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The jockeying to build Canada's long-awaited, fixed-wing, search-and-rescue planes has begun with the deadline for the submission of bids in the estimated $3.1 billion program.
With the ink barely dry on its proposal, Airbus Defence is saying that should its C-295 transport be selected, it will partner with Newfoundland-based Provincial Aerospace, to provide long-term maintenance and support to the fleet.
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says he plans to complete a thorough defence policy review by the end of 2016 — and the public will be asked to participate. In a recent interview with Embassy, Mr. Sajjan confirmed that Department of National Defence officials are already identifying how the review, or Defence White Paper, will be conducted.
Globe and Mail
The federal cabinet is reviewing options to bolster Canada's role in the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State that run the gamut from maintaining surveillance and refuelling aircraft to clandestine operations, military and government officials say.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised during the election to pull Canada's CF-18 fighter jets out of the bombing mission, but pledged a more robust training mission for the Canadian military.
A Liberal government would not purchase F-35 fighter jets to replace Canada's aging CF-18s and instead buy cheaper planes, saving money that would go primarily towards the navy, party leader Justin Trudeau said recently.
Trudeau told a boisterous crowd of several hundred in Halifax that he would end the Conservative government's "erratic" military procurement policy and guarantee promises made to the navy for new patrol ships and icebreakers.
RCAF CF-18s dropped 32 precision-guided bombs on Islamic State forces over a 30-day period.
The total number of bombs dropped by CF-18s during the entire Operation Impact was 514, according to statistics provided by the Canadian Forces to Defence Watch. That number then increased to 546, the Canadian Forces noted in updated stats provided recently.
The requirements for Canada's next fleet of fighter jets are being redrawn as part of a thorough defence review ordered by the new Liberal defence minister.
Harjit Sajjan said his department is looking at the procurement of military equipment, the size of the Canadian Forces and the theatres where they operate.
"We will consult with the public, through MPs, committees, stakeholders and think-tanks, so that we have a vision in line with our foreign policy objectives," he said in a recent interview.
MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates, a global communications and information company, recently announced that it has signed a contract amendment for $3 million with Canada's Department of National Defence to provide upgrades to the ground systems supporting the radar surveillance systems developed by MDA and used on Canada's fleet of CP-140 Aurora aircraft.
There are few people more closely connected to the WWII Avro Lancaster bomber than Milton, ON's Norm Etheridge.
So when a Dundas production company created a documentary around the two Avros left flying in the world today, it was a natural that Etheridge, 88, would be included.
Included he was — he got his own personal screening of Reunion of Giants at his Birkdale Place residence recently, complete with guest appearances by the crew that flew the bomber to England in the summer of 2014.
Halifax International Security Forum
The Halifax International Security Forum announced recently that the 8th Halifax International Security Forum will take place from Nov. 18-20, 2016 in Halifax, N.S.
The annual Forum brings together democratic security leaders from more than 60 countries to address the most pressing international security challenges.
"As local communities deal with the consequences of global security threats, I am proud that Halifax provides an important venue for people with shared values to come together and build strategies for working more closely together," said Peter Van Praagh, President of the Halifax International Security Forum.
Invitations to the Nov. 18-20, 2016 Forum will be issued in the spring.
For more information about the Halifax International Security Forum, please contact email@example.com.
A reunion cruise has been set up, to reunite former serving members, civilian staff and dependents who had the great fortune to be part of #1 Air Division in Europe.
The cruise will be aboard the Holland America ship, MS Nieuw Amsterdam — a highly-rated and new ship in their fleet. We will depart from Ft. Lauderdale, FL on April 10, 2016 — sailing through the Panama Canal on her way to Vancouver, B.C. The cruise length is 20 nights. The ports of call will be:
Cruising Panama Canal
Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica
Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
Puerto Chiapas, Mexico
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
San Diego, California
As with all Panama Canal cruises — the ship will book up quickly — so the recommendation is to book soon to avoid disappointment. Already a core group are booked and ready to enjoy the companionship, the memories, wonderful weather, the ports and all the great amenities of life aboard a beautiful ship.
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Or, see us and join us on Facebook — #1 Air Division (Europe) Reunion — 2016
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The Toronto Garrison Officers' Ball 2016 will be held on Saturday, April 2nd, 2016, at the Allstream Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto. This annual event is the highlight of the Garrison's social season and it may be of interest to the membership of the RCAF Association. Subscription pricing ranges from $125.00 to $175.00 per person, and based on previous years, we sell out quickly. Please visit www.torontogarrisonball.ca for additional information.
May 28, 2016 — Squadron Open House & Mixed Mess Dinner
May 29, 2016 — Brunch followed by a choice of several activities: Golf day in the Fredericton area, day trip to St. Andrews (including whale watching trip), or day trip to St. John.
More information will be added as details are finalized, but initial information is to help those travelling from afar. Please feel free to share with any former Wolf Pack members!
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408 Goose Squadron Association
Come out and celebrate the 75th anniversary of 408 Squadron!
The 408 Goose Squadron Association is proud to celebrate the 75th Anniversary and Reunion of the formation of 408 Squadron on the weekend of June 24-26, 2016. Register now for the early-bird rate!
Click here to view the event poster.
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The New Brunswick Aviation Museum is hosting a reunion from July 8-10, 2016 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the opening of Royal Canadian Air Force Station/Canadian Forces Base Chatham. The reunion is open to anyone who ever worked or trained there from 1941 until 1996, including former military and civilian personnel and their families. The reunion is also open to anyone who served at St. Margaret's or Tracadie Air Range.
Sabre Pilots Association of the Air Division Squadrons
Sept. 15-18, 2016
Delta City Centre Hotel, Ottawa
The Ottawa members of SPAADS look forward to, again, welcoming our fellow members as our guests to join us in your nation's capital for the 2016 reunion. Our SPAADS 2016 website has just been activated. Here you will find information helpful for you to register for the reunion, make your hotel reservations, and assist you with your stay here in Ottawa.
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