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xx New Company to Assist Soldiers and Veterans transition into civilian life

August 18, 2016, 13:01:56 by joe.blanchard
Looking for your assistance / Vous cherchez votre aide

We have a survey for our new company on   the survey is on our main page as you come onto the website

Could you provide is the assistance of filling out a survey and also passing on the info to other serving members and also to recent veterans (out in the last 5-7 yrs).  This info will assist us in tailoring programs properly for your total transition program

Thank you for your understanding and support,

Nous avons une sondage pour notre nouvelle entreprise sur   l'enquête est sur notre page principale que vous venez sur le site

Pourriez-vous donner est l'aide de remplir un sondage et de transmettre les informations aux autres membres de service et aussi aux anciens combattants récents ( dans le 5-7 dernières années) aussi . Cette information nous aidera à adapter les programmes correctement pour votre programme de transition totale

Merci de votre compréhension et de votre soutien,


Joe Blanchard, CD, MBA
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Navyca-Ico Interested In Sonar Ops

August 02, 2016, 20:24:45 by SonarOptional
Hey guys and gals,

My names Tyler. 23 years old from Halifax. Currently doing refrigeration and air conditioning work, not really enjoying it all that much. HAve been thinking more and more about joining the Navy.

The trade I'm interested in the most in Sonar Operator. Any Sonar Ops out there or just anyone in general who can answer some questions I have about the trade or just give me their thoughts on the trade?

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xx The navy is broke,' says former sailor over maintenance budget

July 25, 2016, 09:25:17 by Halifax Tar
Navy battles mould in frigate ventilation systems

All of Canada's front-line navy frigates have had serious mould problems, something that has routinely affected the health of sailors deployed overseas, a CBC News investigation has determined.

The navy has struggled to deal with the blight in the ventilation systems of the warships since it was first documented aboard HMCS St. John's in the fall of 2011, but a former senior commissioned officer says his repeated pleas to fix the situation fell on deaf ears.

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xx Canada's Vulnerable Coastlines

June 15, 2016, 11:18:05 by Underway
From the Star today:

Canadian coastlines are vulnerable, outgoing navy commander warns

HALIFAX—The outgoing head of the navy says Canada is vulnerable and needs to work even more closely with the United States to improve the maritime security of North America.

Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, commander of the Royal Canadian Navy, said the government should look at investing in sensors to improve maritime surveillance and the information-sharing relationship between Canada and the U.S.

Norman, who will hand over the navy to Vice-Admiral Ron Lloyd on June 23, said the sensors could take a variety of forms, such as an underwater sensor network or land-based radar.

“At the moment we’re vulnerable,” said Norman during an exclusive interview recently with The Canadian Press onboard HMCS Windsor, as it sailed roughly 57 metres below sea level off the coast of Halifax.

“There are a number of threats and the question is: Are we prepared to simply accept the threats and the implications of them? Or do we want to do something about it? Do we want to know what’s going on?”

Those threats could include drug trafficking in the Caribbean, illegal migration or “potential military threats in a circumstance that perhaps people don’t like to think about,” said Norman.

He added Canada has been “fairly lucky.”

“We’ve been able to avoid any real situations that either have embarrassed the country . . . or have actually threatened the security of Canadians,” said Norman, who starts his new role as second in command of the Canadian Forces on Aug 5.

“But that doesn’t mean that the potential for those things happening isn’t real . . . As senior military officers, our responsibility is to provide advice beyond just being lucky. You don’t base strategy or policy on, ‘We’ve been lucky so far.’ ”

Norman says sensors would bolster what he called “maritime domain awareness” under the NORAD agreement. Established in 1958, NORAD is the joint U.S-Canada command providing aerospace warning, air sovereignty and defence for North America.

Norman’s comments come as the defence department undertakes a review of the future of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Ken Hansen, a professor at the Centre for Foreign Policy Studies at Dalhousie University in Halifax, said working more closely with the United States is imperative because it’s impossible to defend Canada on our own, given its size and population.

“If a serious threat was to develop, we would have absolutely no choice but to call on the Americans for help,” said Hansen in a recent interview.

“That means that they have to trust that we’re doing a reasonable job and not just, as Donald Trump says, freeloading.”

Hansen also agreed with Norman about investing in sensors.

“You need intelligence and you need surveillance systems to get that intelligence and to shape and co-ordinate what we do and where and when,” said Hansen. “You can build a trust relationship by being smart about where you put your resources.”

Norman said investing in a sensor system is important, but it may not be seen as urgent in the context of the defence review currently underway.

“Do I see us having as a result of this defence policy review an explicit mention of improving the underwater sensor network in and around North America? Maybe, maybe not. We’ll see what happens,” said Norman.

“But it’s a growing concern from a maritime defence perspective and it’s something we need to think about going forward.”

Domain awareness is something that Canada does not do as well as we could, given the geographical/climate/budgetary challenges.  There are discussions (some action) on sensors going into the arctic for domain awareness, I wouldn't be surprised if that program were to be expanded to include other areas.  Trinity sure as hell could use the extra info to cross reference with what they already have going.

Interesting how the CAF seems to be able to talk about stuff now that the Harperites are no longer in power.  Whether you liked that particular government or not, all communications were very tightly controlled.  With the new government it seems that the CAF have found that they are freer to speak on issues with the attendant increase in seeing how the CAF leadership thinks and what they are looking at.  This article is an example of that change. 
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xx Current Flag Officers

June 07, 2016, 07:52:00 by NavalMoose
Does anyone know how many Flag Officers the RCN has active at this time?
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xx What do naval reservists do besides training

April 21, 2016, 03:34:23 by Eric16
What do naval reservists do besides training
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