CanadianAlly is an electronic newsletter maintained by the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC, designed specifically for an American audience. It presents a comprehensive look at defence and security issues from a variety of key sources. The intent is to give American citizens a better sense of the scope of Canada’s role in North American and Global Security and the War on Terror.
OTTAWA (February 27, 2014) - The RCAF is pleased to release the 2014 event schedules for both of its air demonstration teams: the Canadian Forces Snowbirds and the CF-18 National Demonstration Team.
Both teams will thrill audiences all over Canada and in the United States this summer. Internationally, the Snowbirds will wow crowds at four air shows in the U.S. Meanwhile, the CF-18 Demo Team will make five international appearances, two in California -- one at the start of the season and one at the end -- plus two in Switzerland and one in Belgium.
“The RCAF is committed to collaborating and cooperating with our international allies and partners,” says Lieutenant-General Yvan Blondin, Commander of the RCAF. Read the full story
OTTAWA (February 27, 2014) - The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of National Defence, participated in a meeting of NATO Defence Ministers, which took place on February 26-27, at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. Read the full story
HALIFAX (February 27, 2014) - The crew of Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Toronto arrived home in Halifax on Thursday, February 27, reuniting with family and friends after more than seven months deployed in the Arabian Sea. Read the full story
HALIFAX (February 26, 2014) - Approximately 900 personnel from the Royal Canadian Navy and Royal Canadian Air Force are participating in a major fleet exercise this week until March 14, 2014, off the Eastern seaboard. This exercise will also see the contribution of United States Coast Guard vessel, USCG Campbell, and the Federal German Ship (FGS) Bonn, a Berlin-class replenishment ship. Read the full story
OTTAWA (February 25, 2014) - Canadian Armed Forces personnel completed a computer-assisted exercise in Petawawa today which will help prepare them for potential future missions in the event of an order from the Government of Canada.
Exercise UNIFIED RESOLVE (UR 14) began on February 11th included members from 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (2 CMBG) as well as members of the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. Ex UR 14’s objective was to test the overall planning, command and control capabilities of two task forces in anticipation of the largest Canadian Army readiness exercise of the year, Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE 2014, which is scheduled for later this spring in Wainwright, Alberta.
During the two-week exercise, participants reacted to computer-generated scenarios which simulated an army brigade response to a realistic and complex situation. It allowed soldiers to practise full spectrum operations, including deliberate attacks, mobile defence and assistance to non-governmental organizations. Read the full story
(February 20, 2014) - Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships (HMCS) Kingston and Glace Bay departed Halifax earlier this week for the Caribbean Sea to support Operation CARIBBE, Canada’s contribution to the multinational campaign against illicit trafficking by transnational criminal organizations in the Americas and Caribbean.
For the RCN, this is the second deployment of Kingston-class vessels on Operation CARIBBE this year. HMCS Nanaimo and Whitehorse, from the Pacific Fleet, departed for the Eastern Pacific Ocean on February 10th, 2014. Read the full story
OTTAWA (February 19, 2014) - Approximately 2 350 Canadian soldiers from across the country are taking part in several Arctic training exercises over the next two months. These exercises aim to maintain and refine both the Canadian Army’s operational capabilities and soldiers’ ability to operate in the Arctic’s austere conditions.
During these exercises, soldiers will have the opportunity to refine skills that enable them to operate in some of the most isolated and challenging areas of Canada. They will execute a wide range of tactics, techniques and procedures including: Arctic survival; search and rescue; live fire; Arctic patrols; and quick response to a simulated threat or hazard in Canada’s North.
The training is focused on the integrating Canadian Army soldiers (Regular and Reserve Force) with the Canadian Rangers, who are the eyes and ears of the military in sparsely settled and isolated northern regions. The Canadian Army has also invited soldiers from the United States Army National Guard and the Polish Armed Forces to take part in the training, strengthening interoperability between Canada and these nations.Read the full story
HALIFAX (February 18, 2014) - The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and the United State Navy (USN) recently completed a collaborative exercise where each nation’s sailors and air force personnel honed their anti-submarine warfare skills during Exercise Atlantic Shield off the eastern seaboard.
Held from January 26 to 29, 2014, Atlantic Shield was a complex exercise that brought together headquarters’ staff, submarines, warships and aircraft from both the RCN and US Fleet Forces to search for and track an unidentified submarine threat.
By working together, sharing information and combining their strengths, the participating units were able to successfully find and identify the highly capable USS Dallas playing the part of an unknown fast attack submarine in continental waters.Read the full story
OTTAWA (February 9, 2014) - Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships (HMC Ships) Nanaimo and Whitehorse, will depart Esquimalt, B.C., tomorrow for the Eastern Pacific Ocean to support Operation CARIBBE, Canada’s contribution to the multinational campaign against illicit trafficking by transnational criminal organizations in the Americas and Caribbean.
Nanaimo and Whitehorse are Kingston-class Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels (MCDVs), designed for surveillance and patrolling. Their departure marks the beginning of several naval deployments scheduled for 2014 in support of Canada’s commitment to Operation MARTILLO – a multinational, joint, combined, and interagency effort among Western Hemisphere and European nations. The operation is designed to deny transnational criminal organizations air and maritime access to the coastal regions of Central America.
Operation CARIBBE continues to help strengthen international partnerships and also demonstrates Canada’s commitment to support efforts to address security challenges in the region, including illicit trafficking. Read the full story
OTTAWA (February 6, 2014) - Command of Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM) officially changed hands at a ceremony held today in Ottawa. The new Commander of CANSOFCOM, Brigadier-General Michael Rouleau, assumed command from Major-General Denis Thompson at a ceremony presided over by General Tom Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS). Read the full story
OTTAWA (February 3, 2014) - The past year, the Royal Canadian Navy frigate HMCS Toronto has successfully completed her deployment on Operation ARTEMIS, and she will soon depart the waters of the Arabian Sea to begin her return voyage home. HMCS Regina is en route to the region to relieve HMCS Toronto and resume the Canadian duties on Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150) in mid-February.
Operation ARTEMIS is Canada’s participation in CTF-150, the multinational task force operated by Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) that promotes maritime security aimed at countering terrorism and related activities in the Gulf of Oman, Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea and Indian Ocean. The continued presence of military assets in the Arabian Sea region also gives Canada and the 29 other contributing nations the flexibility and capability to respond quickly to emerging crises in the region. Read the full story
OTTAWA (January 30, 2014) - The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) space situational awareness satellite Sapphire has completed its operational testing and has been officially declared a contributing sensor to the U.S. Space Surveillance Network.
Data from this satellite will be incorporated into an international catalogue that is used to help prevent collisions in space. Sapphire will help safeguard over a trillion dollars of critical space assets such as telecommunications, weather, search and rescue, and earth observation satellites, as well as the Global Positioning System.
With the declaration of full operational capability, Sapphire will enter its five-year operational phase. Notably, the program has delivered all required capabilities for approximately $10.1 million less than its original budget of $96.4 million. Read the full story
OTTAWA (January 20, 2014) - This week, 143 Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel will return to their home bases in Ontario, Manitoba, and Alberta after the latest deployment to Afghanistan. These soldiers are some of the last Canadians to serve in Operation ATTENTION.
Since the end of combat operations in Afghanistan three years ago, Canada has been assisting in the development of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF). As a contribution to the NATO Training Mission – Afghanistan (NTM-A), Canada is helping to generate and sustain the ANSF to enable Afghan-led security.
By the end of January, approximately 100 CAF personnel will continue to support Operation ATTENTION. All personnel will return home by the end of March 2014, marking the official end of Canada’s military operations in Afghanistan. Read the full story
(January 20, 2014) - Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Toronto successfully disrupted another narcotics shipment during a patrol in the Indian Ocean as part of Operation Artemis on January 17, 2014.
HMCS Toronto intercepted and boarded a vessel within 40 nautical miles of the coast of Tanzania and discovered 265 bags of heroin weighing more than 280 kilograms. The illicit narcotics were documented and later disposed of, ensuring they would not reach their intended recipients.
“I commend the crew of HMCS Toronto, whose tireless work with our allies in the Combined Maritime Forces is intercepting illegal narcotics shipments that would otherwise fund terrorist organizations,” said the Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence. This drug seizure marks HMCS Toronto’s ninth narcotics shipment disruption as part of ongoing counter-terrorism operations in the Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean. To date Toronto has recovered approximately 8.5 metric tonnes of narcotics. Read the full story
OTTAWA (January 14, 2014) - The Department of National Defence announced today the signing of a long-term partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense for the continued sharing of space-related services and information. This arrangement will help maintain a safer operating environment for satellites, by sharing information on natural (space weather) and man-made hazards (orbital debris, de-orbiting satellites or spacecraft collisions) in orbit.
The Canadian Armed Forces rely on space for a wide-range of functions such as command and control, weather information, navigation, communications, mapping, and search and rescue. Space Situational Awareness provides the knowledge to ensure the availability of space-enabled capabilities that have become essential to the conduct of CAF operations.
The sharing of information between like-minded nations, such as Canada and the U.S., has been a key enabler to increasing our understanding of, and access to, advanced orbital information. National Defence has used this relationship to provide support to the Government of Canada, the Canadian Space Agency, and Canadian commercial satellite owner/operators. Read the full story
(January 8, 2014) - 22 Wing/Canadian Forces Base North Bay was recognized for its unique place in the Royal Canadian Air Force when United States Army General Charles Jacoby Jr., who is the commander of NORAD and U.S. Northern Command, visited the northern Ontario base last month.
“What makes 22 Wing unique is its power in having both the training and operation squadrons co-located,” General Jacoby told to the air defence community on December 9, 2013.
22 Wing, also known as the Canadian Air Defence Sector (CADS), is home to 21 Aerospace Control & Warning Squadron, which is responsible for the surveillance, identification, warning and control of Canadian aerospace, and 51 Aerospace Control and Warning (Operational Training) Squadron, which provides training to military and civilian personnel in support of 22 Wing's mission to defend Canadians and protect national sovereignty.
During the town hall meeting, which was held at the Sergeant David L. Pitcher Building, home of the Canadian Air Defence Sector, General Jacoby expressed his pride in being a part of NORAD, a bi-national command.
“We share more than a border; we share sovereign interests,” he said. “Canada and United States are the only two countries in the world that do that.” Read the full story
OTTAWA (January 7, 2014) - Her Majesty's Canadian Ship (HMCS) Regina left Esquimalt today to join Operation ARTEMIS, Canada's contribution to the multinational effort in support of maritime security and counter-terrorism operations in the Arabian Sea region.
HMCS Regina will replace HMCS Toronto, which had been in the region from February to December 2013. During her deployment, HMCS Toronto intercepted and destroyed seven narcotics shipments totalling approximately 7.8 metric tonnes. Read the full story
OTTAWA (December 22, 2013) - Today marks the beginning of the last 100 days of the Canadian military mission in Afghanistan. After more than 12 years, the largest deployment of Canadian Armed Forces personnel since the Second World War will draw to a close on March 31, 2014.
“Canadians should be proud of their tremendous contributions in Afghanistan,” said the Hon. Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence. “In support of the Afghan government, our whole-of-government partners, and our international allies, the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces are making a difference in the lives of the Afghan people while contributing to international peace and security.”
Canada has proudly played a part in the international effort to build a more secure, stable, well-governed and prosperous Afghanistan. Building on and reinforcing the gains made over the past 12 years, Canada will continue to play an important role in supporting efforts toward a better future for all Afghans. To this end, Canada has committed $330 million to help sustain the Afghan National Security Forces and $227 million in development assistance between 2015 and 2017. Read the full story
OTTAWA (December 20, 2013) - Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Toronto successfully disrupted a narcotics shipment during a patrol in the Arabian Sea region, as part of Operation ARTEMIS, on December 18.
During a recent boarding off the east coast of Africa, HMCS Toronto discovered 506 bags of heroin weighing more than 538 kilograms. The illicit narcotics were then catalogued and later disposed of, thus ensuring they would not reach their intended recipients.
This seizure marks the largest heroin seizure in the history of Combined Maritime Forces operations.
“For the second time since departing on their current operation, HMCS Toronto has made CMF history with this latest narcotics disruption,” said the Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence. “Solidarity with our coalition partners to promote security, stability and prosperity, in this area, remains at the forefront of our priorities, as the recent monumental accomplishment made by HMCS Toronto can attest.” Read the full story
OTTAWA (December 17, 2013) - Her Majesty's Canadian (HMC) Ships Edmonton and Yellowknife, along with HMC Submarine Victoria, recently completed deployments in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, marking the end of a very successful year for Operation CARIBBE 2013.
The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) had tremendous operational success this year combating transnational organized crime off the Caribbean and Pacific coasts of Central America, directly contributing to the seizure of 5 080 kilograms of cocaine and disruption of international drug trafficking over 11 months.
“This year’s success on Operation CARIBBE is a testament to Canada’s ability to work with our international partners and contribute to the safety and security of the citizens of this continent,” said the Hon. Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence. Read the full story
OTTAWA (December 3, 2013) - Ceremonies were held today near Honiara, Solomon Islands to mark the successful completion of this year’s Operation RENDER SAFE, the biannual Australian-led operation to reduce the threat of unexploded Second World War ordnance in the South Pacific.
Ten members of the Canadian Armed Forces participated in Operation RENDER SAFE 2013 in the Solomon Islands alongside more than 200 personnel from the Australian Defence Force, New Zealand Defence Force, the US Navy and the Solomon Island Constabulary. Canadian participation included four clearance divers from the Royal Canadian Navy, two Combat Engineers from the Canadian Army, two specialists from the Royal Canadian Air Force along with a Liaison Officer and a Staff Officer who served as the Task Force Commander. Read the full story
KINGSTON, Ont. (December 3, 2013) - Veterans of the famous Devil’s Brigade, serving and retired members of the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM), all gathered this evening at Canadian Forces Base Kingston for a ceremony to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Monte (Mount) La Difensa.
The Devil's Brigade, also known as the First Special Service Force (FSSF), was a joint US/Canadian force formed during the Second World War in response to the need for a specially-trained unit capable of unique or “special” operations. Upon arrival in the Mediterranean Theatre, the FSSF was given the extremely difficult mission of taking the German-held, 963-metre mountain protecting the approaches to Rome, Italy. Read the full story
(December 3, 2013) - The Canadian NORAD Region (CANR) will participate in Exercise Amalgam Dart, December 3 to 5, 2013, off the Canadian Atlantic coast, to practice intercept and identification procedures, as well as air-to-air refueling, as part of routine training.
“The Royal Canadian Air Force is proud to stand on guard for all Canadians as a partner in NORAD,” said Major-General Pierre St-Amand, the commander of 1 Canadian Air Division and the Canadian NORAD Region, which is headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
“Through carefully-planned and closely-controlled training, the Royal Canadian Air Force ensures our commitment to NORAD rapid response capabilities in the event of a domestic air threat.”
Royal Canadian Air Force participation in Amalgam Dart will include the following air assets:
* CF-18 Hornets from 3 Wing Bagotville, Quebec
* A CP-140 Aurora from 14 Wing Greenwood, Nova Scotia
* A CC-130T Hercules from 17 Wing Winnipeg, Manitoba
(December 2, 2013) - The Canadian North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Region is set to track and escort Santa Claus during his annual visit to Canada and has selected four CF-18 fighter pilots for the high profile job.
Lieutenant-Colonel Darcy Molstad and Captain Sébastien Gorelov of 425 Tactical Fighter Squadron from 3 Wing Bagotville, Quebec, will conduct the first escort duties to welcome Santa into Canada when they join him off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Special NORAD SantaCams, positioned around the world, will take photos and video of Santa and his sleigh as he journeys around the world. The SantaCams instantly download the photo and video imagery so that it may be viewed by children around the world on the NORAD Tracks Santa website at: www.noradsanta.org on December 24.
Information will be available in English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Mandarin. Read the full story
(December 2, 2013) - Six Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) warships sailed from Halifax earlier this week to participate in a Task Group Exercise (TGEX) off the Canadian Atlantic coast from November 25 to December 6.
"This Task Group exercise will have the added value of being a part of NORAD Exercise Amalgam Dart, proving interoperability between the Royal Canadian Navy, the Royal Canadian Air Force and the U.S. Air Force," said Rear-Admiral John Newton, Commander Maritime Forces Atlantic. "Such training strengthens ties and understanding amongst allies, improving our ability to successfully work together on operations." Read the full story
(November 29, 2013) - By: Lieutenant-General Stuart Beare, Commander Canadian Joint Operations Command
To the men and women currently deployed on Operation ATTENTION Rotation (Roto) 3,
We are fast approaching March 2014, when our military engagement in Afghanistan will end. Yours will be the last rotation of the Canadian Armed Forces deployment to Afghanistan on a mission that has lasted more than 12 years.
Like those who deployed before you, you have all done tremendous work.
Be proud of what you have accomplished in these last months. You are part of our shared legacy in Afghanistan. A legacy that saw our forces respond to the threat in Afghanistan alongside a coalition of allies in 2001. Since then, our forces have conducted combat operations when necessary; worked with whole-of-government partners to build and develop the foundations of the Afghan state; and provided training assistance to the Afghan national security forces (ANSF) as a final step towards leaving them fully prepared and capable of maintaining their own security. Read the full story
(November 29, 2013) - Task Force Philippines As of November 28, 2013, the Canadian Armed Forces task force in the Philippines included more than 315 Canadian Armed Forces members with a range of specialties... Read the full story
OTTAWA (November 29, 2013) - Canadian Armed Forces soldiers from the 2nd Canadian Division based in Quebec completed their participation in Exercise Southern Katipo 2013 which ran from November 4 to 29, along the coast of New Zealand. This amphibious exercise brought together military forces from Australia, France, New Zealand, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Tonga, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.
“Multi-national exercises such as Exercise Southern Katipo 2013 allow our soldiers to hone their skills and knowledge,” said Lieutenant-General Marquis Hainse, Commander of the Canadian Army. “The Canadian Army’s goal is to further strengthen interoperability with allied forces in the context of an amphibious operation while increasing our readiness and flexibility to respond to a myriad of challenges.” Read the full story
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (November 28, 2013) - The North American Aerospace Defense Command is prepared to track Santa’s yuletide journey! The newly redesigned NORAD Tracks Santa website, www.noradsanta.org, goes live Sunday, Dec. 1 featuring a holiday countdown, daily games and activities, videos, music and more. Beyond a new look, features such as a 3D globe and new interactive games take advantage of today’s modern web. The site is available in eight languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Chinese.
The official NORAD Tracks Santa app is also available in the Windows, Apple and Android stores, so parents and children can count down the days until Santa’s launch on their smart phones and tablets! Tracking opportunities are also offered on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Google+. Santa followers just need to type “@noradsanta” into each social media property to get started. Read the full story
OTTAWA (November 26, 2013) - A Canadian Army infantry platoon returns to Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Valcartier, Quebec today after a five-month deployment with a Brazilian battalion supporting the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). The infantry platoon and four staff officers from the 2nd Canadian Division deployed to Port-au-Prince, Haiti in June.
“Brazil is an important partner for Canada. This deployment has been an excellent opportunity to deepen our defence relationship with the Brazilian Armed Forces and further strengthens the connection between our people,” said The Hon. Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence. “The contribution of the Canadian Armed Forces to peace and stability in Haiti illustrates the Government of Canada’s commitment and our soldiers’ readiness to respond to international crises.” Read the full story
(November 26, 2013) - Members of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and their Russian Federation Air Force counterparts met in Moscow last week to review the lessons learned from Vigilant Eagle 13, held earlier this year, and to start planning for Vigilant Eagle 14.
Working in partnership with the United States’ Federal Aviation Agency and its Russian counterpart, the Vigilant Eagle exercise series focuses on national procedures for monitoring a situation, and the cooperative hand-off of a hijacked aircraft from one nation to the other while exchanging air track information. Read the full story
OTTAWA (November 26, 2013) - Six Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) warships sailed from Halifax, N.S., earlier this week to participate in a Task Group Exercise (TGEX) off the Canadian Atlantic Coast from November 25 to December 6, 2013.
“This Task Group Exercise will have the added value of being a part of NORAD Exercise Amalgam Dart, proving interoperability between the Royal Canadian Navy, the Royal Canadian Air Force and the US Air Force,” said Rear-Admiral John Newton, Commander Maritime Forces Atlantic. “Such training strengthens ties and understanding amongst allies, improving our ability to successfully work together on operations.” Read the full story
(November 25, 2013) - The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) will participate in Exercise Serpentex 2013 from November 25 to December 6, 2013, at Solenzara Air Force Base in Corsica, France, to exercise its air expeditionary capability as well as to develop and increase professional bonds with NATO Allies’ Air Forces.
“The RCAF participation in Serpentex demonstrates our commitment to collaborating and cooperating with our international allies,” said Major-General Pierre St.-Amand, the commander of 1 Canadian Air Division. “Serpentex provides the RCAF with a realistic, comprehensive, and multinational training environment that we could not replicate on our own.” Read the full story
HALIFAX, N.S. (November 24, 2013) - Today, the fifth annual Halifax International Security Forum concluded in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of National Defence, and the Honourable Peter MacKay, Regional Minister for Nova Scotia, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, both declared this year’s event a resounding success.
“This year’s Forum allowed Canada to once again advance many of our defence diplomacy objectives,” said Minister Nicholson. “I had the opportunity to meet with many of my counterparts, including U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, where we discussed how we can respond to current global defence and security challenges together.”
The three-day event brought together over 300 prominent defence and international security experts and practitioners from around the world to discuss ideas and share insights on important global security challenges. Read the full story
HALIFAX, N.S. (November 23, 2013) - The Honourable Robert Nicholson, Canada’s Minister of National Defence, and Rodrigo Hinzpeter, Chile’s Minister of National Defence, met today in Halifax on the margins of the Halifax International Security Forum.
The Ministers took stock of the steady growth in defence ties since the signing last year of the Canada-Chile Memorandum of Understanding on Defence Cooperation. Exchanges, joint exercises, military training cooperation, high level visits, and regular staff talks, attest to the dynamic defence relationship between our countries. Read the full story
(November 21, 2013) - The following table shows the number of CAF members authorized for each continental and expeditionary operation. The approximate total does not include the hundreds of CAF members who conduct and support search and rescue operations across Canada.
In addition, there are dozens of other CAF members who support deployed operations by manning and supporting operational support hubs (OSH) in Germany and Kuwait. CJOC maintains OSHs in overseas locations to facilitate the movement of people, materiel, equipment and supplies to and from the various theatres of operations where its task forces are deployed. Read the full story
(November 19, 2013) - The call came in on October 30: an aircraft with 40 passengers aboard had gone down in a remote area somewhere along the Alaskan-Canadian border. The Federal Aviation Administration, which had been monitoring the flight, received the distress call before losing contact with the aircraft.
Just as if it had been a real-life situation, the Federal Aviation Administration contacted the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center at Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson in Alaska.
The notional scenario set the stage for more than 100 American and Canadian military personnel to exercise their Arctic search and rescue capabilities, Paul VanderWeide, Joint Task Force Alaska's search and rescue program manager, told American Forces Press Service. Read the full story
OTTAWA (November 15, 2013) - Another deployment of Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) personnel and equipment departed 8 Wing Trenton this evening, bound for the city of Iloilo in the Philippines.
To further support Operation Renaissance, the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) has deployed the Reverse Osmosis Water Purification Unit (ROWPU) to the Philippines. Set up and maintained by the Water Production Detachment, of the DART Engineer Troop, the ROWPU can purify up to 50 000 litres of safe drinking water per day, provided in bulk to the DART medical aid station and available for distribution to local residents.
Today's departure brings the total number of personnel deployed to support Operation Renaissance to approximately 200 CAF and Department of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Development personnel.
The following capabilities are currently deployed to the Philippines:
* The Inter-Departmental Strategic Support Team (ISST);
* 1 x CC-144 Challenger used to transport the ISST to the Philippines;
* The Humanitarian Assistance Reconnaissance Team;
* The Advance Party and two elements of the Main Body of the DART, including engineering, medical, logistical, defence and security personnel and equipment;
* 1 x CC- 150 Polaris used to transport DART personnel to the Philippines; and
* 3 x CC-177 Globemaster III to help transport personnel and equipment to the Philippines.
OTTAWA (November 16, 2013) - The Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence, today announced the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) will deploy three CH-146 Griffon helicopters and aircrew to further support the Government of Canada’s humanitarian assistance and relief efforts in the Philippines.
Two of the three aircraft are scheduled to deploy tomorrow from Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Trenton aboard a CC-177 Globemaster III.
The Griffon helicopter has also played a key role in many national and international humanitarian relief operations, including Manitoba’s Red River flood in 1997 (Operation ASSISTANCE) and in 2011 (Op FORGE); Eastern Canada’s ice storm in 1998 (Operation RECUPERATION); the United Nations effort to stabilize Haiti in 2004 (Operation HALO); and again in response to the catastrophic earthquake that struck Port-aux-Prince in January 2010 (Op HESTIA). Most recently, the Griffon helicopters deployed on Operation JAGUAR in 2011, as Canada’s contribution of military aviation and search-and-rescue capability to support the Jamaica Defence Force. Read the full story
DND (November 12, 2013) - As part of a Government of Canada response, the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) are currently providing humanitarian support to the Philippines following a typhoon that hit the country on November 8, 2013.
On 8 November 2013, typhoon Haiyan, the strongest typhoon of the year, slammed into the Philippines setting off landslides, knocking out power in several provinces and cutting communications in the country’s central region of island provinces.
The typhoon caused significant loss of life, a large number of injuries, as well as destruction of property, leaving millions of people requiring humanitarian support.
On November 11, the Canadian Armed Forces deployed elements of the DART from Trenton, Ontario, to support the Government of Canada’s relief efforts. Read the full story
DND (November 5, 2013) - Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members from across Canada have returned home after conducting a challenging cross-border Arctic joint search and rescue exercise (SAREX) response to a simulated major air disaster (MAJAID) in Alaska from October 28 to November 2, 2013.
The exercise was designed to exercise the capabilities of Arctic search and rescue organizations and associated authorities through live training within a remote Arctic environment. Read the full story
(November 5, 2013) - Two CC-130J Hercules aircraft and more than 40 members of the Royal Canadian Air Force from 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario; 3 Wing Bagotville, Quebec; and 1 Canadian Air Division, Winnipeg, Manitoba; as well as personnel from the Canadian Army Advanced Warfare Centre, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry and the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment, will participate in Cruzex Flight 13, a key Latin American multinational exercise, from November 2 to 15, 2013 in Natal, Brazil.
“We are honoured to have been invited to participate in this premiere multinational training event,” said Colonel David Lowthian, the commander of 8 Wing. “Our participation in Cruzex Flight 13 fosters a spirit of cooperation, understanding and mutual respect between partner nations.”
Nine allied countries are participating in this year’s exercise: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Uruguay, the United States and Venezuela. Read the full story
OTTAWA (November 2, 2013) - Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Edmonton, along with a Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CP-140 Aurora, assisted the United States Coast Guard (USCG) in seizing more than 1.1 tonnes of cocaine over two days in the eastern Pacific Ocean.
During a search of a suspect vessel on Friday, October 25, crew members from HMCS Edmonton and her embarked U.S. Law Enforcement Detachment Team uncovered 639 kilograms of cocaine. Two days later, on Sunday, October 27, the same team tracked and boarded another suspect vessel, seizing 468 kilograms of cocaine from the vessel and from bags that were jettisoned into the water by the vessel’s crew. The two boardings occurred without incident and the narcotics seized will be destroyed. Read the full story
(November 2, 2013) - Today, the Minister of National Defence made the following statement after Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Edmonton; along with a Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CP-140 Aurora, assisted the United States Coast Guard in the seizure of more than 1.1 tonnes of cocaine in the eastern Pacific Ocean.
“As Minister of National Defence, I am proud to recognize the hard work of our brave men and women in uniform during Operation CARIBBE. Our sailors, air men and air women, working in partnership with our allies, have helped to keep a significant quantity of illegal narcotics off our streets.
“Once again, the members of our Canadian Armed Forces have conducted themselves with honour and professionalism as they worked to protect the safety and security of Canadian citizens.
“Op CARRIBE has again demonstrated Canada’s leadership on the world stage even as we support our interest abroad.
“On behalf of all Canadians, I express our deep gratitude to those involved in the operation and thank them for their continued dedication to safeguarding our wellbeing.”
KIELCE, POLAND (November 1, 2013) - Twelve Canadian Army officers and senior non-commissioned members completed a nine-day training event aimed to certify the readiness of Polish Task Force (PTF) White Eagle Headquarters for a deployment to Afghanistan that is planned for December.
The training event, dubbed Exercise BAGRAM XIV, marked the first time - in the 14-year history of the exercise – that Canadian Armed Forces participated.
The Canadian contingent, commanded by Major Dominic Leclerc, 5e Régiment du génie de combat, acted in a mentor capacity. Formally referred to as Observer Controller Trainers (OCTs), all members had recent Afghanistan experience and advised along the full spectrum of operations, including planning, information operations, and civil-military cooperation. Read the full story
(October 30, 2013) - Flying from coast to coast and across international borders, the CF-18 Demonstration Team was honoured to represent the Canadian Armed Forces again this year. They proudly flew Canada’s colours under the 2013 theme: “The Common Thread”.
“Embracing a demanding schedule, challenging logistical considerations, and taxing working conditions, the team tirelessly and consistently exuded camaraderie, professionalism, and patriotism,” said Major-General Pierre St- Amand, the commander of 1 Canadian Air Division, located in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
“Not only did the team provide thrilling air performances, but they also personally connected with thousands of Canadians, Americans, and Colombians through their engaging community, school, and hospital visit program. I am extremely proud of what the team accomplished.”
Supported by a team of experts, Captain Patrick “Flocho” Pollen, the 2013 CF-18 Demonstration Pilot, flew in more than 50 air displays at 26 air show sites in Canada, the United States, and Colombia. Read the full story
(October 28, 2013) - Hidden away in a mostly industrial neighborhood in Kabul, the small and seemingly austere home of the Centre for Contemporary Arts Afghanistan (CCAA) can easily be overlooked. However, within the small brick-walled compound lies true Afghan treasure in the form of talent, passion, courage and hope for the future.
This fortunate yet unlikely destination is a result of a voyage of sorts begun by Major Andrew Currie, a Medical Officer, assigned as a mentor to the Armed Forces Academy of Medical Science (AFAMS) in 2011, as part of the Canadian Contribution to the NATO Training Mission Afghanistan. A small team of Canadian Forces Health Services members have been serving on this mission as advisor-mentors to their Afghan counterparts to develop and implement a standardized, Afghan appropriate, medical education and training system for the Afghan National Security Forces. Read the full story
OTTAWA (October 25, 2013) - Lieutenant-General Marquis Hainse, Commander of the Canadian Army, joined commanders of armies from within the Western Hemisphere at the Commanders’ Conference of American Armies from October 21 to 25 in Mexico City, Mexico.
“The Conference of American Armies supports two of the Canadian Armed Forces’ three core roles, which are to defend North America and contribute to international peace and security,” said the Hon. Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence. “Our participation at such international venues will strengthen hemispheric defence relationships, and demonstrate Canada’s commitment to building capacity and nurturing partnerships in the Western Hemisphere.”
Chaired this year by General Salvador Cienfuegos, the Commander of the Mexican Army, the Commanders’ Conference of American Armies provided a venue for commanders to share their experiences and lessons-learned with their counterparts. The overall aim of these discussions is to improve the collective interoperability and capabilities of all members. Read the full story
OTTAWA (October 25, 2013) - Staring into the eyes of the photographic etchings on the plaques in the Afghan Memorial Vigil provides a small but powerful window into the lives of the fallen.
The black granite plaques feature the faces of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan, some grouped together.
In all, there are 190 plaques representing 201 fallen: 158 Canadian Armed Forces’ members, one Canadian diplomat, one Canadian civilian contractor, one Canadian journalist and 40 U.S. Armed Forces members who were under Canadian command.
These are the same plaques that were on display at the cenotaph in Kandahar until the end of the Canadian combat mission in 2011. Read the full story
(October 22, 2013) - Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel were met with high winds, low ceilings and rain while conducting a Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX) off the coast of Greenland in September.
The typical Arctic weather made it impossible to fly – grounding airplanes for a good portion of the search phase.
But according to exercise coordinator Master Warrant Officer Greg Smit, this is actually a good thing.
This is the second consecutive year that Denmark hosts the Arctic SAREX. This year it was held in the Greenland Sea and King Oscar’s Fiord, off the eastern coast near Ella Island – a challenging environment, which added to the realness of the scenario.
The exercise involved four Arctic council member states: Canada, the United States, the Kingdom of Denmark and Iceland. Each country provided real SAR capabilities in response to a simulated major maritime disaster.
The three basic goals for the exercise were to improve joint SAR capabilities in the areas of command and control, communication and coordination. Read the full story
(October 21, 2013) - The Government of Canada announced today that it will continue its commitment to maritime security and counter-terrorism in the Arabian Sea region by extending Canada's contribution to Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150) until April 2015.
The continued presence of military assets in the Arabian Sea region gives Canada and 28 other contributing nations the flexibility and capability to respond quickly to emerging crises in the region.
Her Majesty's Canadian Ship Toronto and her crew of approximately 250 Canadian Armed Forces personnel, based in Halifax, N.S., are presently patrolling the Arabian Sea region as part of Operation Artemis, Canada's present contribution to CTF-150. Read the full story
DND (October 21, 2013) - At the request of the United Nations (UN), Canada provided military airlift this week to support the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), whose members are currently operating in Syria.
The Canadian Armed Forces contributed a Royal Canadian Air Force CC-177 Globemaster III aircraft from 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario, to deliver 10 armoured civilian vehicles to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. These vehicles, donated by the United States, will be used by the Organisation to safely transport their members, along with United Nations personnel involved in verifying and destroying Syria's chemical weapons. Read the full story
(October 10, 2013) - A communiqué by Lieutenant-General Stuart A. Beare
It has been almost four months since the first members of Op ATTENTION Rotation (Roto) 3 arrived in Kabul to deliver the Canadian Armed Forces’ final contribution to our mission, to our partners and to the people of Afghanistan. After months of working with our 32 international partners as advisors and mentors to the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), it is now time for us to begin to undertake the activities that will ultimately enable full transition and drawdown of the Canadian Contribution to the Training Mission in Afghanistan (CCTM-A) effort.
Over 260 members of Roto 3 of CCTM-A will return to Canada this month. Additional personnel will follow and will return to Canada in December and January, so that by the end of March 2014, all Canadian Armed Forces personnel deployed to Afghanistan will have returned to Canada. Read the full story
ARABIAN SEA (October 5, 2013) - Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Toronto has made an important drug seizure early this morning during her patrol in the Arabian Sea region, while deployed on Operation Artemis.
This drug seizure marks HMCS Toronto’s seventh narcotics shipment disruption as part of ongoing counter-terrorism operations in the Indian Ocean.
“Canada remains steadfast in its involvement in the fight against terrorism with our maritime allies of Combined Maritime Task Force 150,” said the Hon. Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence. “The recent drug seizure made by the crew of HMCS Toronto demonstrates the skills and experience our country brings to the multinational effort.”
To date, HMCS Toronto has recovered approximately 7.8 metric tonnes of narcotics. On March 29, 2013, a massive narcotics shipment in the Indian Ocean was disrupted, when the ship’s naval boarding team recovered approximately 500 kilograms of heroin, while another boarding action on May 30, 2013, recovered approximately 5950 kilograms of hashish. Read the full story
OTTAWA (October 3, 2013) - The Chief of the Defence Staff, General Tom Lawson, participated in a two-day visit to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Headquarters earlier this week, at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado. This visit provided an opportunity to discuss issues of bi-national importance, including ongoing operations at NORAD.
“It is always a great pleasure for me to visit NORAD, and to see our Canadian Armed Forces members and their American colleagues, working together for our mutual defence,” said General Tom Lawson. “NORAD really is the cornerstone of our continental defence; and this trip provided an important opportunity to discuss ways to strengthen this great institution as we prepare for the future.” Read the full story
OTTAWA (October 2, 2013) - Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships (HMC Ships) Ottawa, Regina and Protecteur sailed from Esquimalt Harbour, B.C. today to take part in conventional maritime warfare training off the coast of Southern California from October 7 to 11.
“This exercise provides another excellent opportunity for ships of the Pacific Fleet to train in partnership with ships of the US 3rd Fleet,” said Rear-Admiral Bill Truelove, Commander of Maritime Forces Pacific. “This not only showcases the Navy’s operational readiness, but our commitment to the Pacific region while strengthening defence relationships with our allies.”
Military personnel from Canada and the United States will participate in Task Group Exercise (TGEX), which is designed to build and strengthen interoperability between the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and the United States Navy (USN). This interoperability enhances Canada’s maritime contribution to global security. Commodore Bob Auchterlonie, Commander Canadian Fleet Pacific, will be in command of the combined exercise. Read the full story
OTTAWA (September 30, 2013) - Your mission – protect merchant vessels from pirate attacks in some of the most notoriously dangerous waters in the world.
Well, that’s the mission for newly posted watch personnel and staff officers from the NATO Shipping Centre (NSC) in Northwood, England. With Canadian involvement drawing to an end in September, Task Force Northwood (TFN) is preparing a new team to take over their role at NSC.
On 31 May 2012, Task Force Northwood was deployed on Operation ARTEMIS; by the end of September 2013, their mission will be complete. Task Force Northwood has been aiding in the multinational effort to ensure the safe passage of merchant ships through waters off the Horn of Africa, in the Gulf of Aden and in the Indian Ocean. Read the full story
OTTAWA (September 2013) - After being put through their paces handcuffing and shackling prisoners, 71 Canadian Armed Forces personnel learned some very important lessons as they took part in a US-led exercise alongside US Army Reserve soldiers.
Exercise GUARDIAN JUSTICE, based at McGregor Range Complex in New Mexico in mid-August, focussed on training for handling detainees and prisoners of war. The four-month exercise was held in various increments and CAF military police took part in one of the14-day rotations, with two days of classroom study and the rest hands-on training.
"The Canadian Military Police remain focussed on maintaining a robust Detention capability to support CF operations,” said Former Colonel Tim Grubb, Canadian Forces Provost Marshal. “Exercises such as GUARDIAN JUSTICE not only strengthen this capability, but ensure that we remain interoperable with one of our most important allies."
“The first two days are death by PowerPoint,” said Major Steeve Gregoire, officer in charge of Canadian content. “Most of it was rules of engagement, law of war, and Geneva Convention and American policy …but this is why myself and Sergeant Larson were there as Canadian directing staff, to tell them [CAF members] this is the Canadian policy, so they got to see both sides of the coin.”
Ex GUARDIAN JUSTICE was a collective effort between Canada and the US, and even though both countries have different laws and rules, everyone learned to work together. “We had to understand the small differences between the two countries, and understand that we had to work within our own parameters and make things happen—but the differences are so minute,” said Maj Gregoire.
Once the classroom work was complete, the exercise then moved to the gradual training phase, where participants got the individual evaluation test standards, in preparation for the second week of collective training where soldiers learned to be able to run a full-size prison.
“After the classroom training,” said Maj Gregoire, “it went to Individual training, where we started doing the use of force, unarmed combat, how do search procedures, use of hand cuffs and body shackles, learned to do individual cell extractions, and riot control. To build up gradually so that when we started with the collective training we would have all the individual skills to be able to handle a disorder within the prison.”
Ex GUARDIAN JUSTICE, which is not only for military police but the CAF in general, is important for personnel being deployed to locations where the need may arise to work with prisoners of war.
“When we deploy overseas, we have to be able to run a detention facility in case we capture prisoners of war or detainees during the operation,” said Maj Gregoire. “We are training our soldiers in this area of expertise so when we do deploy, there are no surprises and our soldiers are mentally capable to perform the task of handling detainees properly.”
Even though the MPs are trained in police custody operations as part of their everyday jobs, taking care of detainees is something very different. This exercise was developed to educate and prepare soldiers to make sure all bases are covered and they are getting correct information about the humane care, custody and control of any detainees.
“You have to keep in mind this is a detention facility, so some of the rules of engagement and use of force principles are not the same. You must understand the nuances of a detention facility,” said Maj Gregoire.
OTTAWA - For the third year the CAF took a major step in enhancing capacity among African partner nations, as nine Canadian Army personnel from 2nd Canadian Division Support Group, Canadian Armed Forces Health Services Group and Canadian Army Headquarters (HQ) mentored African soldiers in Zambia during Exercise AFRICA ENDEAVOR 13 (Ex AE).
AFRICA ENDEAVOR was a US Africa Command-led 10-day communications exercise, held August 5 to 16 that focused on interoperability and information sharing and increasing the capacity of participating nations to respond to natural disasters, humanitarian, or security crises.
“Canada’s participation in multi-national exercises such as Exercise AFRICA ENDEAVOR provides our members with a valuable collective training opportunity in an international context,” said Major Pascal Laforest, Canadian Contingent Chief of Delegation. “AE benefits the people of Africa by enabling effective regional communications in order to allow a coordinated African response to a natural disaster, humanitarian and security crisis. Canada’s ability to contribute to this goal was a true privilege.”
Canadian Army Role
The Canadian Army taught the use of Single Channel Radio, Local Area Network/Wide Area Network (LAN/WAN), Training Design and Public Affairs with a focus on cross-border and cultural information sharing in support of military and civil actions in response to national crises, meeting peace and stability objectives and supporting the war against terrorism.
The first half of the exercise included classroom instruction in communications theory, set-up and configuration of Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I) systems, and revising current standard operating procedures in the African Union. The second half of the exercise allowed participants to test their knowledge and agility in a Command Post Exercise scenario.
“The Canadian military’s role is important not only for the skill sets we offered, but also for the ability to provide bilingual translation opening necessary lines of communication between the nations,” said Master Warrant Officer Denis Esculier, Sergeant-Major and Chief Instructor of the Canadian Delegation. “Africans are very welcoming people, seeing them work together and achieve the exercise goals was a huge accomplishment.”
Ex AE has been conducted annually since 2006 in various African countries and has trained more than 1,750 communications specialists. This year 38 African nations, four African organizations including the African Union and the African Union Regional Economic Communities, and five North American and European partner nations were in attendance.
The trip provided the Minister and the Chief with an opportunity to meet and thank military personnel for their commitment, hard work, and dedication on behalf of the Government of Canada. The Minister and the CDS also met defence and security partners and received updates on Canada’s contributions to the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan and efforts to thwart terrorist activities in the Arabian Sea region through participation in Combined Task Force 150.
OTTAWA (September 21, 2013) - The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of National Defence and General Tom Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), concluded a week-long visit to Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel deployed on Operations Attention and Artemis late last week.
The trip provided the Minister and the Chief with an opportunity to meet and thank military personnel for their commitment, hard work, and dedication on behalf of the Government of Canada. The Minister and the CDS also met defence and security partners and received updates on Canada’s contributions to the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan and efforts to thwart terrorist activities in the Arabian Sea region through participation in Combined Task Force 150.
Operation Attention is Canada's participation in the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan, which delivers training and professional development support to the national security forces of Afghanistan: the Afghan National Army, the Afghan Air Force, and the Afghan National Police.
Canada is one of 29 nations that contribute a combination of naval subject matter experts and naval assets to Combined Maritime Forces, a naval coalition that promotes security and stability in the international waters of the Middle East. The Canadian contribution to this mission is known as Operation Artemis. Read the full story
OTTAWA (September 17, 2013) - The Chief of the Defence Staff, General Tom Lawson, joined his North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) counterparts this past weekend for a NATO Military Committee conference in Budapest, Hungary. The meeting provided the Chiefs of Defence of NATO with an opportunity to discuss and share information on a number of issues relevant to the Alliance.
“The discussions made possible by these meetings are of enormous value for exchanging information on current operations, and addressing issues of security concern, such as the situation in Syria, with our defence counterparts,” said General Lawson. “These meetings also enable us to look towards the future, and to contribute to discussions that will help to ensure that the Alliance remains modern, flexible and agile in the face of the threats of today, and those of the future.” Read the full story
WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 17, 2013) - Today at Canada's Embassy in Washington, D.C., Ambassador Gary Doer (left) presented the Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division) to General Bantz J. Craddock (retired) in recognition of his outstanding service to Canada resulting from his exemplary leadership as the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) from 2006 to 2009. During this very high-intensity period, General Craddock served as the commander for all NATO military operations in which members of the Canadian Armed Forces participated, including active engagement in combat operations in Afghanistan alongside American and other NATO allies.
OTTAWA (September 12, 2013) - Senior Army representatives from several nations are meeting at two conferences in New Zealand this week to discuss challenges facing land forces in support of future UN operations.
Pacific Armies Management Seminar XXXVII (PAMS 37), an annual seminar, and Pacific Armies Chiefs’ Conference VIII (PACC 8), conducted on a biennial basis, are two meetings which act as a forum to exchange views, establish and strengthen relationships and foster security cooperation between senior land military members from Pacific nations. In attendance are representatives from Canada, the United States, Australia, China and 43 other Pacific countries. Read the full story
OTTAWA (September 10, 2013) - Search and Rescue (SAR) officials from the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) have returned home after a week of pitting themselves against harsh Arctic conditions in response to a simulated international maritime disaster. Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX) Greenland Sea 13, which ran from September 2 to 6, was hosted for a second consecutive year by Denmark near Ella Island off Greenland's east coast.
"Through this intensive exercise, the Canadian Armed Forces [and the Royal Canadian Air Force] have gained significant ground in addressing jurisdictional and logistical requirements in the event of a major Arctic incident," said Major-General Christopher Coates, deputy commander continental, Canadian Joint Operations Command, and senior CAF representative at the exercise. "Major international SAR operations require complex coordination, which is why opportunities like these are vital for strengthening our partnerships and enhancing our practices." Read the full story
OTTAWA (September 5, 2013) - Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships (HMCS) Iroquois, Preserver and Ville de Québec are participating in Exercise Unitas in the western Caribbean with 14 southern allied countries from September 6 to 15. Held each year since 1959, Exercise Unitas is the largest annual exercise south of the United States border and is designed to practice various maritime scenarios while improving interoperability and fostering friendly, mutual cooperation and understanding between participating countries.
“Canadians can be proud of the leadership role that their Royal Canadian Navy is taking in this important exercise,” said General Tom Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff. “Canada is once again demonstrating an ability to work alongside partner nations to make meaningful contributions to security in the Americas.” Read the full story
(September 3, 2013) - It seems unbelievable that a small-town kid from Clinton, Ont., would end up being the first Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) pilot assigned to protect the skies over Washington, D.C.
But for Captain Jeffery M. Powell, a 13-year RCAF aviator, that is exactly what has happened.
And as one senior leader from North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) pointed out on a recent visit to the area, the unique nature of being posted to, and flying air intercept missions from, U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Washington, D.C., doesn't come without a little pressure.
"It really didn't sink in (that I was the first) until Major-General André Viens (NORAD director of operations) said, 'Remember, you are the first – and only – Canadian pilot flying the national capital region mission' ... That's when it really hit me," Capt Powell said. Read the full story