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IN THE NEWS

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.

Jun 02, 2015

Lieutenant-General Jonathan Vance, who will soon be promoted to take on the responsibilities as the new Chief of the Defence Staff, officially handed over the command of CJOC (Canadian Joint Operations Command) to Lieutenant-General Stephen Bowes at a ceremony today in Ottawa. The ceremony was presided over by General Tom Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff.

Jun 02, 2015

Haider al-Abadi, Iraq's prime minister has said sanctions on Russia and Iran had made it difficult for Iraq to buy more weapons, saying the country had received "almost none" making the advance of the IS in Iraq a failure. Ministers from twenty countries are in Paris to discuss ways to step up the fight against IS - but Russia, Iran and Syria are not part of the talks.

Jun 01, 2015

The president of the Halifax International Security Forum responded to the news that the Honourable Peter MacKay, former Minister of National Defence and current Minister of Justice, will not seek re-election in the coming election.

Jun 01, 2015

U.S. surveillance has detected two large artillery vehicles on one of the artificial islands that China is creating in the South China Sea, heightening concerns that Beijing could use the land reclamation projects for military purposes. However, Defense Secretary Ash Carter warned that turning underwater land into airfields won't expand China's sovereignty. Carter told the room full of Asia-Pacific leaders that the U.S. opposes "any further militarization" of the disputed lands.

May 31, 2015

General Tom Lawson, the Chief of the Defence Staff, represented the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces at the 14th annual International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Asia Security Summit.  Commonly referred to as the Shangri-La Dialogue, it is a crucial venue for dialogue on the security and defence of the region, and is attended by ministers and chiefs of defence from Asia Pacific and beyond.During the summit, General Lawson took part in a panel discussion entitled “The Armed Forces and New Terrorist Threats.”

May 31, 2015

More than 100 members of Canada’s Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) returned to CFB Trenton today after the completion of their deployment to Nepal to provide humanitarian assistance following the earthquake that hit the country on 25 April. Recent on-the-ground assessments by the Governments of Canada and Nepal, as well as the United Nations, indicate that immediate basic needs of the affected population are now being sufficiently provided by local authorities and experienced civilian partners.

Jun 01, 2015

The Associate Minister of National Defence announced a $20 million dollar investment for Garrison Petawawa to improve and expand critical infrastructure for the Canadian Armed Forces, and help create local jobs. This military base has close to 600 buildings, including 1600 family housing units. This investment will see the modernization and renovation of housing units, repairs to the roadways, as well as improvements to Military Quarters in support members of the Canadian Armed Forces and their families.

May 29, 2015

Public Works Minister Diane Finley says the Conservative government will announce a series of big and small defence equipment contracts over the next few months including a project to buy 1500 new trucks for the army that was originally announced in 2006.

May 29, 2015

Al-Qaida branch in Syria has no plans to attack the West but warns that they might retaliate if airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition continue to target them. The Syrian known as Abu Muhammed al-Golani, who heads the Nusra Front, said the aim of his group is to march to the Syrian captial Damascus and bring down President Bashar Assad's government.

May 27, 2015

The cadets were the most hostile audience she had faced in a career of speaking about sexual assault prevention, recalls a sex-assault prevention educator after being subjected to even more harassment after going public about the response she received during a series of presentations (one to each level) that she was asked by the university to give to the cadets. "If me talking about having been harassed compels you to write me an email telling me that I am human garbage and deserve to die, I think you're proving my point," Julie Lalonde told CBC News.

May 26, 2015

A Tunisian soldier opened fire on fellow troops at a military barracks in an attack Monday in the capital, and the state news agency said the gunman and three others were killed with fifteen wounded.

May 26, 2015

DND has announced that the third Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship will be named in honour of Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Max Bernays, a Canadian naval hero who served as the Coxswain of HMCS Assiniboine during the Battle of the Atlantic.

May 25, 2015

Defence Minister Jason Kenney will unveil a commemorative plaque at the Valour Building today. The plaque will recognize 20 military personnel who served with the Canadian Armed Forces in Afghanistan and were awarded the Star of Military Valour for self-sacrifice or devotion to duty in the presence of the enemy.

May 25, 2015

Latest advances by the Daesh (ISIS, ISIL) in Iraq and Syria have been some of the most successful campaigns for the extremist group since it rampaged into Iraq last summer. This report shows comparative maps showing changes inpower since last year.

May 22, 2015

Daesh claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia on today. The Saudi Health Ministry said at least 21 people had been killed and more than 120 others injured.It appeared to be the first official claim of an attack inside the kingdom by the Islamic State, which has seized control of much of Syria and Iraq.

May 22, 2015

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships (HMCS) Saskatoon and Yellowknife left Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Esquimalt earlier this week to conduct operations, including coastal surveillance and port visits, along the coast of British Columbia, until mid-June.

May 22, 2015

The Associate Minister of National Defence will announce the name of the Royal Canadian Navy’s third Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) on 25 May at 10:30 a.m. (PDT) at the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum. On 23 January 2015 the Government of Canada announced the awarding of the build contract with Irving Shipbuilding Inc. for the construction of six Harry DeWolf-class AOPS as part of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS). This contract, valued at $2.3 billion, marks the start of the construction phase under the NSPS. Construction is set to begin in the fall of this year.

May 22, 2015

The Canadian Armed Forces will host Exercise ARDENT DEFENDER 2015, in which approximately 220 CAF personnel, members of 10 partner nations, and also civilian law enforcement agencies, will conduct exercises related to the safe disposal of ordnance. Various exercises will take place at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt and throughout the Greater Victoria, BC, region from May 25, to June 5.

May 22, 2015

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has ordered the navy and coastguard to conduct search and rescue operations for boats carrying stricken migrants including ethnic Rohingya from Myanmar, also known as Burma. The total number of number of people to land in Indonesia and Malaysia is around 3000 in the past week.

May 22, 2015

The Ukrainian parliament has terminated a series of intergovernmental agreements on military cooperation with Russia, amid growing tensions between the two sides over allegations that Russia has been instigating unrest in eastern Ukraine.

May 22, 2015

Faced with a navy that can no longer resupply and refuel its warships at sea, the Conservative government will soon decide whether to approve the acquisitions of an already bult commercial vessel that can perform the role.

May 21, 2015

Defence Minister Jason Kenney issued the following statement about Canada successfully leading an air strike on an ISIS staging area north of Ar-Raqqah, Syria, using precision guided munitions. While assessment of the damage continues, I can confirm that our Royal ..."

May 21, 2015

General Tom Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff, met with his North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) counterparts this week for a NATO Military Committee meeting in Brussels, Belgium.

May 21, 2015

After fierce clashes with government troops, fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) took control over the ancient town of Palmyra in central Syria on Wednesday, a group monitoring the war said. The takeover renews fears that the ISIL will destroy priceless archaeological sites if it reaches the ruins.

May 19, 2015

Secretary General Ban Kimoon intends to convere a conference to restart the peace process in Yemen but wants the fighting to stop before sending out invitations, the United Nations says.

May 19, 2015

Newly released government records show that navy mechanics in Halifax had to scour the Internet and use eBay to find parts for one of its two supply ships. But the briefing notes obtained by The Canadian Press, prepared for navy commander Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, show the technicians were fighting a losing battle to keep HMCS Preserver on duty.

May 19, 2015

Faced with calls for quick action after the deaths of hundreds of migrants on the Mediterranean this year, the European Union agreed Monday to set up a naval mission to crack down on smuggling rings at sea.

May 18, 2015

CNN reports that Iraqi Forces have surrendered the city of Ramadi, just west of Baghdad to Daesh (ISIS) militants. The UN reports that at least 500 have been killed in the last two days, and 25,000 have fled the violence... many heading to Baghdad, which is also under strong threat from Daesh, which also controls nearby Falluja and Karma.

CDS visits Peacekeepers in Sinai Peninsula
May 18, 2015

Today, General Tom Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff, visited CAF personnel who are deployed on Operation CALUMET, Canada's participation in the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) in the Sinai Peninsula. Operation CALUMET consists of approximately 70 CAF personnel based at the MFO North Camp in El Gorah, Egypt.

May 18, 2015

Reports say that France is still seeking a way to cancel its contract to deliver two helicopter carriers to the Russian navy, but Russia's news media claims an agreement has been reached between the two countries, saying: the draft documents "imply returning Russia about €785 million, which it will be able to receive only after the Russian government issues written permission for the sale of the ships to any third party without any reservations," Kommersant reported. According to the newspaper, "Moscow disagrees with such an approach; it estimates expenses and losses from the severance of the contract at €1,163 billion and does not intend to issue any permission for re-export until this money is returned."

May 17, 2015

The Islamic State group claimed Sunday to hold the entire Iraqi city of Ramadi after security forces fled following a series of suicide car bomb attacks, the Associated Press writes. Iraqi officials disagreed with each other over whether the city had fallen, though the country’s prime minister ordered security forces not to abandon their posts across Anbar province.

May 17, 2015

Despite fact that the department of Veterans Affairs Canada produces a detailed report every three months that tracks not only the number of veterans, but their disabilities by category; how many are expected to pass away; their age, gender and ailments; and what is spent on individual programs and services, Minister Erin O’Toole recently defended his department’s $1.13-billion spending lapse by saying it’s tough to track service dollars when so many elderly veterans are passing away.

May 16, 2015

Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima will pay a state visit to Canada from Wednesday 27 May through Friday 29 May 2015, at the invitation of Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada and Mrs. Sharon Johnston.

Canadian soldiers commence training in Romania
May 15, 2015

Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel are taking part in Exercise SARMIS starting today in Cincu, Romania, as part of Operation REASSURANCE. Exercise SARMIS is a multinational exercise focused on further developing interoperability between NATO allies and enhancing joint operational capabilities.

May 15, 2015

Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) clearance divers and support personnel are taking part in Operation OPEN SPIRIT 2015 starting today in Estonia alongside personnel from the Estonian Naval Flotilla (ENF) and 12 other partner nations. Operation OPEN SPIRIT is conducted to dispose of sea mines and other munitions remaining on the seabed from the First and Second World Wars.

May 15, 2015

Five months before election time, the federal government‘s carefully constructed Natianal Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy is threatening to come apart at the seams. Although senior members of cabinet are aware of a potential solution and of a mind to push it foward, over the objections of bureaucrats at the Department of National Defence who are, in their custom, raging the puck.

May 15, 2015

The Afghan Taliban claimed responsibility on Thursday for an attack on a popular guesthouse in Kabul that killed at least 14 people, including foreigners attending a dinner and arriving for a concert. Four Indian nationals, a Briton, an American, an Italian and a Kazakh national were confirmed among the dead in a five-hour assault at Park Palace guesthouse in an upscale neighbourhood of central Kabul. The Taliban are stepping up attacks following the withdrawal of most foreign troops. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in an emailed statement that one of the insurgents' operatives carried out the attack with the aim of killing foreign citizens in retaliation for the United States and its allies supporting the Kabul government of President Ashraf Ghani.

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