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Twin Otter aircraft prepares to take off from Resolute Bay
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28 Mar - CC-138 Twin Otter aircraft prepares to take off from Resolute Bay, Nunavut during Operation Nanook-Nunalivut

Photo: MCpl Charles A. Stephen
Seychelles’ military visits HMCS Regina
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22 Mar - Members of the Seychelles’ military join training session HMCS Regina's Naval Tactical Operations Group detachment during Op Artemis.

Photo: MCpl PJ Letourneau
Responds to a simulated fire on HMCS Shawinigan
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15 March - Crew member from HMCS Shawinigan responds to a simulated fire during Operation Projection West Africa.

Photo: Cpl David Veldman
Testing BlackJack, a Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
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14 Mar - Member of 4th Artillery Regiment prepares to test BlackJack, a Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle at CFB Gagetown in Blissville, New-Brunswick.

Photo: Cpl Genevieve Lapointe
CH-148 Cyclone helicopter
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9 Feb - CH-148 Cyclone helicopter, RAPTOR, fires off self-defence flares while conducting flying operations during Operation Reassurance.

Photo: MS Jean-François Martineau
Able Seaman Edgar Sangalang of HMCS Regina conducts propulsion maintenance
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25 Feb - Able Seaman Edgar Sangalang of HMCS Regina conducts maintenance on the propulsion diesel engine during Operation Projection Asia Pacific.

Photo: Cpl Stuart Evans
CH-146 Griffon helicopter from 439 Combat Support Squadron SAR team
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22 Feb - a CH-146 Griffon helicopter from 439 Combat Support Squadron, Bagotville on exercise Sapin Polaire with members of the Search and Rescue (SAR) team onboard.

Photo: Cpl Dominic Duchesne-Beaulieu
Members of Régiment du Saguenay cross Lac-St-Jean during Exercise Sapin Polaire
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22 Feb - Members of Régiment du Saguenay cross Lac-St-Jean during Exercise Sapin Polaire on Lac St-Jean, Québec.

Photo: Cpl Dominic Duchesne-Beaulieu
Piraeus Greece
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15 Feb - Cdr Martin Fluet and his Command Team greet members of Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 as they board HMCS Toronto in Piraeus, Greece.

Photo: MCpl Manuela Berger
Asterix prepares to conduct a Replenishment at Sea
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21 Feb – NRU Asterix prepares to conduct a Replenishment at Sea with HMCS Regina during Operation Projection in the Pacific Ocean.

Photo: Cpl Stuart Evans
Supplies to Côte d'Ivoire
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24 Feb – LCdr Teri Share, Captain of HMCS Shawinigan presents school staff of with a donation of supplies while at Port in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire during Operation Projection West Africa.

Photo: Cpl Angela Gore
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6 Feb – CH-148 Cyclone helicopter from HMCS Toronto's Air Detachment flies alongside the ship for flight operations during Operation Reassurance.

Photo: MCpl Manuela Berger
Task-Force Mali on patrol
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5 Feb – Members of Task-Force Mali receive orders in preparation for a patrol during Operation Presence-Mali.

Photo: Cpl François Charest
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IN THE NEWS

May 21

In a trio of notifications Friday afternoon, the U.S. State Department cleared more than a billion dollars in potential weapon sales for three of America’s military allies.

May 21

Norman was in his kitchen in April 2017 when his wife Bev, astonished, called out to him. 'I think the prime minister was just talking about you'. In an exclusive interview with the National Post, Mark Norman tells his story.

May 21

The collapse of the criminal case against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman saw that custom accelerated at breakneck speed this week as the Liberal government sought to put as much distance as possible between itself and the failed prosecution.

May 21

Justice Minister David Lametti says he’s satisfied his department did the best job it could in finding, reviewing and disclosing thousands of government documents requested by Vice-Admiral Mark Norman’s defence team.

May 20

A Canadian-made jet delivered to a U.S.-based airline symbolizes the growing presence of Airbus in North America. The A220-100 aircraft was assembled in Mirabel and handed over to U.S.-based Delta Air Lines.
 

May 17

The CAF confirmed Thursday evening on Facebook that it had held a dedication service at the new Afghanistan Memorial Hall at the National Defence Headquarters in the west end of Ottawa. But that happened three days earlier on May 13. The decision was made by officials to keep the event quiet and to release the news only via Twitter and Facebook at a later date.

May 17

The Liberal-dominated House of Commons defence committee has blocked a pitch by opposition MPs for a committee probe of the criminal case against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman.

May 16

There has been discussions that the RCAF's Cyclone helicopter will make an appearance at the CANSEC in Ottawa at the end of May. If approval is received for the aircraft to make an appearance, the Sikorsky helicopter will be flown in to the EY Centre before the show begins May 29 and then remain as a static display.

May 16

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says he supported the chief of defence staff's decision to suspend Vice-Admiral Mark Norman in 2017, more than a year before he was charged with breach of trust for allegedly leaking government secrets about military procurement.

May 15

The CAF, like other militaries, is using social media for its strategic communications. If properly done, that can work well, such as during the response to the flooding in Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick. If it isn’t done properly it can create problems.

May 15

The Canadian government awarded MDA a $39 million 10-year contract for a new space-based search and rescue technology. The MDA facility in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, will design, build and deliver 10 search and rescue repeaters for DND’s Medium Earth Orbit Search and Rescue (MEOSAR) system.

May 15

The House of Commons voted unanimously today to apologize to Vice-Admiral Mark Norman for his legal ordeal, just days before opposition MPs are expected to push for a full-blown House of Commons committee investigation into the handling of the controversial criminal case.

May 14

To keep Vice-Admiral Mark Norman dangling for so long required an extended display of amateur-hour tomfoolery on the part of people at the topmost levels in several wings of the federal administration. Best case scenario is incompetence; worst case is intentional scapegoating. Either way, public trust is in tatters.

May 14

The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has confirmed that it has launched an investigation into some of the procurement activities and costs incurred in the project to sustain the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) ageing Adelaide-class FFG frigates.

May 14

Britain must “decisively increase” its defence spending to cope with future threats from all over the globe, Jeremy Hunt has said, as he warned of the danger of an “accidental” US-Iran war.

May 14

The trial of two men accused of defrauding the federal government of $1.3 million opened Monday in Halifax, with a former Department of National Defence supervisor testifying about her suspicions surrounding the awarding of certain contracts.

May 14

Members of the Canadian Armed Forces will remain in Quebec a while longer to help flood victims as this year's spring thaw continues to wreak havoc in parts of the province.

May 14

Vice-Admiral Mark Norman not only had the blessing of the former Conservative cabinet to deal with a Quebec shipyard, he was authorized to speak with it directly in the run-up to the signing of a $668-million leasing contract, CBC News has learned.

May 13

American officials will need to certify the fighter jet Canada buys at the end of a multibillion-dollar procurement that's started and stopped and started again for more than a decade, ensuring that it's fit to plug into the U.S.'s highest-security intelligence systems.

May 13

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says that he regrets what Vice-Admiral Mark Norman had to go through over the years-long legal battle that came to an end this week when federal prosecutors stayed the breach of trust charge he was facing.

May 13

The opposition parties are forcing an emergency meeting of the national defence committee to investigate the government's conduct in the Mark Norman trial.

May 10

The USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and B-52s have deployed to the US military’s Central Command in a move that National Security Advisor John Bolton said would “send a clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime”.

May 10

The federal government is opening up the acquisition process for its $26-billion contract for new fighter jets, responding to threats from the U.S. government that it would refuse to sell the stealth Lockheed Martin F-35 unless Ottawa scrapped its quota for aerospace spending.

May 10

Veterans Affairs Canada quickly deleted an online video it posted – on Wednesday, to celebrate the 74th anniversary of VE-Day – upon realizing it showed images of the German Wehrmacht, the unified Nazi forces in the Second World War.

May 10

Vice Admiral Mark Norman’s criminal trial for allegedly leaking cabinet secrets about a delayed navy ship contract is over, but the Navy commander has still not returned to active duty, and the political, legal and operational implications of the ill-fated case are reverberating across official Ottawa.

ISSUES & IDEAS

J. PAUL de B. TAILLON's picture

The caliphate may lie in ruins, but IS leaders and foot soldiers are now well-trained, well-led, combat-experienced, potentially well-financed, and patiently continuing the long-game battle for world domination.

More than two years after breach of trust charges were laid against VAdm Mark Norman, the charges have officially been stayed in court. Norman has denied the charges all along, and has been in a long fight to defend his integrity.

Louis Cuppens's picture

As the 75th anniversary of D-Day approaches, I ponder what impact this event has, and will continue to have on Canadian society. 

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