IN THE NEWS

IN THE NEWS

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.

Jul 10, 2017

Iraqi security forces are clearing the final pockets of resistance by Islamic State militants in the city of Mosul.

Jul 10, 2017

New satellite technology will beef up Australia’s border protection patrols and security operations in the Asia Pacific as well as help the nation handle disasters in the region. Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne is set to announce a $223 million contract to build a new satellite ground station to deliver Australia’s forces a major communications boost.

Jul 10, 2017

British Army leaders will be recruited direct from the civilian world rather than rising up through the ranks, under a proposed overhaul to bring in specialist skills for 21st century warfare. The plan to hire straight into the regular Army’s middle and possibly even higher ranks will overturn generations of tradition and a career structure that has seen leaders work their way up from the bottom.

Jul 10, 2017

The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded Lockheed Martin a $5.6 billion undefinitized contract that will allow the company to continue work on the eleventh lot of F-35s.

Jul 10, 2017

The federal minister for public safety, Ralph Goodale, said Canadian Forces aircraft will assist British Columbia to fight forest fires. Three Griffon helicopters arrived in Kelowna on Sunday and several fixed-wing aircraft will be available this week.

Jul 10, 2017

Patrick Finn, assistant deputy minister, materiel at the Department of National Defence said the military procurement system is finally on the road to success, after years of confusion and delays. Many deficiencies can be explained by low staffing numbers over the years, he said.

Jul 07, 2017

Chief of the Defence Staff announces additional Canadian Armed Forces General and Flag Officer senior appointments, promotions, and retirements.

Jul 07, 2017

A change of command ceremony was held today in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for Operation Crocodile as Colonel Cayle Oberwarth assumed command of Task Force DRC from Colonel Pierre Huet.

Jul 07, 2017

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommended the Department of Defense take notes from eight innovation-award-winning companies, in its latest report released Wednesday. GAO studied portfolio management from Amazon, Dow Chemical, Honeywell, General Motors, IBM, Qualcomm, Siemens AG, and Valvoline after recognizing that innovation leaders have shifted towards the commercial.

Jul 07, 2017

The head of the Canadian Aboriginal Veterans and Serving Members Association hopes the military careers of members who disrupted an indigenous ceremony on Canada Day won't be affected by the incident. Richard Blackwell, a 77-year old Metis and 13-year navy veteran said the men's actions were silly but non-violent and hoped they could remain in the military.

Jul 07, 2017

Senior officers, including Chief of Defence Staff Jonathan Vance have repudiated the actions of five military members who disrupted an indigenous ceremony on Canada Day. The men, members of a group called 'Proud Boys', have been suspended from duty.

Jul 06, 2017

BGen Colin MacKay today announced findings from the 2016 Mental Health Expert Panel report on Suicide Prevention in the Canadian Armed Forces.

Jul 06, 2017

North Korea ploughs a huge proportion of its meagre economy into its military, and its ambitious missile, nuclear and cyber programs are causing widespread international alarm. Pyongyang spent nearly a quarter of its GDP on the military over the past decade, according to U.S. government estimates.

Jul 06, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump warned North Korea on Thursday that he's considering "some pretty severe things" in response to the isolated nation's unprecedented launch of a missile capable of reaching the U.S. In a public speech in Poland, Trump called on all nations to confront North Korea's "very, very bad behavior."

Jul 06, 2017

The number of veterans facing financial hardship while waiting for their pensions has decreased dramatically over the past year. At the same time, the commander of the Military Personnel Command says that the CAF recently instituted a new policy that no member will be discharged until all administrative work for pensions and benefits has been completed.

Jul 06, 2017

LGen Mike Hood, commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force said the Liberal government is taking a prudent amount of time to select a new fighter jet to replace the current CF-18 fleet. A group of retired senior officers has pointed out that the procurement process could being almost immediately.

Jul 05, 2017

Brigadier-General Andrew Downes assumed Command of Canadian Forces Health Services (CFHS) from Brigadier-General Colin MacKay at le Régiment de Hull in Gatineau on July 5th, 2017.

Jul 05, 2017

Canada's Chief of the Defence Staff got straight to the point as he issued a no-nonsense statement describing as "deplorable" the actions of members of the Canadian Armed Forces who disrupted a quiet rally of indigenous peoples. General Vance has promised they will face "severe" consequences.

Jul 05, 2017

U.S.-backed forces in Syria have breached the wall around Raqqa's Old City, the U.S. military said on Tuesday, marking a major advance in the weeks-old battle to drive ISIS militants out of their self-declared capital.

Jul 05, 2017

The deputy commander of Canada’s special forces says his troops risk being run ragged after three years in Iraq, as well as several other lesser-known missions in other parts of the world. Brig.-Gen. Peter Dawe says that’s why the Liberal government’s plan to add more than 600 additional soldiers to the elite force is not only welcome, but necessary.

Jul 05, 2017

Six Canadian Armed Forces members who appeared in an online video of a confrontation at an Indigenous protest in Halifax on Canada Day will be removed from duty and training while the military conducts an investigation into their conduct, according to the nation’s top soldier.

Jul 05, 2017

The widow of an American soldier killed in Afghanistan and another former U.S. soldier partially blinded by a hand grenade plan to file an emergency injunction to stop Ottawa from paying $10.5-million to former child soldier Omar Khadr.

Jul 05, 2017

A veteran who was forced to wait more than six months for his first pension cheque is the lead plaintiff in a proposed class-action lawsuit that accuses the federal government of breaching its obligations to former soldiers, sailors and aviators by being slow to deliver their retirement benefits.

Jul 05, 2017

The Trudeau government decided to review its purchase of Boeing defence products after that company filed a trade action against Canada's Bombardier, but it may be impossible to operate the RCAF's fleet of C-17 aircraft without a Boeing service contract worth almost $200 million.

Jul 05, 2017

RAdm John Newton, the Royal Canadian Navy's east coast commander has apologized for a Canada Day incident in which navy members disrupted an Indigenous ceremony in Halifax. Newton said the young men's personal ideology had crossed into the public domain. Six men from the Canadian Forces, including a soldier and a cadet, face an administrative process for their actions.

Jul 04, 2017

Shortly after North Korea claimed it had tested an intercontinental ballistic missile, President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter: "North Korea has just launched another missile. Does this guy have anything better to do with his life? Hard to believe that South Korea and Japan will put up with this much longer. Perhaps China will put a heavy move on North Korea and end this nonsense once and for all!"

Jul 04, 2017

The Royal Canadian Navy is looking into allegations that five present or former members disrupted a First Nations ceremony in Halifax on Saturday. The members appear to have posted video of the episode on Facebook.

Jul 04, 2017

The only certainty in the Canadian military mission in Iraq seems to be the end date of March 2019. Fighting forces now share a  desire to defeat Daesh, but Canada could be caught in the middle of warring factions if and when that goal is achieved.

Jun 30, 2017

Iraq’s prime minister on Thursday declared an end to the Islamic State’s so-called caliphate in the Middle East as forces pushed deeper into the Iraqi city of Mosul and the Syrian city of Raqqa.

Jun 30, 2017

As the country readies to mark Canada 150, the Liberal government is sidelining the critical role the military played in shaping the nation in the sesquicentennial celebrations, some historians say. The CAF will have a presence at Canada Day events across the country, including a fly-past of vintage aircraft and the iconic Snowbirds over Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

Jun 30, 2017

Canada’s Defence Minister is refusing to disclose how many times Canadian troops have engaged in firefights with Islamic State militants over the past year. Harjit Sajjan on Thursday repeatedly declined to provide this statistic, even as the Trudeau government announced it is extending military operations in Iraq for two more years.

Jun 30, 2017

The new Canadian defence policy calls for an increase in women military members of one percent a year to a goal of 25 percent in ten years. Reaching that objective means the Canadian Forces must understand the links between gender and operational effectiveness.

Jun 30, 2017

Canada will not contribute soldiers to a renewed NATO mission in Afghanistan. Fifteen countries have pledged assistance but the force strength has not been determined.

Jun 29, 2017

Russia is boasting that, after a few repairs, its sole air carrier, which U.K. Defense Secretary Michael Fallon labeled the “old, dilapidated Kuznetsov,” will sail for at least another 20 years.

Jun 29, 2017

Assisting military historian Norm Christie, the Ottawa Service Battalion Association has agreed to help raise funds to assist with the discovery and recovery of 44 Canadian Scottish soldiers of the 16th Canadian Infantry Battalion buried in a mine crater in France designated as site CA40.

Jun 29, 2017

The ministers of National Defence Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister today announced that Canada is renewing its military contribution to the Global Coalition against Daesh until March 31, 2019.

Jun 29, 2017

An unnamed company has told Irving Shipbulding its procurement process for 15 new Royal Canadian Navy frigates is too complex and may result in no bids at all. The conflict apparently arises from the differences between a proven ship design and the costs and engineering  challenges of Canadian modifications to that design.

Jun 28, 2017

The Government of Canada has repealed the coming into force of the private right of action for violations of Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL).

Jun 28, 2017

Colonel Paul Peyton assumed command of the Canadian Forces Intelligence Group. The change of command ceremony was held at HMCS Carleton.

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