IN THE NEWS

IN THE NEWS

Jul 17, 2015

The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of National Defence, has issued a statement following the death of four U.S. Marines in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in an act of possible domestic terrorism.

Jul 17, 2015

A gunman unleashed a barrage of fire at a recruiting centre and another U.S. military site a few miles apart in Chattanooga on Thursday, killing at least four Marines before he was shot to death by police, and sending service members scrambling for cover as bullets smashed through the windows.

Jul 16, 2015

Canberra's massive Defence Establishment is facing a fresh assault on its internal "red tape" and "layers of bureaucracy" with a hand-picked bureaucracy buster recruited to oversee the blitz.

Jul 16, 2015

Top defence chiefs fear banks and finance firms across the UK and US could become targets of Russian hackers if relations between Moscow and the West worsen.

Jul 16, 2015

The Philippines will station new fighter jets and two frigates as it reopens the former US naval base in Subic Bay to military use in a further response to Chinese expansionism in the disputed South China Sea.

Jul 16, 2015

According to a report on the defensa.com website, the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) has contacted the Spanish Armada to rent one of their supply ships. The Chief of Staff of the Spanish Navy, Admiral General Jaime Muñoz-Delgado, authorized the deal after appropriate consultations with national authorities.

Jul 16, 2015

U.S. Army Special Operations Command has begun a large-scale training exercise in Texas that some fringe outlets say is the really about the Pentagon preparing for civil war. Jade Helm 15, as the exercise is called, will run through Sept. 15 and will involve unconventional warfare involving Army special operators, as well as representatives from the other services.

Jul 15, 2015

In yet another boost to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Make in India' drive, Boeing and Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) on Wednesday signed a framework agreement to collaborate in aerospace and defence manufacturing and potential integrated systems development opportunities, including unmanned aerial vehicles.

Jul 15, 2015

The U.S. Air Force will try to spend its way out of a combat stress crisis by offering drone pilots annual bonuses if they sign a five-year contract to fly the unmanned aerial vehicles. Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James is scheduled to publicly announce a plan Wednesday after months of reports that experienced drone pilots are choosing to walk away from the program rather than re-enlist.

Jul 15, 2015

The Department of National Defence has confirmed its squadron of Cyclone helicopters will meet Transport Canada safety requirements to run for 30 minutes after loss of oil.

Jul 15, 2015

A Russian strategic bomber crashed in the Far East of the country Tuesday, killing two of the seven crewmembers. The press office of the Russian defence ministry said the TU-95MS bomber, which did not carry any missiles, crashed in the morning 80 kilometers outside the city of Khabarovsk due to an unspecified technical malfunction.

Jul 14, 2015

David Cameron called for increased spending by the British military on remotely piloted vehicles. During a visit to the Royal Air Force Base at Waddington, Cameron indicated he wants the armed forces to particularly look at increasing counter terror capabilities in the government's strategic defense and security review (SDSR), which is expected to report in the fourth quarter of the year.

Jul 14, 2015

The Australian Department of Defence is "actively considering" a major review of all scientific evidence to see whether exposure to toxic jet fuel and other chemicals caused birth defects in the children of military personnel.

Jul 14, 2015

Britain’s defence industry wants the government to take a more active role in promoting sales to foreign customers after the Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft lost out to France’s Rafale.

Jul 14, 2015

CHINA has resolved to build a new, long-range stealth strike bomber capable of extending its reach deep into the Pacific as the emerging world power continues to flex its new-found muscle.

Jul 14, 2015

From July 21-24, 2015, a Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) contingent will participate in the 99th annual International Four Day Marches Nijmegen, continuing an annual tradition that began in 1952. This year’s contingent will commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands from Nazi occupation.

Jul 14, 2015

Searchers have located a soldier who went missing on Monday afternoon near La Ronge, in Saskatchewan's north. The soldier was part of a contingent of military crews battling wildfires in the area.

Jul 14, 2015

Pentagon leaders are finalizing plans aimed at lifting the ban on transgender individuals in the military, with the goal of formally ending one of the last gender- or sexuality-based barriers to military service, senior U.S. officials told The Associated Press.

Jul 14, 2015

North Korea has officially confirmed the purging of its defence chief two months after Seoul’s spy service said he had been executed for disloyalty to leader Kim Jong Un, a South Korean official said Monday.

Jul 14, 2015

After 18 days of intense and often fractious negotiation, world powers and Iran struck a landmark deal Tuesday to curb Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars in relief from international sanctions — an agreement designed to avert the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran and another U.S. military intervention in the Muslim world.

Jul 13, 2015

Australia needs to refocus its military on security in the region and rethink its commitment to the Middle East as the expansion of the naval and missile capability of an increasingly aggressive China "threatens to put Canberra within range", says a report in The Sydney Morning Herald.

Jul 13, 2015

A report by Shashank Joshi in The Telegraph today says that British forces must be able to adapt to meet the challenges from hostile states as well as insurgents.

Jul 13, 2015

Canadian Forces Base Halifax has a new commander. Capt. Angus Topshee has turned over command to Capt. Chris Sutherland.

Jul 13, 2015

The ceiling of a Russian military barracks collapsed in Siberia Monday, causing four stories to crumble and killing 23 young men trapped inside. Rescuers searched for hours for victims trapped under the debris of an airborne troops training centre in Omsk following the collapse that occurred in the early hours of the morning.

Jul 13, 2015

The Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of Foreign Affairs, has issued a statement condemning the terrorist attack in downtown Cairo on Saturday.

Jul 13, 2015

The US Army will shrink to its smallest size since before World War II by cutting soldiers from nearly every installation, most notably in two full-sized brigade combat teams with thousands of soldiers each that will become much smaller battalion task forces, according to a report in The Washington Post.

Jul 13, 2015

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Fredericton returned to its home port of Halifax, Nova Scotia, yesterday, after a successful seven-month deployment in the Mediterranean Sea on Operation REASSURANCE, Canada’s contribution to NATO assurance measures which promotes security and stability in Central and Eastern Europe, especially in the face of continued aggression by the Putin regime.

Jul 13, 2015

The Harper government is terminating its contract with Thales Canada Ltd., which was to supply new radar units to support Canada's CF-18 fighter jet squadrons in Cold Lake, Alta., and Bagotville, Que.

Jul 13, 2015

Prime Minister Tony Abbott's proposal to put F-35 fighter jets on the Navy's two 27,000-tonne troop transport assault ships has been quietly dropped ahead of the government's defence white paper after it was found the ships would require extensive reworking and the project was too costly.

Jul 10, 2015

Commodore Marta Mulkins officially assumed command today of the reserve component of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) from Commodore David Craig during a change of command ceremony at the Naval Officer Training Centre Venture, in Esquimalt, British Columbia. The ceremony was presided over by Rear-Admiral Bill Truelove, Commander Maritime Forces Pacific.

Jul 10, 2015

The US Army is considering the use of expanding and fragmenting ammunition such as hollow-point bullets to increase its next-generation handgun's ability to stop an enemy. This news was revealed Tuesday, during the service's fourth industry day for its Modular Handgun System.

Jul 10, 2015

Three months after a contentious vote to expand Canada’s combat mission against Islamic State into Syria, Canadian fighter jets have attacked targets there just three times. Military officials also said at a briefing in Ottawa on Thursday that Canadian war planes are dropping bombs in only about one-third of the missions they fly against Islamic State forces‎ in both Iraq and Syria.

Jul 10, 2015

Canada’s navy and air force commanders have joined their army colleague in promising to take a hard line on sexual misconduct in the ranks following public questions about the military’s commitment to addressing the issue. In separate statements this week, Royal Canadian Navy commander Vice-Admiral Mark Norman and new Royal Canadian Air Force commander Lt.-Gen. Mike Hood said there is no place for such behaviour — and that it would not be tolerated.

Jul 10, 2015

Command of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) officially changed hands at a ceremony held yesterday at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa. The new Commander of the RCAF and Chief of the Air Force Staff, Lieutenant-General Michael Hood, assumed command from Lieutenant-General Yvan Blondin at a ceremony presided over by General Tom Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff.

Jul 09, 2015

Last weekend, two pairs of Russian Tupolev Tu-95 bombers approached the US West Coast, causing the Air Force to scramble to intercept the planes before they breached US airspace, two senior defense officials said.

Jul 09, 2015

Former Canadian diplomat Eric Morse cites advice from US General Martin Dempsey, retiring Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, that suggests Canada might be wise to avoid any involvement of ground troops in the battle against ISIL.

Jul 09, 2015

Today in Poland, approximately 200 Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) soldiers replaced outgoing members of the Land Task Force under Operation REASSURANCE, Canada’s response to the Putin regime’s aggression in Central and Eastern Europe.

Jul 08, 2015

The Government of Canada's Industrial and Technological Benefits (ITB) Policy has led to an important investment in an Atlantic Canada–based firm, securing jobs and economic growth in the Halifax area.

Jul 08, 2015

The Honourable Erin O’Toole, Minister of Veterans Affairs, has honoured five Canadian Military Veterans of the Second World War among their friends and family at Revera’s Cedarcroft Retirement Home, in Oshawa. Fellow residents and staff were also in attendance to congratulate the small group of Canadian Armed Forces Veteran residents who served in the conflict.

Jul 08, 2015

As La Ronge gets caught in the eye of one of the worst fires in Saskatchewan history, exhausted firefighters, overworked pilots and a last-deployment of the Canadian Army are all that separates this remote community from becoming the next Slave Lake.

Jul 07, 2015

In today's Globe and Mail, Colin Robertson advocates more emphasis on peacekeeping efforts, and suggests three ways the Harper government could highlight Canada's contribution.

Jul 07, 2015

The Royal Canadian Navy frigate Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Winnipeg officially joined Standing NATO Maritime Forces in the Eastern Atlantic Ocean today as part of Operation REASSURANCE, Canada’s response to the Putin regime’s aggression in Central and Eastern Europe.

Jul 07, 2015

The Department of National Defence has announced a $1.35 million infrastructure investment for renovations at the Brockville Armoury in Brockville, Ontario, and a $6.5 million in investment for upgrades and repairs to five Reserve facilities in Vancouver and North Vancouver.

Jul 07, 2015

Operation NUNAKPUT 2015 (Op NK 15) launched yesterday in Hay River, Northwest Territories. From July 6 to 23, members of 1 Canadian Ranger Patrol Group (1 CRPG) will assert Canada's sovereignty in the north as they move from Hay River to Tuktoyaktuk by boat during this annual Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) maritime sovereignty operation.

Jul 03, 2015

The Department of National defence today announced an investment of $10 million for infrastructure projects at 8 Wing Trenton. These important projects, to be completed over the next two years, will improve and expand infrastructure for the Canadian Armed Forces at 8 Wing – while also helping to create local jobs in the Trenton area.

Jul 03, 2015

The Department of National Defence (DND) has announced a significant infrastructure investment for 14 Wing Greenwood. In total, seven projects, representing an overall investment of nearly $20 million, will be completed at the Wing over the next two years.

Jul 02, 2015

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Charlottetown departs her homeport of Halifax, Nova Scotia, today to conduct a port visit in her namesake city of Charlottetown, PEI, from July 3 to 6. Namesake city visits allow Royal Canadian Navy ships and their sailors to visit with Canadians and to deepen their relationship with their namesake cities and communities.

Jul 02, 2015

The Canadian Forces (CF) Snowbirds, the Canadian Armed Forces’ premier aerobatics team, performed their annual Canada Day flypast over Parliament Hill in Ottawa. This year, they had the privilege of flying Ambassador Kevin Vickers, Ambassador of Canada to Ireland.

Jul 02, 2015

Lieutenant-General Pierre St-Amand officially assumed the duties as NORAD Deputy Commander yesterday from LGen Alain Parent during a Canada Day ceremony held in Colorado Springs. The Change of Office ceremony was presided over by General Tom Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), and Admiral Bill Gortney, Commander of NORAD and U.S. Northern Command.

Jun 30, 2015

Approximately 100 Canadian Army soldiers returned to Petawawa, Ontario, on Tuesday, June 30, following their participation in Operation REASSURANCE, which is part of Canada’s response to the Putin regime’s aggression in Ukraine.

Jun 30, 2015

The new home of the Canadian Army Advanced Warfare Centre was inaugurated today at 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario. The new building will provide the Canadian Army with greater capacity to support the generation and deployment of combat forces through the training of Canadian Armed Forces personnel.

Jun 30, 2015

Today marks the end of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Operation SIRONA, a six-month mission in Kerry Town, Sierra Leone to combat the spread of Ebola virus disease in West Africa. Canadian military doctors, nurses, medics and support staff have been operating at the United Kingdom’s Kerry Town Treatment Unit (KTTU) since December 30, 2014, where they provided medical care to 90 local and international healthcare workers.

Jun 30, 2015

The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) will participate in Canada Day celebrations across the country on July 1, 2015. RCN vessels from the Pacific and Atlantic fleets will visit several coastal and inland communities throughout the provinces of Nova Scotia, Québec and British Columbia and will be open for public tours.

Jun 30, 2015

The Department of National Defence (DND) yesterday announced a $19.5 million investment in defence infrastructure at six Toronto facilities, and a $3.7 million investment for renovations at the Drummondville and St-Hyacinthe armouries in Quebec.

Jun 29, 2015

Lieutenant-General Christine Whitecross assumed the Command of Military Personnel Command on June 26th from Lieutenant-General David Millar, in a ceremony held at Cartier Square Drill Hall that was presided over by General Tom Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff.

Jun 29, 2015

The Ceremonial Guard performed the first Changing of the Guard ceremony for the 2015 season yesterday on Parliament Hill. The ceremony, now entering its 57th year, is Ottawa’s most recognized military tradition, and is a summer event which has attracted thousands of visitors to Parliament Hill.

Jun 29, 2015

The Honourable Steven Blaney, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, on behalf of Defence Minister Jason Kenney, bid farewell yesterday to approximately 90 Canadian Army soldiers from 5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (5 CMBG), based in Valcartier, Quebec.

Jun 29, 2015

Defence Minister Jason Kenney visited Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel in Ukraine this past weekend. The CAF personnel are observing Ukrainian forces receiving training in order to further refine the training package that Canadians will provide to the Ukrainian military starting later this summer.

Jun 29, 2015

Defence Minister Jason Kenney met late last week with several high ranking Ukrainian government officials in Kyiv during a two-day visit to the country. Minister Kenney held bilateral meetings with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk, Defence Minister Colonel General Stepan Poltorak, and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin.

Jun 26, 2015

Recognizing his unparalleled record of service to the country, General Tom Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff, is pleased to announce that the Honorary Advisor to the Chief of the Defence Staff, Major-General (Retired) Richard Rohmer, has been granted the honorary rank of Lieutenant-General.

Jun 26, 2015

The Department of National Defence today announced a $2.5 million infrastructure project at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Suffield, Alberta, and a $535,000 investment at the JR Vicars Armoury in Kamloops, British Columbia.

Jun 26, 2015

Descendants of Petty Officer William Hall, VC, have issued a public statement on the announcement of a fourth Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship being named Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship William Hall.

Jun 26, 2015

The Department of National Defence (DND) announced today that an Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) will be named in honour of Petty Officer William Hall, a Canadian naval hero, for his actions at the Relief of Lucknow, India on November 16, 1857 during the Indian Rebellion.

Jun 26, 2015

The Globa and Mail is today reporting that Defence Minister Jason Kenney recently ordered a military inventory to determine what weapons Canada could send to the Ukrainian army, if it chose to do so. The answer that came back was: not much.

Jun 26, 2015

Twelve Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) search and rescue technicians (SAR techs) parachuted in for their graduation ceremony at 19 Wing Comox, British Columbia, on June 11, 2015.

Jun 26, 2015

Canada will contribute Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel to North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) units located in Estonia and Lithuania that will support NATO's high-readiness forces, Defence Minister Jason Kenney announced today.

Jun 26, 2015

Canada will deploy nearly 1650 Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel to Europe to participate in NATO’s TRIDENT JUNCTURE 15 from September 28 to November 6, 2015, in multiple locations across the Alliance, including Italy, Portugal and Spain, DND confirmed today in a news release.

Jun 26, 2015

The Ministers of Defence from 28 NATO countries, meeting in Brussels this week, issued a statement today that focuses on key decisions taken to strengthen the Alliance’s collective defence, including an increase in the strength and capability of the NATO Response Force.

Jun 25, 2015

Ottawa will send 1,650 soldiers to Europe this fall to take part in NATO’s largest military exercise since the end of the Cold War, Defence Minister Jason Kenney said Wednesday at a ministers’ meeting at the alliance headquarters in Belgium.

Jun 25, 2015

The Ottawa Citizen is reporting today that DND has now confirmed that a new Canadian Forces search and rescue training centre to be established but that that a specific location has yet to be selected.

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