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Lieutenant-General Jennie Carignan Appointed as New Chief of the Defence Staff

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced the upcoming appointment of Lieutenant-General Jennie Carignan, currently Chief, Professional Conduct and Culture, National Defence, as Chief of the Defence Staff. She will be promoted to the rank of General and will replace the current Chief of the Defence Staff, General Wayne Eyre, who is retiring from the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).

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Construction Starts on Canadian Surface Combatants

Construction has started on the Royal Canadian Navy’s new fleet of 15 Canadian Surface Combatants (CSC) at Irving Shipbuilding in Halifax. The project is budgeted at $56-60 billion (before taxes) to build the 15 CSCs and bring them into service. The CSC will deliver the capabilities provided by the RCN’s four retired Iroquois-class destroyers and 12 Halifax-class frigates, which will be retired once the 15 CSC vessels are in service.

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Statement from the Canadian Coast Guard on the Parliamentary Budget Officer’s report on Polar Icebreakers

The Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer published its report, titled The Polar Icebreaker Project: 2024 Update, on the procurement of two Polar Icebreakers for the Canadian Coast Guard. We welcome this report because it provides us with valuable data that will support our goal of investing every taxpayer dollar in the best way. We are now carefully reviewing the findings of the report, and would like to thank everyone involved for their hard work gathering and preparing this data.

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Minister Bill Blair announces updates on culture change at DND and CAF

Minister Blair announced that in response to Recommendations 1 and 2 in former Supreme Court Justice Louise Arbour’s Independent External Comprehensive Review (IECR), the CAF is issuing interim policy guidance to abolish the definition of “sexual misconduct” from its policies and to include sexual assault as a standalone definition, referring to the Criminal Code as the applicable law. In response to these recommendations, the term “sexual misconduct” will be replaced with three new terms.

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Royal Canadian Navy moves into second year of Naval Experience Program

To date, the enrollment target of 144 participants was surpassed, with 179 successful enrollees, demonstrating a promising start for NEP. Furthermore, there are currently more than 500 applicants remaining in the recruiting process. NEP has three main objectives: Attract and enroll, provide training and occupation exposure, and retain as many participants as possible into full-time naval service. Over the past year, NEP sailors have delved into life in the navy, experiencing both the challenges and rewards of a naval career. Now, they stand at the threshold of their decision, contemplating whether to embark on a long-term naval career with the RCN. 

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Saab signs contract with Swedish FMV for a third GlobalEye

Saab has signed a contract with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) regarding delivery of a third GlobalEye airborne early warning and control aircraft to Sweden. The order value is approximately SEK 2.6 billion and the delivery period is 2024-2029. The order is based on an option included in Saab’s contract with FMV from June 2022 which included two GlobalEye as well as options to procure two additional aircraft. GlobalEye has the Swedish designation S 106.

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Government of Canada launches public consultation on artificial intelligence computing infrastructure

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced the Consultation on Artificial Intelligence (AI) Compute, which will help inform the design and implementation of a new AI Compute Access Fund and a Canadian AI Sovereign Compute Strategy proposed in Budget 2024. The consultation includes the AI Blueprint, a discussion paper that outlines Canada’s opportunity and ambition on AI.

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MDA Space awarded $1B contract to design and deliver Canadarm3 flight system

MDA Space Ltd. has been awarded $1 billion from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) for the next phases of the Canadarm3 program. The most advanced space robotics system ever conceived, Canadarm3 will be used aboard Gateway, a multinational collaboration led by NASA to establish a space station in lunar orbit to support human and robotic missions to the surface of the Moon – a key element of the Artemis program.

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Vard Marine Inc. Welcomes Thordon Bearings Inc. into the Team Vigilance Preferred Suppliers Program

VARD has named Thordon Bearings Inc. (Thordon) as a preferred supplier to Team Vigilance. The Burlington, Ontario-based innovator secured its first naval contract in the early 1990s, supplying first-generation COMPAC bearing systems for installation to the RCN’s Halifax-class frigates and Oberon-class submarines. Since then, the company has supplied its bearings and seals to more than 50 Navies and Coast Guards around the world. As part of Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy, Thordon Bearings has proudly supported the AOPS program, supplying COMPAC propeller shaft bearings to all ships in this series.

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