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13 May – Sgt Andrew Steinhous from 4 Engineer Support Regiment assists in provincial recovery efforts in Grand Lake, New Brunswick during Operation Lentus.
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13 May – Sgt Andrew Steinhous from 4 Engineer Support Regiment assists in provincial recovery efforts in Grand Lake, New Brunswick during Operation Lentus.

Photo: Sgt Lance Wade
7 May – RCAF CC-130J Hercules aircraft from 436 Squadron disembarks passengers from Kashechewan First Nation, Ontario during a precautionary evacuation.
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7 May – RCAF CC-130J Hercules aircraft from 436 Squadron disembarks passengers from Kashechewan First Nation, Ontario during a precautionary evacuation.

Photo: Cpl Ryan Moulton
22 Apr – RCN members onboard HMCS St. John’s, take part in a small boat attack exercise using blank ammunition with the .50 Calibre HMG as part of Exercise Joint Warrior.
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22 Apr – RCN members onboard HMCS St. John’s, take part in a small boat attack exercise using blank ammunition with the .50 Calibre HMG as part of Exercise Joint Warrior.

Photo: Cpl Tony Chand
19 Apr – Canadian soldiers with the eFP BG Latvia, cover their arcs while moving rapidly toward the next building during Exercise Claymore Knocking.
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19 Apr – Canadian soldiers with the eFP BG Latvia, cover their arcs while moving rapidly toward the next building during Exercise Claymore Knocking.

Photo: Cpl Jean-Roch Chabot
27 Mar – Spanish Armed Forces soldiers run in formation to board a Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during Exercise Claymore Soaring.
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27 Mar – Spanish Armed Forces soldiers run in formation to board a Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during Exercise Claymore Soaring.

Photo: Cpl Desiree T. Bourdon
21 Mar – HMCS St. John’s performs manoeuvres with other members of Standing NATO Maritime Group One while on Operation Reassurance.
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21 Mar – HMCS St. John’s performs manoeuvres with other members of Standing NATO Maritime Group One while on Operation Reassurance.

Photo: Cpl Tony Chand
28 Mar – Crew members from  HMCS Edmonton free a sea turtle from a net during Operation Caribbe in the eastern Pacific Ocean.
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28 Mar – Crew members from  HMCS Edmonton free a sea turtle from a net during Operation Caribbe in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

Photo: MARPAC Imaging Services
23 Mar – Ghanaian Navy Ship Garinga passes HMCS Kingston during Exercise Obangame Express, a multinational training scenario taking place during Operation Projection.
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23 Mar – Ghanaian Navy Ship Garinga passes HMCS Kingston during Exercise Obangame Express, a multinational training scenario during Operation Projection.

Photo: Sgt Shilo Adamson
18 Mar – RCN members currently deployed onboard HMCS St. John's perform their duties handling lines and fenders during the port entry to Gydina, Poland while on Op Reassurance.
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18 Mar – RCN members currently deployed onboard HMCS St. John's perform their duties handling lines and fenders during the port entry to Gydina, Poland while on Op Reassurance.

Photo: Cpl Tony Chand
16 Mar – LCol Emily Lambert, Commanding Officer onboard HMCS Summerside, with students from Lycée Militaire School during Operation Projection, Benin.
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16 Mar – LCol Emily Lambert, Commanding Officer onboard HMCS Summerside, with students from Lycée Militaire School during Operation Projection, Benin.

Photo: PO2 Peter Reed
14 Mar – Soldiers prepare armoured vehicles for transport to the railway station in Quebec City for Exercise Maple Resolve, to take place in Wainwright, Alberta.
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14 Mar – Soldiers prepare armoured vehicles for transport to the railway station in Quebec City for Exercise Maple Resolve, to take place in Wainwright, Alberta.

Photo: Cpl Nedia Coutinho
9 Mar – The Aurora Borealis seen in the Kangiqsujuaq region, Nunavik, Quebec during Exercise Guerrier Nordique.
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9 Mar – The Aurora Borealis seen in the Kangiqsujuaq region, Nunavik, Quebec during Exercise Guerrier Nordique.

Photo: Corporal Matthieu Racette
6 Mar – HMCS St. John’s currently deployed in the Baltic Sea performs manoeuvres with other members of the NATO task group during Operation Reassurance.
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6 Mar – HMCS St. John’s currently deployed in the Baltic Sea performs manoeuvres with other members of the NATO task group during Operation Reassurance.

Photo: Cpl Tony Chand
1 Mar – CAF members, RCMP and civilians depart CFC Trenton on board a CC-177 Globemaster to participate in Operation Nunalivut in Cambridge Bay, NU.
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1 Mar – CAF members, RCMP and civilians depart CFC Trenton on board a CC-177 Globemaster to participate in Operation Nunalivut in Cambridge Bay, NU.

Photo: Cpl Myki Poirier-Joyal
20 Feb – Members from 3rd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment and the Polish 18th Airborne Battalion participate in Exercise Pegase Nordique in Shawinigan, Québec.
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20 Feb – Members from 3rd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment and the Polish 18th Airborne Battalion participate in Exercise Pegase Nordique in Shawinigan, Québec.

Photo: Cpl Matthieu Racette
22 Feb – RCN members currently deployed on board HMCS St. John’s participate in a Personnel Exchange with a Norwegian Submarine during Operation Reassurance.
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22 Feb – RCN members currently deployed on board HMCS St. John’s participate in a Personnel Exchange with a Norwegian Submarine during Operation Reassurance.

Photo: Cpl Tony Chand
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IN THE NEWS

May 25

The MIC Conference brought together the heads of military intelligence organizations from 29 NATO countries to discuss intelligence reforms aimed at improving support to Alliance planning, operations, and decision-making. The MIC is the principal advisory body to NATO’s Military Committee on defence intelligence issues.

May 25

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan participated in the Change of Command ceremony for the incoming Commander of NORAD and U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM), United States Air Force General Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy. General O'Shaughnessy will replace outgoing Commander General Lori Robinson, who has provided exemplary leadership as Commander NORAD and USNORTHCOM since 2016.

May 25

A shortage of recruits is forcing the Canadian military to consider lowering its current qualifications for service by foreign nationals. At present, non-Canadians who wish to serve must be on exchange programs or possess some specialized skills.

May 24

Leonardo congratulates the Royal Canadian Air Force crew of search and rescue helicopter “Rescue 901” for winning this year’s Cormorant Trophy for the rescue of five crewmen forced to abandon a fishing vessel 250 km offshore in fierce weather and rough seas.

May 24

DND and the Canadian Armed Forces have identified the remains of three Canadian First World War soldiers found near the village of Vendin-le-Vieil, France, as Private William Del Donegan, Private Henry Edmonds Priddle, and Sergeant Archibald Wilson. 

May 24

The government may send more helicopters to Mali in support of United Nations peacekeeping operations. At present, the Canadian contribution comprises two Chinooks and four Griffon escorts but additional assets are being considered.

May 24

Since January 2017, the Edmonton detention barracks has been empty of prisoners half the time. Despite the lack of use, Canada's last military prison has a staff of 30 people.

May 23

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan will be in Colorado Springs to attend the NORAD and U.S. Northern Command  (USNORTHCOM) Change of Command ceremony. USAF General Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy will replace outgoing Commander General Lori Robinson, who has provided exemplary leadership since 2016.

May 23

Israel has become the first country to use the US-made F-35 stealth fighter jet in combat, the country's air force chief has claimed. "We are flying the F-35 all over the Middle East and have already attacked twice on two different fronts," Major-General Amikam Norkin told the chiefs of 20 foreign air forces at a conference in Israel.

May 23

In preparation for the eventual deployment of a Royal Canadian Air Force helicopter task force to Mali, personnel from 450 and 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadrons completed an exercise Tuesday to validate their capabilities. The training took place during the Maple Resolve exercise in Wainwright, Alberta.

May 23

In partnership with Vintage Wings of Canada, the Royal Air Force (RAF) is marking its 100th anniversary by showing groups of 30 teenagers the volunteer association's aircraft collection at the Gatineau Airport.  The young people receive an informal presentation on the history of the RAF and how pilots from Canada and the United Kingdom continue to defend freedom.

May 22

Rushad Bharda, the 22-year old Mississauga man who risked his own life to rescue a trucker credits his service with the Canadian Forces for training him to "run towards danger". Bharda, who received a Community Hero Award, now works in law enforcement.

May 22

A new DND building close to Ottawa's Carling Avenue location will house: Vice Chief of Defence Staff; Canadian Joint Operations Command; Canadian Forces Intelligence Command; Canadian Special Operations Forces Command; Assistant Deputy Minister – Information Management; and, Assistant Deputy Minister – Science and Technology.

May 18

Canada's new maritime patrol helicopter, the CH-148 Cyclone was recognized by AHS International for its successful flight and shipboard operation demonstration under Sea State 6 conditions.

May 17

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.

May 16

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

ISSUES & IDEAS

Ken Pole's picture

While the Government Accountability Office notes that the DOD faces “new challenges as adversaries try to steal national security information and technology at unprecedented rate, ” the White House eliminated its Senior Cyber Policy Office.

CHRIS KILFORD's picture

Given the recent concern over Canada’s upcoming contribution to the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), one might easily assume that up until now few Canadians had ever set foot in Mali. However, this is far from the case. 

FRONTLINE DEBATE's picture

Check out our new ‘Up For Debate’ feature. This month's topic: “Given: It is Canada’s turn to be NATO Secretary-General”. Here, Brett Boudreau (’No!’) and Tim Dunne (‘Yes!’) square off. You be the judge.

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