Posts Tagged ‘425 Squadron’
- Cpl. Yannick Scherrer, Royal 22e Régiment, R.I.P. He’s on his way home, expected to arrive home tomorrow. More here.
- More on the latest fallen in Afghanistan: “Before he was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, Cpl. Yannick Scherrer was eagerly anticipating a vacation in Thailand. The trip was just two weeks away and was sure to be a lively affair with some of his male friends, he told followers on Facebook ….”
- Taliban Propaganda Watch: Taliban claims to hit Canadian “tank” in Kandahar – no mainstream media confirmation on this.
- “The planned drawdown of US-NATO troops in Afghanistan later this year could adversely affect the flow of foreign aid to a country where the achievements since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001 are still fragile, aid workers warn. “We saw a drop in humanitarian assistance in Iraq and Kosovo after the international military forces withdrew,” Louise Hancock, a spokeswoman of Oxfam International in Afghanistan, told IRIN …. “We currently see the last spending frenzy in Afghanistan and then things will start slowing down,” said Sussane Schneidl, with NGO Tribal Liaison Office in Kabul ….”
- No Fly Zone in Libya (1) – “Canadian CF-18s flattened an ammunition depot and have co-ordinated other coalition air raids over Libya involving up to 20 warplanes, the military confirmed Monday. A reinforced bunker, 92 kilometres south of the battered city of Misrata, was hit with 225-kilogram, laser-guided bombs. It was the second ammunition dump taken out by the Canadian air contingent in a week. Four Hornet jetfighters from 425 Squadron out of Bagotville, Que., took part in the Sunday raid. There were no reports of casualties in the surrounding area, said Lt.-Col. Chris Lemay, an Ottawa spokesman for the overseas command. “The mission was successful according to the battle damage assessment we received and sustained no collateral damage as far as we can tell,” Lemay said late Monday ….”
- No Fly Zone in Libya (2) - “NATO’s commander for Libya deflected suggestions Monday that international airstrikes against Moammar Gadhafi’s forces were essentially providing air cover for advancing rebels, insisting that the military alliance’s mission is purely designed to protect civilians. Lt. Gen. Charles Bouchard of Canada told a press conference that the alliance was in the process of taking over command from the U.S.-led operation after NATO’s 28 members agreed Sunday to the transition. He declined to say how long it would take, saying it was complex and still being coordinated, though officials in Brussels have said it would be a few days. The move effectively means that once the transition is complete, NATO could bomb Gadhafi’s forces if they are threatening to harm civilian populations. International airstrikes have crippled Gadhafi’s forces, allowing rebels to advance near Gadhafi’s stronghold of Sirte after appearing at the brink of defeat ….” More from the Associated Press here. You can read General Bouchard’s speech from the news conference here. The name of the operation? UNIFIED PROTECTOR
- No Fly Zone in Libya (3) – An update from HMCS Charlottetown: “The second in command of the Canadian warship patrolling the waters off Libya says community support back home plays a “significant role” in morale on board the vessel. Lt.-Cmdr. Matthew Coates, a Halifax native who is the executive officer of HMCS Charlottetown, said it is important for Canadians to understand the sacrifices members of the Armed Forces and their families make for their country, and he said it is vital for those on deployment to know their communities support them. “Success is predicated on the support of family and friends back home,” Coates, 34, said in an early-morning telephone call from the ship Monday. The ship’s company is getting its first break since leaving Halifax on March 2 in a sudden call to duty to the Mediterranean Sea that took many families by surprise ….”
- F-35 Tug o’ War – The Globe & Mail simply must link one of the candidates to the F-35.
- What’s Canada Buying? Wanted: Someone to summarize Canada’s Arctic defence research.
- “A five-year-old girl rushed to hospital after a five-vehicle crash in Ottawa on Sunday afternoon has died, police confirmed Monday. The girl was riding in the driver-side rear seat of a minivan at about 3:30 p.m. on Sunday when the vehicle was T-boned at the intersection of Cyrville and Innes Roads, according to Ottawa paramedics. Paramedics said the girl suffered severe multi-system trauma, including a life-threatening head injury. Police confirmed Monday morning that the girl was pronounced dead late Sunday night. A woman at the scene who was a Canadian Forces military combat medic had treated the girl until firefighters arrived and helped to extricate her from the vehicle. Paramedics then rushed her to hospital but she did not have a pulse when they arrived at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario ….” According to the Ottawa Sun, that medic in question was Sergeant Alannah Gilmore. “Well done” to Sgt. Gilmore.
Written by milnewsca
29 March 11 at 7:10
Tagged with 425 Squadron, Afghanistan, Alannah Gilmore, Bagotville, CF-18, Chris Lemay, F-35, Joint Strike Fighter, Kandahar, Libya, Libyan unrest, military news, milnews.ca, Misrata, ramp ceremony, Raymond Sturgeon, Task Force Libeccio, Yannick Scherrer
- No-Fly Zone Libya (1) – The U.N. Security Council straps on a pair. “The Security Council (has) effectively authorized the use of force in Libya to protect civilians from attack …. ” Here’s a link to the official resolution (PDF).
- No-Fly Zone Libya (2) – More on Canada’s F-18′s headed into the fight, from unnamed sources. “A source told the Ottawa Citizen Thursday night that six CF-18s originally tasked for a NATO patrol off Iceland have now been ordered to take part in the Libyan mission ….” (Postmedia News) More, from unnamed sources: “Canada is poised to send in fighter jets to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya, defence sources told The Canadian Press. Six CF-18 fighter-bombers are being readied at Canadian Forces Base Bagotville, Que. and are expected to deploy overseas once the Harper government gives the official green light ….” (Canadian Press) Yet more from unnamed sources: “The six CF-18 fighter jets Canada is sending to help enforce the new United Nations no-fly zone over Libya could leave as early as Friday to join an assembling international force, and will be based out of Southern Europe, possibly Italy. Ottawa will also send between 120 and 200 military personnel to support the planes …..” One more version from unnamed sources: “Canada is expected to announce that it will deploy six CF-18 fighter jets to help enforce the UN’s just-approved no-fly zone over Libya, CBC News has learned. The jets would take at least 24 hours to arrive at their destination, which has yet to be determined, but defence sources told CBC that Malta and Italy were possibilities. Between 100 and 200 support personnel would be involved, the sources said, adding the announcement was imminent ….” (CBC.ca). Here’s some background information on the CF-188 Hornet, and on 425 Squadron based in Bagotville.
- No-Fly Zone Libya (3) – Q & A on what one wire service says it could look like.
- No-Fly Zone Libya (4) – How quickly? Could be pretty damned quick. Even if Libya HAS closed its airspace.
- Advice to Libyan insurgents, from Canada’s man at the US Army/USMC Counterinsurgency Center: “…. You have lost round one. Disperse and hide your weapons and ammo- you will need them in the future. Get organized – figure out who’s in charge and who has the plan. Get some external support – a lot of countries have a beef with Kadhafi. Exploit that. Get some training- learn to move, shoot and communicate. Get disciplined – we all want to be Che but you need some Sgt Rocks too. Dig in. Come back to fight another day, but this time try the indirect approach – the guerrilla approach. Don’t go conventional until you are ready – insurgencies lose because they move too fast. Read your Mao and Michael Collins – learn the lessons from someone else’s past ….”
- Canada’s Defence Minister on Afghanistan (1) – I’m back!
- Canada’s Defence Minister on Afghanistan (2) – A few more details about Canada’s “Kabul-centred” mission later this year. “In addition to lessons on marksmanship and bomb detection, Canadian soldiers will be teaching Afghan forces to read, write and practice medicine when the country’s new training mission begins later this year. Exactly when and where that instruction will occur remains undecided, but Defence Minister Peter MacKay promised quick answers during a visit to Kandahar Airfield on Thursday. The airbase was the final stop on a four-day Afghanistan tour for the minister and Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Walter Natynczyk, during which they scouted places where the troop trainers could be stationed. “The determination has yet to be made as to the exact numbers and configuration and location but I’ll tell you I’m able to go back now with a much more informed view and make a recommendation to the cabinet and the prime minister for a final decision,” MacKay said. “There is some urgency. We clearly recognize that the sooner we can get on with having trainers in place, the more this will increase our ability to give the Afghans capacity.” ….” More from the Canadian Press here.
- “In a surprisingly glowing assessment of the district where Canadian troops are concentrated, the new governor of Panjwaii, in southern Afghanistan, has declared the area “100-per-cent secure” from insurgents. “We have peace and stability in Panjwaii,” Haji Fazluddin Agha said Tuesday, referring to the region southwest of Kandahar City. “I can say Panjwaii is now 100-per-cent secure. We have government presence and influence all over the district, we can travel anywhere in the district, people are supporting us and we have created a level of good understanding with Canadian Forces.” ….”
- QMI reporter learns about “no fraternization” rule (even within married couples) in Afghanistan.
- F-35 Tug o’ War (1) – “The Defence Department has joined the Harper government in questioning the credibility of the parliamentary budget officer’s report on the costs of stealth jet fighter program. A top military official said Thursday the cost of buying 65 high-tech fighters would be about $15 billion over 20 years, including maintenance costs. That differs from the recent report of PBO Kevin Page that pegged the entire cost to taxpayers at $22.6 billion over 20 years. Page has been a thorn in the side of the Conservative government. His fighter jet assessment was criticized by Laurie Hawn, the junior defence minister, who called it speculative and illogical. Dan Ross, a Defence Department assistant deputy, said Thursday the military has requested a meeting with Page’s office to discuss his figures. Ross told a briefing at Defence Department headquarters in Ottawa that the PBO made a “mathematical error” in calculating the unit cost of the planes, and that its maintenance numbers were off too. His briefing was augmented by an array of slides, and documentation that was distributed to journalists ….”
- F-35 Tug o’ War (2) – You want the our cost figures? Here you go, then. “The federal government has finally made public a detailed cost estimate for its controversial F-35 fighter jet purchase in the wake of a committee hearing examining whether the Conservatives may be in contempt of Parliament for failing to disclose the material. The document dump follows a similar one a day earlier in which the government tabled a cost breakdown for its package of anti-crime bills. Some 55 F-35-related documents were apparently tabled before the Parliamentary Procedure and House Affairs Committee Thursday, however, those inside the committee room were not immediately aware of it. Shortly after, Dan Ross, the defence department’s assistant deputy minister of materiel, met with reporters to explain the cost breakdown, its methodology and to offer a few more details about why government figures differ from those released last week by Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page ….”
- London, Ontario is getting “…. a new facility to house the Integrated Personnel Support Centre (IPSC) and 2 Area Support Group Signal Squadron Detachment London (2 ASG Sig Sqn Det). This facility at Area Support Unit (ASU) London will address the current lack of infrastructure needed to house the two units …. This project, valued at approximately $1.3 million, includes the construction of a new 871 m2 facility that will address current accessibility issues and be more conducive to providing the services required for ill or injured Canadian Forces personnel. The project also entails the demolition of the facility that currently houses 2 ASG Sig Sqn Det London ….”
- What’s Canada Buying? “Spaceborne Ocean Intelligence Network (SOIN) Operations and Research” (via Milnet.ca)
- Ooopsie (1) – “Military police are investigating a Canadian Forces reservist from Winnipeg who is alleged to have been planning to attend a white-pride demonstration this weekend in Calgary. Capt. Karina Holder says the military can take action even if the reservist doesn’t actually attend the event, providing investigators find evidence. “Having that attitude alone is completely incompatible with the military culture,” Holder said Thursday from Ottawa. “It runs contrary to effective military service. You have to have that basic respect for your fellow human beings, otherwise you cannot function in this organization.” She said they received a complaint from a member of the public but can’t confirm that it was that complaint which prompted the investigation ….”
- Oopsie (2) – Someone Postmedia News thinks is quoted denying the claim. “A Winnipeg teenage military reservist under investigation by the Canadian Forces says allegations of racist activity levied against him aren’t true. The 17-year-old also said while he’d considered attending the white pride march in Calgary Saturday to watch — not participate — he cancelled the plans weeks ago. The teenager says while he is proud of his German-Ukrainian heritage, he does not believe in white supremacy. “I do not believe the white race is the master race. I do not believe any races are inferior. I don’t want any harm to happen to anyone,” he said. The teenager said he upholds all military values. “I don’t care if you’re homosexual, Asian, Muslim — we’re all there for the same reason, and that’s the defence of Canada.” …. The teenager said he’s since taken down postings on his Facebook page, including quotes from Hitler and Mussolini. He said he put them up because he sees them as “powerful,” in the sense of being willing to stand up and fight for beliefs. “I don’t want to give the wrong impression,” he said. “Just because an evil person did and said many evil things, does not mean everything he said was wrong.” He said he’d previously posted on a white supremacist forum, but doesn’t belong to any such groups and has since “matured” in his beliefs ….”
- Northwestern Ontario Canadian Rangers help train southern Ontario Reservists on how to fight in the winter in northeastern Ontario. “Sixteen Canadian Rangers from Constance Lake were an important part of a major military exercise to improve the ability of southern soldiers to operate in the North in the winter. The Rangers taught a range of winter survival skills to 115 soldiers from 32 Canadian Brigade Group, including members of the Grey and Simcoe Foresters. That group is part of the Canadian Forces Arctic Response Company Group, which is charged with responding to emergencies in the North. “They’ve taught everything from ice water rescue right down to ice fishing, food preparation, fire starting, improvised shelter building, snaring, and helping the soldiers stay out overnight in shelters the soldiers put together themselves,” said Master Warrant Officer Robert Patterson, Canadian Ranger sergeant major with 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group. Rangers also accompanied the soldiers when they went into the bush in two groups for the tactical phase of the week-long exercise. “They went out to ensure the movement of the soldiers was safe,” Master Warrant Officer Patterson said. “They’ve done a fantastic job. This is the first time the Constance Lake patrol has ever hosted an exercise of this magnitiude and they’ve done an outstanding job under the leadership of their patrol leader, Sgt. Albert Sutherland ….” More from the local paper here.
Written by milnewsca
18 March 11 at 7:45
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