Military

The Zumwalt-class destroyer USS Michael Monsoor was spotted sailing the waters in the Strait of Georgia near Nanaimo on Monday, Oct. 18. (Photo courtesy Tami Mullaly)

Stealthy U.S. Navy warship attracts notice as it sails through B.C. waters

Zumwalt-class destroyer operating near Area Whiskey Golf

 

The Canadian Forces flag flies outside office buildings in Ottawa, Tuesday March 9, 2021. Military police say they are investigating “historic” allegations of sexual misconduct involving yet another senior commander, this time the officer responsible for human resources in the Canadian Armed Forces. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Military’s human resources officer under investigation for ‘historic’ sex misconduct

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan called McDonald’s letter “inappropriate and unacceptable.”

 

Appointing more women to lead Canada’s military would help prepare the country for threats of the 21st century, reader writes. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh)

LETTER: It’s time for some testosterone interruptus in Canada’s military

Policy changes that allow all citizens, regardless of gender or sexual orientation,…

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Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin speaks to reporters outside the Gatineau Police Station after being processed, in Gatineau, Que., on August 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Judge strikes down Maj.-Gen. Fortin’s request for reinstatement to vaccine campaign

Judge says if Fortin was unhappy with federal decision, he should have filed a military complaint

Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin speaks to reporters outside the Gatineau Police Station after being processed, in Gatineau, Que., on August 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin speaks to reporters outside the Gatineau Police Station after being processed, in Gatineau, Que., on August 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Judge set to rule today on Maj.-Gen. Fortin’s reinstatement to vaccine campaign

Ruling by Justice Ann Marie McDonald follows a two-day hearing last month

Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin speaks to reporters outside the Gatineau Police Station after being processed, in Gatineau, Que., on August 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
The Canadian Forces flag flies outside office buildings in Ottawa, Tuesday March 9, 2021. An expert on sexual misconduct in the military says it would be dishonest for the Department of National Defence to promote the military as a positive place for women to work in an upcoming campaign after widespread reports to the contrary. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Planned recruiting ads aimed at women as military struggles with sexual misconduct

Prof: ‘It’s dishonest to recruit women into an institution at this point with such positive messaging’

The Canadian Forces flag flies outside office buildings in Ottawa, Tuesday March 9, 2021. An expert on sexual misconduct in the military says it would be dishonest for the Department of National Defence to promote the military as a positive place for women to work in an upcoming campaign after widespread reports to the contrary. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin leaves the Gatineau Police Station after being processed, in Gatineau, Que., on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Military officer who led vaccine campaign faces sexual assault charge

Dany Fortin told reporters that he does not know the details of the allegation against him

Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin leaves the Gatineau Police Station after being processed, in Gatineau, Que., on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Air Cadet Flight Sgt. Sophia Abad worked with junior members this summer through the Cadet Activity Program. (Capt. Tim Townley/Unit Public Affairs)

Oak Bay High senior student inspires juniors at cadet camp

Sophia Abad, 17, worked as a staff cadet at the Bay Street Armoury in Victoria

Air Cadet Flight Sgt. Sophia Abad worked with junior members this summer through the Cadet Activity Program. (Capt. Tim Townley/Unit Public Affairs)
Afghan women and children travel in a motorcycle cart during fighting between Taliban and Afghan security forces in Herat province, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021. The first planeload of Afghan refugees who supported the Canadian military mission in Afghanistan has arrived in Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Hamed Sarfarazi

Canada welcomes first of Afghan refugees who supported Canadian military mission

Canada is promising to spirit refugees out of Afghanistan due to resurgent Taliban

Afghan women and children travel in a motorcycle cart during fighting between Taliban and Afghan security forces in Herat province, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021. The first planeload of Afghan refugees who supported the Canadian military mission in Afghanistan has arrived in Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Hamed Sarfarazi
Geoff Goodship was contacted earlier this year by a man who had acquired his father’s First World War soldier’s uniform. Submitted photo

Vancouver Island man to be reunited with father’s 104-year-old First World War uniform

Geoff Goodship got a call out of the blue from an amateur historian who had acquired the outfit

Geoff Goodship was contacted earlier this year by a man who had acquired his father’s First World War soldier’s uniform. Submitted photo
A sailor and an aviator observe a moment of silence after unveiling a memorial at 12 Wing Shearwater in Dartmouth, N.S. on the first anniversary of a CH-148 Cyclone helicopter crash that claimed the lives of six Canadian Forces members when the aircraft plunged into the ocean, on Thursday, April 29, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Fix to software problem behind naval helicopter crash needed ‘forthwith’: experts

Autopilot prevented the pilot from resuming manual control in fatal 2020 crash

A sailor and an aviator observe a moment of silence after unveiling a memorial at 12 Wing Shearwater in Dartmouth, N.S. on the first anniversary of a CH-148 Cyclone helicopter crash that claimed the lives of six Canadian Forces members when the aircraft plunged into the ocean, on Thursday, April 29, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
Jonathan Vance responds to a question during a news conference, Friday, June 26, 2020 in Ottawa. One of Canada’s top military law experts says the decision to send former chief of defence staff Vance’s criminal case to the civilian justice system was not only the right call, it was the only real option.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Sending former defence chief’s case to civilian courts the only option, says expert

Retired colonel Michel Drapeau says civilian courts are the only acceptable venue for trying top brass

Jonathan Vance responds to a question during a news conference, Friday, June 26, 2020 in Ottawa. One of Canada’s top military law experts says the decision to send former chief of defence staff Vance’s criminal case to the civilian justice system was not only the right call, it was the only real option.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Chief of Defence Staff Jonathan Vance watches a news conference from the front row of seats Thursday May 7, 2020 in Ottawa. Retired general Vance, former chief of the defence staff, has been charged with obstruction of justice.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Former defence chief Jonathan Vance charged with obstruction of justice

The criminal charge will be pursued in civilian court

Chief of Defence Staff Jonathan Vance watches a news conference from the front row of seats Thursday May 7, 2020 in Ottawa. Retired general Vance, former chief of the defence staff, has been charged with obstruction of justice.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Sailor 1st Class Andy O’Brien works to identify and safely removed an undetonated Frist World War mortar from Fort Rodd Hill June 28. (Courtesy Canadian Armed Forces)

Undetonated WWII mortar discovered by Colwood groundskeeper

Two-inch mortar removed, destroyed by military explosive disposal technicians

Sailor 1st Class Andy O’Brien works to identify and safely removed an undetonated Frist World War mortar from Fort Rodd Hill June 28. (Courtesy Canadian Armed Forces)
Vice-Admiral Craig Baines, who was a rear-admiral at the time, responds to questions during a news conference in Ottawa on May 19, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Navy commander who golfed with Vance amid sexual misconduct probe to keep his job

Lt.-Gen. Wayne Eyre says he will give Vice-Admiral Craig Baines a chance to redeem himself

Vice-Admiral Craig Baines, who was a rear-admiral at the time, responds to questions during a news conference in Ottawa on May 19, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Military personnel salute as the homecoming motorcade procession for the return of Capt. Brenden MacDonald, Capt. Maxime Miron-Morin and Master Cpl. Matthew Cousins, drives through 12 Wing Shearwater near Dartmouth, N.S. on Thursday, June 25, 2020. Six Canadian Armed Forces members died when a CH-148 Cyclone helicopter flying from the Halifax-class frigate HMCS Fredericton crashed off the coast of Greece while taking part in a NATO exercise in the Mediterranean. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Software glitch contributed to fatal naval helicopter crash that killed six

Canadian naval helicopter plummeted into the Ionian Sea in 2020, killing all six on board

Military personnel salute as the homecoming motorcade procession for the return of Capt. Brenden MacDonald, Capt. Maxime Miron-Morin and Master Cpl. Matthew Cousins, drives through 12 Wing Shearwater near Dartmouth, N.S. on Thursday, June 25, 2020. Six Canadian Armed Forces members died when a CH-148 Cyclone helicopter flying from the Halifax-class frigate HMCS Fredericton crashed off the coast of Greece while taking part in a NATO exercise in the Mediterranean. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
Canadian Forces members and EDT Hercules personnel inspect recovered parts of the helicopter Stalker 22 during recovery operations for the aircraft in the Mediterranean Sea on May 31, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Department of National Defence, Cdr Robert Watt
Canadian Forces members and EDT Hercules personnel inspect recovered parts of the helicopter Stalker 22 during recovery operations for the aircraft in the Mediterranean Sea on May 31, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Department of National Defence, Cdr Robert Watt
Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan takes part in a year-end interview with The Canadian Press at National Defence headquarters in Ottawa on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Defence minister under fire for hiring assistant with past inappropriate relationship

Sajjan’s military aide was ordered suspended three years ago from the Vancouver Police Department

Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan takes part in a year-end interview with The Canadian Press at National Defence headquarters in Ottawa on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
The facade of the headquarters of the Department of National Defence is pictured in Ottawa, on April 3, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Military ombudsman demands independence now, accuses top brass of fighting oversight

Ombudsman: defence officials have fought to protect their kingdoms from outside interference

The facade of the headquarters of the Department of National Defence is pictured in Ottawa, on April 3, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Helicopter crew members onboard HMCS Halifax conduct inflight refueling during Operation Reassurance in the Mediterranean Sea in 2020. Some of the military choppers flying around Greater Victoria recently are taking part in a special ops training exercise. (Photo by Cpl. Braden Trudeau/Trinity-Formation Imaging Services)

Special Ops exercise brings influx of helicopters to Victoria

Ontario-based air force unit comes to Victoria to train over ocean

Helicopter crew members onboard HMCS Halifax conduct inflight refueling during Operation Reassurance in the Mediterranean Sea in 2020. Some of the military choppers flying around Greater Victoria recently are taking part in a special ops training exercise. (Photo by Cpl. Braden Trudeau/Trinity-Formation Imaging Services)