Daniel Proussalidis - November 1st, 2013
OTTAWA – A French naval defence contractor is meeting potential Canadian business partners for the construction of up to 15 new combat ships — Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) — even before the feds choose a design.
The ships will eventually replace the Navy’s destroyers and frigates.
Officials with shipbuilder DCNS toured several Quebec companies this week as part of a networking opportunity organized by bureaucrats with the Economic Development Agency for the Regions of Quebec.
Patrick Boissier, president and CEO of DCNS, is trying to position the company to provide the design for the new ships to be built on the East Coast as part of the feds’ $36.6-billion shipbuilding strategy. Read more…
Daniel Proussalidis - October 24th, 2013
OTTAWA – Amid the global threat of germ warfare, Canada’s military is taking its first steps toward creating a device sci-fi fans might recognize as a Star Trek tricorder.
Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) says it wants to develop a “hand-held biological sensor for real-time detection of bioaerosols.”
So DRDC is offering private companies up to $50,000 for a study to determine what kind of device could be developed for soldiers.
Daniel Proussalidis - October 2nd, 2013
Three Canadian ships will take part in warfare training with the U.S. navy off the coast of California next week.
The frigates HMCS Ottawa and Regina, along with 44-year-old supply ship HMCS Protecteur, left Esquimalt Harbour, B.C., on Wednesday.
“This not only showcases the Navy’s operational readiness, but our commitment to the Pacific region while strengthening defence relationships with our allies,” said Rear Admiral Bill Truelove, who commands Canada’s West Coast naval forces.
The training will include live fire exercises along with training to improve combat skills against submarines, ships and aircraft.
HMCS Protecteur’s participation follows an August collision with HMCS Algonquin in Esquimalt Harbour.
The Protecteur suffered what one public affairs official called a “scratch on her nose.”
HMCS Algonquin needed more extensive repairs.
The training comes as the U.S. pivots more forces to the Pacific Ocean, where China’s military forces have become increasingly assertive.