HMAS Sydney Returns From North America

HMAS Sydney returned to Sydney July 30th following a four-and-a-half month deployment to the United States and Canada in which she qualified for operational duty. While away, the crew of Navy’s third and final Hobart-class destroyer conducted combat system sea qualification trials, including weapons firings off the US west coast and integrated sonar suite trials, sailing from Nanoose Bay, Canada.…

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Enabling Persistent Maritime Surveillance

Over a two-week period in late 2020 in the protected waters of Vancouver, Canada, International Submarine Engineering Ltd (ISE) tested its prototype of an underwater dock. The dock is a platform for autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) to upload data and re-charge their onboard batteries all while staying submerged. Setting aside the technical achievement, in this article we’re going to discuss…

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50th BALTOPS Kicks Off in June

May 24, 2021 – The 50th Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) exercise, the premier maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region, takes place in the Baltic Sea from June 6-18. This milestone exercise demonstrates a steadfast commitment to NATO and continues to change to meet evolving regional security requirements. Air and maritime assets from NATO allies and partner nations are involved in the…

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BAE Systems to Improve US Navy Mk 41 VLS

May 18, 2021 – BAE Systems, Inc. has won a U.S. Navy competition to serve as the design agent for the mechanical portion of the Mk 41 Vertical Launch System (VLS). The contract calls for BAE Systems to provide design, development, test, product improvement, and sustaining support for current and legacy VLS systems. BAE Systems will also continue to design…

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US Coast Guard & Border Patrol Patrol Canadian Border

December 10, 2020 – Coast Guard personnel partnered with Border Patrol agents near Southeast Alaska and the Canadian border, November 17-18, 2020 as a joint interagency effort to enforce border security, motor vessel safety and educate vessel operators on border crossing requirements. A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak HC-130J Super Hercules crew provided logistical support by transporting Border Patrol agents…

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International Cooperative Engagement Program for Polar Research Begins

December 8, 2020 – The International Cooperative Engagement Program for Polar Research Memorandum of Understanding (ICE-PPR MOU) entered into effect on November 27, 2020. The MOU establishes general provisions that apply across basic research to development, testing and evaluation to improve partners’ capabilities for successful and safe operations in Polar areas. Participating nations include the Department of National Defence of…

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Canada, Romania & NATO partner Australia Join Maritime Unmanned Systems Initiative

November 20, 2020 – Canada and Romania and NATO partner Australia joined the Maritime Unmanned Systems Initiative on 20 November 2020. The Maritime Unmanned Systems Initiative aims to strengthen the ability of navies to operate in a multinational context above, on, and under the water, in an increasingly complex maritime domain. Together with the National Armaments Directors of the other…

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Joint Statement – Five Eyes nations defence ministers

October 16, 2020 – Defence Secretary Ben Wallace yesterday evening took part in a videoconference of defense ministers from the Five Eyes nations, chaired by Canada’s Minister of National Defence. Mr Wallace joined defense ministers from Australia, Canada, and the United States. New Zealand were represented by a senior official, due to the ongoing New Zealand general election. Ministers highlighted…

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Exercise Joint Warrior Begins Next Week

September 28, 2020 – Thousands of sailors, soldiers and airmen and airwomen will next week take part in Exercise Joint Warrior, a major show of NATO’s collective force and capability. Taking part will be the Royal Navy’s largest and most powerful warship HMS Queen Elizabeth, taking her place at the heart of a UK-led NATO Carrier Strike Group. With her…

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Thomas Hudner Completes Operation NANOOK 2020

August 24, 2020 – USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116) concluded its participation Operation Nanook on Aug. 23, a joint exercise conducted in the northern Atlantic Ocean. “Thomas Hudner performed very well during Operation Nanook,” said Cmdr. Brett Litchfield, the ship’s commanding officer. “The crew was very motivated and forward-leaning throughout the exercise. We have gathered many lessons learned that can…

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