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Op ARTEMIS: Counter-terr/secur @ sea (merged)

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The targets looked to me like lumberjacks ? This might not make those guys too happy. ;D
I hope these pic's aren't a repost.

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Members of the naval boarding party from HMCS Regina disembark from a rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) via a jump ladder in the Arabian Sea during Operation ARTEMIS on September 4, 2012.

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A naval boarding party member onboard HMCS Regina conducts a small arms exercise while deployed on Operation ARTEMIS in the Arabian Sea on September 3, 2012.

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There are a series of target images and the lumberjack porn star is one of them.

I still see we are having issues with the Hazardous Duty Life Jackets deploying early.
 

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This piece was circulated today on the Gunner net. BZ Bird Gunners!

By Petty Officer 2nd Bradley Breland

A warship in the middle of the ocean is not an obvious place to find four gunners - that is, soldiers of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery. If you look closely at a photo of the crew of HMCS Regina, however, in among the sailors' naval combat uniforms you will see the green CADPAT and unit identifiers of four members of 128 Air Defence Battery, 4th Air Defence Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery, from Gagetown, New Brunswick. As members of the second UAV troop to go to sea, the gunners joined HMCS Regina in July 2012 for her deployment to the Arabian Sea on Rotation 1 of Operation ARTEMIS. The first ship-borne UAV deployed in late 2011 with HMCS Charlottetown, which completed Operation METRIC in the Mediterranean Sea before moving to the Arabian Sea in April 2012 for the initial rotation of Operation ARTEMIS.

As part of HMCS Regina's Air Department, Sergeant Pete Sova, Bombardier Levi Sheppard, Bdr Kendall Hartjes and Bdr Justin Kovacs operate the ship's ScanEagle UAV, working with the crews of the CH-124 Sea King helicopter to provide aerial surveillance and reconnaissance of the ship's area of responsibility.
The soldiers didn't take long to realize that life at sea was vastly different from training in Gagetown and operations in Afghanistan. "Before joining Regina, I had never even seen a ship!", said Bdr Kovacs, the most junior member of the UAV team, who is on his first operational deployment. "There's a lot of terminology to learn." "There are a lot of strange traditions in the Royal Canadian Navy, and it is a very different environment from what we're used to" said Bdr Sheppard, "but the Navy has been extremely accommodating to us and there has been a smooth amalgamation of the three elements on board: Army, Navy and Air Force." Bdr Hartjes, a quiet, experienced soldier, said that although life at sea is a big change from their traditional operating environment, "the ports are great, especially Hawaii."

Although their uniforms are green, their faces are not. All three soldiers are proud to point out that they haven't been seasick. "Well, not yet," said Bdr Sheppard.
The gunners' previous experience was entirely land-based, so integrating the UAV into the ship's operations presented them with some major challenges. In comparison with operations in Afghanistan, said Sgt Sova, "the challenges we face are similar in a sense that there will always be different variables, such as the objectives of the mission. However at sea, there are many additional variables. Given that we don't remain in place at any time, this changes the parameters in which we employ the UAV - be it weather, sea state, or international water regulations. The UAV team has not only overcome these challenges, but has demonstrated that professional skill, coupled with years of operational experience, will provide an invaluable asset to the ships operational spectrum."

With soldiers in the UAV troop, airmen and airwomen in the helicopter detachment and - of course - the sailors of the rest of the ship's company, HMCS Regina is a truly joint Canadian Forces contribution in a maritime theatre of operations. As only the second UAV troop to deploy in a Canadian warship, Sgt Sova and his team continue the work of developing effective procedures and tactics for maritime employment of the ScanEagle UAV. Excited about future opportunities, Bdr Sheppard said, "We contribute in a huge way, we bring a whole new asset to the ball game!" The significance of their contribution was not lost on Bdr Kovacs. "They don't even know we're looking at them," he said. "The integration is good to see. We're learning about the Air Force and the Navy." With every flight, the UAV troop demonstrates its effectiveness and importance to the ship's mission. "I am extremely proud of this team of UAV operators," said Sgt Sova. "I am proud of their families for their support, and most importantly, proud to be here with them."

Bdr Hartjes has advice for gunners who might volunteer for future tours. "If you're interested in trying something completely different from what you're used to, give it a try," he said.

PO2 Bradley Breland is the Sonar Control Supervisor aboard HMCS Regina

Edit to add link to story in Regina Leader-Post: http://www.leaderpost.com/HMCS+Regina+home+after+completing+five+month+mission/7847777/story.html
 

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I had no idea Gunners operated UAV's thought it was just AESOP's, learn something new everyday.

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The idea behind having the UAVs under control of the guns, as opposed to int guys, is that if they spot a target that needs to be engaged quickly the "eyes" are on the same net as the firepower. All artillery batteries in a regiment monitor the Regimental net, and so B Bty could report a target with UAVs and have rounds dropping on it within a couple minutes. Try picking through different arms and levels of command that fast if they were under int control. Furthermore, with arty guys controlling the UAVs, they'll have the knowledge of how to adjust the fire for accuracy.

The surveillance / target acquisition role of UAVs complements the forward observation role that gunners require. And remember that the use of aircraft by the artillery, for target acquisition, predates any other military use of aircraft.
 

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Get Nautical said:
I had no idea Gunners operated UAV's thought it was just AESOP's, learn something new everyday.

The smaller RPAs (ScanEagle) are operated by the Army.  The larger RPAs (e.g. when we used to operate Heron) were operated by the Air Force with Pilots/ACSOs as the Air Vehicle Operator and AESOPs as the Payload Operator.
 

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The Maverick MUAVs are also operated by the Army.
 

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It is being reported that an unidentified sailor from HMCS REGINA has died in Tanzania.
There is no information yet on cause of death.


http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2014/04/22/canadian_sailor_dies_on_leave_in_tanzania.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-27120499

RIP


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They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters;
These see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep.
For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.
They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.
They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits' end.
Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.
He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.
Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.

RIP  :salute:
 

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News release from MARPAC:

Identity of Canadian Armed Forces member who died in Tanzania released

The identity of a member of Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Regina who died in hospital in Tanzania on April 21, has been released. Leading Seaman Brandon South was en route to Canada for a scheduled leave period from the ship, which is currently sailing in the Indian Ocean. The circumstances surrounding this death are being investigated at this time.

Quick Facts

• Leading Seaman Brandon South joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 2000. He was serving with HMCS Regina on Operation ARTEMIS as a sonar operator at the time of his death. He was based out of CFB Esquimalt, British Columbia.

• The Canadian Military Police are working with authorities in Dar Es Salaam to investigate the matter.

• Operation ARTEMIS is the Canadian Armed Forces’ current participation in maritime security and counter-terrorism operations in the Arabian Sea, which demonstrates Canada’s solidarity with partners and allies as we continue to work together for peace and security in the maritime environment of the greater Middle East region.

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“I am deeply saddened by the death of Leading Seaman Brandon South, which occurred while he was deployed overseas. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and colleagues, and we will ensure that support is provided for them during their time of need.”

Lieutenant-General Stuart Beare, Commander Canadian Joint Operations Command

“I would like to express my heartfelt condolences to the friends and family of Leading Seaman South. His presence will be dearly missed by all the ship’s company of HMCS Regina.”

Commander Daniel Charlebois, Commanding Officer HMCS Regina

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Brandon was a big guy in pretty much every sense of the word.  He was a friendly giant, with a big personality that could fill a space, and a big heart that helped his shipmates through any trial.  Rest in peace, Brandon.  Your watch is over.  :salute:
 

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I'll move this to a better thread once we hear what's announced - any speculation?
Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan and Parliamentary Secretary Jean Rioux will make an announcement in the House of Commons Foyer.

Date: Monday, May 29, 2017

Time: 10 a.m. (EST)

Location: House of Commons Foyer, Centre Block, Parliament Hill

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DH's list of possibilities.

1. Full withdrawal of the CP-140M from Op Impact XX June 2017.  Lets call it "Op Pause".

2. Implementation of Taco Tuesday at all kitchens CF wide.  Where ever you are, you know you are getting a taco on Tuesday!  We already have steaks on Thursdays and Fish on Fridays.

3. Implementation of the boot allowance.  This would force troops to think of a different question to ask during townhalls.

4.  Financial contribution to the mission in Afghanistan...



 

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Dolphin_Hunter said:
DH's list of possibilities.

1. Full withdrawal of the CP-140M from Op Impact XX June 2017.  Lets call it "Op Pause".

2. Implementation of Taco Tuesday at all kitchens CF wide.  Where ever you are, you know you are getting a taco on Tuesday!  We already have steaks on Thursdays and Fish on Fridays.

3. Implementation of the boot allowance.  This would force troops to think of a different question to ask during townhalls.

4.  Financial contribution to the mission in Afghanistan...

I'd personally be happiest with #2 with the caveat being they offer a black bean vegan option  ;D
 
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