MILITARY AND GOVERNMENT


Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Charlottetown returned to her home port of Halifax, Nova Scotia today after a successful six-month deployment on Operation REASSURANCE, Canada’s contribution to NATO assurance and deterrence measures aimed at promoting security and stability in Central and Eastern Europe.

HMCS Charlottetown acted as command ship for Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG 2) Task Unit 2. It provided leadership and coordination to a detachment of NATO ships while on operations in the Black and North seas while participating in a series of multinational training events in the North Atlantic.

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January 16, 2017

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Charlottetown returns from Op REASSURANCE


Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) St. John’s officially joined Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) on its way to the Mediterranean Sea today as part of Canada’s support to NATO assurance and deterrence measures in Central and Eastern Europe.

The deployment of HMCS St. John’s demonstrates Canada’s continued leadership on the world stage by making meaningful and enduring contributions to NATO by performing different tasks ranging from participating in exercises to intervening in operational missions, throughout the region.

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January 11, 2017

HMCS St. John’s joins Standing NATO Maritime Group 2


The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel have modern and functional facilities in which to work and train. To meet the current operational requirements of the Halifax Army Reserve, the construction of a new armoury at Willow Park was announced today by Andy Fillmore, Member of Parliament for Halifax, on behalf of Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan. The new Willow Park Armoury represents an investment of $66 million, and construction is expected to be completed by the fall of 2018.

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January 10, 2017

Government of Canada invests in new armoury for Halifax Army Reserve


The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National of Defence, today made the following statement:

As a partner, friend and ally of Israel, Canada fully supports the right of Israelis to live in peace and security, free from the threat of terrorism and incitement to violence.

“Canada condemns this terrorist attack that targeted Israel’s defence forces and expresses our deepest condolences to the victims and their families.”

January 9, 2017

Minister of National Defence Reacts to attack in Jerusalem


On January 9, 2017, pre-trial motions will begin for the general court martial of Ex-Petty Officer, 2nd Class James Wilks, a former Canadian Armed Forces medical technician, in relation to sexual assault and breach of trust charges.

When:             Monday, January 9, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.

Pre-trial motions expected, January 9 – 13, 2017.

General court martial expected to begin January 16, 2017.

Where:            Asticou Centre,Bloc 2600, Room 2601

241 Boulevard Cité-des-Jeunes, Gatineau (QC)

January 6, 2017

Court Martial Begins for Ex-PO2 James Wilks


Yesterday, Master Corporal Dustin Jackson was found not guilty by a standing court martial in Gatineau, Quebec.

The charges were related to an alleged sexual assault of a female member of the Canadian Armed Forces in Ottawa, Ontario in October, 2011, which was reported in January 2014.   

Quick Facts

Of the two charges which were preferred by the Director of Military Prosecutions on April 13, 2015, Military Judge, Lieutenant-Colonel Louis-Vincent d’Auteuil:

Found Master Corporal Jackson not guilty of one charge of sexual assault under section 130 of the National Defence Act (NDA) (section 271 Criminal Code of Canada).

Found Master Corporal Jackson not guilty of one charge of having behaved in a disgraceful manner under section 93 of the NDA.

The CAF takes all allegations of any form of sexual misconduct seriously and is committed to dealing with them as quickly as possible.

January 5, 2017

Canadian Armed Forces Member was found not guilty of sexual assault at court martial


New stories of football played during World War One are being shared ahead of the 102nd anniversary of 1914’s iconic Christmas Truce match. 

Letters and photographs from the period have been brought to light by Dr Islam Issa, Lecturer in English Literature at Birmingham City University, which show the role football played for soldiers during the Great War. 

The famed Christmas Truce match is believed to have been played in No Man’s Land on Christmas Day 1914 and the discovered items show that football was a regular part of the troops’ everyday lives. 

The pieces include a previously unpublished Christmas letter from a soldier based in France explaining how regularly he trains for the football team, and a photograph showing French children watch a British cavalry regiment play a match against Indian soldiers of the 18th Lancers.

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December 19, 2016

New stories of football in World War One brought to light ahead of Christmas Truce anniversary


Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) St. John’s has been selected as the next Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) ship to deploy on Operation REASSURANCE in early 2017, to support Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG 2) in the Mediterranean contributing to regional security and stability.

The deployment of HMCS St. John’s demonstrates Canada’s commitment and continued support to NATO assurance and deterrence measures in Central and Eastern Europe. HMCS St. John’s will depart Halifax in mid-January, replacing HMCS Charlottetown which has been serving with SNMG 2 since July 2016.

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December 19, 2016

HMCS St. John’s next Canadian ship to deploy on Operation REASSURANCE in support of Standing NATO Maritime Group 2


Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan was in London, UK, today for a meeting of Defence Ministers from the main force contributors to the Counter-ISIL Military Coalition. The meeting followed up on the discussions held in Paris in October and set the stage for the third large Coalition Ministerial meeting to be held in Spring 2017.

Defence Ministers reviewed progress in the Global Coalition’s efforts to degrade and dismantle Daesh, also known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, and focused on the ongoing military campaign in Mosul. During the meeting, Minister Sajjan highlighted Canada’s whole-of-government efforts which are focused on building the conditions on the ground for longer-term stability and prosperity in the region.

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December 15, 2016

Defence Minister Sajjan Attends Counter-ISIL Military Coalition Meeting


The 2nd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group (2 CRPG) is officially launching Exercise AQIKGIK today with a ceremony at the Royal Military College in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. This exercise, consisting of a snowmobile expedition to Indigenous communities in Northern Quebec and on the Lower North Shore, is in honour of the 70th anniversary of the Canadian Rangers and will take place from January 27 to March 17, 2017.

Six teams of six Canadian Rangers each will visit the 35 communities where the 2 CRPG patrols are located.

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December 15, 2016

2nd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group launches inaugural Exercise AQIKGIK


The Government of Canada is committed to providing the women and men of the Canadian Armed Forces with the support they need, including safe and modern work and training facilities. In order to improve the work of the Transport and Electrical and Mechanical Engineering sections, the Department of National Defence has awarded a $46.9 million contract to Cegerco Inc. from Chicoutimi, Quebec,  for the construction work of two buildings at 3 Wing Bagotville, as well as the deconstruction of the old buildings. Work should begin in Spring 2017.

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December 14, 2016

New buildings for Transport and Electrical and Mechanical Engineering in Bagotville


Three ships from China’s People’s Liberation Army (Navy) (PLA(N)) arrived in Victoria today as part of a scheduled port visit. The ships will be at anchor outside Esquimalt Harbour for the next two days after which the ships will come alongside at Ogden Point from December 15 to 19.. 

Foreign navy vessels routinely visit Canada, helping to strengthen cooperation, goodwill and trust.

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December 14, 2016

Chinese naval ships visit Victoria


Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Vancouver returned to Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Esquimalt today after a successful six-month deployment.

Since departing CFB Esquimalt in June 2016, HMCS Vancouver has operated extensively in the Pacific region. The warship participated in a variety of exercise opportunities, including RIMPAC and KAKADU, and visited several countries in the Asia-Pacific, fostering relationships with partner navies and promoting peace and security in the region as part of WESTPLOY 16.

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December 14, 2016

HMCS Vancouver returns home after a six-month deployment


The Government of Canada is seeking proposals from government, industry and academia in support of the Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) Innovation Call for Proposals. Proposed projects will aim to support the development of science and technology (S&T) tools, knowledge and advice that contribute to defending Canada’s sovereignty and safeguarding the lives and livelihoods of Canadians at home and abroad. 

This Innovation Call for Proposals will fund projects under two programs: the All Domain Situational Awareness (ADSA) S&T Program and the Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP)

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December 12, 2016

Government of Canada Announces 2016 Call For Proposals Bid Submission Period for Science and Technology Investments


Commodore Haydn C. Edmundson of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) officially assumed command of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150) on behalf of Canada during a change of command ceremony held at Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) Headquarters in Bahrain today. 

Commodore Edmundson took over command from Commodore Bilal Abdul Nasir of the Pakistan Navy.

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December 8, 2016

Canada assumes command of Combined Task Force 150


Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan announced today the delivery of the last mobile workspaces from DEW Engineering and Development for use by the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) as medical and dental clinics, workshops, field kitchens and command posts.

The mobile workspaces or “kitted shelters” are equipped with items including work benches, electronic and office equipment, power generators, and tools. The equipment (kitting) transforms the shelters, which are container-based workspaces that provide environmental protection, into functional units providing crucial support services.

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December 7, 2016

New mobile workspaces for the Canadian Armed Forces


Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Edmonton assisted the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) in the disruption of three separate illicit drug shipments from November 15 to 18, 2016, in international waters off the Pacific Coast of Central America. The combined weight of the disrupted drug shipments, confirmed to be cocaine by the USCG, was an estimated 2,120 kg.  In each instance, the collaborative efforts of the Royal Canadian Navy, USCG Law Enforcement Detachments (LEDET), USCG cutters, and USCG aircraft led to the disruptions. Most of the cocaine from each disruption was recovered from the ocean after being jettisoned by suspected smugglers in panga-style fishing vessels. 

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December 5, 2016

HMCS Edmonton assists in seizures, disruptions of over 2 tonnes of cocaine in Eastern Pacific


The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that Canadian Armed Forces personnel have safe and modern facilities in which to work and train. The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and Member of Parliament for Edmonton Mill Woods, on behalf of Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan, held a ground-breaking ceremony today to mark the beginning of construction work of a new facility for Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicles (TAPV) and Armoured Engineer Vehicles (AEV) at 3rd Canadian Division Support Base Edmonton.

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December 2, 2016

Construction of new military infrastructure begins in Edmonton


Yesterday, Captain David Christensen pleaded guilty to one charge at a standing court martial in Kingston, Ontario and was reduced to the rank of Lieutenant.

The charges related to an act of sexual misconduct against a female member of the Canadian Armed Forces in Kingston, Ontario, on June 10, 2015.   

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December 1, 2016

Canadian Armed Forces Officer reduced in rank at court martial


General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff, issued today the following statement:

“Every day, members of the Canadian Armed Forces prepare themselves for the responsibility of shielding their fellow citizens from harm.  That training is both rigorous and demanding.  It has to be. 

“Sadly, that training has claimed the life of one of our own.  Captain Thomas McQueen was a dedicated RCAF officer with 10 years of service. To his comrades and coworkers at 4 Wing Cold Lake, I offer my sympathy. I encourage you to seek solace and support in this difficult time.”

November 30, 2016

Chief of the Defence Staff reacts to the tragic death of Captain Thomas McQueen 


Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan today issued the following statement on the 2016 Fall Reports of the Auditor General of Canada.

“On behalf of my department and the Canadian Armed Forces, I wish to thank the Auditor General for the work undertaken by his office in completing these reports.

“We welcome his findings and agree with his recommendations.

“Recruiting, retention and equipment were among the many issues Canadians discussed throughout our Defence Policy Review consultation process and our Government is committed to addressing these issues with a renewed Defence Policy for Canada.

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November 30, 2016

Minister Sajjan Statement on the 2016 Fall Reports of the Auditor General of Canada


Today, Master Warrant Officer Alan Chapman pleaded guilty to one charge at a standing court martial in Gatineau, Quebec, and was reduced to the rank of warrant officer.

The charges related to an act of sexual misconduct against a female member of the Canadian Armed Forces in Cypus in 2010.  

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November 30, 2016

Master Warrant Officer Alan Chapman pleaded guilty at court martial


Shortly after 11 a.m. Mountain Standard Time, a single-seat CF-188 Hornet from 4 Wing Cold Lake crashed inside the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range in Saskatchewan, not far from the Primrose Lake Evaluation Range. Sadly, the pilot did not survive. The name of the pilot will not be released at this time, pending notification of next of kin.

At this time, our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of our fallen member. A flight safety investigation will be conducted to determine the cause of the incident

November 30, 2016

4 Wing Cold Lake CF-188 Hornet Crash


Master Seaman (MS) Guillermo Morales Castellonpassed away Friday November 25 from injuries sustained on Monday November 21, in an industrial accident at 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron located in Patricia Bay, near Victoria, British Columbia‎. There were no other personnel involved in the accident.

The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS) will conduct an investigation into the accident with support from Formation Safety. Further, a Board of Inquiry will be convened into the circumstances surrounding Master Seaman Morales Castellon’s death.

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November 28, 2016

Royal Canadian Navy Member Dies from Injuries


The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces have the support they need, including safe and modern facilities in which to work and train. On behalf of Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance and Member of Parliament for Saint-Maurice—Champlain, François-Philippe Champagne, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony today at the newly-constructed facilities for the Canadian Army’s new Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicles (TAPV) at 2nd Canadian Division Support Base Valcartier.

These facilities, completed three months ahead of schedule, will house 129 new TAPVs, provide maintenance bays and cleaning space for the vehicles and equipment, and classrooms for the training of seven units on the base.

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November 28, 2016

Completed ahead of schedule, new Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle facilities inaugurated in Valcartier


The Chief of the Defence Staff, General Jonathan Vance, today addressed the results of the Statistics Canada survey on Sexual Misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). 

The volunteer survey, the first of its kind in the CAF, asked members about their experiences and their perceptions of sexual misconduct within the CAF. Conducted from April to June 2016, it used an online questionnaire distributed to Regular Force and Primary Reserve members.

More than 43,000 responses were collected from Regular Force and Primary Reserve CAF members, representing 53% of the CAF population.

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November 28, 2016

The Chief of the Defence Staff addresses Statistics Canada survey on Sexual Misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces


Lieutenant-General Chris Whitecross, Commander of Military Personnel Command, and Colonel Scott McLeod, Deputy Surgeon General, attended the 7th annual Military and Veteran Health Research Forum presented by the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR) in Vancouver.

Held November 21 to 23, 2016, the Forum served as a focal point for more than 40 Canadian universities which have agreed to work together in addressing the health research requirements of the military, veterans, and their families.

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November 24, 2016

Canadian Armed Forces Senior Leaders Attend the Military and Veteran Health Research Forum