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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...