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April 2016


On April 1, a CC-130H Hercules aircraft arrives at the Resolute Bay Airport, Nunavut, carrying equipment and members of the Canadian Army in preparation for Operation Nunalivut. Photo: PO 2 Belinda Groves

Canadian Armed Forces operations update

Obtain an up-to-date overview of ongoing CAF missions in Canada, North America and around the world.
April 20, 2016

Defence News and Announcements

Minister Sajjan launches public consultations on Defence Policy Review. Photo: DND

Defence Policy Review: how should the defence team of tomorrow look?

Canadians will have their say in shaping the nation’s defence policy through public consultations, as announced April 6 by Harjit Singh Sajjan, Minister of National Defence.
April 20, 2016

Minister Morneau hosts pre-budget consultations in Calgary. Photo: Department of Finance

Defence highlights: Budget 2016

Find out how Budget 2016 outlines commitments to provide security for Canadians at home and abroad, and ensures the CAF has the capabilities it needs to carry out missions.
April 19, 2016

A Cyclone helicopter prepares to land on the flight deck of HMCS Montréal off the coast of Halifax on March 3. Photo: DND

X-Ship advances innovative naval concepts

The HMCS Montréal, the RCN’s Experimental Ship, (X-Ship) is designed to trial innovative concepts for more streamlined and efficient naval capabilities.
April 18, 2016

New Army General Officer rank insignia. Photo: DND

Army announces changes to the General Officer rank insignia

Read about how this rank insignia will align Army Generals with the rest of the Canadian Armed Forces.
April 17, 2016

Winter carnivals were a way to break the monotony of winter at the often-remote radar stations. Photo: Canadian Forces Museum of Aerospace Defence collection

Virtually visit Canadian radar stations

Experience what life was like at isolated radar stations across the country with this new virtual exhibit, “Off Scope: Domestic Life at Canadian Radar Stations.”
April 16, 2016

SLt Matthew Clark, Officer of the Watch on HMCS Brunswicker’s bridge, acknowledges a report from the machinery control room. Photo: DND

Sailing the sea of technology

Learn how a simulated exercise, conducted on solid ground in Saint John, provides realistic and valuable training to naval reservists.
April 15, 2016

A source provides information to JTF X source handlers during a training exercise. Photo: The Maple Leaf

Joint Task Force X conducts HUMINT operations

Commanders at all levels require detailed situational awareness to support their decision-making. Joint Task Force X (JTF X) HUMINT (human intelligence) Operations continue to demonstrate the value of intelligence derived from human sources.
April 14, 2016

Col Nigel Shaw Photo: The Maple Leaf

Election of Anglican Bishop Ordinary a first for CAF

Anglicans in the CAF, for the first time in history, have chosen their own bishop. The new bishop, Colonel Nigel Shaw, will be consecrated Anglican Bishop Ordinary to the CAF in Ottawa, on May 28.
April 13, 2016

The October 1917 Russian Revolution  Photo: Die Eroberung des Kreml,  von Konstantin Maximow, 1937

The evolution of transnational revolutionary organizations during the Islamist era

Professor Jason Cooley of the University of Hartford examines the evolution of transnational revolutionary organizations. Canadian Military Journal, Vol. 16, No. 2 (Canadian Military Journal is the official professional journal of the Canadian Armed Forces and the Department of National Defence.)
April 12, 2016

Honours and history

Commonwealth airmen study a map before taking off in their Avro Anson on a training flight from RCAF Station Hagersville, Ontario, in May I943. Photo: DND

RCAF commemorates WWII air training program

The RCAF’s 75th anniversary commemoration will highlight the accomplishments of one of the world’s greatest air training programs.
April 20, 2016

Captain William A. Bishop in the cockpit of his Nieuport Scout, on August 6, 1917, while with No 60 Squadron. Then-Lieutenant Bishop flew during the Battle of Arras, which the Battle of Vimy Ridge was part of, during “Bloody April”. PHOTO: DND Archives

Significant dates in April

Significant dates in April
April 19, 2016

In The Regions

The Department of National Defence has five regional National Defence Public Affairs Offices (NDPAOs) across the country, with headquarters located in the National Capital Region. These centres of excellence help identify and coordinate stakeholder relations programs by fostering a network of senior defence analysts, academics, business leaders, editorial/specialty media, civic contacts, entertainment and community leaders. Take a look to see what’s happening in your region, or explore other regions to learn more about defence activities and events occurring across the country.

BGen Marc Thériault, Director General Public Affairs, DND, visited the Atlantic Region on March 18-19 to deliver his presentation entitled, The Defence Communications Challenge.

Atlantic Region update – April 2016

Read about some recent events that took place in the Atlantic Region.
April 20, 2016

Cmdre Marta Mulkins, Commander of the Naval Reserve, being interviewed by La Gouvernance au féminin founder Caroline Codsi at the University Club of Montreal on March 9.

Quebec Region Update – April 2016

Read about some recent events that took place in the Quebec Region.
April 19, 2016

Gen Jonathan Vance, the CDS, delivers his remarks at the DND/CAF International Women’s Day event at NDHQ on March 8. Photo: Cpl Carbe Orellana, CFSU(O) Imaging Services

National Capital Region update – April 2016

Read about some recent events that took place in the National Capital Region.
April 18, 2016

Maj Ian Miedema shares career highlights with members of Rotary Club of North Scarborough, Ontario on March 9. Photo: Capt John-Hugh MacDonald

Ontario Region update – April 2016

Read about some recent events that took place in the Ontario Region.
April 17, 2016

LCol Brad Wintrup and Chief Warrant Officer Alan Blakney present a Snowbirds print to Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman (centre left) and Councillor Scott Gillingham, Council Liaison to the Canadian Armed Forces (centre right). The Snowbirds command team visited Winnipeg March 2. Photo: Gloria Kelly

Prairies and North Region update – April 2016

Read about some recent events that took place in the Prairies and North Region.
April 16, 2016

Rescuers treat mock casualties recovered from the wreck of HMCS Ojibwa in the hangar of HMCS Ottawa during SMASHEX 2016.  A decompression chamber is visible in the background. Photo: Cpl Stuart MacNeil, MARPAC Imaging Services

Pacific Region update - April 2016

Read about some recent events that took place in the Pacific Region.
April 15, 2016

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