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14 Feb – A member of 3rd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment prepares to collect his parachute after a jump during Exercise Pégase Nordique.
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14 Feb – A member of 3rd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment prepares to collect his parachute after a jump during Exercise Pégase Nordique.

Photo: Aviator Justine Dusablon
15 Feb – Four CF-188 Hornet fighters perform air-to-air refueling with a CC-150 Polaris aircraft during Exercise Ti-Pic Savage in Louisiana, USA.
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15 Feb – Four CF-188 Hornet fighters perform air-to-air refueling with a CC-150 Polaris aircraft during Exercise Ti-Pic Savage in Louisiana, USA.

Photo: Cpl Gary Calvé
12 Feb – RCN members on board HMCS St. John’s observe their ship's company performing their duties before departing Bergen, Norway during Operation Reassurance.
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12 Feb – RCN members on board HMCS St. John’s observe their ship's company performing their duties before departing Bergen, Norway during Operation Reassurance.

Photo: Corporal Tony Chand
8 Feb – A Spanish soldier after he surfaces following the cold water survival plunge as part of the Latvian Winter Survival training during Operation Reassurance.
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8 Feb – A Spanish soldier surfaces following the cold water survival plunge as part of the Latvian Winter Survival training during Operation Reassurance

Photo: Cpl Jean-Roch Chabot
6 Feb – Canadian Army members and a member of the British Army play a friendly game of hockey near Gagetown, New Brunswick while on Exercise Roguish Buoy.
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6 Feb – Canadian and British Army members play a friendly game of hockey near Gagetown, New Brunswick while on Exercise Roguish Buoy.

Photo: Cpl Peter Ford
6 Feb – A Canadian Army diver from 1CER gives the okay before his dive during Exercise Roguish Buoy 2018, at the annual combat diving training event.
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6 Feb – A Canadian Army diver from 1CER gives the okay before his dive during Exercise Roguish Buoy 2018, at the annual combat diving training event.

Photo: Cpl Genevieve Lapointe
30 Jan – The embarked Maritime Tactical Operations Group onboard HMCS St. John’s performs close quarter combat training during Operation Reassurance.
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30 Jan – The embarked Maritime Tactical Operations Group onboard HMCS St. John’s performs close quarter combat training during Operation Reassurance.

Photo: Corporal Tony Chand
27 Jan – Cmdre S.T. Larsen, Commander of Standing NATO Maritime Group  1, boards HMCS St. John’s for a visit during Operation Reassurance.
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27 Jan – Cmdre S.T. Larsen, Commander of Standing NATO Maritime Group  1, boards HMCS St. John’s for a visit during Operation Reassurance.

Photo: Corporal Tony Chand
New French ship Normandie floated out
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01 Feb – on track for the French Navy, the eighth FREMM multi-mission frigate, Normandie, was floated out today in Lorient, France, amid crowds of visitors and Na val Groupemployees.

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15 Jan – Sergeant Ted Dahr leads the team of instructors on creating a tripod for the bonfire to be used as a demonstration for the students during Exercise Frosted Flier.
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15 Jan – Sergeant Ted Dahr leads the team of instructors on creating a tripod for the bonfire to be used as a demonstration for the students during Exercise Frosted Flier.

Photo: Cpl Justin Roy
15 Jan – LCol Wade Rutland and LCol Sean French sign the scrolls at the Battlegroup’s change of command ceremony at the Ādaži Cultural Center near Riga, Latvia.
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15 Jan – LCol Wade Rutland and LCol Sean French sign the scrolls at the Battlegroup’s change of command ceremony at the Ādaži Cultural Center near Riga, Latvia.

Photo: Sergeant Bernie Kuhn
19 Jan – Her Excellency The Right Honourable Julie Payette rides in the gunner hatch of a LAV 6 enroute to the Camp Ādaži training area during her visit to the Battlegroup.
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19 Jan – Her Excellency The Right Honourable Julie Payette rides in the gunner hatch of a LAV 6 enroute to the Camp Ādaži training area during her visit to the Battlegroup.

Photo: Sergeant Bernie Kuhn
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
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IN THE NEWS

Feb 22

The crowd gathered at a makeshift cemetery in Douma, a neighbourhood of Eastern Ghouta, to say a few brief prayers and bury seven people killed in a bomb blast that morning. As they began laying the bodies into the earth a jet streaked overhead and fired a rocket into the crowd.

Feb 22

Canadians could be paying more than $1.5 billion extra as the operating life of the military’s aging CF-18 fighter jets is extended for another 14 years. That would be on top of the $500 million the Liberal government has set aside to buy 18 used Australian F-18s as a stop-gap until it can acquire new planes.

Feb 22

In early December, former NHL player Dave "Tiger" Williams was charged with assault and sexual assault after a military flight carying entertainers to Canadian soldiers in Latvia. Evidence has emerged of heavy drinking on the Canadian Forces aircraft.

Feb 21

Aid agencies, including the Red Cross and World Food Programme, are calling for an urgent ceasefire to allow them to reach the besieged Syrian enclave of eastern Ghouta, as rockets and barrel bombs dropped by pro-regime forces killed dozens more people on the fourth day of an intense assault.

Feb 21

Brazilian President Michel Temer was present for the transfer of the Riachuelo diesel-Electric attack submarine to its assembly hall in Itaguai, Brazil. French shipbuilder Naval Group completed the transfer of technology for the ProSub programme, which provides the country with state-of-the-art equipment made in Brazil, and provide ongoing support as needed.

Feb 21

Repair and maintenance contracts for Lockheed Martin F-35 aircraft are now open for bids from Canadian companies. Procurement Canada posted a request for information in late January. Canadian aerospace companies already provide parts and subsystems for F-35 production.

Feb 21

MV Asterix, the Canadian navy's new supply ship will not operate in dangerous environments, according to the commander of Canada's Atlantic Fleet, Commodore Craig Skjerpen. The conversion of Asterix for military service will be completed in March 2018.

Feb 20

The 2018 edition of the annual Strategic Outlook for Canada, which looks at key security and defence issues facing Canada into the future, was released by the Conference of Defence Associations Institute.  This year, Kim Richard Nossal, Jim Boutilier, James Fergusson, Andrea Charron, Charles Davies and Ross Fetterly examine a wide range of international and domestic topics, that are relevant to executing the Canadian defence policy.

Feb 20

Colonel Bruce MacGregor, Director of Military Prosecutions, has announced the appointment of Lieutenant-Colonel Mark Poland as a Special Prosecutor to carry out military prosecution duties relating to the charges laid recently against the Chief Military Judge, Colonel Mario Dutil.

Feb 20

For its pending FFG(X) acquisition of 20 frigates, the U.S. Government has awarded a contract to the United States shipyard General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, supported by the Spanish ship designer and shipyard Navantia, for a conceptual design.

Feb 20

Colonel Bruce MacGregor, Director of Military Prosecutions, has announced the appointment of Lieutenant-Colonel Mark Poland as a Special Prosecutor to carry out military prosecution duties relating to the charges laid recently against the Chief Military Judge, Colonel Mario Dutil.

Feb 20

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan concluded two of three rounds of meetings in Europe. The Minister participated in a meeting of the Defence Ministers from the main force contributors to the Global Coalition against Daesh, and in Brussels, at the NATO Defence Ministerial Meeting.

Feb 20

Intense Syrian government shelling and airstrikes on rebel-held Damascus suburbs killed nearly 130 people in two days, marking some of the deadliest bombardment of the rebellious region in three years, a monitoring group and paramedics said.

Feb 20

A skirmish involving the United States “nuclear football” reportedly broke out in Beijing last year just hours after Donald Trump had flown in for what he later hailed as an “absolutely terrific” visit. Secret service teams clashed when Chinese agents tried to stop case carrying US nuclear codes from entering Beijing’s Great Hall of the People.

Feb 20

Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said Turkey's operations were going ahead as planned and it would be a "disaster" if Syrian troops were to intervene. Syrian media had earlier said the army would help Kurds resist Turkish operations in the enclave of Afrin.

Feb 20

The Canadian Forces is reviewing its policies around morale tours which take sports figures and other people to visit units deployed abroad. Former NHL player Dave 'Tiger' Williams was charged with sexual assault and assault after a December incident aboard a military aircraft.

Feb 19

Canada is rejoining NATO's Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) program, which it left in 2011 to save $50 million. Rejoining will cost about half that amount because the Canadian contribution this time will not include personnel.

Feb 19

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says Canada might be willing to meet a NATO request to expand its training role in Iraq but has offered no details about number of Canadian soldiers that might be involved. The collapse of ISIS has led to fighting between Kurdish militia and Iraqi government soldiers. Canada had been training both forces.

Feb 16

As of 0700, the Mark Norman Gofundme account had exceeded its goal of $50,000. The fund was established to assist VAdm Mark Norman with his legal expenses, after he was relieved of duty as Vice Chief Defence Staff more than a year ago, after allegations of violating government confidentiality.

Feb 16

Canada has joined a coalition of NATO countries looking for new maritime surveillance aircraft. Eight countries belong to the Multinational Maritime Multi Mission Aircraft Capabilities program.

Feb 16

The deadline for applications to sell Canada 88 new fighter jets passed on February but the government has not published the supplier’s list. Procurement Canada has not explained the delay.

Feb 15

In a rambling nearly 3,000-word letter issued Wednesday, the Taliban urged the “American people” to press their government to withdraw from Afghanistan, reminding them that the Afghan war is the longest conflict in which they have been embroiled — and at a cost of “trillions of dollars.”

Feb 15

In December, the Liberal government made changes to Canada’s arms export rules to allow the sale of machine-guns and other small arms to Ukraine. Ukraine is keen to bring its weaponry up to a NATO standard as it hopes to set the stage to eventually join the alliance.

Feb 15

In January, industry representatives were told a contract for new RCAF fighter aircraft would not be issued before 2021 or 2022. The 88 new fighter jets would reach full operational capability by 2031.

Feb 15

 Canadian veterans and supporters are expected on Parliament Hill today to protest federal government policies.Some veterans are disappointed and angry with changes to their retirement and disability benefits.

ISSUES & IDEAS

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Colonel Mark Poland has been appointed as a Special Prosecutor to conduct a post-charge review of charges against Chief Military Judge Colonel Mario Dutil under the National Defence Act to determine if this matter will proceed to trial by court martial.

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China and Russia spend less than the United States on a per capita basis, but they are getting better results at modernizing and strengthening their military power. What does this mean for Canada, asks David Bercuson.

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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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