Defence Team News: Fortissimo 2018 and artifacts from a study conducted more than 50 years ago by DRDC Atlantic

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Welcome back to Defence Team News, I’m Lt(N) Jamie Bresolin.

And I’m Nicole Power. Here are the headlines at Defence.

Thousands of spectators were on hand as the Ceremonial Guard hosted the 22nd annual Fortissimo military concert on the lawns of Parliament Hill.

Featuring various bands and a sunset ceremony, the annual celebration included presentations by the Dominion Carillon, the Massed Pipes and Drums of the Canadian Armed Forces, and the U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps.

The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry (Wentworth Regiment), the guns of the 30th Field Regiment Royal Canadian Artillery, and a Royal Canadian Air Force flyby were also part of the celebration.

Open to the general public, Fortissimo draws thousands of spectators, with approximately 400 Canadian Armed Forces members participating in the event this year.

A recent facility move uncovered artifacts from a study that was conducted more than 50 years ago by Defence Research and Development Canada Atlantic personnel. The discovery: a box of questionnaire cards, part of a unique research project conducted in the early 1950s.

With the goal of studying ocean currents, researchers at the time tossed about 1,000 glass bottles containing these cards into the ocean off the coast of Nova Scotia, with a promise of 50 cents, equivalent to $5 today, if the note was returned to Halifax.

People returned cards from the Atlantic Provinces and all over the world, including the Caribbean, Europe, and even Africa. Depending on where bottles were found, researchers compared the release location with the found location to better understand the ocean currents in a particular area.

Before we go, volunteers are needed to help support the 2018 National Defence Workplace Charitable Campaign, which kicks off next month. Training is provided, and civilian employees can add it to their learning plans.

CAF members can also include these opportunities in their Performance Development Review. Stay tuned for more information about this year’s campaign.

That’s it for us. Thank you so much for watching. See you next time…

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