IN THE NEWS

IN THE NEWS

Jul 31, 2017

Col. Jason Kenny, acting commander of the Canadian contingent in Iraq said the fall of Mosul is a significant victory but more fighting lies ahead to defeat Daesh. The Canadian commitment to the fight has been extended to 2019.

Jul 28, 2017

Military police in Alberta, Saskatchewan and the territories lack the jurisdiction to deal with mental health issues and some other common policing situations. Because those jurisdictions do not recognize the federal Contraventions Act, MPs must call local police when dealing with troubled military members.

Jul 28, 2017

After three years of patrolling Iraq and Syria, Royal Canadian Air Force crews on the Aurora surveillance aircraft are feeling the strain, even after one of two aircraft was quietly withdrawn in May. There are 14 aircraft in the Aurora fleet, which also has patrol duties on Canada's coastlines.

Jul 27, 2017

The government is still working on how to exempt Canadian Forces members from taxation while serving on 'named operations' - major, overseas deployments. There is significant uncertainty about which members would qualify under different circumstances.

Jul 27, 2017

After President Trump announced yesterday that transgendered people would not be allowed to serve in the US military, the Canadian Forces tweeted, "We welcome Cdns of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Join us!"

Jul 26, 2017

The Brazilian Air Force C-295 aircraft and crew visited three Royal Canadian Air Force Wings while in Canada, stopping at 19 Wing Comox, 17 Wing Winnipeg, and 8 Wing Trenton.

Jul 26, 2017

The Canadian Armed Forces will receive 1148 new General Purpose Machine Guns from Colt Canada. The $32.1 million (taxes incl.) contract indicates deliveries of the new C6A1 will commence in September 2018, and final delivery completed by June 2019.

Jul 26, 2017

With an important deadline for the $60-billion Surface Combatant project for the Navy having all but vanished, the government of Canada says it is now in a 'voluntary compliance review' of draft bid documents submitted by potential bidders. The unprecedented turn of events raises fresh concerns about the largest military purchase in Canadian history.

Jul 26, 2017

The National Research Council of Canada hosted dignitaries from the United States Coast Guard, United States Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate, and United States Navy to discuss and showcase progress made on the testing and evaluation of design models for the U.S. heavy polar icebreaker acquisition program.

Jul 25, 2017

The Aerospace Industries Association of Canada's 2017-2018 Guide to Canada’s Aerospace Industry is now available online.

Jul 25, 2017

Army scientists and engineers recently made a discovery. An aluminum nanomaterial of their design produces high amounts of energy when it comes in contact with water.

Jul 25, 2017

YouTube unveiled its latest weapon in its effort to combat terrorist propaganda on its site by using redirection.

Jul 25, 2017

In a memo to department heads, US defense secretary James Mattis cited the $28 million purchase of 'forest' pattern Afghan Army uniforms for a largely desert environment as waste that must not be tolerated. Mattis wrote, "our procurement decisions have a lasting impact on the larger military budget."

Jul 25, 2017

After helping coalition forces in Iraq recapture the city of Mosul, Canadian Forces intelligence personnel are looking at ISIL targets in Syria. BGen Daniel MacIsaac said despite their loss of territory, ISIL fighters have not surrendered in any great numbers.

Jul 24, 2017

Crews of a Royal Canadian Air Force CC-177 Globemaster and CH-147F Chinook helicopter concluded a successful visit to the United Kingdom following their attendance at the Royal International Air Tattoo at Royal Air Force Fairford.

Jul 24, 2017

The 101st annual International Four Days Marches Nijmegen in the Netherlands has come to an end. More than 200 Canadian Armed Forces members from across the country participated in the marching event, marking Canada’s 65th year of participation.

Jul 24, 2017

Minister for Defence People and Veterans Tobias Ellwood welcomed delegations from the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand to the International Ministerial Conference on Veterans’ Issues at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Jul 24, 2017

Potential bidders for the Canadian navy's new fleet of frigates are resisting government demands for intellectual property - the information and data necessary to build and maintain equipment. Companies are concerned that their expensive research could be shared with competitors.

Jul 21, 2017

The Israeli Defense Minister has ordered a comprehensive review of the defense establishment’s procurement ties to retired officers and former officials with business interests amid a widening scandal here that has already ensnared a former Israeli Navy commander and deputy national security adviser, also a retired Navy officer.

Jul 21, 2017

As Iraqi forces and their allies push back Islamic State, more and more foreign nationals are taken into custody, possibly including Canadians. After the public outrage against the apology and payout to convicted murderer Omar Khard, lawyers in Canada warn the government must do its utmost to protect and repatriate all Canadians in difficulty, despite their actions and beliefs.

Jul 20, 2017

The Canadian Armed Forces are sending approximately 225 additional members to British Columbia to assist in the ongoing emergency response to the wildfires. This follows an additional Request for Federal Assistance from the RCMP.

Jul 20, 2017

Brigadier-General Mark Misener assumed command of the Joint Personnel Support Unit from Brigadier-General Shane Brennan during a ceremony at the Cartier Square Drill Hall in Ottawa.

Jul 20, 2017

The Canadian Armed Forces have successfully concluded Operation Nunakput 2017 after nearly four weeks of presence and domain operations across the Northwest Territories.

Jul 20, 2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau designated former astronaut Julie Payette as Canada’s 29th Governor General.

Jul 20, 2017

A weakening defence export order backlog points to a contraction in the market by 2018, according to the annual Global Defence Trade Report released Wednesday by IHS Markit. The report examines trends in the global defence market across 65 countries and is based upon 40,000 programs from the Jane’s Aerospace, Defence & Security’s Markets Forecast database.

Jul 20, 2017

French Army Gen. François Lecointre has been appointed as the country's armed forces chief. His predecessor, Army Gen. Pierre de Villiers, on Wednesday resigned as chief of the armed forces, marking a public dispute with President Emmanuel Macron over a struggle to meet extended military missions with a strained defense budget.

Jul 20, 2017

Veterans who launched four individual lawsuits against the military for allegedly failing to protect them from sexual assault and gender-based discrimination while they were in uniform have merged their cases to fight the Canadian Forces together.

Jul 20, 2017

The ship that may have cost the military's second-in-command his career will be formally unveiled in an elaborate ceremony Thursday at Quebec's Chantier Davie Shipyard. The MV Asterix will serve as a temporary naval supply ship, starting early in the new year, after it goes through a series of shakedown trials.

Jul 20, 2017

After only three months, BGen Mark Misener is assuming command of the Joint Personnel Support Unit from BGen Shane Brennan who has decided to retire. The unit has had three commanding officers in one year, leading one observer to say the leadership turnover must be a Canadian Forces record.

Jul 20, 2017

On a publicity flight about a 73-year old Flying Fortress, the writer recalls the brilliant insight about aircraft armour that saved Allied lives during the Second World War. Can you believe the evidence of your own eyes?

Jul 19, 2017

The title of honorary member of the Royal 22e Régiment will be bestowed upon the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, at the Citadelle de Québec, the Regiment’s home.

Jul 19, 2017

Just one day prior to the 48th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing (20 July 1969), the United War Veterans Council announced that American icon, astronaut and Korean War Air Force veteran Buzz Aldrin, will be the Grand Marshal for the 2017 New York City Veterans Day Parade.

Jul 19, 2017

The Canadian Armed Forces released a new mobile application as a support tool for victims and survivors of sexual misconduct and for anyone who supports a victim.

Jul 19, 2017

A former sailor who served for almost a decade has been diagnosed with a debilitating lung condition, which his civilian doctor and now Veterans Affairs attribute to his exposure to mould and possibly diesel fumes aboard two navy destroyers, according to CBC News.

Jul 19, 2017

Michel Drapeau, formerly a colonel in the Canadian Forces and now a lawyer, has written a criticism of the military's use of the summary trial system, no longer used in many jurisdictions. A summary trial deprives the accused of rights available in other justice systems.

Jul 18, 2017

A highly-classified intelligence assessment warned that threats against Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan posed a “unique challenge” for his security detail. The 2016 document lists a host of possible sources for those threats, from the Islamic State to al-Qaeda, the Taliban, Sikh extremists, and gangs.

Jul 18, 2017

Victory over Daesh in Mosul by Iraqi forces and their foreign advisors comes at a high price in death and destruction and may not bring peace to the area. If past trends point to the future, the Iraqi Shiite majority will again oppress the Sunni minority.

Jul 18, 2017

About 45,000 of the 200,000 veterans' graves maintained by Veterans Affairs are in some state of disrepair. Funding cuts have caused a budget shortfall. The department estimates it will take 17 years to fix the grave sites at current funding levels.

Jul 17, 2017

The Commander of the Canadian Army, Lieutenant-General Paul Wynnyk, travelled to Ukraine this week to meet with soldiers who are deployed on Operation Unifier.

Jul 17, 2017

Brigadier-General Sébastien Bouchard assumed command  of the Royal Military College of Canada from Brigadier-General Sean during a ceremony that took place in Kingston, Ontario.

Jul 17, 2017

The NATO National Reserve Forces Committee’s (NFRC) Summer Congress Meeting was hosted in Calgary, Alberta from July 10 to 14. More than 47 delegates from 19 Allied and partner nations participated in the four-day conference.

Jul 17, 2017

The UK Ministry of Defence is facing hundreds of millions of pounds in “hidden costs” for the RAF's new generation warplane that will be unable to fly properly due to defence cuts, it has been reported.

Jul 17, 2017

France and Germany agreed to study building together a new fighter jet to succeed respectively the Dassault Rafale and Eurofighter Typhoon following a July 13 joint Cabinet meeting in Paris. The project marks a further step in the pursuit of a strong European defence, as a Franco-German combat aircraft would reverse a long-standing rivalry in export sales of that critical weapon system.

Jul 17, 2017

About 4,500 people made their way to the Halifax Shipyard on Saturday for a first glimpse at the future Canadian naval ship HMCS Harry DeWolf. Irving Shipbuilding's open house coincided with crews moving outside two large sections of what will eventually form the Arctic offshore patrol ship.

Jul 17, 2017

While Canada remains on the outside of ballistic missile defence in North America, it is contributing cash toward the development of a similar, somewhat less sophisticated NATO system in Europe, federal documents reveal.

Jul 17, 2017

In the last 15 years, about 140,000 people have left the Canadian Forces. While a study shows unemployment levels equivalent to those of the general population, the quality and compensation of veterans' jobs is lower.

Jul 14, 2017

Today, HMCS St. John’s ended its successful six-month deployment on Operation Reassurance, Canada’s support to NATO assurance and deterrence measures in Central and Eastern Europe.

Jul 14, 2017

Fortissimo 2017, a military and musical spectacular, will be performed by the Ceremonial Guard on Parliament Hill in the early evening hours on July 20 and 21. A summer-long, bilingual, sound and light show called Northern Lights wraps up the evening.

Jul 14, 2017

Transport Canada's plan to patrol the Arctic with a drone has been delayed by at least two years, partly because the unmanned aircraft is so large it's considered a kind of missile and falls under complex arms-control rules.

Jul 14, 2017

Several veterans protested the government's lack of action on their reactions to a controversial medication outside a Calgary recruiting office yesterday. Mefloquine, an anti-malarial agent routinely administered to deploying Canadian Forces members for years, is suspected of causing neurological damage.

Jul 13, 2017

Brigadier-General Steven Whelan assumed the lead of the Global Coalition’s Ministerial Liaison Team (MLT) in Baghdad, Iraq.

Jul 13, 2017

Approximately 130 Canadian Army soldiers parachuted from C-17 Globemasters into Williamson Airfield, Queensland in Northeastern Australia alongside American and Australian allies after a 14-hour flight across the Pacific Ocean as part of Exercise Talisman Sabre.

Jul 13, 2017

Colonel Michael Sullivan assumed command of Operation Calumet from Colonel Martin Lipcsey in the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt.

Jul 13, 2017

A CC-130J Hercules conducted its first sortie as a new contribution to Operation Impact, enhancing tactical airlift capabilities within the Middle East in support of the Global Coalition.

Jul 13, 2017

Rumour could become fact today as the government is expected to announce former astronaut Julie Payette is the next governor-general. The 53 year old Montrealer was selected as an astronaut in 1992 and made two journeys to the International Space Station.

Jul 12, 2017

The Government of Canada's $1.26-billion funding will attract high-quality business investments leading to more jobs, skills and opportunities.

Jul 12, 2017

Transportation Safety Board of Canada released its investigation report into a fatal collision with terrain involving a privately operated Cessna 182 near Parry Sound, Ontario. This investigation emphasizes the risks of flying at night in areas with limited cultural and ambient lighting, as well as without adequate instrument flying proficiency.

Jul 12, 2017

China dispatched members of its People's Liberation Army to the Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti to man the rising Asian giant's first overseas military base, a key part of a wide-ranging expansion of the role of China's armed forces.

Jul 12, 2017

Joint Task Force 2, the Canadian special forces counter-terrorism unit, is scheduled to move from Dwyer Hill near Ottawa to Trenton, Ontario in 2019 but rising costs mean the military must request more money from the government. Anticipated costs have tripled to more than $1 billion.

Jul 12, 2017

The Department of National Defence will not disclose whether Canadian Forces members on exchange with other countries' militaries are in combat. More than 100 CF members are currently on exchange programs.

Jul 11, 2017

A Departure Parade was held today for the more than 200 Canadian Armed Forces members participating in the 101st annual International Marches Nijmegen, in the Netherlands, July 18-21.

Jul 11, 2017

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says it has 'confirmed information' that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed.

Jul 11, 2017

A US Marine Corps transport plane crashed in rural western Mississippi on Monday afternoon, killing all 16 service members who were on board.

Jul 11, 2017

The Nanisivik naval refuelling station will be operational in 2018. The $130 million facility, near Arctic Bay in Nunavut, will support Canadian navy and coast guard operations during the navigation season which lasts from August to October.

Jul 11, 2017

Five Canadian military members - four sailors and a soldier - have been suspended from duty after disrupting an Indigenous ceremony in Halifax on Canada Day. They have not been charged with any crime but the Chief of Defence Staff, Jonathan Vance said they could be released from the Forces.

Jul 10, 2017

For anyone hoping the Liberal government plans to blow up Canada's much-maligned military procurement system, ADM (Mat) Patrick Finn has some advice: Don't hold your breath. "Do I think we're at the end of that path? We're not. Do I think we're through all the growing pains? We're not, but we're a lot more mature than we were three, five, eight or 10 years ago."

Jul 10, 2017

Defence Research and Development Canada hosts Exercise Precise Response at Canadian Forces Base Suffield. The 14th annual NATO exercise is part of ongoing Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) defence training.

Jul 10, 2017

The Royal Canadian Navy will deploy a contingent of 14 personnel comprised of divers and support staff and staff officers from Fleet Diving Unit Atlantic and Maritime Forces Atlantic to support Sea Breeze 2017.

Jul 10, 2017

The Canadian Armed Forces will be holding three Indigenous Summer Programs to provide Indigenous youth with military experience and training.

Jul 10, 2017

Colonel Gervais Carpentier took command today of Royal Military College Saint-Jean during a ceremony presided by Rear-Admiral Luc Cassivi, Commander of the Canadian Defence Academy.

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