Commodore Eric James Lerhe Obituary

Cmdre Eric James Lerhe OMM, MSC, CD, PhD Ret’d died suddenly in Halifax on 21 November after some months of declining health. Eric was a naval officer of a generation which deeply loved the Navy, and he was profoundly committed to the Service, and to Canada until the end. He enjoyed a splendid career, commanding HMC Ships SAGUENAY and NIPIGON, the CF Maritime Warfare Centre and Canada’s Pacific Fleet. He also served with distinction in National Defence Headquarters as Director of NATO Policy and in other senior roles. Eric possessed…

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Veterans Return to South Korea on War Anniversary

Victor Flett did not think he would be returning to Korea almost 70 years later – this time for an award from the Korean government. “This revisit was very meaningful to me,” said Flett, 94. “I have so many friends that are veterans of the (Korean) War who could not be here, and so many of my family members were in the military.” The Republic of South Korea honored Flett and two other Korean War veterans from BC for their service during and following the Korean War. South Korean President…

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RNLN acquires Fleet Wide License for OSI’s ECPINS WECDIS

OSI Maritime Systems (OSI) is pleased to announce it has been contracted to deliver a Fleet Wide License for the next generation of ECPINS to the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) Fleet, Shore establishments and the Belgian Navy (BN) frigates. “We are honored that RNLN and BN will be amongst the first users of ECPINS 7,” stated Ken Kirkpatrick, President and CEO. “ECPINS is at the heart of all OSI solutions, and as the most advanced WECDIS available, the RNLN and BN will have the most advanced navigation system available.” The…

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HMCS Vancouver & Winnipeg Conclude Keen Sword 23

Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5 Sailors along with Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) and Joint force U.S. military personnel, conclude Keen Sword 2023 (KS23), a biennial joint/bi-lateral field training exercise, around the waters of Japan, Nov. 18. KS23 was designed to enhance Japan-U.S. readiness and interoperability while strengthening the bi-lateral relationship and demonstrating U.S. resolve to support the security interests of Allies and partners in the region. Keen Sword does so by providing militaries opportunities to train across a variety of mission areas in realistic scenarios, enhancing readiness, interoperability, and building…

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NATO Allies and Partners Discuss Maritime Security

On 21 November 2022, the NATO Military Committee invited Partner Military Representatives from Australia, Colombia, Finland, Republic of Korea, Morocco, Qatar and Sweden, to a thematic discussion on Maritime Security and related activities. Opening the session, the Deputy Chair of the NATO Military Committee, Lieutenant General Lance Landrum extended a warm welcome to the Partner Military Representatives and officials attending in-person and online. He highlighted that “because of its global dimension, Maritime Security is key to NATO and its Partners peace and security. They depend on each other to ensure…

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Rob Huebert: Canada Must Get Serious About the Russian Threat

“I think there have been very terrifying inroads into the development of nuclear delivery systems that have started to blur that differential between nuclear deterrence and the possibility that, under certain circumstances, a nuclear power may decide that there is an advantage to using a limited nuclear strike against one of its enemies.“ What changes have there been to the overall security structures, infrastructure, and institutions in the Arctic as a result of the war in Ukraine? There have been two major changes. The first change is one of perceptions.…

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Royal Navy Vice Admiral Appointed NATO Commander

The Royal Navy’s Vice Admiral Keith Blount is to be appointed NATO’s Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe (DSACEUR), demonstrating the UK’s continued leadership in the Alliance. For the past three years, he has been Commander of NATO’s Maritime Command and this is the first time the position has been held by a member of the Royal Navy. He will take up the new appointment in the rank of Admiral in succession to General Sir Tim Radford in July next. Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe serves as the second in command to…

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US, UK, Australian and Canada in Combined Exercise VIRTUAL FLAG

“Fights on” loudly echos across the battlespace kicking off exercise VIRTUAL FLAG: Coalition 23-1 at the Distributed Mission Operations Center at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, and distributed sites across four countries, during the first day of an eleven-day exercise. VF:C is one of the U.S. Department of Defense’s largest exercises combining U.S. forces (U.S. Air Force, U.S. Space Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, and U.S. Marines) with international partners (Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, Royal Australian Air Force, Royal Australian Army, Royal Canadian Air Force, Royal Canadian Navy, and Royal Canadian Army) against an acute threat in a high-end fight across warfighting…

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