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IN THE NEWS

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.

Jun 25, 2015

The Department of National Defence has announced a $15.2 million investment for Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Shilo, in support of military personnel and their families, who call CFB Shilo home. This investment will also create local jobs and help strengthen the local economy.

Jun 25, 2015

Today the Canadian Forces College (CFC) held the Joint Command and Staff Programme (JCSP) and the National Security Programme (NSP) graduation alongside a Royal Military College of Canada (RMCC) Convocation ceremony. The year-long courses prepare selected senior officers for command and staff appointments, and for strategic responsibilities. While completing the courses, students have the opportunity to complete a Masters in Defence studies or Masters in Administration offered by the RMCC.

Jun 25, 2015

During a meeting of defence ministers of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Canada yesterday reaffirmed to allies its resolve to stand with them and partners in the face of the Putin regime’s aggression toward Ukraine. The Brussels visit was also an opportunity for Jason Kenney, Canada's Minister of Defence, to meet separately with the U.S. Secretary of Defense.

Jun 24, 2015

The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada, joined by area MPs Andrew Saxton and John Weston, announced today that Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards (VSY) has started construction on the first National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS) ship, the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG)’s Offshore Fisheries Science Vessel (OFSV).

Jun 24, 2015

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) successfully participated in Exercise Tradewinds 15, a multinational training event which took place in the Caribbean region from May 31 to June 24, 2015.

Jun 24, 2015

A steady hand reaches out to those who gathered to remember the courage of Pilot Officer Andrew Mynarski, VC, who lost his life in an attempt to save another. Dedicated on June 12, 2015, in Winnipeg’s Vimy Ridge Memorial Park, the memorial welcomes visitors to interact with Pilot Officer Mynarski’s likeness and learn more about his story.

Jun 24, 2015

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Athabaskan had the opportunity to support the United States Navy (USN) Submarine Commander’s Course (SCC) from 18 to 22 May, 2015 at the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Centre range located at Andros Island, Bahamas.

Jun 24, 2015

The Ottawa Citizen today reports on a new DND document which suggests that the Conservative government’s multibillion-dollar plan to build new naval supply ships carries a high risk of being unaffordable, and there are questions about whether the vessels will be built on time.

Jun 24, 2015

The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of National Defence, the Honourable Erin O’Toole, Minister of Veterans Affairs, and Royal Galipeau, Member of Parliament for Ottawa–Orleans, today welcomed the Royal Canadian Legion’s support for ongoing investments into mental health treatments for Canadian Armed Forces personnel and military Veterans.

Jun 24, 2015

The Canadian Army has ordered mandatory commanders' briefings aimed at preventing sexual misconduct for its 43,000 soldiers and civilian staff delivered at every base and in every one of more than 130 units across the country.

Jun 23, 2015

The Department of National Defence (DND) today announced that Colt Canada has been awarded a $1.5 million contract to replace the Canadian Ranger’s Lee Enfield rifle.

Jun 23, 2015

The Government of Canada will enter into preliminary discussions with Chantier Davie Canada Incorporated to pursue an interim supply ship capability, Defence Minister Jason Kenney announced today.

Jun 23, 2015

The Department of National Defence (DND) today announced a $1 million investment for the Kitchener Armoury to revitalize critical infrastructure in support of the Canadian Armed Forces and to help create local jobs in the Kitchener-Waterloo region.

Jun 23, 2015

The Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of Foreign Affairs, issued a statement about the terrorist attack of the Afgan Parliament in Kabul yesterday.

Jun 23, 2015

The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of National Defence, yesterday announced the appointment of Hilary McCormack as the new Chairperson of the Military Police Complaints Commission of Canada, and Troy DeSouza as a part-time member. Ms. McCormack will assume her duties as Commission Chairperson on October 5, 2015, for a term of five years, while Mr. DeSouza's appointment to a four-year term is effective immediately.

Jun 22, 2015

Taliban fighters attacked the Afghan parliament building in Kabul today, injuring dozens of civilians and forcing lawmakers to evacuate amid gunfire and explosions.

Jun 22, 2015

Kurdish leaders appealed Sunday for Canada’s help in Syria, telling an event attended by several Conservative Members of Parliament they needed military and financial support to defeat ISIL.

Jun 22, 2015

Canadian Army Commander Lieutenant-General Marquis Hainse, who is also the Department of National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces Champion for Aboriginal Peoples, issued a statement Friday saluting the First Peoples of Canada and sharing his  gratitude for the vital role they have played in shaping the country we know today.

Jun 19, 2015

More than 80 officers of the Canadian Armed Forces this week completed Exercise FINAL DRIVE, a 10-day exercise at Canadian Forces Base Kingston that is the culmination of the six-month Army Operations Course.

Jun 19, 2015

The Senate Subcommittee on Veterans Affairs of the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence tabled its interim report today entitled Operational Stress Injuries of Canada’s Veterans. The report provides ...

Jun 18, 2015

Today the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, along with Scott Armstrong, Member of Parliament Cumberland—Colchester—Musquodoboit Valley, cut steel on a test module for the Harry DeWolf, the lead Arctic Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS). Building this test module will enable the shipyard to test its new processes, get personnel familiar with the new equipment, and streamline construction for when full production begins in the fall of 2015.

Jun 18, 2015

Recognizing that the problem in Canada's military isn’t that there may be a few psycho predators among them, columnist Matt Gurney offers clear and measured direction.

Jun 18, 2015

Cuts to Britain's defence spending could have "devastating" consequences for global security, one of America's most high-profile military chiefs has declared. Deborah Lee James, US Secretary of the Air Force, warned David Cameron he should not "take our security for granted" and cautioned against a "downward trend" in spending.

Jun 18, 2015

Approximately 35 Canadian Army soldiers are training with members of the Polish Army on Exercise LANCER STRIKE in Tomaszow Maz, Poland. The exercise is part of Operation REASSURANCE, Canada’s contribution to NATO’s assurance measures that were established as a confidence-building response in the wake of the Putin regime’s continued aggression toward Ukraine.

Jun 18, 2015

Lieutenant-General Marquis Hainse, Commander Canadian Army and Defence Champion for Aboriginal Peoples, was presented with the Department of National Defence (DND) and Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Eagle Staff in Ottawa yesterday during the Defence Aboriginal Advisory Group’s (DAAG’s) 20th anniversary celebration.

Jun 17, 2015

General Tom Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff,  yesteday blamed biology for the persistent problem of sexual misconduct within the Canadian Armed Forces. In an interview with CBC’s Peter Mansbridge broadcast Tuesday afternoon, the outgoing CDS said men are “biologically wired” for such behaviour.

Jun 17, 2015

The Royal Military College Saint-Jean (RMC Saint-Jean) will hold a ceremony on June 19, 2015, to mark the change of command from Colonel Jennie Carignan to Colonel Simon Bernard, and the change of Chief Warrant Officer appointment from CWO Philippe Turbide to CWO Justin Morneau. Guest of honour will be Major-General Éric Tremblay, Commander of the Military Personnel Generation Command.

Jun 17, 2015

U.S. lawmakers have voted to block American troops from training a unit with neo-Nazi members that’s operating with Ukraine’s forces — a move that raises questions about what safeguards Canada has to ensure it doesn’t help extremist groups.

Jun 17, 2015

Russia's military will add over 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles this year alone that are capable of piercing any missile defences, President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday in a blunt reminder of the nation's nuclear might amid tensions with the West over Ukraine.

Jun 17, 2015

The Canadian Forces Unit Commendation was presented today to the United States Naval Ship (USNS) Sioux for exceptional support to the officers and crew of Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Protecteur when they experienced a fire at sea last year. Commodore Bob Auchterlonie, Commander, Canadian Fleet Pacific, presented the award on behalf of General Tom Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff, during a ceremony at Naval Base San Diego.

Jun 17, 2015

A U.S. airstrike has killed al Qaeda's No. 2 leader who commanded its powerful Yemeni affiliate, dealing the global network its biggest blow since the killing of Osama bin Laden and eliminating a charismatic leader at a time when it is vying with the Islamic State group for the mantle of global jihad.

Jun 17, 2015

Minister of National Defence Jason Kenney yesterday introduced legislation to provide victims within the military justice system with the same rights as those in the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights.

Jun 17, 2015

Minister of National Defence Jason Kenney today met with U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work in advance of celebrations marking the 75th anniversary of the Permanent Joint Board on Defence.

Jun 17, 2015

HMCS Goose Bay departed Halifax, Nova Scotia, today for a five-week deployment to the St. Lawrence Seaway. The deployment will help maintain crew readiness and proficiency in a wide range of naval tasks, and provide a visible military presence in Canadian waters.

Jun 15, 2015

Defence Minister Jason Kenney says Canada is not considering expanding its mission in Iraq, despite the U.S.’ plans to send more troops to the embattled country. Speaking to CTV’s Question Period yesterday, Kenney said Canada is not planning to change its current role in Middle Eastern country against the Islamic State terror group.

Jun 15, 2015

The launch of a Canadian surveillance satellite has fallen two years behind schedule because the federal government won’t allow it to be put into orbit by a Russian rocket.

Jun 15, 2015

Defence Minister Jason Kenney met today with his counterpart from the United Kingdom, Secretary of Defence Michael Fallon, for the first time to discuss defence matters of importance to both countries.

Jun 13, 2015

Canadian fighters have conducted 20 airstrikes over Iraq and two more over Syria in recent weeks, and their commander is confident that coalition forces are helping both countries make headway against Islamic State forces.

Jun 12, 2015

Defence Minister Jason Kenney met yesterday with Italy’s Minister of Defence to discuss a range of security and defence issues, including NATO’s response to the Putin regime’s aggression in Ukraine, and security challenges originating in the Middle East.

Jun 12, 2015

The Harper government is considering joining NATO’s rapid reaction force, but doing so could mean spurning a traditional ally who's been courting Canada to be part of its formation.

Jun 12, 2015

The United States wants to kick-start efforts to interest Canada and other nations in the F-35 fighter by driving down costs through boosting its production.

Jun 11, 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama ordered the deployment Wednesday of up to 450 more troops to Iraq to assist local forces in an effort to reverse ISIL's recent gains. Under the plan, the United States will open a fifth training site in Iraq, with the goal of integrating Iraqi Security Forces and Sunni fighters. The immediate objective is to retake the city of Ramadi, seized by ISIL last month.

Jun 11, 2015

Prime Minister Stephen Harper may have got exactly what he wanted from his trip on HMCS Fredericton when two Russian warships tracked the Canadian frigate, approaching within seven nautical miles Wednesday in the Baltic Sea. Overflights earlier in the week by Russian fighter jets and patrol aircraft underlined the PM’s consistent message during his six-day trip to Europe: Russian President Vladimir Putin is a menace to peace in Europe and elsewhere.

Jun 10, 2015

A French mother took the government to court on Tuesday for failing to stop her teenage son from leaving the country to join jihadists in Syria.

Jun 10, 2015

The Honourable Julian Fantino, Associate Minister of National Defence, visited Allied Joint Force Command Naples (JFC Naples) today for briefings on NATO and Canada’s contribution to the high readiness headquarters.

Jun 10, 2015

President Bashar Assad's military has suffered two mroe cryshing blows as it crumbles on both fronts in the long Syrian war against ISIL jihadists and other rebel groups.

Jun 10, 2015

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has announced that Canada will be contributing Canadian Armed Forces personnel to a NATO command centre being set up in Poland as a defence against further Russian aggression and is considering further commitments such as joining a rapid-reaction force being formed by the military alliance.

Jun 10, 2015

Canada’s aircraft reached two significant milestones recently as they surpassed the 1000th sortie flown and exceeded 100 air strikes in support of the coalition air campaign in Iraq and Syria.

Jun 09, 2015

Government airstrikes on a northwestern Syrian village Monday killed at least forty-nine people and left survivors screaming in anguish.

Jun 09, 2015

Defence Minister Jason Kenney has been urged to intervene as the military moves to cut back on its recruiting targets for women as well as for visible minorities and aboriginals.

Jun 08, 2015

Prime Minister Stephen Harper played up his tough-on-terrorism credentials Thursday, announcing a trifecta of measures aimed at beefing up the country’s ability to thwart violent jihad.The measures, some previously announced in the budget, include more money for Canada’s spy agency and more scrutiny of foreign visitors.

Jun 06, 2015

On behalf of the CDS, Rear Admiral Bill Truelove, Commander of Maritime Forces Pacific and Joint Task Force Pacific, presented the Canadian Forces Unit Commendation to USS Chosin, at a reception onboard HMCS Calgary while the ship was participating in Fleet Week at the Portland Rose Festival in Portland, Oregon.

Jun 07, 2015

The first Sunday of June has been designated as Canadian Armed Forces Day. On this day, Canadians are encouraged to celebrate the vital efforts of Canada's soldiers, sailors, airmen and airwomen. FrontLine extends sincere gratitude to all members of the Canadian Armed Forces, and their families, for their unwavering dedication and sacrifice to protect Canada and Canadians, and to project peace, safety and stability around the world.

Jun 05, 2015

RCMP officers have started openly carrying submachine guns on Parliament Hill as part of a visible increase to Parliament Hill security following last October’s terrorist attack.The firearms’ appearance on Parliament Hill has prompted mixed reactions from parliamentarians, including some who say they are upset and feel less safe than before.

Jun 04, 2015

HMCS Winnipeg is preparing to deploy overseas to join NATO forces in the Mediterranean Sea, as part of Operation Reassurance, Canada’s measures to promote security and stability in Central and Eastern Europe in light of the Putin regime’s aggression against Ukraine. En route for Operation REASSURANCE, HMCS Winnipeg will participate on Operation CARIBBE (the multinational campaign against illicit trafficking by transnational organized crime) for approximately three weeks. The ship is expected to set sail in the coming weeks and will replace HMCS Fredericton, which has been part of Standing NATO Maritime Forces since January 2015.

Jun 04, 2015

A major battle erupted Wednesday on the western edge of the main separatist rebel stronghold in eastern Ukraine, leaving more than a dozen dead and threatening to tip the country back into full-blown war. Rebels in the city of Donetsk reported fifteen dead between civilians and combatants in territory under their control.

Jun 04, 2015

Senior military officers in Nigeria should be investigated for war crimes including the murder, starvation, suffocation and torturing to death of 8,000 people. There is a call for top officers to face war crimes inquiry as report based on hundreds of interviews and leaked files alleges widespread abuses in campaign against Boko Haram.

Jun 04, 2015

Lost hikers or stranded fisherman could find themselves being rescued by helicopters once designed to transport U.S. presidents. The Department of National Defence and military have acknowledged that they will use the choppers for actual aircraft and not for spare parts as had been intened when the helicopters were purchased in 2011.

Jun 02, 2015

Preliminary analysis conducted by CITAAM, Spain's technical commission for investigating military aircraft accidents, has confirmed that engines 1, 2 and 3 experienced power frozen after lift-off and did not respond to the crew’s attempts to control the power setting in the normal way, while engine 4 responded to throttle demands. When the power levers were set to “flight idle” in an attempt to reduce power, the power reduced but remained at “flight idle” on the three affected engines despite attempts by the crew to regain power. This statement is consistent with earlier reports of three engines being affected. Preliminary analyses have shown that all other aircraft systems performed normally and did not identify any other abnormalities throughout the flight. The investigation contnues.

Jun 02, 2015

Today, the Chief of the Defence Staff announced Canadian Armed Forces General and Flag Officer senior appointments, promotions, and retirements.

Jun 02, 2015

Brigadier-General Jean-Robert Bernier has been unanimously elected as Chair of the Committee of the Chiefs of Military Medical Services in NATO (COMEDS). This appointment, to begin in November 2015, will be the first time that any nation outside continental Europe chairs this committee. It reflects NATO’s confidence in Canadian leadership and presents an important opportunity for Canada to support the Alliance by positively influencing medical readiness on an international level.

Jun 02, 2015

The number of states and countries that received potentially deadly samples of anthrax from a military lab continues to grow, as the Pentagon confirmed Tuesday that Canada and 12 states so far have been notified they received live samples, the Washington Examiner's Tara Copp reported.

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