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IN THE NEWS

Jul 27, 2015

German plans to acquire a fleet of new combat ships through a European competition have opened the door to a possible sale of the British Royal Navy's Type 26 frigate design, BAE Systems executives said.

Jul 25, 2015

A CAF Reserve soldier died during military training at CFB Shilo Saturday, 25 July 2015. Private Kirby Tott was training with the 3rd Canadian Division Training Centre’s detachment at when he died suddenly. His death is under investigation and an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause.

Jul 24, 2015

Defence Minister Jason Kenney, and Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney, announced a series of measures intended to strengthen the SAR system. Key among them is transferring the National SAR Secretariat from the DND purview over to Public Safety.

Jul 24, 2015

DND has announced a new project to support Arctic research, as well as Canada’s ability to counter any threat to Arctic sovereignty. The project is part of a $12 million investment funded through the Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP).

Jul 24, 2015

A contingent of over 200 Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members from across Canada completed a demanding journey today by crossing the finish line at the 99th annual International Four Days Marches Nijmegen.

Jul 24, 2015

The federal government today announced more than $1 million in funding to the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI) to increase the presence of western Canadian defence and security-based industries at international defence procurement events between 2015 and 2017.

Jul 27, 2015

A Russian helicopter pilot who went missing over the weekend has been found “in good condition” in the Davis Strait. Around 7 a.m. Monday, Joint Task Force Atlantic tweeted that Sergey Ananov was rescued by Canadian Coast Guard Ship Pierre Radisson in the waters between Greenland and Nunavut. The ship is now en route to Iqaluit with Ananov, a spokesman for Maritime Forces Atlantic says.

Jul 24, 2015

Boeing is taking steps to keep its F-18 production line open for future Navy and international sales based on positive signs from multiple sources, according to a report in USNI News.

Jul 24, 2015

For 40 days, Chilean replenishment ship AO-52 Almirante Montt will be conducting at-sea training with Pacific Fleet sailors to prepare for the arrival of Canada’s new Queenston-class supply ships. Partnering with Montt are HMC Ships Vancouver and Calgary, which will practice Replenishment-at-Sea (RAS) operations.

Jul 24, 2015

The soldiers and band of the Ceremonial Guard of the Canadian Armed Forces will host the 19th annual Fortissimo on Parliament Hill, at 7:30 p.m. each evening from July 23 to 25. Fortissimo is a military and musical spectacular featuring a military concert and sunset ceremony.

Jul 24, 2015

Turkish warplanes struck Islamic state group targets across the border in Syria, Turkey's government confirmed Friday. A government official says three F-16 jets took off from Diyarbakir airbase in southeast Turkey early Friday and used smart bombs to hit three IS targets across the Turkish border province of Kilis.

Jul 24, 2015

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter says a U.S. airstrike has killed a senior al Qaeda operational commander in eastern Afghanistan. He said in a statement Friday that the airstrike killed Abu Khalil Al-Sudani on July 11.

Jul 24, 2015

Canada’s newly minted chief of defence staff will hold a summit this August with the leadership of the Canadian military to determine the way ahead for eradicating sexual assault and harassment in the Canadian Forces.

Jul 24, 2015

Lt.-Gen. Christine Whitecross, the military's top female general, says recruiting more women to the Canadian Forces will be a "difficult road," especially in the wake of intense publicity around sexual harassment in its ranks.

Jul 23, 2015

Members from Joint Task Force (North) and 1 Canadian Ranger Patrol Group conclude their participation in Operation NUNAKPUT 2015 (Op NK 15) today after 17 days of maritime patrols along the Mackenzie River from Hay River to Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories.

Jul 23, 2015

The federal government today announced a significant series of enhancements to the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG)’s resources in Vancouver Harbour, including further Department of National Defence (DND) / Canadian Armed Forces support to the Canadian Coast Guard Inshore Rescue Boat (IRB) Station located in downtown Vancouver. Increased cooperation between the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and CCG will boost the latter’s capability to respond to marine pollution incidents and conduct search-and-rescue operations in the Vancouver Harbour area.

Jul 23, 2015

The Canadian Forces are warning military cadet organizations about cyber attacks after Islamic State sympathizers hacked into at least one webpage and altered the site with graphic images of dead women and children.

Jul 23, 2015

An editorial in today's National Post says that the political party that promised to sweep away the "decade of darkness" suffered by the military in the deficit-busting 1990s has precious little to show for its pledges.

Jul 23, 2015

Gun-toting Americans are showing up at U.S. military recruiting centres around the country, saying they plan to protect recruiters following last week’s killing of four Marines and a sailor in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Jul 22, 2015

The UK's frontline fast-jet force is set to fall to its lowest numerical strength just ahead of the turn of the decade, with the almost simultaneous retirement of both the Panavia Tornado GR.4 and early model Eurofighter Typhoon fleets, the UK government disclosed on 21 July.

Jul 22, 2015

Ten members from British Columbia’s Okanagan Indian Band have been selected for specialized training to learn how to rid their reserve of the buried bullets and bombs that have accumulated over a century. Military training dating back to the Boer War has littered spent and unexploded ordinance across thousands of hectares of two areas on the First Nation’s land near Vernon, B.C.

Jul 22, 2015

Specially trained Egyptian pilots flew three new Rafale fighter jets from a base in southern France to Cairo. The jets are the first of 24 warplanes that Egypt bought in a $5.6 billion deal earlier this year. The Rafale deal is a significant achievement for the Egyptian air force because of its radar, reliability and black Shahin missiles.

Jul 21, 2015

The on-and-off fighting in Ukraine’s Donbas region since the Minsk deal was signed in February has made one thing clear: If Russia is serious about seeking a solution to the conflict, it should be prepared to endorse the deployment of an international peacekeeping mission and force. This, according to Carl Bilt, a former prime minister and foreign minister of Sweden, in an opinion piece in The Globe and Mail.

Jul 21, 2015

The federal government has awarded Mack Defense two contracts totalling CAD725 million (USD559 million) to deliver more than 1,500 8x8 trucks for the Medium Support Vehicle System (MSVS) Standard Military Pattern (SMP) programme.

Jul 21, 2015

One of the country’s top military companies wants to convince the Canadian Army that putting smartphones on the battlefield is the way of the future.

Jul 20, 2015

Given the recent rise of international terrorism and insurgencies across the globe, the need for militaries and armed forces worldwide to invest in modern defence equipment has never been greater, and Turkey is looking for co-production and technology transfer agreements with international partners to reach its target of $25 billion in defence exports by 2023.

Jul 20, 2015

Britain must accept that “sooner or later” ground troops and tanks will have to be sent into combat to overcome Isil, a former chief of the Armed Forces has said.

Jul 20, 2015

Fifteen members of the Canadian Armed Forces are participating in Exercise SABER GUARDIAN / RAPID TRIDENT 15, a multinational exercise at the International Peacekeeping and Security Centre in Yavoriv, Ukraine, from July 17 to 31, 2015.

Jul 20, 2015

A NATO airstrike hit two Afghan military checkpoints on Monday in a restive province east of the capital, Kabul, killing at least eight Afghan troops in what an Afghan official describes as an accident due to bad co-ordination.

Jul 20, 2015

Canada’s last destroyer is temporarily sidelined after a series of engine problems and other technical issues on the 43-year-old vessel caused senior navy leaders to worry the ship might not be able to continue operating, according to a report in today's Ottawa Citizen.

Jul 17, 2015

General Jonathan Vance was appointed Canada’s new Chief of the Defence Staff during a change of command ceremony held today in Ottawa. The event was presided over by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, and marked the official transfer of command of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) from General Tom Lawson to General Jonathan Vance.

Jul 17, 2015

The Associate Minister of National Defence today participated in the official ground-breaking for construction of the Nanisivik Naval Facility. Following the preparation work for the site conducted in 2014, the ground-breaking marked the beginning of the construction phase in Arctic Bay, Nunavut.

Jul 17, 2015

Ottawa Citizen reporter David Pugliese was given an exclusive look at the Maritime Tactical Operations Group, which is still in its infancy but is expected to expand to between 85 and 100 personnel over the next several years.

Jul 21, 2015

When Jonathan Vance formally takes over as Canada’s top military commander today, one of the first things he will be forced to address is sexual misconduct in the ranks.

Jul 17, 2015

The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of National Defence, has announced that an Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) will be named in honour of Lieutenant Frédérick Rolette, a Canadian-born officer and naval hero of various actions, ashore and afloat, during the War of 1812, including command of the ship General Hunter.

Jul 17, 2015

A local patrol of the Canadian Rangers in Arctic Bay, Nunavut, yesterday became the first of the northern reservists to review a prototype of the new C-19 rifle that will replace the currently used Lee Enfield rifles. The opportunity was part of an official visit to Arctic Bay by the Associate Minister of National Defence.

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.

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