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Federal budget 2015 reveals the war against ISIL will cost $360 million over next 12 months
War isn't cheap.
The Conservative government expects to spend more than $360 million on Canada's fight against the Islamic State over the next 12 months. That is on top of the $122 million already spent on the war, bringing the total to nearly half a billion dollars.
The revelation is contained in the federal budget, making the war against ISIL Canada's most expensive military mission since Afghanistan.
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Opposition parties blast boost to defence spending that doesn't kick in for 2 years
The Harper government is promising to spend more on the day-to-day upkeep of the military, but the cash does not kick in for two years and is short of what the parliamentary budget office says is necessary to maintain the status quo.
The new federal budget also confirms previously announced improvements to veterans benefits and programs — $1.6 billion in spending booked in the last fiscal year in order to avoid a deficit this year.
RCAF wants to spend more than $500 million on simulators to train its crews
Canada's air force wants to spend $544 million on new simulators and training systems as it tries to cut down on wear and tear on its aircraft and reduce spending on fuel.
The RCAF estimates that the purchase of new simulators could save $2 billion over two decades.
The increased use of simulators to teach pilots and other aircrew would also cut down on training flights, freeing up aircraft for actual missions, the RCAF argues in its recently published future simulation strategy.
443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron: New hangar opened and new colour consecrated
A ceremony was recently held to mark the official opening and naming of 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron's new hangar facility at the Victoria International Airport in British Columbia. The ceremony, presided over by the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, Judith Guichon, also included the consecration of a new Colour (standard) for the squadron.
The new hangar was named after Arundel Castle, a prominent landmark in West Sussex, England, where the squadron was stationed during its involvement with the D-Day landings in June 1944.
CVED seeks support to help 19 Wing land fixed-wing training centre
Comox Valley Echo
Now that the Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue Aircraft Replacement Project is up for tenders, the Comox Valley Economic Development Society is drumming up support in a big way as they bid for the training component of this major program. The air force is looking to replace six C-115 Buffalo transports, which are more than 50 years old, and 13 older C-130 Hercules. This project that has been delayed for years also requires details of where the planes should be based, meaning potential contractors can propose where to situate them.
Last of Doolittle Raiders present congressional gold medal to Air Force museum
The last two "Doolittle Tokyo Raiders" presented the group's Congressional Gold Medal for permanent display at a the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force recently, 73 years after their daring bombing attack on Japan rallied Americans in World War II.
Retired Lt. Col. Richard "Dick" Cole, age 99, gave the medal to the museum's director in a ceremony at the museum near Dayton attended by military and political officials and relatives of the original 80 Raiders.
Iraqis: Air campaign moving too slowly — quicker response times needed for coalition jets against ISIL targets
The Iraqis have been trying for months to get the coalition to step up the number of airstrikes.
Now Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says the coalition needs to speed up its response times on the air-strikes themselves. "It must be quicker," he recently told an audience at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC. "We're talking about that time scale between asking for a mission and actually getting the mission. That's vital, especially when fighting over the (contested) ground. You want the enemy to be killed as quick as possible."
U.S. Air Force moves toward common satellite control system
The U.S. Air Force is studying how to develop a common ground system to track, communicate with and control all the satellites it operates, a move that would save money and improve cyber-security, the head of Air Force Space Command said recently.
General John Hyten said in an interview that several options were under discussion that would free up money to focus on the sensors on different satellite systems that are used for communications, navigation, missile warning and other missions.
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Cockpit view of fighting ISIL from the air
The air boss for Canada's war against ISIL in Iraq and Syria has provided the first bird's-eye view of what it is like to be part of a spy mission over such hostile territory.
During a recent seven-hour intelligence-gathering mission that took place mostly to the west and north of Baghdad, the CP-140 Aurora crew with which Brig.-Gen. Daniel Constable flew observed an intense firefight between jihadist fighters and Iraqi security forces near the disputed town of Fallujah.
Canadair F-86 Sabre returns to Air Force Museum
After undergoing months of repair and beautification offsite, the National Air Force Museum of Canada's F-86 Sabre was brought home sporting her brand new colours. Aircraft 23257, Canadair designation CL-13, was delivered to RCAF Station Chatham, N.B., in November 1954. A Mk. V version, the aircraft continued to fly with the Sabre Transition Unit until its retirement in 1968.
Second-hand store find recalls famous squadron
Cowichan Valley Citizen
I know a keeper when I see one. It was hanging on a wall, almost lost among the flotsam and jetsam of a local second-hand store. Looking very much like a small life-ring, it's six inches across, of brass surrounded by dark brown plastic, and it bears the legend, "Bison Squadron." I knew that it had to be Royal Canadian Air Force, likely Second World War vintage.
Museum Expansion Gala
Bomber Command Museum of Canada
Saturday, May 9, 2015
5:30 pm to 10:00 pm (MDT)
Please have a look at our expansion plans, plan on attending our Museum Expansion Gala, and support the project by bidding on some fantastic items such as a two-hour flight in an L39 Albatros Jet!
RUSI(NS) — Distinguished Speaker — May 13, 2015
Royal United Services Institute of Nova Scotia
The Royal United Services Institute of Nova Scotia will meet Wednesday, May 13, 2015, to hear a talk by Dr. David Hanzen, Director, Atlantic Research Centre, Defence Research & Development Canada (DRDC). Dr. Hazen will speak on the changing role of DRDC in the Department of National Defence based on the 2014 Defence Science & Technology (S&T) Strategy.
The meeting will start at 12:00 pm at the Royal Artillery Park Officers' Mess with an informal, no-host get-together, followed by the talk at 12:30, then questions and answers, to finish about 1:30.
Upon completion of the speaker event, RUSI(NS) will convene for its Annual General Meeting. The AGM is planned to last no longer than an hour.
At this time, it is understood the mess will not be serving lunch. Sandwiches and cookies will be available for those attending the talk; there will be a small charge.
In preparation for the event, you may wish to read the S&T Strategy here.
Parking regulations are in place on the Base and people parking at Royal Artillery Park will need to "pay and display."
There is no need to confirm attendance. Guests are welcome.
Lt. Col. Maryse Carmichael, CD, RCAF (ret'd), first female Snowbird Pilot and Commander, guest speaker at Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame 42nd Induction Ceremony
Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame
Lt. Col. Maryse Carmichael, CD, RCAF (ret'd) will be the guest speaker at the 42nd annual induction ceremony of Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame. The former RCAF pilot was the first woman chosen to be part of the Snowbirds demonstration flight team, and later became the Commanding Officer of the squadron.
Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame to induct 4 new members and honour a Belt of Orion recipient
Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame
Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame (CAHF) will induct four new members at its 42nd annual gala dinner and ceremony to be held Thursday, June 4, 2015, at the Skyservice hangar in Toronto, ON, at the Toronto Pearson International Airport. The annual black-tie event is a highlight in Canadian aviation celebration and draws attendance from across Canada.
The new members are:
• Arthur Roy Brown, DSC: WWI pilot and combat leader
• James Stuart "Jim" McBride: aviation entrepreneur
• George Miller, CD: leader of the Snowbirds aerobatic team, 1973
• Owen Bartley "O.B." Philp C.M., DFC, CD: a military pilot and driving spirit behind the formation of Canada's Aerial Demonstration Squadron — the Snowbirds.
• AeroVelo Inc. — Belt of Orion Award for Excellence.
RCAF Airwomen's 12th Reunion
June 5-7, 2015
The Coast High Country Inn
4051 4th Avenue, Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 1H1
Your 12th Reunion Committee is hard at work finalizing plans for our reunion at The Coast High Country Inn in Whitehorse, YK.
#3 Wing RCAF Zweibrucken Germany, Brats Reunion
3 Wing Zweibrucken Brats
A reunion for all Brats of military personnel stationed to 3 Wing Zweibrucken, Germany during 1953 to 1969. The reunion will be held in Comox, B.C. on the weekend of September 11th, 2015.
Registrations are now open and information is available on the reunion website and Facebook page or contact the committee directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come and reunite with long lost Brat friends or make new ones at the reunion. Once a Brat, always a Brat... and we'd love to "See You in September!"
5th Annual Memorial Golf Tournament
Canadian Heroes Foundation
The Canadian Heroes Foundation, together with American Heroes Racing, are proud to announce that our annual memorial golf tournament will be taking place on...
September 17, 2015
At John Daly's first Signature golf course: Thundering Waters Golf Club
Niagara Falls, ON
This year, we will be playing in memory of two Fallen Heroes: a Canadian soldier and an American soldier, both of whom served their countries while abroad.
1 Air Division (Europe) Reunion 2015!
1 Air Division Reunion 2015 Committee
Registration is now open for the 1 Air Division (Europe) Reunion 2015 at the beautiful Tigh-Na-Mara Resort in Parksville, B.C., on Oct. 30-31, 2015!
Come and celebrate with us at a destination reunion on Vancouver Island! Former 1 Air Division personnel and their children are welcome.
2016 #1 Air Division Cruise Reunion
There is going to be a 2016 #1 Air Division Cruise Reunion, open to all who served in Europe from 1950 to 1991.
You can access the information at our webpage.
You can contact Gary Arnold, retired military, at 604-226-6894 or 1-800-661-3770.
You may also contact Christine Eden.
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