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9 Jul – The RCN's Interim AOR Ship, Motor Vessel Asterix departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to participate in the sea phase of Exercise RIMPAC 2018.
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9 Jul – The RCN's Interim AOR Ship, Motor Vessel Asterix departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to participate in the sea phase of Exercise RIMPAC 2018.

Photo: Sgt. Devin VandeSype
07 Jul – New members of Operation Presence - Mali arrive in a CC-130 Hercules at Camp Castor in Gao, Mali.
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07 Jul – New members of Operation Presence - Mali arrive in a CC-130 Hercules at Camp Castor in Gao, Mali. 

Photo: MCpl Jennifer Kusche
02 Jul – Members of the United States Navy, Explosive Ordinance Disposal Mobile Unit 2 rappel down a wall as part of a training exercise during RIMPAC 2018.
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02 Jul – Members of the United States Navy, Explosive Ordinance Disposal Mobile Unit 2 rappel down a wall as part of a training exercise during RIMPAC 2018.

Photo: Cpl Trevor Matheson
23 Jun – A CH-146 Griffon Helicopter conducts a sling-load operation in support of Operation NEVUS 2018 at CFS Alert.
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23 Jun – A CH-146 Griffon Helicopter conducts a sling-load operation in support of Operation NEVUS 2018 at CFS Alert.

Photo: Maj Etienne Marcoux
16 Jun – HMCS Shawinigan (Top Right) sails with USCG Charles David Jr (Top Left), RFA Mounts Bay (Lower Left), and ARM OAXACA (Lower Right), during EX Tradewinds18.
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16 Jun – HMCS Shawinigan (Top Right) sails with USCG Charles David Jr (Top Left), RFA Mounts Bay (Lower Left), and ARM OAXACA (Lower Right), during EX Tradewinds18.

Photo: AB John Iglesias
15 Jun – A RCAF CF-188 Hornet from 401 Tactical Fighter Squadron refuels from a  CC-150 Polaris from 437 Transport Squadron over Alberta during Exercise Maple Flag 51.
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15 Jun – A RCAF CF-188 Hornet from 401 Tactical Fighter Squadron refuels from a CC-150 Polaris from 437 Transport Squadron over Alberta during Exercise Maple Flag 51.

Photo: OS Erica Seymour
1 Jun – Soldiers from 2 Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment participate in a training exercise at the 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown, in Oromocto.
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1 Jun – Soldiers from 2 Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment participate in a training exercise at the 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown, in Oromocto.

Photo: Cpl Peter Ford
9 Jun – A diver from the Caribbean Task Force signals he is ready during a diving operation at the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Coral Harbour Base during Exercise Tradewinds 2018.
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9 Jun – A diver from the Caribbean Task Force signals he is ready during a diving operation at the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Coral Harbour Base during Exercise Tradewinds 2018.

Photo: OS Justin Spinello
6 Jun – Four F-16 Fighting Falcons from the Belgian Air Component's 31st "Tiger" Squadron perform a fly-past over the airfield at 4 Wing, Cold Lake, Alberta.
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6 Jun – Four F-16 Fighting Falcons from the Belgian Air Component's 31st "Tiger" Squadron perform a fly-past over the airfield at 4 Wing, Cold Lake, Alberta.

Photo: Cpl Manuela Berger
11 Jun – A F-16 Fighting Falcon from the Belgian Air Component's 31st "Tiger" Squadron prepares for take off on day 1 of Maple Flag 51 at 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta.
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11 Jun – A F-16 Fighting Falcon from the Belgian Air Component's 31st "Tiger" Squadron prepares for take off on day 1 of Maple Flag 51 at 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta. 

Photo: Cpl Manuela Berger
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IN THE NEWS

Jul 13

On the next generation of frigates, the United States Navy hopes to achieve interoperability, if not common combat systems, with Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. The four countries meet every six months on naval matters, and frigate procurement has been a recent agenda item.

Jul 13

After denouncing NATO allies for underspending, US President Donald Trump has declared his interventions have left the alliance stronger and more united. "No problem," Trump said.

Jul 12

Airbus Defence and Space has followed its earlier achievement in demonstrating Automatic Air-to-Air (A3R) refuelling of a fighter with another world-first – the same operation performed with a large receiver aircraft.

Jul 12

A company founded in Canada played a vital role in the successful rescue of the Thai soccer team of 12 boys aged 11 to 16 and their 25-year-old coach. Patrick Blott, Intermap’s CEO, said the company was able to give the first 3-D maps of the cave area within three hours of getting called by Thai agencies seeking help.

Jul 12

Up to 250 Canadian troops will be heading to a new mission in Baghdad where they will help direct a NATO training operation and provide protection to the alliance’s headquarters in the Iraqi capital.

Jul 12

U.S. President Donald Trump just sent tough letters demanding that Canada and the other NATO allies live up to the two per cent of GDP spending commitment they made at their Wales summit meeting in 2014. This will be the subject of intense discussion at next week’s NATO summit.

Jul 12

At the NATO summit in Brussels, US President Donald Trump said Russia "totally controlled" Germany and demanded members increase defence spending to four percent of Gross Domestic Product. Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin next week.

Jul 11

U.S. President Donald Trump has been asking NATO members, including Canada, to meet a target of two per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) for defence spending. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday his government does not intend to meet that goal. NATO released numbers Tuesday showing Canada only spends 1.23 per cent of GDP on defence.

Jul 11

Canada will command a new NATO training mission in Iraq, beginning this fall. The deployment will involve up to 250 Canadian Armed Forces personnel and four Griffon helicopters for a year. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement this morning at the NATO summit in Brussels.

Jul 10

The Chinese government is working to create a techno-authoritarian state powered by artificial intelligence and facial recognition to track and monitor its 1.4 billion citizens.

Jul 10

More than 200 soldiers are travelling to the Netherlands for the 102nd annual International Four Days Marches Nijmegen, held July 17-20. This year’s event commemorates the 66th year of CAF participation in the Four Days Marches since the CAF attended for the first time in 1952.

Jul 10

New Zealand is buying four Boeing P-8 Maritime Patrol Aircraft. The fleet will replace P-3 Orion aircraft and become operational in 2023.

Jul 10

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits Canadian soldiers in Latvia and attends a NATO summit this week. He is expected to announce this country is extending its deployment in Latvia as a deterrent to Russian aggression.

Jul 09

Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Joël Lightbound, Member of Parliament for Louis-Hébert, participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new armoury in Sainte-Foy, Que. This project represented a $22-million investment in Reserve infrastructure and economic benefits for the local community.

Jul 09

Outreach programs have been designed to build bridges into Indigenous communities in Canada and to raise awareness among Indigenous people of potential military or civilian careers with the CAF and the Department of National Defence. Upon successful completion and if they wish to do so, graduates can pursue a career in the CAF Primary Reserve Force, Regular Force or work in a civilian occupation with DND.   

Jul 09

The allies have sent letters to some NATO member countries pressuring them to expand their military budgets in preparation for Trump's arrival to this year's summit meeting.

Jul 09

Eight boys and their soccer coach who remain trapped in a flooded cave in northern Thailand waited for a rescue operation to resume on Monday, a day after the first four were brought out safely and whisked away to hospital.

Jul 09

Last fall, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) said more time was needed to train officers to spot drug-impaired drivers.   Now the CACP says it probably won't reach the goal of training 2,000 officers when marijuana becomes legal this year.

Jul 09

Toronto's police are investigating a letter from an officer to Mayor John Tory chief accusing him of contributing to gun violence by canceling the Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy in 2016. The police task force was launched after the 2005 Summer of the Gun.

Jul 09

VAdm Mark Norman, former Vice Chief Defence Staff has been charged with breach of trust and removed from his post. More than a year and a half after his suspension, the military has still not explained what he did wrong. "But the top brass owes the country an explanation of what really went on, or risks something similar happening again."

Jul 06

Navtech Inc., a marine-engineering firm is suing Davie Canada for $2.66-million it claims the shipbuilder owes. The company is asking the Federal Court to seize MV Asterix, which Davie leases to the Canadian military. Davie refitted that ship under a five-year contract with the Government of Canada.

Jul 06

The Trudeau government plans to send up to 20 police officers to Mali, adding to the commitment of eight helicopters and 250 armed forces members for the next 12 months.

Jul 05

TOA Canada Corporation plans to relocate to a newly custom-built facility in west Mississauga by August 20, 2018.

Jul 05

British investigators were urgently trying to establish on Thursday how a couple came into contact with the same type of Soviet-era chemical weapon used in an attack against a former Russian spy and his daughter.

Jul 05

Rescue teams in northern Thailand are giving crash courses in swimming and diving as part of preparations to remove the young soccer squad from a cave. Enough supplies have been prepared to last 4 months, as timeline for rescue remains unclear.

ISSUES & IDEAS

ANGUS REID's picture

A recent poll shows 70% of Canadians prefer taking a “hard” approach in trade negotiations with the Trump administration.

Louis Cuppens's picture

Canada's military volunteers deserve recognition for their selfless acts of sacrifice for the good of all Canadians. Nothing less is acceptable. Shame on us for not doing so in a timely manner.

Google’s decision to withdraw from a US military initiative called Project Maven (for classifying military drone images) came after some 4,000 employees petitioned to ban Google from building “warfare technology”.

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