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Naval Warfare Officers, Sub-Lieutenants Ashley Clark and Sara Dawe
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10 Oct – Naval Warfare Officers, Sub-Lieutenants Ashley Clark and Sara Dawe keep a close eye on the NATO allies ahead of them as HMCS Halifax sails in a group formation off the coast of Spain.

Photo: Corporal Braden Trudeau
Aerospace Engineering Officers reprogram Electronic Warfare Operational Support
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14 Oct – Aerospace Engineering Officers, Captains Shirley Gilbert and Mathieu Gagnon reprogram Electronic Warfare Operational Support at the Mihail Kogӑlniceanu Airbase in Romania.

Photo: LS Erica Seymour, 4 Wing
Royal 22e Régiment conduct river insertion during a Basic Jungle Warfare course
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20 Oct – Members of B Company, 3rd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment conduct a river insertion during a Basic Jungle Warfare course at the Centre d’Entraînement en Forêt Équatoriale, French Guiana.

Cpl Matthieu Racette, Combat Camera
ROC drills in Gagetown
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29 Oct – Royal Canadian Regiment 2nd Battalion conducts ROC drills prior to deploying to the live fire range during Exercise Royal Rising in Gagetown, New-Brunswick.

Photo: Cpl Nicolas Alonso
Pathfinders secure a landing zone within the fortified walls of the Québec Citadel
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26 Oct – The final phase of the patrol pathfinder course 2019 includes securing a landing zone within the fortified walls of the Québec Citadel.

Photo: Private Marc-André Leclerc
Pathfinder course 2019
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26 Oct – Candidates in the final phase of the patrol pathfinder course storm the Québec Citadel during their final mission to secure a landing zone within the fortified walls.

Photo: Private Marc-André Leclerc
Sgt Daniel Jacklin and LS Henry Smith prepare Zodiac aboard HMCS Ottawa
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28 Oct – Sergeant Daniel Jacklin and Leading Seaman Henry Smith prepare the Zodiac for a man overboard exercise onboard HMCS Ottawa during Operations Projection and Neon.

Photo: LS Victoria Ioganov
Master Seaman Ryan Stockie prepares the Close-In-Weapons-System
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28 Oct – Master Seaman Ryan Stockie prepares the Close-In-Weapons-System for loading as part of post-fire maintenance onboard HMCS Ottawa during Operations Projection and Neon.

Photo: LS Victoria Ioganov
CF-188 Hornet provides live fire training support
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9 Oct - Canadian CF-188 Hornet provides live fire training support for students participating in the Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) Course 1901 weapons range, north of Galaţi, Romania.

Photo: LS Erica Seymour
Lieutenant(N) Jason Teichroeb takes a bearing while sailing in formation during Exercise Dynamic Mariner off the coast of Spain.
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10 Oct - Naval Warfare Officer, Lieutenant(N) Jason Teichroeb takes a bearing while sailing in formation during Exercise Dynamic Mariner off the coast of Spain.

Photo: Cpl Braden Trudeau
Exercise Urban Reaper training in Latvia
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Oct 21 - Canadian Army members with enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group Latvia conduct a quick shoot training exercise at camp Ādaži, Latvia, as part of Operation Reassurance.

Photo: Cpl Vuong-De Ramos
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IN THE NEWS

Jan 23

Patrik Mathews, a former Canadian Armed Forces Reserves combat engineer in Manitoba, remains in custody in the U.S. after a judge decided he might try to escape justice. Mathews is accused of having joined U.S. white supremacists in planning activities a U.S. government attorney describes as domestic terrorism.

Jan 22

A growing number of U.S. troops are being evacuated from Iraq for examination and potential treatment of brain trauma suffered in the Iranian missile attack on Al Assad airbase 03 January, but President Donald Trump has described their condition as “headaches” and “not serious.” A senior officer in Iraq puts the total number of evacuees “in the teens.”

Jan 22

Former Alberta MP Ron Ambrose has announced that she will not seek the Conservative Party of Canada leadership. She said on Facebook 22 January that she “struggled” with the decision. Ambrose, who held portfolios in Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government, including the government's procurement arm, Public Works & Government Services, resigned from the House of Commons in 2017.

Jan 22

The South Korean navy has expanded its Middle East maritime protection to cover Korean-flagged commercial vessels transiting the Strait of Hormuz between Iran and the Arabian Peninsula. It has conducted anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden since 2009.

Jan 22

The U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen David Goldfein, has told Boeing that he is dissatisfied with the progress on the KC-46, a new tanker based on the commercial 767 platform which is not mission ready after nearly a decade in development. The USAF has taken delivery of 30 to date but uses them only for crew training.

Jan 22

Training of Saudi nationals in the various arms of the U.S. military is expected to resume once new security measures are in place. In giving conditional approval, the Department of Defense has proposed, among other things, a ban on foreign students or their families owning firearms and ammunition. Training was suspended in December after a Saudi trainee killed three U.S. Navy personnel in Florida. 

Jan 22

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says the alliance needs to beef up its training of Iraqis to ensure that its personnel are not drawn back into a combat role. The Canadian-led training program was suspended in early January due to security concerns but Stoltenberg says talks with leaders in the region suggest it could resume in the near future.

Jan 21

Former Quebec premier Jean Charest announced 21 January that he will not seek the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada. The former federal cabinet minister said, among other things, that the organization had changed significantly since he quit in 1998 to enter provincial politics.

Jan 21

A missile attack on a Yemeni military training camp has killed at least 111 personnel who had gathered at a mosque for evening prayers. The government blamed Houthi rebels.

Jan 21

A $3-million reward is being offered by an Iranian legislator, Ahmad Hamzeh, for the assassination of U.S. President Donald Trump. The offer, made in the Iranian parliament, is being dismissed as “ridiculous” by U.S. Disarmament Ambassador Robert Wood, who also said it proved the “terrorist underpinnings” of Iran’s establishment.

Jan 21

A U.S. Army veteran linked to a neo-Nazi group faces charges of harbouring an illegal alien and transporting weapons as part of a plot to get former Canadian Armed Forces reservist Patrik Mathews to a gun rights rally in Virginia. Mathews, a Winnipeg native who entered the U.S. illegally in August, was arrested in Delaware last week.

Jan 21

The Sikorsky-Boeing SB-1 coaxial rotor helicopter topped 100 knots in a recent test flight as the U.S. Army Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator continues to mature with weekly flights. The “Defiant” platform also completed turns at a 30-degree angle of bank.

Jan 21

Senior Australian naval officers have dismissed reports that they were urged to consider alternatives to buying 12 conventionally-powered submarines from France's Naval Group. They were responding to news media claims in the wake of auditor’s report which suggested that negotiations with Naval Group were going so poorly that the Naval Shipbuilding Advisory Board had earlier recommended drawing up contingency plans.

Jan 21

away from being able to put a nuclear payload on one of its ballistic missiles. They say that once Iran has developed a warhead, using any missiles with a diameter of just over 4 feet would be an option.

Jan 20

Some 300 Canadian Armed Forces personnel, supported by four aircraft and ground vehicles, are in eastern Newfoundland to help the region dig from out of last week’s record-breaking winter storm. Taking direction from the province and municipal administrations, CAF personnel, including local Reservists, are givigg priority to residents who cannot get out of their homes.

Jan 19

Newfoundland and Labrador will be getting Canadian Armed Forces support with digging out of a record-breaking winter storm. Premier Dwight Ball confirmed 18 January that he had formally requested military assistance.

Jan 18

President Donald Trump says Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei should be careful about what he says after Khamenei called him a “clown” while criticizing the U.S. in a sermon in Tehran 17 January. “The so-called 'Supreme Leader' of Iran, who has not been so Supreme lately, had some nasty things to say about the United States and Europe,” Trump said in a tweet. “Their economy is crashing, and their people are suffering. He should be very careful with his words!”

Jan 17

An RCAF pilot explains in a BBC video how he used a mouse to control one of NATO’s new Northrop Grumman RQ-4D Global Hawk intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance drones. The first of five was delivered in late November to their operational base Sigonella, Sicily,

Jan 17

A bipartisan group in Congress says a possible reduction of the U.S. military presence in Africa, as the Pentagon focuses more on Russian and Chinese aggression would be incompatible with the administration’s National Security Strategy. In a letter to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, the group calls the idea “shortsighted.”

Jan 17

Unprecedented physical, social, economic and geopolitical shifts in the Arctic present a “considerable impact” on the region’s security, according to a researcher at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. Ekaterina Klimenko writes that security issues too often are handled in isolation from each other. Her observations flow from a SIPRI workshop in London last year.

Jan 17

Eleven U.S. military personnel have been evacuated from al-Asad air base in Iraq for treatment of potentially severe injuries suffered in Iran’s 08 January missile attack. Senior officials had said immediately after the attack that there had been “no casualties” but it was confirmed 16 January that some had suffered severe concussion.

Jan 17

After confirming that a Dutch shipyard has been chosen to build at least four new frigates for the Germany Navy, officials are working on a procurement policy which would steer future contracts to domestic industry. The proposed policy shift could require an exemption from a European Union requirement that national programs should be competed among EU members.

Jan 17

Having received only one response, from General Dynamics, the U.S. Army is backtracking on its Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicles replacement project. Army acquisition chief Bruce Jette said 16 January that feedback on the concept of an optionally-manned replacement, coupled with the lack of broad industry response, requires a re-think of this “critical capability.” A Raytheon-Rheinmetall team was disqualified from the competition for having missed a deadline.

Jan 17

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has used a mass prayer session in Tehran to defend the country’s Revolutionary Guard for having maintained Iran’s security by shooting down a Ukrainian airliner 08 January. Among other things, the cleric used his rare appearance to say that Iran’s “enemies” were “as happy about the plane crash as we were sad,” and called U.S. President Donald Trump a “clown.”

Jan 17

Patrik Mathews, who fled to the U.S. in August after being released from the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves due to the Winnipeg resident's alleged involvement in an extremist right-wing movement, was been arrested 16 in Delaware.

ISSUES & IDEAS

Louis Cuppens's picture

The Canadian Volunteer Service Medal (CVSM), which recognized the selfless and patriotic act of volunteering for service, must be re-introduced and issued to all veterans; however, the Government of Canada continues to ignore the value of volunteering to serve.

Ken Pole's picture

Prime Minister Trudeau convenes the government's Incident Response Group, which is tasked with reviewing national crises or foreign developments of direct relevance to Canada.

Ken Pole's picture

Operating unmanned aerial vehicles beyond line of sight improves their effectiveness and potential but this also requires real-time situational awareness for more effective deployment and safety reasons. Calgary-based Canadian UAVs and Lockheed Martin Canada CDL Systems have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop “a complete airspace” solution. 

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