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Naval Tactical Operations Group

Corporal Braden Trudeau

Members of the Naval Tactical Operations Group aboard HMCS Halifax operate a special operations rigid-hulled inflatable boat during training drills on Operation REASSURANCE.

HMCS Halifax replaces HMCS Toronto on Op REASSURANCE

HMCS Halifax has replaced HMCS Toronto as the flagship of Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) during a recent ceremony in Rota, Spain.

 “Op REASSURANCE is Canada’s mission with NATO in various waters that connect to Europe,” said Commander (Cdr) Scott Nelson, Halifax’s Commanding Officer. “Canada commits to a ship consistency in the region to assure our NATO allies that we are there to support the endeavours of NATO’s mission overseas.”

This is the first time Halifax has deployed on Op REASSURANCE and the 12th time a Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) ship has taken part since 2014.

HMCS Toronto returned to Halifax on August 4, concluding its six-month deployment which began in January. While deployed, the ship actively supported NATO assurance and deterrence measures in Central and Eastern Europe. The ship and crew also participated in a number of cooperative deployments including DYNAMIC MANTA 19, SEA SHIELD 19 and SEA BREEZE 19, which were focused on maintaining and improving interoperability and combined capability and capacity building with friends and allies.

Both ships have or are serving as the flagship of SNMG2, currently led by Commodore (Cmdre) Josée Kurtz.

CH-148 Cyclone helicopter

Corporal Stuart Evans

HMCS Regina’s Air Detachment conducts hoisting and in-air refueling training with Bronco, its CH-148 Cyclone helicopter, during Op PROJECTION in the Pacific Ocean on August 2, 2019.

HMCS Ottawa takes over from HMCS Regina in the Asia-Pacific

On August 6, HMCS Ottawa departed its homeport of Esquimalt, B.C., for a four-and-a-half-month deployment to the Asia-Pacific region to support Op PROJECTION, taking over from HMCS Regina, which returned to Canada on August 19.

After making a quick stop in Dutch Harbour, Alaska, Ottawa departed for the second leg of its trip on August 14. While in port, nearly 100 sailors participated in the tradition of hiking up Mount Ballyhoo, which took them nearly 500 metres up to panoramic views. Ottawa and crew are now transiting the Pacific to Japan.

While in the Asia-Pacific region, Ottawa will participate in activities to enhance maritime security, as well as to build and maintain relationships with foreign navies and other international security partners. The ship will also conduct surveillance operations in support of United Nations Security Council resolutions on Op NEON, bolstering the integrity of global sanctions against North Korea.

During its seven-month deployment, Regina first supported Combined Task Force 150 on Op ARTEMIS, Canada’s contribution to counter-terrorism and maritime security operations in Middle Eastern and East African waters. The ship and crew successfully seized and destroyed 9,155 kg of illegal narcotics worth just over $4.7 million (USD) during four interdictions. Regina then left the Middle East to conduct patrols in the Asia-Pacific region in support of Op PROJECTION and Op NEON.

PUMA Maritime Miniature Unmanned Aircraft System


A crew member launches the PUMA, a Maritime Miniature Unmanned Aircraft System from HMCS Goose Bay for a training flight during Operation CARIBBE 2019, in the Caribbean Sea in July. (Image has been digitally altered for operational security.)

HMCS Goose Bay returns from anti-trafficking role on Op CARIBBE

HMCS Goose Bay returned to CFB Esquimalt on August 15 after being deployed for three months on Op CARIBBE. While deployed, the ship and crew supported efforts to reduce illegal trafficking in the Caribbean Sea by assisting the United States Coast Guard. Goose Bay also participated in TRADEWINDS 19 while in the region, an activity that brings security partners from different countries together to improve and maintain interoperability.

Crew of HMCS Oriole


The crew of HMCS Oriole while embarked on the Great Lakes Deployment. Oriole’s crew is made up of RCN members, as well as sea cadets between the ages of 13 and 16 years old, and is captained by Lieutenant-Commander Drew Foran.

HMCS Oriole has wind in its sails on the Great Lakes Deployment

HMCS Oriole left Kingsville, Ont., and is continuing its transit east back to Halifax as part of the Great Lakes Deployment 2019. Over the past month, Oriole’s crew has hosted 9,580 visitors who came to see the ship and speak with sailors who provided tours of the Navy’s longest serving commissioned vessel. Oriole’s crew also trained approximately nine sea cadets each week for a total of 27, and provided them with a unique opportunity to experience life at sea.

In Port Colborne, Ont., the crew participated in Canal Days, an annual festival at the southern opening of the Welland Canal. In Midland and Kingsville, Oriole made a splash at a series of Tall Ships Festivals. The Commanding Officer, Lieutenant-Commander (LCdr) Drew Foran, met with the mayors of Midland and Kingsville to thank them for their warm welcomes and hospitality. In Midland, Lieutenant (Navy) (Lt(N)) Eric Poon and Petty Officer Second Class (PO2) Adam Flegel gave a special tour to the Gooderham family – their great-grandfather was a key member in Oriole’s conception and transition from civilian sailing into the RCN.

Jetty NJ


The new Jetty NJ at Canadian Forces Base Halifax.

Jetty NJ at CFB Halifax complete

The recently completed 247-metre long Jetty NJ can operate in all weather conditions, and has a large back-up apron area. The jetty is fitted with a modern fendering system to ensure the safe and secure berthing of vessels, and a utility tunnel to house services running to the jetty. CFB Halifax is one of three locations across Canada, including Nanisivik in Canada’s Arctic, and CFB Esquimalt on the West Coast, that will support the new Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships.


General Jonathon Vance


Chief of the Defence Staff, General Jonathon Vance, addresses concerns about extremism and hateful conduct during a change of command ceremony August 22, 2019.

CDS statement on extremism and hateful conduct in the Armed Forces

On August 22 the Chief of the Defence Staff, General Jonathan Vance addressed recent concerns about extremism and hateful conduct within the Canadian Armed Forces.

Message from the Deputy Minister and Chief of the Defence Staff regarding the CAF/DND Sexual Misconduct Class Actions

The Government of Canada has agreed to a settlement relating to several class action lawsuits regarding sexual misconduct that were brought on behalf of current and former Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members.

To learn more about the Class Actions and how the proposed settlement may impact you, please visit the CAF/DND Sexual Misconduct Class Actions website or call 1-888-626-2611.

RIMPAC 2018 logo


The RIMPAC 2018 logo.

Got what it takes? RIMPAC 2020 logo design competition open to Defence Team members

The world’s largest maritime military exercise, Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), is holding a competition to design a logo for its 2020 iteration. There are some basic requirements that submissions should meet, and this competition is open to the entire Defence Team. Deadline for submissions is November 1, 2019.

Robert Hampton Gray


Robert Hampton Gray

Robert Hampton Gray: cool courage in the face of heavy odds

Robert Hampton Gray was one of the last Canadians to die in combat in the Second World War. Despite his Corsair being hit with cannon and machine gun fire, losing one of his bombs and his aircraft catching fire, Gray was still able to drop his payload and sink his target. For his bravery in leading an attack to within 50 feet of a Japanese destroyer he was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and the Victoria Cross in 1945.


OS Ayse Golcek


Portrait of Raven recruit OS Ayse Golcek, one of 40 participants in this year’s Raven program.

Meet Raven recruit Ordinary Seaman Ayse Golcek. Her participation in Raven is connecting her to her Indigenous heritage, and helping her explore her military interests.

Sub-Lieutenant Vinesh Shah


Portrait of Sub-Lieutenant Vinesh Shah, HMCS Oriole Logistics Officer. Photo taken on July 22 in Windsor, Ont., during the Great Lakes Deployment.

Meet Sub-Lieutenant Vinesh Shah. He managed to save a day of shore leave for his fellow crew on Canada Day in Toronto while on the Great Lakes Deployment.