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10 Dec - PO2 Timothy Brown (left) and PO2 Brittany Lohnes drive rigid hulled inflatable boat from HMCS Ville de Quebec during an underwater force protection training in the Mediterranean Sea, during Operation Reassurance.

Cyclone Helicopter before flight
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9 Dec – Air crew on HMCS Ville de Quebec ready to direct CH-148 Cyclone pilot while sailing in the Mediterranean Sea during Operation Reassurance.

Photo: MCpl Andre Maillet, MARPAC
LGen Lanthier  visits in Ukraine
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5 Dec – LGen Lanthier, Commander of the Canadian Army visits with members of Operation Unifier conducting battalion training near Starychi, Ukraine.

Latvian Army Howitzers
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15 Nov – LATVIA – Latvian National Armed Forces drive Howitzers into position during a live-fire training exercise overseen by members of the Royal Canadian Artillery School. 

Photo: Aviator Jérôme Lessard
Deployable Technical Analysis Laboratory
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3 Oct - Analysist works in CAF Deployable Technical Analysis Laboratory during the force integration training phase of Exercise Ardent Defender held at CFB Borden.

Photo: MCpl Jax Kennedy
Danish soldiers prepare to unload Canadian Armed Forces sea cans
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3 Oct – Members of the Danish Battalion, Reception, Staging and Onward Movement, prepare to unload Canadian Armed Forces sea cans during Exercise Trident Juncture in Orkanger, Norway.

Photo: Cpl Lisa Fenton
Canadian and Senegalese MINUSMA members deploy
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19 Oct – Canadian and Senegalese MINUSMA members deploy on an emergency resupply mission from Camp Castor in Gao, Mali during Operation Presence-Mali.

Photo: Corporal Ken Beliwicz
CF-188 in Bodø, Norway
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19 Oct – Aviation Technician from 401 Tactical Fighter Sqn marshals a CF-18 Hornet on the runway in Bodø, Norway in preparation for Ex Trident Juncture.

Photo: Cpl Bryan Carter, 4 Wing
UN medical personnel in Mali
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15 Oct – Canadian, Dutch and German UN medical personnel tour each nation's medical response vehicles at Camp Castor in Gao, Mali during Op Presence-Mali.

Photo: Corporal Ken Beliwicz
Merry Christmas
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FrontLine wishes our readers a very safe and Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays during this joyous season of peace and good will to all!

25 Dec 2018
Happy Kwanzaa
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FrontLine sends holiday greetings to all of our readers for the week-long celebration honoring African culture and traditions celebrations. (Dec 26 to Jan 1)

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IN THE NEWS

Dec 13

A new Senate Standing Committee report, entitled "Responding to Russian aggression against Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia in the Black Sea" has just been released.

Dec 13

Lockheed Martin Canada and L3 MAS announced they have joined forces to offer a military aircrew training solution for DND's Future Aircrew Training (FAcT) project.

Dec 13

A Canadian retailer that caters to military personnel and their families is warning its members to monitor their personal information closely after a "malicious attack" may have exposed credit card numbers and other personal information.

Dec 13

RCAF Capt. Kimberly Fawcett served her country, deploying twice to Afghanistan as a part of Canada’s war effort. Now Fawcett is fighting her own government, asking the military to pay for a prosthetic limb, after she lost her leg in an accident that wounded her critically and killed her nine-month-old son.

Dec 13

Canada’s air force is postponing a major exercise next year as it brings in improvements to its fighter jet base in Alberta. Exercise Maple Flag, which was to take place in Cold Lake, Alta., is the premier air force training event that allows pilots to test their skills with scenarios similar to “real-world” operations.

Dec 13

Federal officials have been collecting thousands of documents – including cabinet secrets – requested by suspended Vice-Admiral Mark Norman's lawyers largely on their own, an Ottawa court heard Wednesday.

Dec 12

The crew of a Canadian warship in the Pacific had front-row seats to potential violations of UN sanctions against North Korea during a recent patrol in the East China Sea – but was under orders not to intercept any suspicious vessels, the ship's commander says.

Dec 12

Federal Conservatives stepped up their attack on Veterans Affairs Minister Seamus O'Regan today, accusing him of "publicly shaming" a frequent critic of his department during recent testimony before a House of Commons committee.

Dec 12

The federal government can award a contract to design the country's $60-billion fleet of new warships after a trade tribunal reversed an earlier order not to finish the deal. The Canadian International Trade Tribunal ordered the government last month to postpone awarding the high-stakes design contract until it had a chance to determine whether the deal is kosher.

Dec 11

The United Kingdom’s Ministry of the Defence unveiled Monday its top three contenders for the planned Type 31e frigate, a scaled down frigate that it wants to be able to both export and buy in numbers to eventually grow the size of the fleet.

Dec 11

The federal government is asking the Canadian International Trade Tribunal to set aside its order to prevent it from awarding a contract on the Canadian Surface Combatant project.

Dec 11

The Canadian Army brought 20 pistols to an Arkansas shooting competition. But before events had even officially kicked off, 15 of those pistols had jammed so badly they couldn’t be used. However, the quest to replace the Browning is now held up in a years-long procurement limbo.

Dec 11

The Liberal Party of Canada has cancelled plans to host a fundraiser with Justin Trudeau at CFB Kingston, an event that might have run afoul of military rules around political events.The Liberal Party had planned to hold the Dec. 19 fundraiser at the Vimy Officers’ Mess, according to information posted on the party’s website.

Dec 10

Today we face a range of complex and diverse challenges, says NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, but by continuing to stand together, by taking the decisions necessary to strengthen our defense and by investing more in our own security, NATO will continue to keep us safe for many decades to come.

Dec 10

The court shouldn’t consider whether other federal employees were leaking secrets, or whether public servants were undercutting an effort to obtain a new supply ship for the Canadian navy, federal prosecutors argue. Instead, it should consider only whether VAdm Norman’s alleged leak of cabinet confidences was done with criminal intent.

Dec 10

A thoughtful act of remembrance that is spreading across Canada reached Halifax on Sunday. Veterans and cadets marched in pairs, placing 115 wreaths at the grave sites of military members in Halifax’s Fairview Lawn Cemetery.

Dec 10

Quebec’s National Assembly has unanimously adopted a motion in support of the federal government re-examining the National Shipbuilding Strategy and how work on that strategy is allocated. The motion on Friday calls for more work to be directed to Quebec-based Davie Shipbuilding.

Dec 10

The mayor of Cold Lake says the federal government's plan to move military aircraft testing to Ottawa from Alberta would create turbulence for the economy of his small city.

Dec 07

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan pledged Canada’s enduring support for Iraq and the war against Islamic State group on Thursday – but stopped short of extending Canada’s military mission in the region, most of which is set to expire next spring.

Dec 07

The federal government will create a new centre of excellence in Ottawa to support aircraft testing, but it will come at the cost of relocating staff and shutting down existing military facilities in Alberta.

Dec 07

The federal government has approved a five-year contract extension with Quebec-based firm L3 MAS for the continued maintenance of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s fleet of five CC-150 Polaris aircraft.

Dec 07

A junior procurement official named in the criminal case against the military's former second-in-command has been suspended from his federal government position, a House of Commons committee has been told.

Dec 07

New court documents have sketched out the Crown's case against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, alleging the suspended military officer tried to undermine and influence the federal cabinet's decision-making on a shipbuilding project for more than a year by leaking government secrets.

Dec 06

Physicists from the University of New Brunswick are leading the development of communication technology that will help the Government of Canada monitor activity in the Arctic.

Dec 06

A recent Deloitte study found that Canadian companies will be hiring over 8,000 cybersecurity experts over the next two years. And this isn’t just a Canadian problem: the website Cyberseek reports that there are currently 313,000 open jobs in cybersecurity in the U.S.

ISSUES & IDEAS

Louis Cuppens's picture

The need to procure a replacement for our aging fighter fleet is becoming more dire with each passing year.

Ken Pole's picture

The RCAF fighter community is facing a personnel shortage and, although DND is aggressively moving to address the issue, Auditor General Michael Ferguson is not optimistic.

ANGUS REID's picture

Nine-in-ten Cdns say ‘no’ to future arms deals with Saudi Arabia but are divided over cancelling the current one.

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