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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.
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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
27 May – Canadian Armed Forces soldiers from the enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group Latvia conduct a trench clearing exercise held at Camp Ādaži.
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27 May – Canadian Armed Forces soldiers from the enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group Latvia conduct a trench clearing exercise held at Camp Ādaži.

Photo: Cpl Desiree T. Bourdon
29 May – Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment jump from a Griffon helicopter into the St. John River during a helocasting exercise in Oromocto, NB.
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29 May – Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment jump from a Griffon helicopter into the St. John River during a helocasting exercise in Oromocto, NB. 

Photo: Cpl Peter Ford
8 May – The CF Snowbirds fly in Concorde formation over NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA during their performance practice.
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8 May – The CF Snowbirds fly in Concorde formation over NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA during their performance practice.

Photo: Cpl Kyle Van Tol
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
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IN THE NEWS

Jun 22

Canada's plan to send six helicopters to assist with United Nations peacekeeping in Mali may be overshadowed by atrocities committed by that country's military. Mali's defence minister has admitted that government soldiers were engaged in “gross violations” after the discovery of the bodies of 25 civilians in mass graves.

Jun 21

Today the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) and the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) released a joint 2018 report on the state of Canada’s aerospace industry.

Jun 21

The Annual JEDI Indigenous Business Pitch Competition was held in March at Lockheed Martin Canada’s IMPACT Centre, and highlighted a number of companies to watch out for.

Jun 21

Brian Lilley reports that Canada was warned to halt the practice of Chinese steel being dumped at low cost to Canada and then re-exported to the United States.

Jun 21

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first two of a total of six H145 helicopters to Swiss Air-Rescue Rega. These will replace Rega’s existing fleet of EC145 helicopters, which will be phased out by mid-2019. The first H145 helicopter is expected to be deployed at the Bern base in October.

Jun 21

Former Chief Justice of Canada, the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, P.C., today assumed the appointment of Honorary Captain (Navy) of the Office of the Judge Advocate General.

Jun 21

Irving Shipbuilding has reached a tentative agreement on a new contract with the union building Royal Canadian Navy warships at its Halifax shipyard. No details will be released until employees vote on the new deal.

Jun 20

More retiring Canadian Forces claim hearing loss, but many may not have used issued protection during their service. One survey showed members were reluctant to use hearing protection because it interfered with the ability to complete their missions.

Jun 20

Conservative MP James Bezan writes, "An Andrew Scheer Conservative government will provide Ukraine with lethal defensive aid by supplying Ukraine with lethal defensive weapons previously intended for the Kurdish Peshmerga, which Canadian forces had been assisting through training and mentoring."

Jun 19

President Donald Trump has ordered the US military to create a sixth defence branch - a space force. "It is not enough to merely have an American presence in space. We must have American dominance in space," Mr Trump said.

Jun 18

The Royal Canadian Regiment has announced His Excellency, The Right Honourable David Johnston, the 28th Governor-General of Canada, will become the next Colonel of The Regiment of The RCR.

Jun 18

Two Royal Canadian Navy ships will visit communities along the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Great Lakes this summer as part of the annual Great Lakes Deployment. Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships Moncton and Oriole are this year’s RCN ambassadors for the annual deployment which connects Canadians to their Navy.

Jun 18

Representatives from industry and government joined Seaspan Shipyards as they celebrated the start of construction on the first Joint Support Ship for the Royal Canadian Navy. Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan participated in a steel-cutting ceremony.

Jun 18

The Aboriginal Leadership Opportunity Year concluded at the Royal Military College of Canada. The program offers Indigenous youth the opportunity to strengthen their leadership and military skills, academic education, physical fitness, and cultural awareness.

Jun 18

The widely publicized shortfall of rucksacks and sleeping bags for Canadian soldiers may be embarrassing to the government but it is just the latest example of a continuing problem.

Jun 15

News that the Canadian military is rounding up sleeping bags and other equipment not needed by serving members has prompted accusations from the political opposition that the government is bungling procurement. More than 700 sleeping bags are among the military equipment Canada has donated to Ukraine's armed forces.

Jun 15

After eight months of negotiations, members of Marine Workers Federation Local 1 have voted to reject a contract offer from Irving’s Halifax Shipyard.The union gave 48-hour strike notice and picket lines could go up Saturday morning, halting work on warships for the Royal Canadian Navy.

Jun 14

Troops backed by a Saudi-led coalition have launched an assault on Yemen's main port city of Hodeidah, in the biggest battle of a three-year war between an alliance of Arab states and the Iran-aligned Houthis.

Jun 14

Lieutenant-General Michael Rouleau assumed command of the Canadian Joint Operations Command from Lieutenant-General Stephen Bowes at a ceremony at Cartier Square Drill Hall in Ottawa.

Jun 14

A report from the Senate subcommittee on veterans’ affairs repeats recommendations by the Veterans’ Ombudsman, the National Defence Ombudsman and the Commons veterans’ affairs committee that Canadian Forces members should not be released until all their benefits are settled. Injured veterans are still waiting months for benefits, despite a promise made a year ago in the defence policy.

Jun 14

With billions of dollars in cross-border defence sales in the balance, threats by President Donald Trump to punish Canada could backfire against American defence companies trying to sell weapons to the Canadian military.

Jun 13

Formerly run by a single colonel, the Canadian military public affairs unit now has two brigadier generals. Col Jay Janzen is being promoted and will take the top job while his predecessor, BGen Marc Thériault is on secondment to the Governor General. In recent years, the number of admirals and generals in the Canadian military has increased more than other ranks.

Jun 12

David Fraser was both the senior Canadian commander in the region and overall commander of NATO forces in southern Afghanistan and is now a retired major-general. Fraser and Brian Hanington have produced a most interesting and readable account of this highlight of recent Canadian military history.

Jun 12

Lockheed Martin Canada has been awarded a three-year extension to its In-Service Support contract for the Royal Canadian Navy’s 12 Halifax Class Frigates.

Jun 12

In 1983, William Howard Hughes Jr, an air force officer with top secret clearance vanished. Last week, agents from the US air force office of special investigations apprehended Hughes in California, where he had been living since he disappeared.

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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