Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief

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HA/DR from Canada, Part 2

[FAKE NEWS] Canada’s Two New Humanitarian Aid Ships Enter Service! Imagine that the Canadian government has just welcomed two humanitarian assistance/disaster relief ships to the Canadian fleet. MV Norman Bethune with her home port on Canada’s East Coast has been tasked with humanitarian aid to the Caribbean, Eastern Mexico, eastern […]

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Argument for Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief Ships [Part 1]

The world’s climate is changing. Without embarking on arguments about who or what is to blame, the point is that there is a problem facing Earth. In 2016 there were around 1,900 meteorological, hydrological or climatological loss events – 130 of those were classified as severe or very severe. In […]

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Logjams and logistical challenges

On Tuesday, 19 January, Murray Brewster of the Canadian Press filed a report that described the logistical problems confronting the Canadian Forces as they ramped up for Operation Hestia. Quoting Lt.-Col. Chris LeMay of Canadian Expeditionary Force Command, Brewster reported: “In comparison to peacekeeping deployments in Bosnia and even the […]

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The USN operational concept adds environmental missions to the ‘playlist’

The follow-on step in setting policy for the United States’ sea services emanating from the Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower has taken place with the release of the Naval Operating Concept 2010 (NOC10).  The same collaborative approach has been taken with this document as with the strategy: it is […]

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CF brings humanitarian aid to Haiti

(Reprinted with permission from Military Matters, Vol. 1, No.1, 18 January 201o. The Canadian Forces (CF) responded quickly to the disastrous earthquake that rocked Haiti and levelled Port-au-Prince. A Canadian Air Force CC-177 ‘Globemaster’ cargo aircraft departed the airbase at CFB Trenton at 2 a.m., 14 January to take the […]

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Naval support to disaster relief/humanitarian assistance?

If the Canadian navy had possessed a large ship available to deploy in the case of such incidents as the Haitian Earthquake: an AOR, JSS, Large Deck Amphib, or a RoRo Vessel taken up from trade, it could have taken huge quantities of building supplies, mechanized vehicles such as bull […]

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