IN THE NEWS

IN THE NEWS

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.

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

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.

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