By David Pugliese
Officials with Lockheed Martin Canada and New Zealand’s Chief of Navy Rear Admiral John Martin officially opened the New Zealand ANZAC combat system trainer.
The trainer was Lockheed Martin Canada’s first major delivery under the New Zealand ANZAC Frigate System Upgrade Project. Lockheed Martin Canada is the prime systems integrator.
The combat system trainer was delivered ahead of schedule to the Maritime Warfare Training Centre at the Royal New Zealand Navy base in Devonport on February 16, 2017, according to Lockheed Martin.
“It is wonderful to receive the trainer early, which will allow our sailors to be properly prepared when the upgraded ships arrive,” RAdm Martin said in a statement. “Lockheed Martin Canada’s combat system trainer is a world-class trainer that will revolutionize the way we train our crews.”
“The ANZAC combat system trainer provides a generational shift in training capability with a realistic synthetic environment capable of generating high fidelity simulations of real world conditions,” added Rosemary Chapdelaine, vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin Canada Rotary and Mission Systems. “We are proud of our Canadian-developed solution and thrilled to deliver this advanced capability to the Royal New Zealand Navy.”
This milestone marks the first international delivery of Lockheed Martin Canada’s combat management system, the CMS 330 product line, initially developed for Canada’s Department of National Defence and then modified for the Royal New Zealand Navy with Canada’s support, according to the firm.
The CMS 330 and Lockheed Martin Canada’s combat system integration capability are proving performance everyday on Canada’s modernized Halifax-class frigates, it added in a news release.
Lockheed Martin Canada noted in the same news release that it is the only Canadian company to pre-qualify as a combat systems integrator for the upcoming Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) program. The company was also selected as the command and surveillance integrator for Canada’s new fleet of Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS).
Commissionaires has ranked among the top employers in Canada, according to Forbes’ list of Canada’s Best Employers of 2017.
Commissionaires ranked second in the industry sector and placed in the top half of the 300 employers, outranking other Canadian security services providers by a wide margin.
“We work very hard to provide a great working environment and stable employment across Canada,” Bruce Belliveau, Chair of the Commissionaires National Business Management Committee and CEO of Commissionaires Nova Scotia, said in a statement. “Commissionaires is honoured to, once again, be recognized as one of Canada’s top employers and the highest ranked security company.”
Forbes partnered with online statistics provider Statista to survey more than 8,000 Canadian workers. The resulting list includes 300 employers across 25 industries. The workers surveyed were asked to identify, on a scale of zero to 10, how likely they were to recommend their employer to someone else and what they thought about the other employers in their industry.
There have been more new leadership announcements at Seaspan in Vancouver. Steve Roth has been promoted to President of Seaspan Ferries Corporation (SFC). Paul Thomas has been promoted to Senior Vice President and General Manager – Vancouver Shipyards. John Petticrew is promoted to Vice President, Engineering. Andy Hale has been promoted to the position of Vice President – Program Delivery. John Lyle has been hired as Vice President – Operations.
Frasca International of Urbana, Illinois announced it sold a Level 7 Flight Training Device (FTD) for the Bell CH-139 Jet Ranger helicopter for use by the Royal Canadian Air Force.
The training device was ordered by Bluedrop Training & Simulation Inc. of Halifax, Nova Scotia. That firm is involved in the Contracted Flying Training and Support (CFTS) program at Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.
The new FTD will include Frasca’s 6 Degree of Freedom (6 DoF) Motion Cueing System (FMCS) optimized for helicopter simulation and will integrate a FlightSafety VITAL 1100 visual image generation system with a Frasca 220° x 67° field of view visual display, according to a news release from Frasca.
All RCAF pilots receive their primary fixed-wing aircraft training at Southport and those selected to fly helicopters return to the school for the six-month Phase III helicopter program that utilizes 13 Bell CH-139 (B206B3) Jet Ranger and nine Bell 412CF (B412CF) Outlaw helicopters.
The Frasca FTD is scheduled to be installed by Bluedrop by March 2018 and be ready for training in April 2018, according to Frasca. The Jet Ranger FTD will have the capability to allow pilots to safely practice realistic helicopter emergencies in a variety of regions and weather conditions and prepare pilots for winter “white out” conditions in blowing snow. The availability of the FTD will also allow RCAF helicopter flight training to continue when the helicopter fleet is grounded by bad weather, and its advanced technology system will ultimately allow the RCAF to compress helicopter training timelines, if desired.
Public Services and Procurement Canada has put out a request for bids from industry for the disposal of the former HMCS Preserver and the former Canadian Forces Auxiliary Vessel (CFAV) Quest, an oceanographic research and acoustic ship used by the Canadian Armed Forces for almost 50 years.
The winning contractor will be required to prepare the ships for disposal, remove any equipment for museums, demilitarize controlled goods on board, and then break the vessels up.
Work on the former HMCS Preserver must begin when the contact is awarded and be completed within 18 months. The former CFAV Quest will be provided to the winning bidder on September 1 and must be dismantled within 18 months. The contractor will also have to remove both vessels from the Halifax dockyard jetty.