IN THE NEWS

IN THE NEWS

May 17, 2018

A nest of baby falcons on a ledge at Hamilton's Sheraton Hotel forced the cancellation of RCAF urban environments helicopter training in the downtown area after a concerned citizen notified authorities. A spokesperson said the air force did achieve its minimum training objectives before the exercise was halted.

SkyHawks launch 2018 demonstration season
May 16, 2018

The Canadian Armed Forces Parachute Team, the SkyHawks, will officially launch its 2018 performance season in Bowmanville, Ontario, on Sunday, May 20, 2018. As Canada’s only military parachute demonstration team, the SkyHawks team is comprised of Regular and Reserve Force members from across the Canadian Armed Forces. The team will perform at air shows, sporting events, and festivals across Canada between May and September.

May 16, 2018

The new Ottawa operational headquarters, to be constructed in the mid-to-late 2020s, will be located close to the Nortel site and will be home to various commands including the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command and the Canadian Joint Operations Command, DND spokesman Daniel Le Bouthillier confirmed.

May 16, 2018

To encourage gender diversity in non-traditional jobs, the Achieve Anything Foundation is offering women over the age of 12 a day at sea aboard a Royal Canadian Navy warship in Vancouver. Women will see duty stations, a SAR demonstration with a Royal Canadian Air Force helicopter, and encounter a simulated enemy at sea.

May 15, 2018

Monday marked the deadliest day in Gaza since a 2014 war there, and was part of a high-stakes campaign by Gaza's Hamas rulers to break a decade-long border blockade. Israeli forces killed 59 Palestinians, most by gunfire, and injured more than 2,700 on Monday, Gaza Health Ministry said.

May 14, 2018

Lieutenant-General Wayne D. Eyre of the Canadian Armed Forces is the appointed Deputy Commander Designate of United Nations Command (UNC) Korea, the first non-US General Officer to hold the post in its 68-year existence. The appointment of Lieutenant-General Eyre demonstrates Canadian leadership and underlines Canada’s enhanced role in recent years in support of stability on the Korean Peninsula.

May 14, 2018

The Commander of the Canadian Army, Lieutenant-General Paul Wynnyk, travelled to Latvia, Ukraine and Germany this past week to meet with deployed Canadian soldiers and conduct senior-level military engagements with our international partners.

May 14, 2018

The Canadian Armed Forces, in support of Public Safety Canada, is deploying approximately 60 members to assist the Province of New Brunswick following their request for federal assistance. Elements of 4 Engineer Support Regiment from 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown deployed to support Provincial authorities. This will enable those authorities to complete assessments and prioritize further relief work and repairs.

May 14, 2018

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan introduced a Declaration of Victims’ Rights by tabling An Act to amend the National Defence Act and to make related and consequential amendments to other Acts. This new legislation also amends the National Defence Act to incorporate Indigenous sentencing considerations and enhance the efficiency of the military justice system.

May 14, 2018

Afghan security forces battled a group of attackers who stormed a government building in the eastern city of Jalalabad for hours on Sunday after a coordinated assault that killed at least nine people and wounded dozens, local officials said. After a car bomb was detonated at the entrance to the state accounts office, a group of about four gunmen, armed with machine guns and rocket propelled grenades, rushed the building.

May 14, 2018

Aircraft avionics will be modernized on the CT-114 Tutors to comply with upcoming aviation regulations and the life of the aircraft extended for another 12 years, according to April 2018 Royal Canadian Air Force documents. It is unclear at this point what other work will also be needed to be done on the aging aircraft.

May 14, 2018

As the defence minister prepares to reform the military justice system by putting a new focus on victims' rights, Harjit Sajjan is vowing to "aggressively" handle offenders. Speaking to Evan Solomon about the military's latest efforts to tackle misconduct within its ranks, Sajjan said he wants to make sure victims are looked after throughout the process, bringing the way the Forces handle these cases more in line with the civilian justice system.

May 14, 2018

Canadian LGen Wayne Eyre has been named deputy commander of the United Nations Command in South Korea. The UN Command is a multinational force created more than fifty years ago to defend South Korea from northern aggression.

May 14, 2018

The Canadian military has confirmed that a 32-year-old man found dead on Saturday and a 26-year old man in critical condition were both serving armed forces members. Police in Longueuil, a suburb of St-Hubert say investigators believe it was a drug overdose.

May 11, 2018

The Government of Canada has increased support to military families at all 32 Military Family Resource Centres across Canada. As of April 1, 2018, medically-releasing CAF members, Veterans and their families can now access the transition programs, referral services, and intervention supports at all MFRCs for as long as they need to. Veterans Affairs Canada is committing $147 million over six years for this expansion of the Veteran Family Program.

May 11, 2018

An engineering study obtained by CBC News says the Royal Canadian Navy is to blame for lack of warship maintenance that caused build-ups of potentially hazardous mould. Heating and air conditioning systems have deteriorated to the point of becoming almost useless.

May 11, 2018

Brian Gallant, the premier of New Brunswick has asked the federal government for help with flood relief, including support from the military. The federal public safety minister, Ralph Goodale has pledged federal assistance.

May 10, 2018

A jury in the U.S. has awarded the surviving family of a Garrison Petawawa soldier, his wife and young child killed in a 2015 crash in South Carolina with a $17 million U.S. payment in an accident lawsuit. Jeremiah Cross, 34, Crystal Cross, 32, and seven-month old Graysen Cross were all killed in a crash that involved five vehicles.

May 10, 2018

After Iranian missiles were apparently launched into Israel from Syria, Israeli Defence Forces claim to have destroyed nearly all Iranian infrastructure in that country. If verified, the direct attack against Israel by Iran marks a new stage in the middle east conflict.

May 10, 2018

Without responsibility for cyberspace and land operations, and dependent on an aging air defence warning system, the North American Aerospace Defense Command may need fundamental change to meet its future commitments.

May 09, 2018

President Donald Trump has unilaterally cancelled the multinational accord that aimed to restrict Iran's development of nuclear weapons. The Iranian government has released a variety of statements about its intentions if the deal collapsed.

May 09, 2018

Official Syrian media claims Israeli warplanes attacked an army installation near Damascus, killing two civilians. Other sources indicate at least nine pro-government fighters were killed.

May 08, 2018

World military expenditure is estimated to have reached $1739 billion in 2017, the highest level since the end of the cold war. After 13 consecutive years of increases from 1999 to 2011 and relatively unchanged spending from 2012 to 2016, total global expenditure rose marginally in 2017, by 1.1 per cent in real terms.

May 08, 2018

Airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen's Shia rebels targeted the presidential palace in the heart of the Yemeni capital on Monday, leaving at least six people dead and 30 wounded, according to health officials.

May 08, 2018

Demand for service has been outstripping the resources available to help veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and other psychological trauma, an internal government report suggests. As a result, the report warns, many veterans in places like Quebec City, Vancouver and Edmonton have been forced to wait longer before seeing a mental-health specialist or psychiatrist, despite the importance of timely intervention.

May 08, 2018

Global Affairs Canada states that Canadian-made armoured vehicles were probably not used by Saudi Arabia to crush internal dissent. Online videos appear to show Gurkha vehicles built by Ontario's Terradyne in use against civilians.

May 07, 2018

Canadians from across the country gathered to commemorate the sacrifices made by the thousands of Canadians who fought so valiantly during the Battle of the Atlantic, which ran from 1939 to 1945. The national ceremony was held at National War Monument in Ottawa and will include members of the Royal Canadian Navy and Royal Canadian Air Force alongside members of the Merchant Navy.

May 07, 2018

For the first time, two retired military officers with knowledge of the morale tours have disclosed that junkets bringing celebrities and athletes overseas — although generally positive — have long been considered public relations disasters waiting to happen.

May 07, 2018

DOD should assess and report to Congress on the extent to which each Service provides sufficient family support personnel and services plans, develop common performance metrics for assignment coordination and family support, and evaluate the results of the Services' monitoring activities. DOD agreed with these recommendations and plans to develop performance metrics for assignment coordination and develop plans to evaluate the Services' monitoring activities.

May 07, 2018

More than a dozen veterans with PTSD interviewed by The Globe in Oromocto, N.B., say their lives have been upended in the year since VAC instituted its new daily limits on cannabis. New Brunswick vets, who make up fewer than 5 per cent of the country’s former soldiers, billed VAC for nearly $8-million of marijuana that year, almost 40 per cent of the national total.

May 07, 2018

Disbanded in 2011, the United States Navy is reestablishing the 2nd Fleet to secure the north Atlantic against a growing Russian threat. In recent months Russian planes and ships have operated close to the airspace and territorial waters of Nato countries and Russian submarines have probed undersea data cables in the north Atlantic.

May 07, 2018

A 2014 survey of Canadian Forces helicopter pilots and flight engineers on Griffon helicopters showed 75 per cent reported varying degrees of neck pain, far out of proportion to the general civilian population. The Department of National Defence has not answered a request for information about how many  pilots and flight engineers have been medically released because of neck problems.

May 04, 2018

US officials have told CNN that Chinese personnel at a military base in Djibouti have used lasers against US military aircraft. Two American pilots sustained minor injuries. The US has filed a formal diplomatic protest.

May 04, 2018

The United States military has banned the sale of Chinese-made Huawei and ZTE mobile phones on its bases due to security concerns. These devices are not sold on Canadian bases, and federal officials did not comment on American concerns.

May 04, 2018

LGen Al Meinzinger succeeds LGen Mike Hood as commander, Royal Canadian Air Force in a ceremony at Ottawa's Canada Aviation and Space Museum today.

May 03, 2018

Under current plans, employees at Halifax's Irving Shipyard could be laid off during a delay of up to 18 months between ending construction of Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) and starting to build Canadian Surface Combatant vessels. The government will consider building additional AOPS and try to find foreign buyers for the ship class.

May 03, 2018

The Canadian Forces had 81 generals and admirals in January 2003. That number grew by 60 percent to 130  in January 2018. The rest of the military grew by less than two per cent.

May 02, 2018

A U.S. Air National Guard C-130 cargo plane on a training mission crashed Wednesday along a road near a Georgia airport, killing at least five National Guard members from Puerto Rico, authorities said.

May 02, 2018

Approximately 200 Canadian Army members from 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade are in Grafenwöhr, Germany participating in the U.S. Army’s multinational Joint Warfighting Assessment exercise, from May 2 to 9, 2018.

May 02, 2018

A foreign collector bought Currie’s VC at a private auction in London, England, last September for $660,000, including a $110,000 auction house fee. But because the medal was considered “of outstanding cultural significance and national importance,” Canadians were given a six-month grace period to top the foreign offer. The war museum stepped up, bolstered by contributions from the North Saskatchewan Regiment, the museum’s donor-supported National Collection Fund, the federal government and private citizens.

May 02, 2018

The Liberal government's proposed purchase of 88 new fighter jets to replace the current CF-18 fleet does not include aircraft to replace those lost to accidents or combat. A spokesperson for the military said it would be a policy decision to replace lost aircraft.

May 01, 2018

Operation Medusa a new book by retired Major-General David Fraser and Brian Hanington explores otherwise well-trod ground with a first-hand account that sets out a panoply of new insights. The authors recount the many challenges of command in modern-day conflict. As reviewer Brett Boudreau notes, the unique perspective of the operational commander is compelling and adds much to our understanding.

May 01, 2018

In a speech yesterday Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said evidence gathered by Israeli intelligence shows Iran concealed a nuclear weapons program in 2015. Netanyahu encouraged US President Donald Trump to withdraw from an international arms control agreement with Iran.

May 01, 2018

Canadian aid to Yemen amounts to $65 million to help ease a humanitarian crisis. However, the Trudeau government has allowed the export since 2015 of almost $300 million worth of weapons and military supplies to countries bombing Yemen.

Apr 30, 2018

The new Commander of CANSOFCOM, Major-General Peter Dawe, assumed command from Major-General Mike Rouleau at a ceremony at Cartier Square Drill Hall before members and distinguished guests of CANSOFCOM.

Apr 30, 2018

A co-ordinated double suicide bombing hit central Kabul on Monday morning, killing 25 people, the Afghan police said. At least 45 people were wounded in the twin attacks, according to Kabul police spokesperson Hashmat Stanekzai, who said four officers were among those killed. ISIS affilitate Khorasan Provin claims responsibility for the co-ordinated Kabul attacks.

Apr 30, 2018

Ministers Freeland and Sajjan on Sunday said North Korea must give up its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs “completely, verifiably and irreversibly”.  South Korea sources indicate North Korea is willing to abandon nuclear weapons if the U.S. commits to peace.

Apr 30, 2018

The Department of National Defence says a fire that started during a military training exercise at Canadian Forces Detachment Dundurn on Saturday was away from public and private property. Some parts of Saskatoon received large amounts of smoke.

Apr 27, 2018

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un says he and South Korean President Moon Jae-in are about to write "a new history" between the two nations. Mr Kim is the first North Korean leader to cross to the south since the end of the Korean War.

Apr 27, 2018

Clive Hamilton of Australia's Charles Sturt University says China is waging a “campaign of psychological warfare” against his country, to undermine democracy and curb free speech. Hamilton told a committee of the US congress that China knows it cannot bully the United States so it is putting pressure on its allies like Australia.

Apr 26, 2018

Conservatives in the House of Commons are asking the Liberal government for a formal debate and vote on Canada’s prospective deployment to a UN peacekeeping mission in Mali. The Trudeau government promised to “renew Canada’s commitment to peacekeeping operations,” and said such missions would be subject to parliamentary debate.

Apr 26, 2018

The new commander of Canada's special forces, Maj.-Gen. Peter Dawe said Wednesday the country's counter-terrorism unit follows emerging trends, but there is no textbook answer to 'lone wolf' terrorist or criminal attacks like this week's van attack in Toronto, which claimed the lives of 10 people and injured 14 others.

Apr 25, 2018

Alek Minassian, accused of murdering 10 people in Toronto on Monday was a Canadian Forces recruit for two months late last year before requesting and receiving his release. Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said no concerns were raised about his mental health.

Apr 25, 2018

The head of US Special Operations Command, Gen. Raymond Thomas says American electronic warfare aircraft operating near Syria are being disabled “in the most aggressive EW [Electronic Warfare] environment on the planet.” Russia provides the Syrian military with most of its equipment.

Apr 24, 2018

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic insisted that Serb forces acted only in self-defense during Bosnia’s bloody 1992-95 conflict as he called on appeals judges to overturn his multiple convictions and 40-year sentence for masterminding Serb atrocities throughout the war.

Apr 23, 2018

A military co-operation agreement between Canada and Japan will allow the countries' militaries to share equipment during joint exercises.

Apr 23, 2018

A battle began Friday on social media about how the media is covering - or failing to cover - the Mali mission. After a CF public affairs officer posted suggested questions, participants quickly pointed out the difficulty of obtaining real answers.

Apr 20, 2018

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 which is working with an American warship designer, Gibbs and Cox.

Apr 20, 2018

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

Apr 19, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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.

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