Secretary of Defense Travel to Canada, Indonesia and Cambodia

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III will depart on November 18 for a trip to Canada, Indonesia and Cambodia. In Nova Scotia, he will deliver keynote remarks at the 2022 Halifax International Security Forum centered on the Department’s efforts to build a more resilient security architecture in concert with Allies and partners across the Indo-Pacific and Europe. He will also meet with Canadian Minister of National Defence Anita Anand to discuss the close defense relationship between the U.S. and Canada and the importance of strategic investments in defense capabilities.…

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Ford Strengthening Relations with the Royal Canadian Navy

Visiting ports is not just about sightseeing and adventuring. It’s about building relations and helping the community. During their first international port visit, Sailors assigned to the first-in-class aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) not only played in a soccer match against their Royal Canadian counterparts, but strengthened a bond with an ally. During the Halifax, Navo Scotia port visit, Ford Sailors competed against Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) Sailors in a soccer match at Porteous Field, Halifax. “I think it’s great we can both come together and play…

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Margaret Brooke Commissioned in Halifax

Today, the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) officially welcomed His Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Margaret Brooke into naval service October 28 with a commissioning ceremony. This ceremony marks a significant achievement for both the RCN and the Canadian shipbuilding industry. The introduction of a second Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) delivered under the National Shipbuilding Strategy, which sustains thousands of jobs annually in Canada, will enhance the RCN’s ability to enforce sovereignty and meet the future defense challenges in Canada’s offshore and Arctic waters. A ship’s commissioning ceremony is both…

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USS Gerald R Ford Makes Halifax Her First Foreign Port Call

The first-in-class aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) and embarked crew arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia, for the ship’s first international port visit, Oct. 28, 2022. Ford deployed from Norfolk, Virginia, Oct. 4, on its first deployment and has been conducting multinational maritime exercises and operations in the Atlantic Ocean with NATO Allies Canada, Spain, Denmark, Netherlands, and Germany. “We have been operating alongside our Allies and partners on the high seas, training our interoperability and interchangeability,” said Capt. Paul Lanzilotta, commanding officer of the USS Gerald R.…

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