Watch the March 14 episode of Defence Team News!

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In this episode, we highlight:

  • Joint Operations Symposium; and
  • Motor Vessel Asterix


Welcome back to Defence Team News. I’m Lt(N) Jeffrey Lura.

And I’m Shelley Van Hoof. Here are the headlines at Defence.

Canada recently hosted the Joint Operations Symposium in Ottawa as part of JOINTEX 2018, a series of Canadian Armed Forces-led exercises.

This symposium allowed senior CAF personnel, other government departments, and Allied leadership to hold discussions around national and multi-national joint operations.

This year’s symposium concentrated on the “engaged in the world” portion of Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged. Discussions focused on how the policy relates to NATO operations in Latvia and the upcoming TRIDENT JUNCTURE 18 exercise.

On March 6th, the Royal Canadian Navy held a welcome ceremony in Halifax to mark the recent acceptance of services of Motor Vessel Asterix, a converted civilian vessel which will provide at-sea replenishment services to the RCN.

MV Asterix will be operated and managed by Federal Fleet Services as part of a 5-year contract, and commanded by a civilian Master.

CAF members, mainly from the RCN, will sail onboard as members of the Naval Replenishment Unit Asterix. They will perform specific military functions, including refueling and resupplying RCN vessels at sea.

This is an innovative, interim, commercial solution to provide the RCN with much needed capability for at-sea replenishment, and will provide a bridge until the arrival of two new Joint Support Ships.

Before we go, a reminder that Regular Force and Reserve Force personnel are expected to use all their annual leave prior to the end of the fiscal year, barring conflict with an imperative military requirement.

For full details on this policy, please consult the Leave Policy Manual in the Related Links.

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