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  • $100B defense modernization plan laid out for Canadian military

    06/22/2014 10:40:56 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 7 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 16 Jun, 2014 | CBC
    The Conservative government is proposing more than $100 billion in defence spending on a series of projects that would see the Department of National Defence get new fighter jets, rescue planes, helicopters, drones, ships, satellites, uniforms and even rifles. The Defence Acquisition Guide is a list of more than 200 separate procurement projects the military hopes to undertake in the next 20 years. The guide is not a rock-solid program, but a road map of sorts for the Canadian defence industrial sector. The generic nature of the information in the guide has already cause some consternation. Only a few minutes...
  • Unlearning Afghanistan

    07/10/2013 3:34:38 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile
    Canadian Military Journal ^ | Summer 2013 | Bob Martyn
    The peace we think we have is only an interregnum before another cycle of conflict ~ Robert Kaplan, The Coming Anarchy, 2000Respected American journalist and foreign correspondent Robert Kaplan’s quote is poignantly foreshadowing, being published when the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) were winding down from the most onerous of the Balkan operations in Bosnia and Kosovo, yet before being thrust into Afghanistan. As Western nations look beyond our current combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, questions arise regarding the reconstitution of our military forces. This is not a particularly new practice; peacetime armies have traditionally faced budget cuts and down-sizing,...
  • Second attempt at Canadian JSS project moves ahead

    06/12/2013 11:17:46 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile
    Shepard ^ | 11 June 2013 | Tim Fish
    Canada has selected the Type 702 off-the-shelf design from Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) for its Joint Support Ship (JSS) project. The Canadian DND announced the decision in early June and new design images for the JSS were released by TKMS on 10 June. The company said that it would ‘prepare the design package which Canada will provide to Vancouver Shipyards to review in preparation for actual production’. Vancouver Shipyards was chosen by the DND in 2010 to build the two JSS as part of its National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy that will ensure Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) ships are built in...
  • Submarine HMCS Windsor hobbled after $209M refit

    05/01/2013 6:38:47 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 17 replies
    CBC ^ | Apr 30, 2013 | Rob Gordon
    Setback leaves Royal Canadian Navy with just one fully operational subCBC News has learned there is more trouble for Canada's fleet of used British submarines. The Royal Canadian Navy has confirmed that HMCS Windsor – fresh from a $209 million refit – is unable to perform as expected because of a broken mission-critical diesel generator. "We have restricted her in range of operations and her endurance," Captain Luc Cassivi, director of Canada's submarine force told CBC in an interview. That means that the Windsor will only be able to operate in Canadian coastal waters until the diesel generator – a...
  • HMCS Windsor Returns to Sea

    12/16/2012 12:12:40 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 2 replies
    Her Majesty’s Canadian Submarine (HMCS) Windsor returned to sea yesterday at Halifax, N.S., officially marking the completion of a deep maintenance cycle known as an Extended Docking Work Period. “HMCS Windsor’s return to sea is a key milestone and her crew now embarks on another challenging journey as they focus on operations at sea,” said The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence. “I commend the outstanding efforts of Windsor’s crew, our Fleet Maintenance Facilities and of industry that have brought us to this point.” “Over the next few months, Windsor will conduct additional crew training and trials on her...
  • Canadian military building network of international outposts

    07/23/2012 6:52:37 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 2 replies
    National post ^ | July 19, 2012 | Lee Berthiaume
    For the past two years, Canada has been quietly working to establish small military outposts in places such as the Caribbean, East Africa, Europe and Southeast Asia. Now newly released Department of Defence documents show these operational support hubs are part of a plan to deploy the military on more overseas missions — including combat and security — than under previous governments. The revelation touches on a debate about the future role of the military in the aftermath of major combat operations in Afghanistan and Libya, and amid belt-tightening across the federal government. A directive, signed by Gen. Natynczyk and...
  • Textron Emerges the Winner of the Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle Program

    06/29/2012 12:17:39 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 8 replies
    Ottawa Citizen ^ | June 8, 2012 | David Pugliese
    A subsidiary of U.S. defence giant Textron has won the competition to provide the Canadian Forces with 500 new tactical armoured patrol vehicles. The contract for the acquisition of the vehicles, known by its military acronym TAPV, is worth a little more than $600 million. The sustainment contract for the vehicles is worth a little more than $100 million. Textron Systems Canada Inc. opened its Ottawa office in January on Sparks Street and will manage its role as prime contractor for the project from there. The Canadian Textron TAPV team includes Kongsberg Protech Systems Canada, London, ON, Rheinmetall Canada, St....
  • Canada top commander charged with murder, assault

    05/23/2010 7:13:21 AM PDT · by Flavius · 28 replies · 1,037+ views
    boston ^ | 5/22/10 | By Rob Gillies
    TORONTO—As Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip waved to the crowd after a 2005 visit, a tall, fit officer stood next to them. He saluted the royal couple, and flew them home to Britain. Now that same elite Canadian pilot, Colonel Russell Williams, stands charged with the murder of two women, the sexual assault of two others and 82 break-ins, during which he often stole women's panties.
  • Christmas miracle needed to get care package to Canadian troops in Afghanistan

    12/14/2007 1:04:31 AM PST · by DakotaRed · 18 replies · 697+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | December 13, 2007 | Judi McLeod
    What a let down that 1,700 care packages lovingly prepared by Montreal-area residents and community groups destined for Canadian troops in Afghanistan, won’t be getting there.The Christmas care packages for soldiers have been grounded after the military said they could not be sent overseas.Claiming security concerns and a lack of space on transport aircraft as reasons for blocking the packages, Canadian Forces brass informed nonplussed members of the Roxboro Legion, who spearheaded the drive that they cannot accept the packages. Parcels must be addressed to a specific soldier, the military said, and not “Any CF member”.While citing security concerns would...
  • Canadian Fighter Jets Temporarily Plug Hole in U.S. Air Defences

    11/28/2007 9:33:05 AM PST · by NorthOf45 · 33 replies · 442+ views
    The Canadian Press via ^ | November 27, 2007 | Murray Brewster
    Canadian fighter jets temporarily plug hole in U.S. air defencesBy Murray Brewster THE CANADIAN PRESS November 27th, 2007 OTTAWA - Canadian CF - 18 fighter jets helped plug a hole in U.S. air defences for almost two weeks this month after American jets were grounded as part of a crash investigation. The request to fill in for U.S. F-15s over the Alaskan coast was considered an urgent priority for NORAD, especially in light of the return of Russian strategic bombers to Arctic patrols. Although not unprecedented, defence officials said the now-concluded operation was one of those "extremely rare" occasions when...
  • Chief: Canadian top guns, Russians tangoed this week

    09/08/2007 7:36:43 AM PDT · by NorthOf45 · 17 replies · 952+ views
    The Chronicle Herald ^ | September 8, 2007 | Chris Lambie
    Chief: Canadian top guns, Russians tangoed this weekChris Lambie The Chronicle Herald September 8, 2007 Canadian fighter jets have scrambled as recently as this week to intercept Russian bombers flying over the Arctic, says the new commander of this country’s air force. CF-18 Hornets met the Tupolev-95 Bear bombers outside Canadian airspace, Lt.-Gen. Angus Watt told The Chronicle Herald’s editorial board Friday. "It’s not exactly a new challenge; it’s an old challenge that has returned," Lt.-Gen. Watt said Friday. The recent encounter took place near Inuvik, N.W.T., inside what the military dubs its air defence identification zone. "It’s where we...
  • Close Call for Top Canadian in Kandahar

    07/27/2007 7:11:51 PM PDT · by NorthOf45 · 8 replies · 375+ views
    Globe and Mail ^ | July 27, 2007 | Paul Koring
    Close call for top Canadian in KandaharBy Paul Koring Globe and Mail July 27, 2007 KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN -- A suicide bomber drove an explosives-laden van into a convoy carrying Canada's top military commander, Brigadier-General Tim Grant, in Afghanistan yesterday. After the huge blast, one armoured vehicle lay on its side off the road, but it remains uncertain whether it had been rammed by the suicide bomber or whether the driver managed to avoid the attack and then the top-heavy vehicle toppled as it hit the ditch. Gen. Grant was unhurt. He was travelling in another vehicle. No other Canadians or...
  • Forces (Canadian Armed Forces) Tag $3.8B to Buy Advanced Jets (F-35)

    06/27/2007 6:25:43 PM PDT · by NorthOf45 · 49 replies · 6,440+ views
    The Ottawa Citizen ^ | June 27, 2007 | David Pugliese
    Forces tag $3.8B to buy advanced jets Joint Strike Fighter studied to replace CF-18s in the next decade David Pugliese The Ottawa Citizen June 27, 2007 Canada's military is setting aside almost $4 billion for the purchase of a fleet of futuristic fighter jets that will replace its CF-18s in the next decade. The Canadian Forces is creating a new office in Ottawa in August to deal with its future fighter needs and plan how it will proceed with replacing the existing CF-18 jets. The government has committed to investing in the U.S. Joint Strike Fighter and an air force...
  • Hillier (Canadian Chief of Defence Staff): The Soldier's Soldier

    01/30/2007 6:40:42 PM PST · by NorthOf45 · 6 replies · 335+ views
    The Ottawa Citizen ^ | January 28, 2007 | Richard Foot
    Hillier: The soldier's soldier Chief of defence staff is arguably one of the toughest jobs within the federal government. And two years into it, Gen. Rick Hillier has become a force to be reckoned with in the capital. But how well is he succeeding in his mission to transform the military? asks Richard Foot. By Richard Foot The Ottawa Citizen January 28, 2007 When Gen. Rick Hillier strode onto the national stage two years ago this month, Canadians had never witnessed a military boss quite like him -- crude in his assessment of the country's enemies, cunning in his courtship...
  • Families Say Farewell (Canadian Soldiers leave for A'stan)

    01/30/2007 6:16:31 PM PST · by NorthOf45 · 14 replies · 386+ views
    The Daily Gleaner ^ | January 30, 2007 | Michael Staples
    Families Say FarewellBy Michael Staples The Daily Gleaner January 30, 2007 Oromocto's Alisha Piercy was close to tears Monday as she prepared to watch her husband board a plane for Afghanistan. "It's been really hard, really hard for me," she said, while holding their young daughter, Taylor. "I don't want him to go, but he needs to." Pte. Erik Piercy was one of approximately 120 soldiers who boarded a military plane Monday afternoon at the Greater Fredericton Airport for six months of combat duty in Afghanistan. He is among 1,150 soldiers from The Second Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment (2RCR)...
  • 'My body’s kind of rickety' ... Canadian vet won't make it back to Vimy Ridge

    10/03/2006 6:05:35 PM PDT · by NorthOf45 · 17 replies · 969+ views
    The Chronicle Herald ^ | October 3, 2006 | Chris Lambie
    'My body’s kind of rickety' One of three Great War vets left says he’ll miss Vimy ceremony By Chris Lambie The Chronicle Herald October 3, 2006 Veterans Affairs Canada is sending 300 people to Europe next year for a ceremony marking the 90th anniversary of the pivotal Battle of Vimy Ridge in 1917. But none of Canada’s three surviving First World War veterans plans to attend. "My mind is OK, but my body’s kind of rickety," said John Babcock, 106, who lives at home in Spokane, Wash., with his wife Dorothy. Mr. Babcock lied about his age to join the...
  • Canadians Escape Suicide Blast (Thanks to One of Our Relatively New Nyalas)

    09/27/2006 8:13:27 PM PDT · by NorthOf45 · 19 replies · 9,197+ views ^ | September 27, 2006 | Les Perreaux
    Canadians escape suicide By Les Perreaux September 27, 2006 KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (CP) - With a muffled thump and the flash of a "second sun," Canadian soldiers faced another brush with death Wednesday as a suicide bomber hit their convoy. There were no Canadian casualties but one Afghan civilian was hurt. Such attacks have happened so frequently in Kandahar that local firefighters drove past the blast's aftermath on their way to collect a modest gift of rudimentary firefighting gear at a Canadian camp. The spade shovels and tin buckets were neatly stacked earlier in the day for the hearts-and-minds gift...
  • Afghan Pres. Thanks Canadian Soldiers; Canada Pledges To Rebuild Military

    09/24/2006 9:32:24 AM PDT · by GretchenM · 8 replies · 426+ views
    From the Toronto Star / Canadian Press: [PM Harper said] "This government [of Canada] is committed to rebuilding the armed forces of Canada and we are overwhelmed with the support we are getting to do that." Prompted by the wives of two Canadian soldiers, thousands attended a rally on September 22 on Parliament Hill in Ottawa to support Canada's troops overseas. During the event, Prime Minister Stephen Harper pledged again to rebuild Canada's military. Harper reportedly told a "rambunctious, upbeat audience" that they owe their freedoms to soldiers just like the ones who are fighting terrorism in Afghanistan today. "Let...
  • Reducing Snowbirds Team not an Option, (Canadian) Air Force Says

    08/31/2006 6:59:29 AM PDT · by NorthOf45 · 22 replies · 2,707+ views
    Ottawa Citizen ^ | August 31, 2006 | David Pugliese
    Reducing Snowbirds team not an option, air force says Plan to replace planes with CF-18s also rejected By David Pugliese Ottawa Citizen August 31, 2006 Canada's air force has rejected the option to substantially reduce the size of its Snowbirds team, as well as substitute CF-18 fighter jets for the aerobatic formation's aging Tutor aircraft. But the military still hasn't settled on how it plans to keep the famous aerial demonstration unit operating well into the future. A briefing note, dated April 25, 2006, to air force commander Lt.-Gen. Steve Lucas, as well as a report on the future options...
  • New Canadian leader to rebuild military

    07/05/2006 10:37:27 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 28 replies · 880+ views
    Washington Times ^ | July 6, 2006 | Fawzia Sheikh
    TORONTO -- In a White House meeting today with Canada's first Conservative prime minister in 12 years, President Bush will find an ideological soul mate who has moved quickly to rebuild his country's long-neglected military and committed to keeping 2,300 troops in Afghanistan through 2009. Long known for its blue-helmeted peacekeepers, Canada has been eager to alert Americans to a more militaristic image. A smartly designed Web site ( -- promoted with ads in the D.C. Metro system and elsewhere -- bristles with photos of Canadian troops in action abroad. More significantly, Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government last month announced...
  • (Canadian) Forces Rejuvenated ... Peter Worthington

    07/05/2006 7:54:13 PM PDT · by NorthOf45 · 13 replies · 495+ views
    Toronto Sun via ^ | June 30, 2006 | Peter Worthington
    Forces rejuvenatedToronto Sun By Peter Worthington June 30, 2006 While it's hardly a spending spree, this week's federal announcements of purchases of planes, trucks and helicopters for the armed forces underline a radically changed attitude towards our military. In fairness, it began, sort of, under the last, unlamented Liberal government of Paul Martin. But the Conservative regime of Stephen Harper seems to actually believe in this new military direction. By dedicating the week to an announcement per day, each in a different city, of new military purchases, Harper is showing his commitment to changing how the military is perceived. The...
  • Drones on (Canadian) Military Wish List

    07/04/2006 10:57:20 AM PDT · by NorthOf45 · 9 replies · 616+ views
    The Toronto Star ^ | July 4, 2006 | Bruce Campion-Smith
    Drones on military wish list Armed forces seek to add to Ottawa's $17B spending spree unveiled last week Unmanned `eyes in the sky' would monitor oceans here, hot spots abroad New chief of army calls for better fighting gear, protection for troops The Toronto Star By Bruce Campion-Smith Ottawa Bureau July 4, 2006 Canada's air force hopes to buy a fleet of sophisticated aerial drones — unmanned "eyes in the sky" — to patrol Canadian territory and waters as well as spy on enemy troops in hot spots like Afghanistan, a top general says. Lt.-Gen. Steve Lucas, the head of...
  • Harper (Canadian PM) Set to Announce $15 Billion in Military Spending

    06/21/2006 8:24:54 PM PDT · by NorthOf45 · 13 replies · 530+ views
    CBC News ^ | June 21, 2006 | CBC News Staff
    Harper set to announce $15 billion in military spendingCBC News June 21, 2006 Ottawa will announce $15 billion in new spending on the Canadian military next week, CBC News has learned. The country's aging Hercules fleet will be replaced. (Canadian Press) A report by SRC, the CBC's French language service, says the spending spree will be "Christmas in June for the Canadian Forces." On Monday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper is set to announce in Halifax that the Conservative government will fund the building of three new supply ships. That is expected to cost about $2.1 billion. On Tuesday, the announcement...
  • 5 (More) Canadians Wounded as They 'Ambush Ambushers'

    05/29/2006 6:00:33 PM PDT · by NorthOf45 · 11 replies · 525+ views
    Canadian Press ^ | May 29, 2006 | Bob Weber
    5 Canadians wounded as they 'ambush ambushers' in volatile Afghan districtCanadian Press Bobeber May 29, 2006 KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (CP) - Five more Canadians were wounded and narrowly escaped more serious injury when a Taliban rocket hit their armoured vehicle near two open ports during an ambush early Monday in ongoing fighting in Afghanistan's Panjwai area. The firefight erupted about 1:30 a.m. as the patrol, comprised primarily of the Edmonton-based First Battalion of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry and the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery from Shilo, Man., was returning from a village in the Zhari area and surprised a group of...
  • O'Connor (Canadian Minister of Defense) Has $8B Military 'Wish List'

    05/29/2006 5:51:55 PM PDT · by NorthOf45 · 5 replies · 331+ views
    National Post via ^ | May 29, 2006 | Chris Wattie
    O'Connor has $8B military 'wish list' New cargo jets a top priority for Defence Minister, sources say Chris Wattie National Post May 29, 2006 The federal government will be asked this week to approve a multi-billion-dollar "wish list" of equipment purchases for the Canadian Forces, including new transport aircraft, helicopters, long-overdue trucks for the army and multi-purpose troop transport and supply ships for the navy. Defence sources say Gordon O'Connor, the Defence Minister, will make a pitch to a Cabinet committee tomorrow for six major projects worth more than $8-billion. The Minister will ask the priorities and planning committee to...
  • Five Canadian Soldiers Wounded in Afghanistan

    05/25/2006 5:58:32 PM PDT · by NorthOf45 · 7 replies · 232+ views News ^ | May 25, 2006 | CTV News Staff
    Five Canadian soldiers wounded in News May 25, 2006 Five Canadian soldiers are in stable condition after being wounded in a roadside bombing. An Afghan translator was also injured in the attack. "All five are in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries," said Lieut. Mark McIntyre, a spokesman for the Canadian Forces at the main coalition base at Kandahar Airfield on the outskirts of the city. "I can tell you that of the five soldiers that were wounded, four were able to call home immediately after the attack to let their next of kin know they were OK," he said....
  • Meet the (Canadian) Military's Quiet Professionals ... New Special Operations Unit

    05/06/2006 6:45:02 PM PDT · by NorthOf45 · 5 replies · 758+ views
    National Post ^ | April 29, 2006 | Chris Wattie
    Meet the military's quiet professionals Elite new regiment ready to fly into hot spots on short notice, but Rambos need not apply Chris Wattie National Post April 29, 2006 CFB PETAWAWA, Ont. - Canada's newest special forces unit began training its first soldiers this week, gearing up at a breakneck pace to prepare for a first mission that could come as early as August and send the Canadian Special Operations Regiment to a hot spot anywhere in the world with only a few hours' notice. The National Post was given an exclusive look at the first soldiers of this elite...
  • Defence Minister (Canadian) Says Massive Spending in the Works

    05/04/2006 8:23:39 AM PDT · by NorthOf45 · 14 replies · 360+ views
    CanWest News Service; Ottawa Citizen ^ | May 4, 2006 | Mike Blanchfield
    Defence minister says massive spending in the worksMike Blanchfield CanWest News Service; Ottawa Citizen May 4, 2006 OTTAWA -- Despite a vague federal budget that guarantees only one-fifth of the Conservatives' promise to boost military spending, Defence Minister Gordon O'Connor said Wednesday he has an "internal" plan to buy billions of dollars of new transport planes and other heavy equipment for the Canadian Forces. A visibly agitated O'Connor also sought to dispel speculation that he isn't getting along with Gen. Rick Hillier, his chief of the defence staff, and that such disagreements are causing a slowdown in the procurement of...
  • Canadians Brace for Attack by 100 Taliban

    04/13/2006 6:17:21 AM PDT · by NorthOf45 · 22 replies · 999+ views
    Globe and Mail ^ | April 13, 2006 | Graeme Smith
    Canadians brace for attack by 100 TalibanGlobe and Mail Graeme Smith April 13, 2006 Kandahar, Afghanistan — At least 100 Taliban fighters are lying in wait among the hills and poppy fields where Canadian soldiers have started patrolling night and day, says the commander of Canada's battle group in southern Afghanistan. Canadian forces are bracing for an attack in Sangin district of Helmand province, said Lieutenant-Colonel Ian Hope. An uneasy calm has settled over the district for the last two weeks, he said, after the battle at Forward Operating Base Robinson that killed a Canadian soldier. "We actually were very...
  • Our (Canada's) New Military Reality ... Peter Worthington

    04/03/2006 9:22:09 AM PDT · by NorthOf45 · 7 replies · 542+ views
    Toronto Sun via ^ | April 2, 2006 | Peter Worthington
    Our new military reality Toronto Sun By Peter Worthington April 2, 2006 This week in the Globe and Mail, “defence specialist” Walter Dorn lamented that Canada’s military is “replacing the time-honoured concepts of (UN) peacekeeping” with a more belligerent “enemy-centred mentality.” The battle-death of a Canadian soldier in Afghanistan this week seems to endorse this observation. With the withdrawal of our 190 troops on the Golan Heights (after over 30 years on the job) Canada now has only 50 or 60 soldiers on UN missions. With some 2,300 troops soon to be in Afghanistan, Prof. Dorn deplores this change of...
  • Troops Brace for Taliban Showdown

    04/03/2006 7:53:36 AM PDT · by NorthOf45 · 18 replies · 1,158+ views
    CanWest News Service ^ | April 03, 2006 | Richard Foot
    Troops brace for Taliban showdown Canadian soldiers assigned to 'disrupting' area at centre of Afghanistan's heroin trade: Lethal valley Richard Foot CanWest News Service April 03, 2006 KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan are poised for a showdown with the Taliban this week, in the same lethal valley where Private Robert Costall was killed in action last Wednesday. About 200 troops operating north of Kandahar since Thursday were suddenly ordered back to their base on the weekend to prepare for an emergency reinforcement mission to the remote base where Pte. Costall died. The army believes as many as 150...
  • Canadian Troops Resume Major Afghanistan Offensive

    03/31/2006 7:00:20 PM PST · by NorthOf45 · 6 replies · 425+ views
    Canadian Press via CTV ^ | March 31, 2006 | Canadian Press
    Cdn troops resume major Afghanistan offensiveCanadian Press March 31, 2006 KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — After days of hunkering down in the face of rocket attacks and suicide bombers, Canadian troops aimed to regain the initiative in Afghanistan on Saturday, resuming a major operation deep into Taliban territory. During the last few days, two companies of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, backed by armoured vehicles, artillery and coalition air power, have assembled in the hills around this desert city. Over the next couple of weeks, hundreds of heavily armed soldiers will push into rugged terrain and craggy mountain passes that have...
  • Canadian Soldier Killed in Afghanistan: Report

    03/28/2006 7:46:01 PM PST · by NorthOf45 · 11 replies · 527+ views
    CBC ^ | March 28, 2006 | CBC Staff
    Canadian soldier killed in Afghanistan: reportLast Updated Tue, 28 Mar 2006 22:36:32 EST CBC News A Canadian soldier has been killed in a remote area outside of Kandahar, according to reports. CBC's Keith Boag reported that Ottawa would only confirm there was an incident resulting in Canadian casualties in Kandahar. He said officials will not elaborate until the next of kin have been notified. There are about 2,200 Canadian soldiers currently serving in Afghanistan. Separately, the Pentagon is reporting that one U.S soldier and one coalition soldier were killed and three coalition soldiers injured in a firefight with insurgents. A...
  • Afghan Bomber Wounds 5 Canadians; One Seriously

    03/03/2006 8:17:17 AM PST · by NorthOf45 · 4 replies · 292+ views ^ | March 3, 2006 | CTV News Staff
    Afghan bomber wounds 5 Canadians; one News Staff March 3, 2006 Five Canadian soldiers were injured, one seriously, in a suicide bomb attack in Kandahar Friday, the Canadian military said. One soldier is in critical but stable condition, and underwent surgery for wounds to his arm. He is expected to be airlifted to the U.S. medical facility at Landstuhl in Germany. The other four soldiers were slightly hurt in the blast, the military said. They are expected to return to duty shortly. Friday's suicide attack -- the first against a LAV III vehicle -- left a large crater in...
  • (Canadian) Corporal Remembered for His Courage, Sense of Duty (... died today in an accident)

    03/02/2006 7:55:30 PM PST · by NorthOf45 · 18 replies · 370+ views ^ | March 2, 2006 | CTV News Staff
    Corporal remembered for his courage, sense of News Staff March 2, 2006 Cpl. Paul Davis, who was killed in an accident early Thursday near Kandahar, was offered a promotion that would have kept him at home and out of harm's way in Afghanistan.But the grieving father of the 28-year-old soldier said his son showed courage in choosing the more dangerous assignment. "He had the sense of duty of comradeship with the people he'd been training with, and felt he wanted to go with them," Jim Davis told CTV Atlantic in an interview from his home in Bridgewater, N.S. on...
  • Advance Teams on the Ground in Afghanistan Planning Harper (Canadian PM) Visit with Troops

    02/24/2006 9:29:58 AM PST · by NorthOf45 · 9 replies · 263+ views ^ | February 24, 2006 | Alexander Panetta
    Advance teams on the ground in Afghanistan planning Harper visit with By Alexander Panetta February 24, 2006 Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Thursday - Security teams are in Afghanistan and Pakistan laying the groundwork for a visit by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to one of the world's most dangerous spots. (CP/Tom Hanson) OTTAWA (CP) The prime minister is considering a visit to Canadian soldiers posted in Afghanistan's unstable Kandahar province to demonstrate his support for the military, sources said. That visit may happen within weeks and could become Harper's first international trip as prime minister.Officials from Harper's office have been...
  • Canadian Warships Leaving for Training

    02/20/2006 8:29:35 AM PST · by NorthOf45 · 32 replies · 775+ views ^ | February 19, 2006 | Unknown
    Canadian warships leaving for February 19, 2006 HALIFAX (CP) - Five Canadian warships were set to leave Halifax on Monday for an intense, three-week training exercise that will see them working with the U.S. navy. The vessels were to join three U.S. destroyers, along with Canadian fighter jets and land forces. Canada's only operational submarine, HMCS Windsor, was also set to take part. HMCS Montreal, the flagship of the exercise, was to be joined by HMCS Ville de Quebec, Summerside, Moncton and Preserver. About 1,000 personnel were expected to participate in the exercise, set to take place in waters...
  • Canadians Exchange Fire with Taliban

    02/20/2006 7:55:45 AM PST · by NorthOf45 · 17 replies · 1,301+ views
    National Post ^ | February 20, 2006 | Chris Wattie
    Canadians exchange fire with Taliban Quick response to RPGs fired at base Chris Wattie National Post February 20, 2006 KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Gunmen launched three rocket-propelled grenades at a Canadian fire base in the mountains north of Kandahar, the first time Canadian soldiers have come under direct fire since a battle group deployed to southern Afghanistan. All three of the powerful explosives missed the ''platoon house'' in the village of Gumbad, 60 kilometres northeast of the city of Kandahar, but the soldiers of A Company, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, immediately opened up on the spot where the weapons were...
  • Canadian Jets Muster to Protect Super Bowl

    01/26/2006 12:33:30 PM PST · by NorthOf45 · 67 replies · 2,520+ views
    National Post ^ | January 26, 2006 | Melissa Leong
    Canadian jets muster to protect Super Bowl Part of norad duties Terrorist attacks simulated for training exercise National Post By Melissa Leong January 26, 2006 While Windsor, Ont., residents slept early this morning, U.S. and Canadian fighter jets were scheduled to be roaring overhead, running exercises simulating a terrorist attack on next month's Super Bowl XL. The exercise, launched by the joint U.S.-Canadian North American Aerospace Defence Command, involved about a dozen aircraft and was held in the Windsor-Detroit area in preparation for the football game, which will be held on Feb. 5 at Detroit's Ford Field. A CH-146 Griffon...
  • U.S. Commander (and Canadian Col.) Sure of NATO in Afghanistan

    01/03/2006 11:49:28 AM PST · by NorthOf45 · 5 replies · 389+ views
    The Associated Press via ^ | January 3, 2006 | Kim Gamel
    U.S. Commander Sure of NATO in Afghanistan U.S. Commander Confident NATO Will Be Aggressive in Fighting Insurgency in Southern Afghanistan The Associated Press By Kim Gamel January 3, 2006 KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - A U.S. commander expressed confidence Friday that NATO-led peacekeeping troops will aggressively keep up the fight against insurgents when they take over control of southern Afghanistan from American troops in the spring. Maj. Gen. Jason Kamiya, the U.S.-led coalition's operational commander, also called a recent rise in suicide bombings a sign of the insurgency's increasing desperation over Afghanistan's successful parliamentary elections in September and other democratic advances. "As...
  • When it Comes to Fixing the (Canadian) Military, Why Trust Martin? ... Peter Worthington

    12/19/2005 10:04:23 AM PST · by NorthOf45 · 22 replies · 523+ views
    Toronto Sun ^ | December 19, 2005 | Peter Worthington
    When it comes to fixing the military, why trust Martin?Toronto Sun By Peter Worthington December 19, 2005 Even before the first debate, when Stephen Harper promised to boost military spending if he's the next PM, Paul Martin responded that Harper was copying the Liberal plan. What bullroar! Martin had his chance to enhance the military, as have the Liberal governments for a dozen years. Martin's support for the military is rhetoric, not action. Judging from his record in Parliament, dating back to when he was first elected, he's shown neither empathy for nor interest in the military. His concern now...
  • Bomb Ripped Apart Vehicle Carrying Canadian Soldiers in Afghanistan

    12/12/2005 12:42:18 PM PST · by NorthOf45 · 17 replies · 739+ views
    CBC ^ | Decamber 12, 2005 | CBC Online Staff
    Bomb ripped apart vehicle carrying Canadian soldiers in AfghanistanCBC News December 12, 2005 Three Canadian soldiers were injured when a bomb detonated under their vehicle in southern Afghanistan, in what a journalist who was riding with them described as a "complete disaster scene." A Canadian soldier examines the wreckage of a military vehicle that was damaged in a roadside bomb attack near Maywand, Afghanistan on Dec. 12. Three Canadian soldiers were injured. (Courtesy DND) Tim Albone, a reporter with Global Radio News, said they were travelling in a lightly armoured vehicle through a dry riverbed about 90 kilometres west of...
  • Canadian Forces Chief Says the Public, Not Politicians, Will Save Military

    11/26/2005 7:59:15 AM PST · by NorthOf45 · 6 replies · 546+ views
    Canadian Press ^ | November 25, 2005 | Dene Moore
    Canadian Forces chief says the public, not politicians, will save military Dene Moore Canadian Press November 25, 2005 ST. JOHN'S, N.L. (CP) - The chief of the Canadian Armed Forces says he won't be lining up for federal spending promises ahead of a probable January election. Gen. Rick Hillier, in a speech delivered Friday to a local service club, said that he will rely on the Canadian public, not politicians, to ensure a strong military. "My wish list is that Canadians understand and see us fully and understand the value they get from us and out of that will come...
  • The Fighting Newfoundlanders

    06/23/2005 9:31:54 AM PDT · by Alexander Rubin · 299+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | Thursday, June 23, 2005 | Myles Higgins
    2005 is the year of the Veteran. With this in mind, I thought I’d take a moment to talk about the treatment of these brave men and women in our culture today. As mentioned in a previous article--Are Legion Members Getting a Fair Deal — from May 31st of this year, I believe our Veterans are getting a raw deal in this country and even in our own province. As of July 1, they will no longer be allowed to light up a cigarette in their own Legion halls. As they age, they are often forgotten in senior's homes and,...
  • Damning With False Promise: The Liberal Commitment to the Canadian Military

    06/21/2005 11:30:44 AM PDT · by MikeEdwards · 34 replies · 759+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | Tuesday, June 21, 2005 | Alexander Rubin
    The beleaguered Canadian military, long suffering from crippling budget cuts under successive Liberal governments, is in desperate straits. Undermanned, underfunded and ignored, the brave men and women of Canada’s armed forces are called upon to do progressively more with progressively less. Far from the least of their problems is the apathetic, cynical bureaucracy that seemingly pervades anything that touches the Canadian federal government. This is compounded by a surfeit of senior officers creating a top-heavy structure, one that could critically slow the reaction of the Canadian military in a crisis. ... Most Canadians do not understand just how dire a...
  • Canadians Face Huge Bill for Sub Rescue

    10/16/2004 9:42:08 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 15 replies · 675+ views
    Scotland on Sunday ^ | October 17, 2004 | Brian Brady
    Canada is facing a huge bill for the operation to save their ill-fated submarine Chicoutimi, which was stricken by a fatal fire on board days after it was purchased from the Ministry of Defence. British ministers have revealed that they are considering charging the Canadians a six-figure sum for the concerted effort to recover the vessel following the fire, off the coast of Ireland, which claimed a sailor’s life. The remarkable revelation, which comes as it emerged that the Canadian Prime Minister had warned Tony Blair that the UK could be facing legal action over the wrangle, effectively shatters the...
  • Canada's Prophets of Pessimism (Is It the Weather?) -- Or is it the politics?

    09/29/2004 6:03:59 AM PDT · by OESY · 67 replies · 1,034+ views
    New York Times ^ | September 29, 2004 | CLIFFORD KRAUSS
    TORONTO, Sept. 28 - As one of Canada's pre-eminent historians, David Bercuson of the University of Calgary is not your average couch potato. But with beer in hand and feet up on the sofa, he watched the Olympics on television last month to cheer on the world champion hurdler Perdita Félicien to win a gold medal for Canada. When Ms. Félicien inexplicably stumbled into the very first hurdle like a rank amateur, Mr. Bercuson dashed straight to his computer. He knocked out a screed declaring that her sad performance, and that of the entire Canadian Olympic team, was just another...
  • Military to Test Unmanned Surveillance Plane (Canada)

    08/20/2004 6:55:39 AM PDT · by NorthOf45 · 5 replies · 392+ views
    Toronto Star ^ | August 19, 2004 | N/A
    Military to test unmanned surveillance plane Drone can fly for 50 hours without refuelling An Altair CU-163301, a medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aircraft, awaits testing on the tarmac in 5 Wing Goose Bay, Labrador on Aug. 13, 2004. OTTAWA (CP) - An unmanned surveillance aircraft that could one day be used to patrol Canada's sprawling coastline will start zooming through the skies over the Atlantic and the Arctic within days. The gangly Altair, which is about the size of a fighter jet, will be tested by the military in a series of missions scheduled to begin Sunday. Gen. Ray Henault, chief...
  • Major embarrassment (for the Canadian Military, thanks to Ottawa)

    08/13/2004 7:17:39 AM PDT · by NorthOf45 · 26 replies · 1,018+ views
    The Halifax Herald ^ | August 13, 2004 | Stephen Thorne
    Major embarrassment - Canadian soldiers frustrated at having to abandon Afghan trainees due to delay on Ottawa's part By Stephen Thorne / The Canadian Press The Halifax Herald Limited Friday, August 13, 2004 KABUL - In what they see as a blow to their credibility in Afghanistan, Canadian soldiers have to abandon the Afghan army battalion they trained for more than seven months, just as it deploys, because of a delay in Ottawa. Soldiers from Valcartier, Que., and, more recently, Edmonton have been nurturing bonds with the 4th Kandak, or battalion, of the Afghan National Army since last winter. They...
  • 'Kangaroo' robots would let troops scope out buildings (Canada)

    08/10/2004 5:29:45 AM PDT · by NorthOf45 · 15 replies · 513+ views
    Ottawa Citizen ^ | August 10, 2004 | Chris Lambie
    'Kangaroo' robots would let troops scope out buildings Chris Lambie The Halifax Daily News August 10, 2004 HALIFAX - Canadian military scientists are developing armoured kangaroo-like robots that will carry their "offspring" into urban battles to scope out potential enemies. The remote-controlled "marsupial" machines and their little mechanical joeys will allow soldiers to see and hear what's going on inside buildings up to five kilometres away. "It drives up and down the streets and when we need to enter a building or clear a building, it's the marsupial that drops off the little baby robots that go inside," said Doug...