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27 Mar – Spanish Armed Forces soldiers run in formation to board a Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during Exercise Claymore Soaring.
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27 Mar – Spanish Armed Forces soldiers run in formation to board a Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during Exercise Claymore Soaring.

Photo: Cpl Desiree T. Bourdon
21 Mar – HMCS St. John’s performs manoeuvres with other members of Standing NATO Maritime Group One while on Operation Reassurance.
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21 Mar – HMCS St. John’s performs manoeuvres with other members of Standing NATO Maritime Group One while on Operation Reassurance.

Photo: Cpl Tony Chand
28 Mar – Crew members from  HMCS Edmonton free a sea turtle from a net during Operation Caribbe in the eastern Pacific Ocean.
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28 Mar – Crew members from  HMCS Edmonton free a sea turtle from a net during Operation Caribbe in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

Photo: MARPAC Imaging Services
23 Mar – Ghanaian Navy Ship Garinga passes HMCS Kingston during Exercise Obangame Express, a multinational training scenario taking place during Operation Projection.
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23 Mar – Ghanaian Navy Ship Garinga passes HMCS Kingston during Exercise Obangame Express, a multinational training scenario during Operation Projection.

Photo: Sgt Shilo Adamson
18 Mar – RCN members currently deployed onboard HMCS St. John's perform their duties handling lines and fenders during the port entry to Gydina, Poland while on Op Reassurance.
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18 Mar – RCN members currently deployed onboard HMCS St. John's perform their duties handling lines and fenders during the port entry to Gydina, Poland while on Op Reassurance.

Photo: Cpl Tony Chand
16 Mar – LCol Emily Lambert, Commanding Officer onboard HMCS Summerside, with students from Lycée Militaire School during Operation Projection, Benin.
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16 Mar – LCol Emily Lambert, Commanding Officer onboard HMCS Summerside, with students from Lycée Militaire School during Operation Projection, Benin.

Photo: PO2 Peter Reed
14 Mar – Soldiers prepare armoured vehicles for transport to the railway station in Quebec City for Exercise Maple Resolve, to take place in Wainwright, Alberta.
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14 Mar – Soldiers prepare armoured vehicles for transport to the railway station in Quebec City for Exercise Maple Resolve, to take place in Wainwright, Alberta.

Photo: Cpl Nedia Coutinho
9 Mar – The Aurora Borealis seen in the Kangiqsujuaq region, Nunavik, Quebec during Exercise Guerrier Nordique.
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9 Mar – The Aurora Borealis seen in the Kangiqsujuaq region, Nunavik, Quebec during Exercise Guerrier Nordique.

Photo: Corporal Matthieu Racette
6 Mar – HMCS St. John’s currently deployed in the Baltic Sea performs manoeuvres with other members of the NATO task group during Operation Reassurance.
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6 Mar – HMCS St. John’s currently deployed in the Baltic Sea performs manoeuvres with other members of the NATO task group during Operation Reassurance.

Photo: Cpl Tony Chand
1 Mar – CAF members, RCMP and civilians depart CFC Trenton on board a CC-177 Globemaster to participate in Operation Nunalivut in Cambridge Bay, NU.
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1 Mar – CAF members, RCMP and civilians depart CFC Trenton on board a CC-177 Globemaster to participate in Operation Nunalivut in Cambridge Bay, NU.

Photo: Cpl Myki Poirier-Joyal
20 Feb – Members from 3rd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment and the Polish 18th Airborne Battalion participate in Exercise Pegase Nordique in Shawinigan, Québec.
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20 Feb – Members from 3rd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment and the Polish 18th Airborne Battalion participate in Exercise Pegase Nordique in Shawinigan, Québec.

Photo: Cpl Matthieu Racette
22 Feb – RCN members currently deployed on board HMCS St. John’s participate in a Personnel Exchange with a Norwegian Submarine during Operation Reassurance.
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22 Feb – RCN members currently deployed on board HMCS St. John’s participate in a Personnel Exchange with a Norwegian Submarine during Operation Reassurance.

Photo: Cpl Tony Chand
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IN THE NEWS

Apr 20

Italy's Fincantieri and Naval Group of France decided not to pursue the contract to build Canada's new surface combatant warship, in part because they did not want to provide proprietary information to Irving Shipyards and associated companies. Irving is working with an American warship designer, Gibbs and Cox.

Apr 20

Speaking before a commons committee, senior Global Affairs officials and senior Canadian Forces officers refused to say the impending peacekeeping mission to Mali will be carried out in a combat — or war zone — operation. The civil conflict in Mali has killed soldiers, peacekeepers, aid workers and other civilians.

Apr 19

South Korea’s efforts to enhance its technological superiority by using academics to pursue military goals has caused a backlash – however, it is not the only country to do so. In an uncertain world, more governments are asking universities to help develop weapons, a direction that threatens the culture and conscience of researchers.

Apr 18

Approaching the eighth year for the much touted National Shipbuilding Strategy, Tony Clement looks at the progress to date. With soaring costs and not one ship delivered, he suggests drastic changes are required.

Apr 18

A multiphase contract to protect an international Naval port has been awarded to Rheinmetall. It includes the installation of state-of-the-art sensor and advanced command and control technology and software to protect equipment from unauthorized access, damage and sabotage. Work will begin in 2018 and is expected to be completed in 2021.

Apr 18

More than 15 percent of Canadian Forces regular members are unfit to deploy. The United States military plans to retire members who cannot deploy but Canada has announced plans to retain some members unable to serve on missions.

Apr 17

Theresa May has said it was "legally and morally right" for the UK to join air strikes against the Syrian regime to prevent "further human suffering". She told MPs there was "clear evidence" the Assad government was behind the Douma chemical weapons attack.

Apr 17

The Royal Military College of Canada has placed second amongst 64 teams from 14 countries at the Sandhurst Military Skills Competition held at the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., April 13-14, 2018.

Apr 17

Tony Clement, former Conservative minister and current opposition procurement critic writes, "Under the Liberals, the National Shipbuilding Program is failing. It is time for a course correction." Suggestions include fixed-price contracts and a proven design for the Canadian Surface Combatant.

Apr 16

All three bidders for the Canadian Surface Combatant project have failed to meet some of the federal government’s requirements. The companies hoping to work on the $60-billion project are now in a "cure process” in which they have one chance to bring their bids into compliance with the requirement.

Apr 15

Prince Harry saw first-hand how the power of sport can help those suffering from injuries and illness, and this inspiration led to the Invictus Games. Team Canada members are busy training for the next games.

Apr 13

The US has identified eight potential targets in Syria as the Kremlin claimed a secure hotline for the US and Russia to communicate over their operations in Syria was “active” and being used by both sides. Russian President Vladimir Putin expects allied forces to reveal the location of the targets in advance, to avoid bloodshed and restrict damage to legitimate military assets.

Apr 13

The Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan has ordered the Canadian Forces to deal with inappropriate comments posted to its official Facebook page. A request to readers in January to moderate their remarks was met with an increase of slurs.

Apr 12

Seven members of Myanmar's military have been sentenced to 10-year prison terms with hard labor for killing 10 Rohingya men last year, the state-run newspaper Global Light of Myanmar reported on Wednesday.

Apr 12

The plane crashed shortly after taking off from the Boufarik air base. It was not immediately clear whether there were any survivors. Wednesday's plane crash was the deadliest since 2014, when 298 people were killed when a Malaysian airlines jet was shot down over Ukraine.

Apr 12

Documents obtained by the National Post show elaborate planning, over the past five weeks, for a drill at a major government building in Gatineau, Que., on April 18. The drill will involve just over 1,000 people, most of whom work for government departments. The majority, about 850, work at National Defence.

Apr 12

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada will not take part in any attack against Syria in retaliation for the suspected chemical attack against its own civilians. U.S. President Donald Trump said  Wednesday a strike on Syria was imminent.

Apr 12

A CBC report last April aired accusations from former Canadian Forces recruits that during their training in the 1980s, they were stripped naked, denied food and crowded into unsanitary and cold environments. The Military Police Complaints Commission is expected to launch an investigation into a 2016 military police decision not to lay charges.

Apr 11

Because it can take ten years to field new weapons, the United States Army is creating the Futures Command to speed up the process. Opening in July, the command is expected to be operational in a year.

Apr 11

France and Germany are working together on a new maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) under the ‘Maritime Airborne Warfare System’ program, according to the German Navy. It is not clear how this affects the 'Co-operation on Multinational Maritime Multi-Mission Aircraft Capabilities' program which involves Greece, Italy, Poland, Spain, Turkey, and Canada.

Apr 11

Seven Manitoba First Nations and the federal government have been negotiating for ten years over a former army base in Winnipeg, last used when 2nd Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry moved to Shilo, Man. Defence minister Harjit Sajjan is expected to announce the future of Kapyong Barracks this morning.

Apr 11

Canada paid the full costs of a new training centre in Jamaica for that country's defence forces, but Canadian taxpayers have yet to learn how much they paid. Global Affairs Canada has not released the figures.

Apr 10

Questions about why the Danes were able to put to sea three highly capable Arctic ships at such an incredible savings – $700 million vs $70 to $80 million. There hasn’t been a lot of specific answers on that from the Canadian government, other than statements that the two types of ships are different and Canada's Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships will be more capable.

Apr 10

The first court appearance for the Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff (currently suspended with pay) was to set dates that will lay the groundwork for court proceedings. Outside the court, his lawyer, Marie Henein, told reporters: "It's time to step in the courtroom and deal with the evidence. […] We want to get this going, get this dealt with, and let the public know exactly what this case is about."

Apr 10

Lawyers for the man accused of a stabbing attack at a Canadian Forces recruiting centre, are claiming mental stability issues and argue he should not be found criminally responsible for his actions. A diary confiscated during the investigation “I have a licence to kill. One soldier is all it takes – just one.”

ISSUES & IDEAS

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David Bercuson looks at how a dark episode of Canadian history led to substantial changes in military education and leadership throughout the Canadian Armed Forces.

Lockheed Martin Canada is working with industry to sponsor programs that help Canadian military veterans transition to civilian life. The company is heading into its second year sponsoring the Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur (POE), started by the Prince of Wales, to offer veterans the education, tools and resources needed to succeed as an entrepreneur.

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The Honourable Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, and the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, announced Canada new peacekeeping mission in Ottawa on March 19th. It has taken 2 years and a Vancouver summit to get to this point of making a commitment to peace operations. It remains unclear when the Canadian Forces will actually deploy.

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