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Vice-Admiral Art McDonald
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Vice-Admiral Art McDonald assumed Command of the RCN from VAdm Ron Lloyd on 12 June during a Change of Command ceremony in Halifax.

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Remote controlled vehicles, Navy
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5 June – HMCS Goose Bay crew display surface (Qinetiq Hammerhead), air (CU-175 PUMA), and underwater (Deep Trekker) remotely operated vehicles during Ex Tradewinds 19.

Photo: Able Seaman J. Iglesias
Junior Ranger Audrey Mercier-Marcoux of the Tête-à-la-Baleine patrol participates in electronic shooting competition
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25 May – Junior Ranger Audrey Mercier-Marcoux participates in electronic shooting competition during the National Cadet Marksmanship Championships at CFB Valcartier.

Photo: Cpl Rebecca Garand
U.S. Navy cruiser USS Chancellorsville, right, narrowly avoids collision from approaching Russian destroyer in Philippine Sea today
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7 June – Emergency maneouvres required by Russian destroyer and USS Chancellorsville, right, to avoid a collision in the Philippine Sea. Each country blames the other.

Photos: US Navy
British, Netherlands and Canadian Navy ships in formation
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12 May – British, Netherlands and Canadian Navy ships in formation. From left: HMS Duncan, HNLS Evertson, and HMCS Toronto during Op Reassurance.

Photo: MCpl Manuela Berger
Canadian and Caribbean navy divers in the Grenadines
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3 June - Canadian and Caribbean navy divers perform a search using a life line during Exercise Tradewinds 19 in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Photo: MCpl Gabrielle DesRochers
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
CH-148 Cyclone helicopter
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CH-148 Cyclone helicopter, RAPTOR, fires off self-defence flares while conducting flying operations during Operation Reassurance.

Photo: MS Jean-François Martineau
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

Jul 18

Carleton University Professor Stephen Saideman has received a $2.5 million Partnership Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council to create an inclusive and innovative defence and security community.

Jul 18

Naval forces from 19 nations, including 15 NATO Allies, recently gathered on the Black Sea for Exercise Sea Breeze 2019, co-led by the United States and Ukraine.

Jul 18

There is a sense that things are too cozy in New Brunswick – that the Irving family has too much influence on media and politics. NB MP Dominic LeBlanc should have known that accepting a free flight from the Irvings would blow up, writes John Ivison.

Jul 17

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says time is running out to save the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. U.S. President Donald Trump, accusing Russia of abrogating the agreement, announced in February that the U.S. would suspend its obligations. Russia followed suit, saying it would begin developing new systems.

Jul 17

The United States has removed Turkey from the list of customers for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II after Ankara received the first parts of a Russian missile defence system. A long-time participant in the program, Turkey was in line to procure 100 of the stealth fighters.

Jul 17

The Government Accountability Office says that although the U.S. Army is reaching out to small businesses as part of its overall modernization effort, it is not fully leveraging Army expertise, including its Office of Small Business Programs.

Jul 17

A Turkish diplomat and a civilian were shot to death in Irbil, the capital of Iraq's Kurdistan Region. No one immediately claimed responsibility but Turkey has already vowed to retaliate.

Jul 17

A foreign-registered oil tanker has been towed into Iranian waters after sending a distress signal in the Strait of Hormuz. A foreign ministry spokesman told Iranian media the vessel was towed “in accordance with international regulation.”

Jul 17

President Vladimir Putin’s push to modernize the Russian military, having cost some 20 trillion rubles (approximately C$400 billion) over the last decade, evidently has left his country’s defence sector deeply in debt.

Jul 17

Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has withdrawn his candidacy for the Pentagon's top job amidst reports of domestic violence in his family.

Jul 17

A recently released but subsequently deleted document written by a Canadian Senator for the Defense and Security Committee of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly apparently confirmed that U.S. nuclear weapons are stored in Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Turkey.

Jul 16

Fortissimo 2019, a military and musical spectacular, will be performed nightly at 7pm on Parliament Hill from July 18 to 20, 2019. This year will include a special performance by the SkyHawks, the Canadian Armed Forces parachute demonstration team.

Jul 16

The Government of Canada has awarded contracts to Chantier Davie and Seaspan Victoria Shipyards Limited (initially totalling $1 billion) to carry out maintenance work on the first group of Canada’s Halifax-class frigates. A similar contract with Irving Shipbuilding Inc. is currently being finalized.

Jul 16

The government has promised $7 billion worth of long-term maintenance contracts to three shipyards, and will be making major announcements today at shipyards in Quebec and Victoria.

Jul 16

Almost five months after a military standoff with India, Pakistan has fully reopened its airspace to civil traffic. The shutdown in February was in response to an Indian air strike against what was described as a terrorist training camp in Pakistan.

Jul 16

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel says the European Union might not wake up to the threat of Iran "until Iranian nuclear missiles fall on European soil. He was reacting to a statement by EU foreign ministers to the effect that Iran's recent breaches of a 2015 deal limiting its nuclear program were insignificant.

Jul 16

Recent military exercises by South Korea and the United States, perceived by North Korea as preparations for an eventual invasion, have prompted the foreign ministry to issue a statement that it is considering ending its moratorium on nuclear development.

Jul 15

U.S. President Trump’s call for four Democratic Party congresswomen of colour to “go home” is being decried by world leaders as racist.His statement that the congresswomen “originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe”, is being widely condemned.

Jul 15

Asked by a journalist July 15 whether U.S. President Donald Trump was being racist in calling on four female members of Congress to “go home”despite the fact that three were born in the U.S., Prime Minister Justin Trudeau replied that “I think Canadians and people around the world know exactly what I think.”

Jul 15

As Canada's extended participation in the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali draws to a close, the country continues to grapple with Islamist violence and other challenges of organized crime, smuggling, drug and human trafficking, and terrorism.

Jul 15

During a visit to Canadian Forces Base Petawawa, Ont. July 15, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was urged by NATO Secetary General Jens Stoltenberg to not backtrack on boosting Canada’s defence spending. “After years of decline, we are now in the fifth consecutive year of rise in defence spending across Europe and Canada, and I encourage you to redouble your efforts,” he said at a press conference with Trudeau. “This is about fairness, but more importantly, it is about our security in a more unpredictable world.”

Jul 15

Security and intelligence-sharing between Britain and the United States are often cited as the key to their “special relationship” but are they increasingly at odds? Is the recent U.S. move to establish a naval taskforce to patrol flashpoints in the Persian Gulf and Red Sea sucking Britain more deeply into President Donald Trump’s confrontation with Iran?

Jul 12

The Chief of the Defence Staff has officially announced the following changes to senior leadership following the recent decision by LGen Wynnyk to retire from the VCDS position.

Jul 12

The first of six new nuclear-powered Barracuda attack submarines (SSNs) for the French Navy was ceremonially launched July 12 at Naval Group’s Cherbourg site. Acceptance trials of Suffren are scheduled in the first quarter of 2020. The new boats replace six Amethyste-class SSNs, the first of which entered service in 1992.

Jul 12

Turkey’s decision to go ahead with the acquisition of a Russian missile defence system has angered the United States, which is suggesting that it could jeopardize Turkey’s planned procurement of 100 Lockheed Martin F-36 Lighting II joint strike fighters, potentially allowing Russia to gain access to classified U.S. technology.

ISSUES & IDEAS

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Called Voices of Liberation, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission has created its first online sound archive to capture the voices of veterans who served during the war – to record their stories and feelings related to the Second World War and its sites of remembrance.

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Neither DND nor Veterans Affairs Canada track, with any accuracy, the number of suicide casualties of Canadian military. Part of this inaccuracy stems from the fact that Canadian military reservists are not included in figures released by either department.

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A recent Léger Marketing poll surveyed 1,522 eligible Canadian voters. The results suggest that the electorate is looking for a new leader – and the Green party's Elizabeth May is seen as the most knowledgeable, ethical and balanced leader of the bunch.

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