – CAF members salute while the national anthems of France and Canada are played, during a parade commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Somme in Courcelette, France.

Photo: MCpl Pat Blanchard
The Stadacona band entertains the crowd as Her Majesty's Canadian Ship FREDERICTON returns from its deployment on Operation REASSURANCE on July 5, 2016 to Halfax, Nova Scotia.
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5 Jul – The Stadacona band entertains the crowd as HMCS Fredericton returns from its deployment on Operation Reassurance to Halfax, NS.

Photo: John Clevett
A CH-146 helicopter from 430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron, Canadian Forces Base Valcartier flies over the majestic mountain range on Ellesmere Island en route to D’Iberville on June 14, 2016 during Operation NEVUS.
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14 Jun – A CH-146 from 430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron, Canadian Forces Base Valcartier flies over the mountain range on Ellesmere Island during Operation Nevus.

Photo: PO2 Belinda Groves
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20 Jun – Sgt Yannick Bédard from Canadian Forces Combat Camera signals his readiness to dive with partner nations during Exercise Tradewinds in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Photo: MCpl Alexandre Paquin
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IN THE NEWS

Jul 27

The White House on Tuesday issued the U.S. government's first emergency response manual for a major cyber attack, though some officials acknowledged it lacked clear guidance on possible retaliation against hacker adversaries.

Jul 27

The Royal Canadian Legion hopes to establish a countrywide system to help veterans who suffer from mental illnesses but it’s not backing down from its controversial plan to charge ex-soldiers a fee to join that support group.

Jul 27

Canada has so far forked over more than $311 million to develop the F-35 - without any guarantee it will actually buy the multibillion-dollar stealth fighter. The most recent instalment was made June 24, when the Liberal government quietly paid $32.9 million to the U.S. program office overseeing development of the warplane, despite having promised during last year's election campaign not to buy the F-35.

Jul 27

The door has been opened just slightly to the possibility of the Liberal government leasing more ships in order to cover gaps in the navy and coast guard fleets, newly released documents reveal.

Jul 27

Saudi Arabia’s top official in Canada is defending his country’s human rights record and a controversial $15-billion sale of Canadian-made armoured vehicles to the Saudi Arabian National Guard, noting that despite “misleading information” in the media, he still believes the contract will bring the two countries closer.

Jul 26

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.

Jul 26

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.

Jul 26

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.

Jul 26

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.

Jul 26

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.

Jul 26

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.

Jul 25

The latest version of MBDA’s Brimstone precision strike missile has formally entered service on the RAF’s Tornado GR4.

Jul 25

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.

Jul 25

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.

Jul 25

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.

Jul 22

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).

Jul 22

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.

Jul 22

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.

Jul 22

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.

Jul 22

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.

Jul 22

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.

Jul 22

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).

Jul 21

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.

Jul 21

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.

Jul 21

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.

ISSUES & IDEAS

Ferry de Kerckhove's picture

Retired Canadian diplomat Ferry de Kerckhove talks to The House about the potential consequences of the failed coup in Turkey.

Robbin Laird's picture

It can be easy to overlook how revolutionary a vertical lift aircraft that can operate at supersonic speeds actually is.

Alan Williams's picture

If the government feels that, as a result of a "capability gap", it must proceed with a sense of urgency, it should still hold a competition – a sole-source process can often take longer than a competitive one.

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