Dec 2022 – CF-18 Hornet takes off from Mihail Kogalniceanu (MK) Air Base in Romania, to return to Canada during Operation Reassurance. (CAF Photo: Cpl Eric Chaput)
Nov 2022 - Dive team from HMCS Winnipeg conducts jumps from the CH-148 Cyclone helicopter to keep personnel trained and ready during Operation PROJECTION in the Pacific Ocean. (CAF photo: S1 Melissa Gonzalez)
3 Nov – Canadian Armed Forces members from 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (CMBG) conduct a Level 5 live fire range during Exercise PATRICIA WOLVERINE at 3rd Canadian Division Support Base Detachment Wainwright training area. (Photo: Cpl Djalma Vuong-De Ramos)
20 Oct – Sailor First Class Daniel Dion-Jean listens to radio communications in a Bison ambulance during Exercise STARLIGHT CHAOS, which is led by 5 Field Ambulance, in the training areas of 2nd Canadian Division Support Base Valcartier, Quebec. (Photo: Cpl Simon Morin)
3 Nov – Candidates on the Helicopter Underslung Operations course (HUSO) given by 3 Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment, conduct exercise with a CH-146 Griffon helicopter from 430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron, in the training areas of 2nd Canadian Division Support Base Valcartier, Quebec. (Photo: Cpl Marc-André Leclerc)
15 Nov – Sapper Han Chi Zhang, a member of 5 Canadian Combat Engineer Regiment, climbs aboard a zodiac during helo-casting training on Hayes Lake, at 2nd Canadian Division Support Base Valcartier, Quebec. (Photo: Cpl Sébastien Lauzier-Labarre)
23 Nov – Heavy Urban Search and Rescue (HUSAR) teams practice breaching in confined spaces to save casualties during Exercise RUBBLE GUNNER at the USAR Training Facility, Work Point, CFB Esquimalt. (CAF Photo: MS Valerie LeClair)
22ct –  Soldiers from 1st Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery conduct a fire mission at 3rd Canadian Division Support Base Detachment Wainwright training area. (Photo: Cpl Djalma Vuong-De Ramos)
25 Aug – Commodore David Mazur (right), Commander Canadian Fleet Pacific, promotes S2 Sam Phillips to Sailor 1st Class during the Clearance Diver Course in Maple Bay, British Columbia. (CAF Photo: S1 Valerie LeClair, MARPAC)
26 Aug – Canadian Armed Forces members and Canadian Rangers return from their presence locations during Operation Nanook-Nunakput in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. (CAF Photo: Bdr Julia Currie, JTF-N)
Multi-Role Rescue Boats are small, fast, and maneuverable vessels used by RCN ships to conduct a wide range of tasks at sea, including, search and rescue, humanitarian aid, disaster relief, and marine interdiction operations. (Photo: Cpl David Veldman)
Royal Canadian Air Force CC-177 Globemaster on tarmac during Operation Renaissance. (Photo: MCpl Louis Brunet)
Dec 05   (KEN POLE)

Major General Dany Fortin was acquitted today by Quebec Court Judge Richard Meredith after a civil trial during which his accuser testified that that she was certain “without a doubt” that Fortin had assaulted her in the middle of the night. However, during the trial, significant inconsistencies came to light between her testimony and what she had told police investigators.

Dec 01

On December 6th, a 26-hour long moment of silence will begin. Beginning on Finland's Independence Day, the conflict resolution organization CMI - Martti Ahtisaari Peace Foundation will hold a 26-hour long moment of silence in Helsinki, Finland to honour people who have lost their homes due to a conflict.

Oct 20   (DND News)

Defence Minister Anita Anand has announced that Quebec-based Logistik Unicorp won a contract to provide operational clothing and footwear to the Canadian Armed Forces. Valued at up to $3.7 billion over 20 years, this contract will support more 3000 jobs and will deliver approximately 1,222 different items of clothing and footwear worn by CAF members during deployments.

Aug 09   (CDS Announcement)

Chief of the Defence Staff General Wayne Eyre concluded the 2022 meeting of the Arctic Chiefs of Defence in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. Canada hosted representatives from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and the United States to share lessons learned from ongoing Arctic operations and to coordinate enhanced cooperation.

Dec 05   (DND News)

HMCS Vancouver and Winnipeg have returned to their home port of CFB Esquimalt, after successfully completing their deployments. On hand for the return from the three-month multinational tour that included Operation Neon to enforce UN sanctions against North Korea, Minister Anand highlighted the government’s commitment to spending $493 million to strengthen Canada’s growing role in the Indo-Pacific region.

Nov 26   (DND News)

The Honourable Anita Anand, Minister of National Defence, is expected to announce the defence and security elements of the Indo-Pacific Strategy on November 27th. This event will immediately follow a broader in-person announcement by the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs and other ministers.

Nov 19   (DND News)

National Defence Minister Anita Anand hosted her counterpart, United States Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III for a bilateral meeting in Halifax, during the Halifax International Security Forum.

Nov 18   (DND News)

As announced by Defence Minister Anita Anand, Canada is proposing that Halifax, Nova Scotia, host the North American Regional Office of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) Defence Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic – a new NATO body that will created to facilitate cooperation between military operators and the best and brightest scientific researchers and technology companies to solve critical Allied defence and security problems.

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Aug 09   – 

Chief of the Defence Staff General Wayne Eyre concluded the 2022 meeting of the Arctic Chiefs of Defence in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. Canada hosted representatives from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and the United States to share lessons learned from ongoing Arctic operations and to coordinate enhanced cooperation.

Jun 27   – 

Keeping Russia "at bay" is not a solution to the carnage happening in Ukraine. With Russia firing 10 times the amount of ammunition than Ukraine, Putin knows he will win, unless something changes.

Jun 20   – 

It is now 11 years since I served in Afghanistan, and almost a year since those who helped us were abandoned to the increasing brutality of Taliban rule, it's time the govt cut the red tape and made good on its promises.

Apr 07   – 

Eight million in new defence spending and "a swift defence policy review", are part of the latest pledge to better equip the CAF for an increasingly complicated global environment.

28 Nov - 2 December, 2022
Orlando, Florida, USA
24-26 April 2023
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
9-11 May 2023
Rostock, Germany
TBD April 2023
TBD
1-2 June 2022
EY Centre, Ottawa, ON
19-25 June 2023
Le Bourget, Paris
TBD July/Aug 2023
St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
7 December 2022   (CP)
Bob Rae, Canada’s ambassador to the UN, is in Haiti for three days of talks with political leaders and in-country UN staff in an attempt to breach a political impasse after months of crises caused by armed gangs. The government in Port-au-Prince has requested military intervention but its critics say that could only prolong what they say is an unpopular government.
6 December 2022   (The Hill)
The U.S. Administration opposes using the National Defense Authorization Act to repeal a miliary vaccine mandate. A White House spokesman says President Biden agrees with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin that the mandate should remain in effect. Republicans have threatened to delay the annual budget bill in protest but the Democrat chair of the House Armed Services Committee says a rollback is possible in a compromise NDAA.
6 December 2022   (Ottawa Citizen)
The Royal Canadian Navy’s Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship, HMCS Harry DeWolf, is expected to be out of service until April because of problems with its main diesel generators. Since Irving Shipbuilding’s warranty has expired, taxpayers are on the hook for repairs to the AOPS flagship, which was delivered to the Navy in July 2020. Meanwhile, the third in the fleet, HMCS Max Bernays, accepted from Irving in September 2022, is having bowthruster issues. The navy also plans to have a look at the second of a planned six AOPS, HMCS Margaret Brooke, which was delivered in July 2021.
6 December 2022   (Defense News)
The government of the Nordic countries are exploring the prospect of shared arms procurements and coordinating donations to other countries, notably Ukraine, as well as expanding logistics cooperation. The discussions flow from a recent meeting of defence ministers in Helsinki. “Ukraine still needs our support to defend itself,” said Finnish Defence Minister Antti Kaikkonen. “The war, unfortunately, looks like it will last a long time.”
6 December 2022   (Euronews)
Hungary’s right-wing government has blocked the approval of an €18 billion EU package of financial aid for Ukraine which was supposed to be paid in monthly instalments through 2023. “Hungary is not in favour of the amendment of the financial regulation,” Finance Minister Mihály Varga said kDecember 5, on the eve of a visit to Albania by his autocratic Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, for an EU-Western Balkans summit. The veto prompted EU finance ministers to delay three other Ukraine-focused votes.
6 December 2022   (Euronews)
The Qatar-based news network Al Jazeera has asked the International Criminal Court to hear the case of its Palestinian journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh, whose killing in the West Bank last May has sparked widespread protest. The network said December claims new evidence shows the journalist, and her colleagues were shot at by Israeli forces, which Israel has denied even as its military conceded the possibility.
6 December 2022   (CNN)
Belgorod Oblast, a Russian region bordering on northeastern Ukraine, is forming a militia for territorial defence. Its governor said December 5 that the decision was in response to appeals by “a large number of residents” after Russia began its war on Ukraine nearly 10 months ago. “Instructors who have gone through a large number of wars and have combat experience are now conducting training and combat rallying of units on the territory of all border regions,” the governor said.
6 December 2022   (Military Times)
Faced with congressional calls for restructuring the U.S. Army handles crimes such as murder, rape and sexual assault, Secretary of the Army Christine Wormuth has nominated a senior lawyer to oversee prosecution of what she calls “the Army’s most complex cases.” Colonel Warren L. Wells, promoted to Brigadier General, will lead the Office of Special Trial Counsel.
6 December 2022   (Military Times)
With Russia’s war in Ukraine continuing to challenge NATO, as well as China’s growing global influence, a U.S. Department of Defense official is calling on allies to collaborate on military training. “We are running out of time to rethink, to refresh and to transform in military training,” Caroline Baxter, Deputy Assistant Secretary (Force Education & Training), said December 5. She said the U.S. is planning to modernize its approach by tasking a panel of three-star generals with making battlefield training more multidisciplinary and digitally interconnected.
5 December 2022   (Defense News)
Texas-based Bell Textron has won the U.S. Army’s competition to build a common replacement for approximately 2,000 Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk utility helicopters and 1,200 Boeing AH-64 attack helicopters. The potentially $70-billion Future Log-Range Assault Aircraft program envisages a platform with a range of some 2,440 nautical miles without refueling but also agile enough to maneuver troops into dangerous hot spots. The competition pitted Bell’s V-280 Valor tiltrotor and the Sikorsky-Boeing Defiant X with coaxial rotors
5 December 2022
Major General Dany Fortin was acquitted today by Quebec Court Judge Richard Meredith after a civil trial during which his accuser testified that that she was certain “without a doubt” that Fortin had assaulted her in the middle of the night. However, during the trial, significant inconsistencies came to light between her testimony and what she had told police investigators.
5 December 2022   (AP)
The Ukrainian air force says it shot down more than 60 of some 70 cruise missiles today which had been fired from Russian ships in the Caspian Sea and from the Rostov region in southern Russia. The barrage, which also involved long-range bombers and fighters, was the latest onslaught in a campaign targetting infrastructure and disrupting supplies of electricity, water and heat in Ukraine.

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