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(July 6) The Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, today announced three investments to support an increase in global awareness of the western Canadian aerospace, defence and security sectors, as well as the unmanned vehicle systems industry at the WestDef 2015 Conference in Calgary, Alberta. more>>
The commander of 1 Canadian Air Division, Major-General Dave Wheeler, along with the commander of 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta, Colonel Eric Kenny, participated in a ceremony to re-activate 401 Tactical Fighter Squadron on June 30, 2015. more>>
(July 6) Andrew Bennett, Canada’s Ambassador for Religious Freedom, yesterday issued a statement condemning a series of bombings in Iraq over the weekend. more>>
(July 6) The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) is preparing to send up to 1400 personnel, including a firefighting force and integral logistics support, to help fight fires in Saskatchewan. Also, Canadian Forces Base Cold Lake (4 Wing) is prepared to provide additional housing for evacuated residents should it be necessary. more>>
(4 July) The Government of Canada acted on much of the advice from CADSI and other industry groups, bringing Canada’s Integrity Regime more in line with Canadian and international best practices. This new Integrity Regime replaces the Integrity Framework introduced in 2012 and further updated in 2014. More info and links here: more>>
(July 3) 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. more>>
(July 3) 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. more>>
(July 2) 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. more>>
(July 2) 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. more>>
(July 2) 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. more>>
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. more>>
(June 30) 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. more>>
(June 30) 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. more>>
(June 30) 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. more>>
(June 30) 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. more>>
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. LGen Whitecross has previously served as Chief of Staff for the Assistant Deputy Minister (Infrastructure and Environment) and Chief Military Engineer of the CAF. more>>
(June 29) 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. more>>
(June 29) 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. more>>
(June 29) 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. more>>
(June 29) 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. more>>
(June 26) 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. more>>
(June 26) 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. more>>
(June 26) 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. more>>
(June 26) 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. more>>
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. more>>
(June 25) 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. more>>
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. more>>
(June 25) 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. more>>
(June 25) 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. more>>
(June 25) 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. more>>
(June 25) 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. more>>
(June 25) 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. more>>
(June 25) 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. more>>
(24 June) 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). more>>
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. more>>
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. more>>
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. more>>
(June 24) 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. more>>
(June 23) 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. more>>
(June 23) 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. more>>
(June 23) 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. more>>
(June 23) 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. more>>
(June 23) 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. more>>
(June 23) The Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of Foreign Affairs, issued a statement about the terrorist attack of the Afgan Parliament in Kabul yesterday. more>>
(June 23) 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. more>>
(June 22) Taliban fighters attacked the Afghan parliament building in Kabul today, injuring dozens of civilians and forcing lawmakers to evacuate amid gunfire and explosions. more>>
(June 22) 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. more>>
(June 22) 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. more>>
(June 19) 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. more>>
(June 19) Defence Minister Jason Kenney today announced his support for the proposed relocation of Nova Scotia’s Waterville airport, in the Municipality of the County of Kings, to Royal Canadian Air Force 14 Wing Greenwood. more>>
Previous Press Releases
General Dynamics Canada has announce it has changed its name to General Dynamics Mission Systems - Canada. This name change is intended to better reflect its products and technologies.
The Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport, powered by Rolls-Royce, has been selected by the Republic of Korea as its future air-to-air refuelling and transport aircraft after an open and objective competition. According to Pablo Molina, “the A330 MRTT has won every tanker competition since it entered the market, and has now been selected by nine nations plus the European Defence Agency.” more>>
(june 24) DND has announced that Colt Canada has been awarded a $1.5 million contract to replace the Canadian Ranger’s Lee Enfield rifle. This contract will provide the Canadian Rangers with the opportunity to test the new rifle design over the summer. Following subsequent design amendments, a second contract will be awarded to Colt Canada to produce 6500 rifles, which will be phased into use by the Rangers between mid-2016 and late-2019. more>>
After an open competition, the Ministry of Interior of Saudi Arabia has purchased four C295W aircraft to enhance its capabilities. The C295W has been chosen based on its demonstrated excellent operational capabilities in hot and severe conditions and its proven affordable maintenance and operational costs. more >>
Airbus Helicopters has announced the launch of a new office in the Mirabel Helico complex in Mirabel, Quebec. The state-of-the-art facility will support the Quebec rotary wing community and provide an outlet for corporate events and fly-ins. Quebec is home to more than 200 Airbus Helicopters, which represents almost one third of the Airbus Helicopter fleet in Canada, flying for parapublic, private and commercial operators. The Airbus Helicopters office team will provide aircraft sales, training, technical support and parts ordering.
A new generation High Frequency Surface Wave Radar (HFSWR) system to provide maritime surveillance out to 200 nautical miles has been successfully developed by Raytheon Canada under a DRDC contract that was competitively awarded. The Technology Demonstration Project, entitled Persistent Active Surveillance of the Exclusive Economic Zone (PASE), has completed exhaustive technical evaluations and system acceptance testing.
Rockwell Collins recently delivered its 721S radios to the Royal Canadian Navy fleet, enhancing networking communication capability.
Airbus Defence and Space has developed a new protection system, called Multirole Jammer, that combines the highest efficiency countering radio-controlled improvised explosive devices (RCIEDs) with comprehensive monitoring of the signal spectrum and tactical communication jamming. Visit CANSEC Booth #401 for info.
DCNS, a world leader in naval defence and an innovator in the energy sector, will participate in this yearï¿½s CANSEC Exhibition in Ottawa (May 27 and 28) The Group intends to develop naval engineering and industrial partnerships in Canada through its wholly-owned Canadian subsidiary, DCNS Technologies Canada Inc. DCNS proposes to adapt its FREMM frigate design to the Canadian requirements for the Surface Combatant. Visit CANSEC booth #1428
On May 28th, together with Canadian WWII veterans who in 1945 helped liberate the Netherlands, Rear-Admiral Ben Bekkering, Deputy Commander of the Royal Netherlands Navy, will attend the “70 years liberation concert” aboard HNLMS Karel Doorman in the harbour of Montreal. The next day, the Rear-Admiral and the Dutch Minister of Foreign Trade H.E. Ploumen will be at the Maritime Business Event, where representatives of the Dutch and Canadian maritime industries will meet.
Rheinmetall will be displaying a broad spectrum of its defence technology systems and products at the CANSEC show (27-28 May). The Düsseldorf-based high-tech enterprise will be emphasizing its wide-ranging expertise in the maritime domain, which visitors can see for themselves at Booth #1121.
Raytheon Company and the U.S. Air Force successfully completed the Small Diameter Bomb II Milestone C decision briefing, paving the way for the program to enter low rate initial production. The SDB II employs Raytheon's revolutionary tri-mode seeker and can strike targets from a range of more than 40 nautical miles, with a dynamic warhead that can destroy both soft and hard targets. The bomb can also change targets in-flight through the use of a secure datalink.
Seaspan has announced that it has selected as its new President. Reynolds holds an MBA from the University of Texas, as well as a BBA and a BA from the University of New Mexico. He joins Seaspan with over 20 years experience in positions of leadership and senior management, the last 15 of which have consisted of positions in the offshore supply boat business in the United States, West Africa, the Mediterranean and Latin America, including as Vice President, Americas at GulfMark Offshore Inc.
(20 May) On behalf of the federal government, today British Columbia government officials will recognize Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards as one of the many B.C. businesses to receive a Canada Job Grant.
Raytheon Company's Standard Missile-6 program has moved from low-rate to full-rate production, clearing the path for significantly increased production numbers and focus on further cost-reduction opportunities. SM-6 is a surface-to-air supersonic missile capable of successfully engaging manned and unmanned aerial vehicles and fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft. It also defends against land-attack and anti-ship cruise missiles in flight.
(24 Apr) An H125 rotorcraft chartered by the Airbus Helicopters Foundation has joined rescue activity in Northern Chile’s Atacama Desert region, where the heaviest rainfall in 80 years has caused massive flooding and landslides.
With support provided by Airbus Helicopters representatives in Chile, the Santiago-based H125 from Transporte Aereo Albatros Ltda. was flown to the affected zone, where it began transporting search and rescue personnel. This rotorcraft has also been available for flights to locate those trapped or isolated by the natural disaster.
Recent downpours in the Atacama Desert region – which normally is one of the world’s driest areas – destroyed homes and bridges, cut off roads, and left thousands stranded as rivers broke their banks and flash floods filled dry valleys.
DCNS has just obtained a contract for providing through life support (TLS) until 2020 to the six nuclear-fueled attack submarines in service in the French National Navy and based in Toulon. Announced by the Fleet Support Department, the contract became effective 1 April 2015 to provide TLS to the entire fleet of nuclear attack submarines, which comprises six Rubis-type ships as well as preliminary servicing for Suffren, the First of Class of the Barracuda submarines. The contract also includes the operation of Toulon's nuclear infrastructures, the tools as well as the simulators of the National school of submariners.
Seaspan Marine announced that Jenny Gethings has joined its team as Vice President, Business Development. Jenny has more than 25 years in the marine industry, including port operations and cargo logistics. She most recently served as Director of Global Projects for Schenker Canada, where she was responsible for numerous projects worldwide.
Germany announced it would buy at least 103 modernized Leopard 2s, reportedly bringing Germany's total number of tanks to at least 328. German Defence Ministry spokesman Jens Flosdorff said the country will spend $23 million on this project, which includes upgrading A6 tanks to A7 capability. more>>
L-3 Brashear has delivered a High-Energy Laser Beam Director to Defence Research and Development Canada to enhance its mobile characterization and development lab. L-3 worked with leading scientists at DRDC to design and build a ruggedized HEL BD for use at open field test ranges. The trailer-mounted HEL BD includes a vision system, aiming aids, and a multi-kilowatt optical system, allowing the operator to adjust the spot size of the beam on target to evaluate the laser’s capabilities. The development effort will allow establishment of potential requirements for an HEL-based military system.
Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, has signed a contract with PWGSC for the supply of 7 Bell 412EPI helicopters to the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG). The C$155 million contract is part of the CCG’s Fleet Renewal Plan. The first aircraft is expected to be delivered in June 2016, with subsequent helicopters to be delivered every three months thereafter. This contract follows a CCG contract announced in May 2014 for 15 Bell 429 helicopters (the first of which was delivered in March 2015).
Lockheed Martin Canada has been awarded the implementation subcontract (valued at more than C$170M) as command and surveillance system integrator for the Royal Canadian Navy’s new class of Patrol Ships, by Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) Prime Contractor, Irving Shipbuilding. As one of Irving’s Tier 1 suppliers for delivering the AOPS vessels as part of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS), Lockheed Martin Canada is responsible for key integration of data and information sources to increase the ships’ situational awareness and provide command, control and decision support at all levels of command for the new vessels.
Provincial Aerospace and Airbus Defence and Space sign letter of intent to explore the extension of their relationship beyond the Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue program. From left: Simon Jacques (Airbus Defence and Space, Canada), Pablo Molina (Airbus Defence and Space Military Aircraft Canada), Derek Scott (Provincial Aerospace) and Richard Poole (Provincial Aerospace) sign a letter of intent to facilitate the exploration of extending their relationship internationally.
The Airbus Helicopters Foundation, in coordination with French Foreign Affairs Ministry Crisis Center joined forces to distribute medical supplies, food and other humanitarian aid to the communities affected by Tropical Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu, an archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean, some 1,7500 km east of Australia. The category five cyclone caused enormous damage, and aid agencies have indicated that conditions are among the most challenging they have faced.
The Mexican Navy has become the launch customer of the latest version of the new Airbus medium transport aircraft C295W – equipped with winglets, which enable the C295W to transport more payload to a longer distance with around a 4% fuel savings, even in hot and high conditions. Winglets will be standard for all new C295s ordered from now on.
(Mar 31) Following the reorganization of the A400M Programme, Kurt Rossner, currently Head of Light & Medium & Derivatives within Military Aircraft, will switch positions with Rafael Tentor to now Head the A400M Programme, effective 1 April. Both will report directly to Fernando Alonso, Head of Military Aircraft within Airbus Defence and Space.
Lockheed held a special opening reception on March 12th. Approximately 200 people attended the event and toured the new facility, which includes spacious offices for the engineering component and dedicated offices with break out rooms for groups working on proposals. The company expects to add about 80 new jobs here within the next year.
Chantier Davie Canada was awarded a new contract from the government of Canada for the Vessel Life Extension of Canadian Coast Guard Ship Earl Grey. A Medium Endurance Multi-Tasked Vessel, CCGS Earl Grey performs a variety of roles including icebreaking.
The vessel's 9-month life extension program will take place in Davie's secondary drydock, the Lorne dock. The program primarily consists of replacements and upgrades to engines, machinery, equipment and electrical systems.
DCNS has been selected, as part of a multinational industrial team led by US-based Leidos, to participate in the system engineering and the integration of the NATO Ballistic Missile Defence. DCNS will provide leading-edge expertise as a naval systems prime contractor to contribute to the definition and specification phase as well as the integration and testing of the NATO BMD architectures. The single-award firm-fixed-price contract has a four-year base period of performance, two one-year options, plus an eight-month option. Total contract value: $77 million if all options are exercised.
Montreal-based Bombardier announced that Pierre Beaudoin is stepping down as CEO to become executive chairman, effective 13 Feb 2015. Taking over as CEO will be Alain Bellemare, who was most recently head of United Technologies Corp.’s propulsion and aerospace business, including the Pratt & Whitney engine division. more>>