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Photos: RCAF in action in Peru during search and rescue exercise
Ottawa Citizen
Here, courtesy of Combat Camera, are photos of the RCAF's Cormorant SAR and RCAF personnel in action in Peru during the recent search and rescue exercise. As noted in a previous Defence Watch post, aircrews from the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) have deployed to Peru to take part in Exercise Cooperación III, a key Latin American multinational exercise. The exercise, which has a focus on disaster relief.
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Maple Flag shortened this year
Cold Lake Sun
This year's 47th annual Maple Flag in 4 Wing Cold Lake will be reduced to a two and a half week single-part exercise, with participation from Canadian personnel only. The exercise will will include the training of a "high readiness" air task force. The schedule change came six days after the departure of Canadian personnel and six CF-18 fighter aircraft from CFB Bagotville, Quebec en route for Romania, an Eastern European country, to conduct training activities in support of immediate reassurance measures.
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Laurie Hawn responds: My private members bill is intended to protect the public interest and veterans
Ottawa Citizen
Laurie Hawn: I am concerned about what I consider to be over-the-top comments by David MacLeod about veterans issues and my Private Members Bill C-593. Nothing that I have ever done has been intended for anything other than the overall benefit of veterans. I know that there are always people looking to be insulted or looking for ulterior motives when there are none; but to suggest McCarthy-an motives is simply too much.
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Photos: RCAF in action in Peru during search and rescue exercise
Ottawa Citizen
Here, courtesy of Combat Camera, are photos of the RCAF's Cormorant SAR and RCAF personnel in action in Peru during the recent search and rescue exercise. As noted in a previous Defence Watch post, aircrews from the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) have deployed to Peru to take part in Exercise Cooperación III, a key Latin American multinational exercise. 


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Canada to let private companies decide where search-and-rescue aircraft are based
Leader-Post
It will be up to aerospace firms vying to supply Canada with new search-and-rescue aircraft to decide where such planes are to be located — a process that raises questions about private companies deciding the country's defence policy and where military staff are located.

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Critics wonder what air force is giving up in new Cyclone deal
The Chronicle Herald
The New Democratic opposition and a defence expert say they want to know what sort of compromises the air force might have to swallow in order to accept its long-delayed maritime helicopters. A series of government and defence sources revealed that public works had struck an agreement with the U.S. manufacturer of the CH-148 Cyclone helicopters to amend the purchase contract.

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Battle of the Atlantic parade
North Shore News
Servicemen and women of HMCS Discovery paraded alongside veterans of the Royal Canadian Navy, the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Canadian Army, as well as members of the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets and the Navy League in the Battle of the Atlantic parade and commemoration ceremony at the Sailor's Memorial in North Vancouver. The annual event honours those lost at sea in the longest single campaign of the Second World War.
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Ottawa pushed to boost benefits for wounded soldiers
Toronto Star
Wounded in war, hoping not to be forgotten in peace. More than a decade of war in Afghanistan has left a legacy of casualties for Canada’s military, soldiers suffering the physical and mental wounds of their deployments. And now as federal Conservatives prepare to hold "day of honour" to mark Canada's lengthy Afghan engagement, advocates say the best way to honour the sacrifices of the mission is to ensure the wounded are looked after.
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Veterans Honoured and Remembered
Net News Ledger
During World War Two, the convoys from North America to Great Britain were a vital life line to keep the war against the Nazis going. After the Allied Forces were forced from Europe and evacuated from Dunkirk back to Britain, the British Navy and Airforce were all that stood between the might of Adolf Hitler and the German Navy and Luftwaffe.
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Last two airworthy Lancasters to fly at Wings & Wheels
Blue Sky
Wings & Wheels, the annual aviation and motoring event held at Dunsfold Aerodrome, Guildford, Surrey, U.K., has confirmed a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum's prized Avro Lancaster which will be flying at this year's show.
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RCAF St-Hubert Reunion
RCAF
The bi-annual Junior Ranks Reunion is held for those who were stationed at RCAF Station St. Hubert - including but not limited to those who worked with the 401 & 438 Reserve Sqn’s, 104 KU, 426 Sqn, ADCHQ, and all other units. Today St. Hubert has so much less activity that we hold our reunion at RCAF Base Trenton. Our 9th bi-annual reunion will be held in the WOs' & SGTs' Mess at 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario between June 20th – 22nd, 2014.
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75th anniversary of the Harvard in Canada
RCAF
2014 marks the 75th anniversary of the Harvard in Canada. The Harvard Mark II saw service with the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan from 1939 to 1945. The Harvard Mark IV saw service as an advanced trainer during the 1950s and 60s. The Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association invites anyone who flew, trained with or serviced this magnificent aircraft to join us on the weekend of 20-22 June, 2014 as we celebrate 75 years of the Harvard with “The Gathering of Harvards and Heroes”. We have invited all currently flying Harvard aircraft to join us at the Tillsonburg airport, and we will have presentations, aircraft flying, contests and a banquet on the Saturday night. On Sunday we will attempt to put into the air the largest formation of Harvards since they were in service. More information for accommodations, program of events and participating aircraft can be found at our website and on Facebook. This will be a wonderful opportunity to see, touch and even fly in these historic aircraft. Please join us as we continue the legend.
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