IN THE NEWS

IN THE NEWS

Jun 22, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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.

OPINION: No shortage of shortages for Canadian military
Jun 18, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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.

Jun 12, 2018

The hiring of a U.S. firm to advise the Department of National Defence on how to improve security at its installations across the country has sparked complaints that the job could have been done for cheaper by local firms or by the military’s own police force. Details of the almost $2-million contract to Watermark, a risk management firm in Virginia, were recently released under the Access to Information law.

Jun 12, 2018

The North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump signed an agreement Tuesday to work for the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. For its part, Washington undertook to guarantee the security of North Korea.

Jun 12, 2018

The Chief of Defence Staff, Gen Jonathan Vance said Monday it was not likely that Canada would carry through with plans to arm Iraqi Kurds. The federal government had previously announced it would supply light weapons to Kurdish forces for the fight against Islamic State.

Jun 11, 2018

Independent Special Prosecutor Lieutenant-Colonel Mark Poland has today advanced charges against the Chief Military Judge, Colonel Mario Dutil, for court martial.

Jun 11, 2018

Exercise Maple Flag, the Royal Canadian Air Force’s largest and most complex international training event of the year, begins next week in Cold Lake, Alberta. Taking place from June 11 – 22, Exercise Maple Flag will bring together nearly 1200 CAF personnel in participant or supporting roles, along with 540 personnel from allied nations along with multiple aircraft types.

Jun 11, 2018

A tunnel dug by Hamas leading from Gaza into the Mediterranean Sea intended for use by the Islamic militant group that rules the territory to carry out attacks has been destroyed, the Israel military said Sunday.

Jun 11, 2018

With legal marijuana expected in Canada this summer, the chief of military personnel, LGen Chuck Lamarre said there will be more restrictions on members' use than there are for alcohol, but it will not be able to impose an outright ban. "But at the same time, I think Canadians are expecting our operational readiness and our ability to do our business must never be compromised," Lamarre said.

Jun 11, 2018

Bill C-77, "Strengthening Military Justice in the Defence of Canada Act" will be introduced in Parliament in September, "bringing Canada’s military disciplinary system into the 21st century."

Jun 10, 2018

In 2007, the U.S. Navy set a goal for a fleet of 330 ships. Since then it has fallen 50 ships short, gone $11 billion over budget, seen years of schedule delays, and delivered ships with less capability and lower quality than expected. According to this recent GAO report, these poor outcomes persist because policy and processes enable the Navy to deviate from shipbuilding best practices.

Jun 08, 2018

The Chief of Defence Staff, Gen Jonathan Vance says Canada is waiting for the government of Iraq to approve the next phase of its battle against Islamic State. Canadian special forces are getting ready to help Iraqi forces secure the city of Mosul.

Jun 08, 2018

As he arrives for the G7 leaders' meeting in Quebec, President Trump will be able to see the “national security threat” cited in the US trade action against Canada - aluminum smelters, power lines and port facilities of the global mining firm Rio Tinto.

Jun 07, 2018

"The Chronicle Herald unfairly and inaccurately disparages the hard work of our more than 1,800 shipbuilders at the Halifax Shipyard in the June 2 article..."

Jun 06, 2018

The defence minister, Harjit Sajjan says the report of an investigation into the unexplained deaths of three male Royal Military College students in 2016 has not been released because his department wants it to be thorough and complete.Some relatives of the dead students have said they are concerned the report is being edited to protect officials and officers.

Jun 06, 2018

After a review, the federal government has announced it will cost $1.1 billion more for two new Royal Canadian Navy supply ships. The new figure of $3.4 billion includes some items that were not in previous cost estimates.

Jun 05, 2018

For the first time, the government has published the Defence Investment Plan. The Investment Plan provides Canadians with important information about how the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces spends public funds.

Jun 05, 2018

Team Canada is set to compete in the 2018 Warrior Games, taking place June 1-9 at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It is the first time that Team Canada will participate in the competition.

Jun 05, 2018

A year after announcing a gender-focused defence policy, the Liberal government is not recruiting women into the military at the rate it had hoped. The goals was to have 25 percent of women in the Canadian forces by 2025-26 but a slight increase in female recruits will not change overall representation.

Jun 04, 2018

The results of a Department of National Defence investigation into the deaths of three Royal Military College students two years ago have not yet been released. The formal inquiry into the events ended more than a year ago.

Jun 01, 2018

The federal procurement minister Carla Qualtrough confirmed work will begin on the Royal Canadian Navy's new supply ships next month in Vancouver. The federal government still does not how much the two ships will cost.

Jun 01, 2018

Canada has committed four light utility and two heavy transport helicopters to a United Nations mission in Mali. "If Canadians think that our mission in Mali will be a return to some form of peacekeeping, they are in for a stunning shock: There is no peace to keep."

May 30, 2018

Michael Ferguson, the federal auditor general reports that the Canadian military justice system has failed to end persistent and unnecessary delays. Ten court-martial cases have been dropped since January 2016 because they moved too slowly. Ferguson assigned responsibility for the unacceptable pace to military police, prosecutors, commanding officers and the Judge Advocate General.

May 30, 2018

The defence minister, Harjit Sajjan told the House Standing Committee on National Defence Tuesday that the government still does not know how much it will cost to buy 18 used F-18 fighter jets from Australia. When first announced, the government said the program would cost about $500 million.

May 29, 2018
A briefing note prepared for Gen Jonathan Vance, Chief of Defence Staff, states coalition forces fighting Islamic State in Iraq and Syria deliberately targeted three Canadians with airstrikes. Obtained through Access To Information, the note sets out the legal justification for killing the Canadians.
 
May 29, 2018

HMCS Oriole, the Royal Canadian Navy's longest serving commissioned vessel, is joining the Atlantic Fleet in Halifax. The 31-metre tall ship has spent more than 60 years at CFB Esquimalt in Victoria, B.C.

May 28, 2018

At a ceremony held at Cartier Square Drill Hall in Ottawa, Brigadier-General Simon Trudeau was appointed the Canadian Forces Provost Marshal and assumed command of the Canadian Forces Military Police Group from Brigadier-General Rob Delaney.

May 28, 2018

The remains of a Canadian First World War soldier found at the site of a construction project in Lens, France, have been identified as Private John (Jack) Henry Thomas. At the age of 28, as member of the 26th Canadian Infantry Battalion (New Brunswick), he was fighting the Battle of Hill 70 when he was killed on 19 August 1917.

May 28, 2018

Despite the legends, none of the Canadian Army Leopard tanks sent to Afghanistan were decommissioned units resurrected from display stands at military bases. However, the preceding battle to replace Leopard tanks with the Stryker Mobile Gun System was very real.

May 25, 2018

The MIC Conference brought together the heads of military intelligence organizations from 29 NATO countries to discuss intelligence reforms aimed at improving support to Alliance planning, operations, and decision-making. The MIC is the principal advisory body to NATO’s Military Committee on defence intelligence issues.

May 25, 2018

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan participated in the Change of Command ceremony for the incoming Commander of NORAD and U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM), United States Air Force General Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy. General O'Shaughnessy will replace outgoing Commander General Lori Robinson, who has provided exemplary leadership as Commander NORAD and USNORTHCOM since 2016.

May 25, 2018

A shortage of recruits is forcing the Canadian military to consider lowering its current qualifications for service by foreign nationals. At present, non-Canadians who wish to serve must be on exchange programs or possess some specialized skills.

May 24, 2018

Leonardo congratulates the Royal Canadian Air Force crew of search and rescue helicopter “Rescue 901” for winning this year’s Cormorant Trophy for the rescue of five crewmen forced to abandon a fishing vessel 250 km offshore in fierce weather and rough seas.

May 24, 2018

DND and the Canadian Armed Forces have identified the remains of three Canadian First World War soldiers found near the village of Vendin-le-Vieil, France, as Private William Del Donegan, Private Henry Edmonds Priddle, and Sergeant Archibald Wilson. 

May 24, 2018

The government may send more helicopters to Mali in support of United Nations peacekeeping operations. At present, the Canadian contribution comprises two Chinooks and four Griffon escorts but additional assets are being considered.

May 24, 2018

Since January 2017, the Edmonton detention barracks has been empty of prisoners half the time. Despite the lack of use, Canada's last military prison has a staff of 30 people.

May 23, 2018

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan will be in Colorado Springs to attend the NORAD and U.S. Northern Command  (USNORTHCOM) Change of Command ceremony. USAF General Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy will replace outgoing Commander General Lori Robinson, who has provided exemplary leadership since 2016.

May 23, 2018

Israel has become the first country to use the US-made F-35 stealth fighter jet in combat, the country's air force chief has claimed. "We are flying the F-35 all over the Middle East and have already attacked twice on two different fronts," Major-General Amikam Norkin told the chiefs of 20 foreign air forces at a conference in Israel.

May 23, 2018

In preparation for the eventual deployment of a Royal Canadian Air Force helicopter task force to Mali, personnel from 450 and 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadrons completed an exercise Tuesday to validate their capabilities. The training took place during the Maple Resolve exercise in Wainwright, Alberta.

RAF teaches Canadian youth aviation history
May 23, 2018

In partnership with Vintage Wings of Canada, the Royal Air Force (RAF) is marking its 100th anniversary by showing groups of 30 teenagers the volunteer association's aircraft collection at the Gatineau Airport.  The young people receive an informal presentation on the history of the RAF and how pilots from Canada and the United Kingdom continue to defend freedom.

May 22, 2018

Rushad Bharda, the 22-year old Mississauga man who risked his own life to rescue a trucker credits his service with the Canadian Forces for training him to "run towards danger". Bharda, who received a Community Hero Award, now works in law enforcement.

May 22, 2018

A new DND building close to Ottawa's Carling Avenue location will house: Vice Chief of Defence Staff; Canadian Joint Operations Command; Canadian Forces Intelligence Command; Canadian Special Operations Forces Command; Assistant Deputy Minister – Information Management; and, Assistant Deputy Minister – Science and Technology.

May 17, 2018

A nest of baby falcons on a ledge at Hamilton's Sheraton Hotel forced the cancellation of RCAF urban environments helicopter training in the downtown area after a concerned citizen notified authorities. A spokesperson said the air force did achieve its minimum training objectives before the exercise was halted.

May 16, 2018

The Canadian Armed Forces Parachute Team, the SkyHawks, will officially launch its 2018 performance season in Bowmanville, Ontario, on Sunday, May 20, 2018. As Canada’s only military parachute demonstration team, the SkyHawks team is comprised of Regular and Reserve Force members from across the Canadian Armed Forces. The team will perform at air shows, sporting events, and festivals across Canada between May and September.

May 16, 2018

The new Ottawa operational headquarters, to be constructed in the mid-to-late 2020s, will be located close to the Nortel site and will be home to various commands including the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command and the Canadian Joint Operations Command, DND spokesman Daniel Le Bouthillier confirmed.

May 16, 2018

To encourage gender diversity in non-traditional jobs, the Achieve Anything Foundation is offering women over the age of 12 a day at sea aboard a Royal Canadian Navy warship in Vancouver. Women will see duty stations, a SAR demonstration with a Royal Canadian Air Force helicopter, and encounter a simulated enemy at sea.

May 15, 2018

Monday marked the deadliest day in Gaza since a 2014 war there, and was part of a high-stakes campaign by Gaza's Hamas rulers to break a decade-long border blockade. Israeli forces killed 59 Palestinians, most by gunfire, and injured more than 2,700 on Monday, Gaza Health Ministry said.

May 14, 2018

Lieutenant-General Wayne D. Eyre of the Canadian Armed Forces is the appointed Deputy Commander Designate of United Nations Command (UNC) Korea, the first non-US General Officer to hold the post in its 68-year existence. The appointment of Lieutenant-General Eyre demonstrates Canadian leadership and underlines Canada’s enhanced role in recent years in support of stability on the Korean Peninsula.

May 14, 2018

The Commander of the Canadian Army, Lieutenant-General Paul Wynnyk, travelled to Latvia, Ukraine and Germany this past week to meet with deployed Canadian soldiers and conduct senior-level military engagements with our international partners.

May 14, 2018

The Canadian Armed Forces, in support of Public Safety Canada, is deploying approximately 60 members to assist the Province of New Brunswick following their request for federal assistance. Elements of 4 Engineer Support Regiment from 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown deployed to support Provincial authorities. This will enable those authorities to complete assessments and prioritize further relief work and repairs.

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