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An Out-of-the-Blue Icebreaker Opportunity

An Out-of-the-Blue Icebreaker Opportunity

on 3:59 pm in Arctic, Featured Slider, Naval, Procurement, Recent Posts | 0 comments

By Colonel (Retired) Pierre Leblanc I recently attended the Maritime and Arctic Security & Safety Conference in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, where I learned of an interesting unforeseen opportunity for the Canadian Government to acquire a number of modern icebreakers at deeply discounted prices. On January 30, 2017, I raised my concerns with the aging of the Canadian Coast...

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Experts paint innovation and emerging technologies picture at Shipbuilding Tech Forum 2018

Experts paint innovation and emerging technologies picture at Shipbuilding Tech Forum 2018

on 4:34 pm in CAF, Coast Guard, Featured Slider, Innovation, National Shipbuilding Strategy, Naval, Recent Posts | 0 comments

As a maritime country with a coastline extending for over 200,000 kilometres and encircled by waters on three sides, Canada has a vested stake in ships. These vessels play an important role, not only in maintaining sovereignty, but search and rescue efforts, surveillance, seaborne transportation and logistics. For ships to continue performing such an indispensable role, technology must be...

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Decarbonization and Marine Propulsion Systems

Decarbonization and Marine Propulsion Systems

on 10:36 am in Coast Guard, Featured Slider, National Shipbuilding Strategy, Naval, Recent Posts | 0 comments

In 2012, the maritime industry emitted close to 1,000 million tonnes of CO2, which represented about 2.2 per cent of global CO2 emissions. A study by the Danish Shipowner’s Association (DSA) and UCL Energy Institute in 2016 showed that this could rise to 15 per cent by 2050. While the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) believes the industry can improve...

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EP 81: Asterix completes RCN trials and CF-18s to fly until 2032

EP 81: Asterix completes RCN trials and CF-18s to fly until 2032

on 10:37 am in Air, CAF, Featured Slider, Naval, Podcast, Recent Posts, Vanguard Radio | 0 comments

In this episode, Asterix completes Royal Canadian Navy trials, Canada’s CF-18s to fly until 2032 and Boeing gets $6.6 Billion from the Pentagon to expand missile defence. Show Notes: Canada will try to get more flying time out of its aging CF-18s with the aim to keep the jets operating for another 15 years, up to 2032. Some aerospace...

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EP 80: HMCS Athabaskan, Delivery of Ultra-Light Combat Vehicles and Nunavut’s High Arctic

EP 80: HMCS Athabaskan, Delivery of Ultra-Light Combat Vehicles and Nunavut’s High Arctic

on 1:41 pm in CAF, Featured Slider, Naval, Podcast, Procurement, Recent Posts, Vanguard Radio | 0 comments

In this episode, the HMCS Athabaskan to be dismantled by July 2019, delivery of the first Ultra-Light Combat Vehicle is underway and Canadian forces getting ready for an operation in Nunavut’s High Arctic. Show Notes: Public Services and Procurement Canada recently awarded a contract valued at $5.7m to Marine Recycling Corporation for the disposal of the Royal Canadian Navy’s...

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Marine Recycling to dispose of HMCS Athabaskan

Marine Recycling to dispose of HMCS Athabaskan

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The Government of Canada recently awarded a contract valued at $5.7m to Marine Recycling Corporation for the disposal of the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) former Iroquois-class destroyer, HMCS Athabaskan. As part of the contract, the company is responsible for towing the vessel to its facility located in Sydney, Nova Scotia. At this location, Marine Recycling will then demilitarise equipment,...

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HMCS Charlottetown completes deployment of Operation REASSURANCE

HMCS Charlottetown completes deployment of Operation REASSURANCE

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After completing a successful six-month deployment on Operation REASSURANCE, Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Charlottetown was replaced by HMCS St. John’s. Since joining the Operation as part of the Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) last August, HMCS Charlottetown engaged 13 navies with stops in 11 ports across seven countries. This was HMCS Charlottetown’s second deployment on Operation REASSURANCE,...

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The quest for the unconventional – conventional submarine

The quest for the unconventional – conventional submarine

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The recently released Canadian Defence Policy entitled “Strong, Secure and Engaged” reiterated the need for Canada’s Navy to be comprised of a balanced fleet of platforms which includes submarines. However, while it did not specifically mention a submarine replacement project, it did commit to modernizing the four Victoria-class submarines. Clearly, in this policy, the Government of Canada has acknowledged...

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EP 076: First Arctic patrol ship being assembled and new fighter jets for Canada

EP 076: First Arctic patrol ship being assembled and new fighter jets for Canada

on 10:00 am in Air, Featured Slider, National Shipbuilding Strategy, Naval, Podcast, Recent Posts, Vanguard Radio | 0 comments

In this episode, Canada launches a contest for 88 fighter jets, assembling the First Arctic patrol ship is on the way at the Halifax Shipyard and the steps needed to integrate the Australian F-18s into the current Royal Canadian Air Force’s fighter fleet. Show Notes: The main structural components of the Royal Canadian Navy’s first Arctic patrol ship have...

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Game Changer: George A. (Sandy) Thomson, Innovator, Thomson-Gordon Group Inc.

Game Changer: George A. (Sandy) Thomson, Innovator, Thomson-Gordon Group Inc.

on 3:08 pm in Featured Slider, Game Changers, Innovation, Leadership, Naval, Recent Posts | 0 comments

Trained as a pilot and a mechanical engineer, George A. (Sandy) Thomson, the third generation owner of Thomson-Gordon Group Inc., joined his family business in 1965 as sales manager responsible for the development of the Thordon bearing. Two years later he started exporting and distributing the basic shapes from which Thordon bearings were made. Eventually, the distributed products were...

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