29 March 2022   (KEN POLE)
Canada’s Future Fighter Capability Project continues to stutter its way to completion with a federal government announcement that while it has chosen the Lockheed Martin F-35 over the Saab Gripen E, it still has to “finalize” details with the U.S. aerospace giant on a procurement estimated to cost $19 billion.
17 December 2021   (KEN POLE)
A new report from the Parliamentary Budget Office has reignited the political controversy over which shipyard should build the new polar-class icebreakers.
13 December 2021
On Dec 13th, a virtual public apology will be offered to all current and former members of the Defence Team who have been affected by sexual assault, sexual harassment or discrimination based on sex, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation. Offering apologies will be the Honourable Anita Anand, Minister of National Defence; General Wayne Eyre, Chief of the Defence Staff; and Jody Thomas, Deputy Minister of National Defence.
9 December 2021
VAdm Craig Baines, Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy, has announced the names of the four new Naval Large Tugs that are being built by Ocean Industries Inc. of Isle-aux-Coudres, Quebec, under the National Shipbuilding Strategy. Named Haro, Barkerville, Canso, and Stella Maris the new tugs will provide support to enable warship movements and provide fire protection for the Navy’s Pacific and Atlantic Fleets.
21 November 2021
Anita Anand, Minister of National Defence, and acting CDS General Wayne Eyre, held several bilateral meetings at the 13th annual edition of the Halifax International Security Forum (HISF) on November 19 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
18 November 2021   (FRONTLINE NEWS)
In the early morning of 18 November 2021, while off the coast of Norway, a fire occurred onboard flagship of Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1), HMCS Fredericton. There were no injuries and the ship is now proceeding towards a Norwegian port to conduct repairs.
18 November 2021
In the early morning of 18 November 2021, while off the coast of Norway, a fire occurred onboard flagship of Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1), HMCS Fredericton. There were no injuries and the ship is now proceeding towards a Norwegian port to conduct repairs.
13 August 2021
A promotion ceremony was held today for Wayne Eyre who continues in the role of Acting Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), now at the rank of General. "His work has been absolutely critical in helping Canadians from coast to coast, while pushing forward with the important work of transforming the Canadian Armed Forces," said Defence Minister Sajjan in a press release.
6 August 2021
Provost Marshal BGen Simon Trudeau announced the end of the investigation into potential sexual misconduct against Admiral Art McDonald this evening. He said that after a 6-month investigation, "evidence […] did not support the laying of charges. Defence Minister Sajjan’s office has declined to comment on whether McDonald would be reinstated as CDS.
16 July 2021
The Royal Canadian Navy transferred command of the Combined Maritime Forces’ Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150) to the Royal New Zealand Navy during a change of command ceremony held on 15 July 2021 at the U.S. Naval Base, Naval Support Activity Bahrain.
15 July 2021
Another milestone was reached today in the arrival of the RCN’s future fleet with the delivery of the second Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS), the future HMCS Margaret Brooke. She will remain docked at the Halifax Dockyard while post-acceptance work and final ship preparation work are completed. A naming ceremony for the ship is expected to be held later in 2021, with a formal commissioning ceremony expected in fall 2022.
14 July 2021
Canada's Department of National Defence is taking steps to "green" defence infrastructure and reduce its carbon footprint while providing military personnel with sustainable and efficient facilities in which to work and train.
30 June 2021   (KEN POLE)
CANSOFCOM has confirmed that an investigation into the accidental discharge of a new pistol that wounded a Joint Task Force 2 member last November, has found an improper holster was a contributing factor in the incident.
23 June 2021
Members of the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command will be conducting routine training in the vicinity of the Connaught Ranges, West of Ottawa, on 25 June 2021, between the hours of 9:30 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.
15 June 2021   (CHRIS MacLEAN)
The Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff, who holds authority over the Provost Marshall, submitted his resignation Monday following criticism over his decision to golf with former CDS General Vance who is currently under military police investigation for misconduct. His judgement was incredibly short-sighted, but is it enough to ruin a career?
12 June 2021   (KEN POLE)
Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) warships are deployed in the Baltic Sea as part of a multi-national exercise. This year, the annual Baltops exercise involves 4,000 personnel from 19 countries and featuring air defence, anti-submarine warfare, amphibious operations, maritime interdiction, and mine countermeasures operations.
1 June 2021
Today, Defence Minister Sajjan tabled in Parliament the report on the Third Independent Review of specified provisions of the National Defence Act (NDA) and their operation. Initiated in November 2020, this review provides recommendations on one of the largest overhauls of the NDA and Canadian military justice system.
28 May 2021
Moose Jaw, SK – The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) air demonstration teams officially began their 2021 season following an acceptance show at 15 Wing Moose Jaw in Saskatchewan today.
18 May 2021
On 20 May, at the 12th Arctic Council Ministerial meeting in Reykjavik and online, the two-year Icelandic Chairmanship of the Arctic Council will end and the Russian Federation will take over for the 2021-2023 years.
14 May 2021
The Department of National Defence says that Major-General Dany Fortin "has left his assignment with the Public Health Agency of Canada, pending the results of a military investigation." The DND press release offered no details but confirmed that "Acting Chief of the Defence Staff, Lieutenant-General Eyre will be reviewing next steps with Major-General Fortin." He had been assigned as vice-president of logistics and operations at PHAC for the vaccine roll-out since November 2020.