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RCN takes delivery of the second Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS), HMCS Margaret Brooke.

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HMCS Calgary in Jakarta, Indonesia
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2 July (Jakarta, Indonesia) – Commander Mark O’Donohue, Commanding Officer of HMCS Calgary; Cdr Meghan Coates, Executive Officer; and Chief Petty Officer First Class Mark Chambers, the Coxswain.

CAF Photo: Cpl Lynette Ai Dang
HMCS Calgary departs Australia
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11 July – Sailor Second Class Audrina N’Guessan, a Boatswain aboard HMCS Calgary, and crewmates, stand at ease as they depart Darwin, Australia during Operation PROJECTION

CAF Photo: Cpl Lynette Ai Dang
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10 July – Flight Engineers from 450 Tactical Helicopter Sqn secure Chinook helicopter after unloading gear at Kamloops Airport, to help local and provincial authorities stabilize wildfires.

Photo: S1 Victoria Ioganov
Naval Combat Information Operator monitors shipborne radars
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June 14 – MS Joshua Mowatt, a Naval Combat Information Operator aboard HMCS Calgary, monitors shipborne radars in the Arabian Sea as part of Combined Task Force 150.

CAF Photo: Cpl Lynette Ai Dang
Sailor Second Class Nicholas Bouvier, a Boatswain aboard HMCS Calgary, secures a line to dock the ship
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June 16 – Sailor Second Class Nicholas Bouvier, a Boatswain aboard HMCS Calgary, secures a line to dock the ship while sailing to Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Terr. during Op Projection.

CAF Photo: Cpl Lynette Ai Dang
MPU Transfer of Command to Major Daniel Neron-Sorel
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1 June – Outgoing Military Police Commanding Officer, Major Todd Walsh signs over command to incoming Maj Daniel Neron-Sorel during a Transfer of Command Authority in Kuwait.

Photo: Cpl Bryce Cooper
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IN THE NEWS

Sep 25

Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor are back in Canada nearly three years after being detained in China on alleged espionage charges in apparent retaliation for Canada detaining Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou at the request of the U.S. A legal deal between Meng and the U.S. Sept. 25 set the stage for mutual repatriation. Kovrig and Spavor arrived in Calgary early today aboard an RCAF CC-144 Bombardier Challenger transport; Kovrick was flown on to Toronto.

Sep 24

Britain’s Chief of the Defence Staff, Army Gen Sir Nick Carter, is “keen to cooperate . . . in terms of helping Canada do what Canada needs to do as an Arctic country.” He says this could include cold-weather exercises and working to improve surveillance and defence in the region. Both countries have participated in exercises in Norway and the British Army has a long history of training in Canada.

Sep 23

A Canadian resident allegedly involved in Nazi war crimes has died at the age of 97 even as the federal government was finalizing a 26-year effort to deport him. The government’s position was that Helmut Oberlander’s immigration was illegal because he had concealed his role as an interpreter for a Nazi death squad during Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union.

Sep 23

France’s outrage over Australia’s abrupt cancellation of a $66-billion submarine contract evidently is raising concerns about possible responses which could affect not only European defence sharing but also possible procurements from U.S. industry. As a participant in several multinational EU defence projects, France, which has veto power over other countries’ participation, is angered by U.S. involvement in the submarine controversy

Sep 23

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is calling on the international community to forestall catastrophic fallout from last February’s military coup in Myanmar. “The national consequences are terrible and tragicthe regional consequences could also be profound,” Michelle Bachelet said in a statement today. “The international community must redouble its efforts to restore democracy and prevent wider conflict before it is too late.”

Sep 22

The U.S. Air Force has chosen L3Harris Technologies to provide the latest in ordnance disposal systems. The contract for up to 170 of the company’s T7 units, modified from a design for the British Army, is said to be worth $85 million, including support, maintenance and training with first deliveries expected next year.

Sep 22

The U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army Gen Mark Milley, met in Helsinki Sept. 21 with his Russian counterpart, Gen Valery Gerasimov. U.S. “basing rights” and other counterterrorism support in countries bordering Afghanistan were the key points of discussion against a backdrop of strong Russian opposition to an extended U.S. presence in the region.

Sep 22

The Secret Service is the latest U.S. agency to have bought drones from a Chinese company the Defense Department considers a potential national security. Manufactured by Shenzhen-based DJI, they have become a global stable for recreational and other applications. It’s reported that efforts to block other U.S. law enforcement agencies and the military from similar procurements have become stuck in bureaucratic red tape.

Sep 21

Australia’s recent politically-explosive cancellation of a nuclear submarine project involving France should not have come as a surprise, some politicians in Canberra said today. There had been long-standing concerns about delays, ballooning costs and an independent project oversight board headed by a former U.S. Navy Secretary had said two years ago that Australia should reconsider its options.

Sep 21

A hoped-for meeting at UN headquarters between Iran and British, European, Chinese and Russian officials did not take place. EU policy chief Josep Borrell, who has coordinated the 2015 nuclear deal from with the U.S. withdrew in 2019, said the tentative meeting to resurrect the deal was “not in the agenda” for the overall UN session. “The important thing is not this ministerial meeting, but the will of all parties to resume negotiations,” he said Sept. 20 in anticipation of a meeting with an Iranian official today.

Sep 21

Kevin Vuong, a navy reservist who had been running as a Liberal candidate in the Toronto riding of Spadina-Fort York in the Sept. 20 federal election, won the seat despite being dumped by the party after it was disclosed that he had been charged with sexual assault several years ago. The charge was eventually dropped but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that the party’s decision was “the right thing to do.” Vuong is expected to sit as an Independent MP.

Sep 21

The Quebec civil trial of MGen. Dany Fortin, summarily ousted by the government from his job of overseeing Canada’s COVID-19 logistics effort in May, has been adjourned to Nov. 5. The development was announced Sept. 20 after his lawyers gave the prosecution documents they said are relevant to Fortin’s sexual assault case resulting from an alleged incident three decades ago.

Sep 21

Prime Minister Justin’s push for a parliamentary majority he said was needed for his government to address ongoing issues effectively has failed. With mailed ballots still to be counted today, his party was on track to take 157 of the 338 seats in the House of Commons. This was well short of the 170 needed for a majority and essentially left the Liberals in the same position as when Trudeau called the election in mid-August.

Sep 21

The USAF Special Operations Command has unveiled plans for an amphibious version of the Lockheed Martin MC-130J Hercules transport, which has a maximum takeoff weight of 74.4 tonnes. AFSOC Commander LGen Slife said Sept. 20 that “our plan is to conduct a demo by the 31st of December next year” in a bid to facilitate a broader range of missions in littoral regions.

Sep 20

At a time when Russia and Belarus have been holding large-scale exercises, Ukraine today began a joint exercise of its own with military forces from 14 countries, including the U.S., Canada and other NATO members. Exercise Rapid Trident 2021 involves 4,00 Ukrainian and 2,000 foreign troops.

Sep 20

United Russia, which is loyal to President Vladimir Putin, has won the latest election but with a slightly-reduced margin of victory, taking nearly half the vote compared with 54 per cent in 2016. However, there have been allegations of widespread fraud and one video has surfaced of a ballot box apparently being stuffed.

Sep 20

A variant of the Airbus A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport is being offered by Lockheed Martin for the USAF’s upcoming “bridge tanker” competition, which could involve up to 160 aircraft by 2029. Up against Boeing’s incumbent 767-based KC-46 Pegasus platform, the LMXT includes an upgraded communications suite for joint all-domain command and control as well as enhanced range and tanking capabilities.

Sep 20

Gregory Ford, whose lengthy career includes more than 16 years as a Special Agent with the U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service as well as time on the FBI Terrorism Task Force, has been sworn in as the first civilian director of the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command. His appointment comes on the heels of controversy about the military’s handling of the murder last year of a female Army Specialist in Texas.

Sep 20

The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army Gen Mark Milley, says that calls to his Chinese counterpart in the dying days of President Donald Trump’s administration were “perfectly within the duties and responsibilities” of his job. Some critics have said the calls were inappropriate but Milley says they were a “routine” measure “to reassure both allies and adversaries in this case in order to ensure strategic stability.”

Sep 20

Having recalled its ambassadors to Australia and the U.S. after the two had announced a nuclear submarine deal last week, France has cancelled a meeting this week between Defence Minister Florence Parly and her British counterpart, Ben Wallace. While the deal resulted in Australia’s abrupt cancellation of a contract for French subs, it also involve security and intelligence cooperation measures seen as a key to countering China’s growing influence in the South China

Sep 20

Kevin Vuong, a navy reservist who had been running as a Liberal candidate in Toronto in today’s federal election, has been effectively dumped by the party after it was reported that he had been charged with sexual assault several years ago – a charge which was eventually dropped. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau justified the decision, saying on the weekend that “it’s the right thing to do.”

Sep 20

U.S. Army ordnance disposal troops have begun a deployment to Canadian Armed Forces Base Borden in Ontario for Exercise Ardent Defender. The five-week exercise with military and law enforcement personnel from 11 countries is designed to share best practices and techniques pertaining to what the lead CAF planner, Maj Atif Rizvi, calls “current and emerging threats.”

Sep 20

The U.S. military has admitted that 10 civilians, mostly children, were killed by a U.S. air strike even as its 20-year mission in Afghanistan was being wound down. There were initial claims that the principal target was associated with a terrorist group but it has subsequently been shown that he was an aid worker. Families of the victims now are seeking “justice” and the U.S. says it is considering reparations in a “very difficult” environment.

Sep 20

The trial of the former Chief of the Defence Staff on a charge of obstruction of justice has been adjourned to Oct. 15 by Ontario provincial court. Retired Gen Jonathan Vance was charged by military police in July in relation to an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct.

Sep 17

A senior Chinese military officer is reported to have collaborated on virus research as recently as last year with one of two expatriate scientists fired in 2019 from the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg. Their dismissal remains a political issue for the Canadian government due to public health agency officials’ lack of cooperation with a parliamentary inquiry.

ISSUES & IDEAS

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What are economists in Canada saying about efforts to guide a strong recovery? What are epidemiologists around the globe saying about the swing towards vaccine-resistant mutations that will render current vaccines ineffective?

As the Taliban sweeps across Afghanistan, it is important to appreciate how the dire situation faced by Afghan interpreters is re-traumatizing Canadian Veterans and causing distress to their families.

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Afghans once put their lives and those of their families at risk to assist the Canadian Forces mission in Afghanistan in the hopes of a better future. While the Taliban threatens to make grisly examples of those left behind, our govt demands a lengthy documentation and validation process. Something is wrong with this picture.

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