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  • 27 Nov 2018 10:15 | Barry Walker (Administrator)

    Several members had requested the ability to use American Express credit cards to pay for memberships and donations.  We have responded by establishing a merchant account through American Express Canada, and connecting that account to our online payment service.

    A few minor issues were encountered and have been resolved, and we are now fully able to accept American Express for all NAC Ottawa memberships, events and donations.

  • 22 Nov 2018 15:01 | Barry Walker (Administrator)

    The Ottawa Citizen reports that there will be a second legal challenge to the CSC project at the Canadian International Trade Tribunal.

    https://ottawacitizen.com/news/national/defence-watch/canadian-surface-combatant-project-faces-second-legal-challenge

  • 21 Nov 2018 16:48 | Barry Walker (Administrator)

    The Halifax Chronicle Herald reports "Alion Canada, one of the firms involved in the $60-billion dollar procurement of Canada’s new fleet of warships, has launched a Federal Court appeal to overturn a recent decision to select Lockheed Martin as the preferred bidder." 

    Read the full story at

    https://www.thechronicleherald.ca/news/local/failed-warship-bidder-sues-to-scuttle-deal-261443/?

  • 6 Nov 2018 15:07 | Barry Walker (Administrator)

    On 5 November 2018, our guest speaker was Commander Jeff Loder, section head for Information Warfare capabilities in NDHQ’s Directorate of Naval Requirements.  He gave an interesting and detailed presentation on the exciting combat-related and other projects now, or soon to be underway for the RCN, with a view as to how the Navy is meeting the demands of 21st century sailors and warfare. At the conclusion of the evening, Branch President Barry Walker presented our guest speaker with a copy of Salty Dips and a certificate of appreciation.  


  • 28 Oct 2018 18:00 | Anonymous

    NAC-O President's Update

    October 27, 2018

    Dear NAC Member

    It has been an interesting month in Ottawa, with the announcement of the preferred ship design team for the Canadian Surface Combatant being made on October 19th. The full text of the announcement can be found at https://www.canada.ca/en/public-services-procurement/news/2018/10/government-of-canada-delivers-on-its-commitment-to-the-navy-by-announcing-next-steps-in-fleet-procurement.html

     

    Fall Edition of Soundings  

    Richard Archer has completed another recent magnum opus. The Fall 2018 edition of Soundings Magazine is now available on our website at Soundings.  Access to the current issue is restricted to NAC Ottawa members only, and you will have to log on with your user-id and password to see this edition.  Members who have elected to receive a paper copy of Soundings should find it in their mailboxes soon.

    November Monthly Meeting

    Our November Monthly meeting will take place on Monday November 5 in the Crowsnest at HMCS Bytown.  Our guest speaker remains a mystery as I write this email.  Unfortunately our planned speaker had to cancel his appearance, and your program committee is working on an alternative program.   The details of this will be announced as soon as possible.

    NAC Endowment Fund

    In 2018 the Endowment Fund of the Naval Association of Canada was able to sponsor and promote a number of worthwhile and important naval and marine initiatives across Canada. The Endowment Fund received submissions with recommendations for sponsorship totalling $58,000. And in 2018 was able to recommend support in the amount of $37,000. These awarded grants range from assisting with sea cadet scholarships, ongoing maintenance to the Battle of the Atlantic Memorial in London, Ontario, sponsoring the Shipbuilder’s Statue in British Columbia, and support to the HMCS QUADRA Education Foundation, to name but a few.  

    I encourage you to consider a contribution to the Fund, as best you are able, on an annual basis. Your continuing support is most valued. Also, you may wish to consider in your estate planning creating a legacy to the NAC Endowment Fund. It is particularly convenient to make a contribution to the Endowment Fund at the same time as you are completing your 2019 membership renewal.

    Additionally, I encourage NAC Ottawa Members to consider nominating candidate naval and marine initiatives or projects for Endowment Funding support. Wewelcome submissions from individual members. Please provide your recommendations on potential Endowment Fund Projects to your Endowment Representative, Howie Smith at (613) 286-8555 email at h.smith@lansdowne.com.

    Membership Renewal for 2019

    The annual Renewal Campaign for the 2019 Membership year will start on 15 November and run through to the end of February.  The preferred method of renewal will be online through your personal profile.  The roll-out of our new membership management system is now largely complete, and it is anticipated that the campaign will be even more successful and timely this year!   Payments can be made either directly while online or manually with an invoice (sent by email).    In addition to seeing what is now available to our members, this is also a good opportunity to review your personal profile to update your contact details and preferences.  Passwords can be regenerated on the NAC Ottawa log-in page if necessary.  However, you can contact our Membership Director, Gerry Powell, if you need further assistance.  For those without online access,  an offline renewal form is included in the latest edition of SOUNDINGS.  

    More detailed Information will be passed to everyone by email beforehand, and our membership management system will send out reminders during the campaign to those who have yet to renew.  The renewal campaign is also the most prominent time for donations to the Branch or one of the worthy charitable organizations it supports.  Please consider a generous donation with your renewal!

    Rembrance Day Ceremonies

    Details of the ceremonies at the National War Memorial and in Beechwood Cemetery have been posted to our events calendar at  National Remembrance Day Ceremony and Remembrance Day Ceremony.  I encourage you to participate in one of these ceremonies, or at  a local Remembrance Day ceremony in your community.


    Happy Hallowe'en, and I look forward to seeing you on November 5th.


    Barry Walker

  • 19 Oct 2018 14:00 | Barry Walker (Administrator)

    Public Services and Procurement Canada has announced that Lockheed Martin Canada inc. has been identified as the preferred bidder to provide the design and design team for the Royal Canadian Navy’s future Canadian Surface Combatants.  Read the full statement here

  • 26 Sep 2018 18:05 | Barry Walker (Administrator)
    The main bar of HMCS Bytown Officers' Mess was full to overflowing  today for the NAC Ottawa Fall Kick-off Event.  About 70 members gathered to reconnect after the summer break, and there was much camaraderie and fellowship.   Thanks to your generosity, over $150 was raised to support the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Education Fund.
  • 1 Sep 2018 10:00 | Barry Walker (Administrator)

    Following my last President's update to the branch, I received requests from some members asking about the status of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman's court case.   This morning, VAdm Norman sent this message:

    Dear Friends,

    This email is to confirm that the appearance scheduled for 0900 next Tuesday (04 Sept 2018) is going ahead as planned. I will be present and I will be accompanied by my lead counsel. This should be a significant milestone in the ongoing judicial process. We expect media interest/attendance. 

    I understand some of you may wish to attend.  I thank you for your ongoing support.  Feel free to share this email with anyone who you think may wish to know.  

    There is no need to respond to this email.

    Yours Aye,

    Mark


  • 4 Aug 2018 13:50 | Barry Walker (Administrator)

    NAC-O Members who are travelling to the East Coast may be interested in this invitation from the Royal United Services Institute of Nova Scotia


    Canada, from coast to coast to coast."  As it opens up, the Arctic is obviously of increasing interest not just to Canada but to other states of the world.  A knowledge of this challenging area is important to everyone with interests in defence, security and safety.

    The Royal United Services Institute of Nova Scotia extends an invitation to members of the NAC to hear a talk by Robert Brooks, Director, Canadian Coast Guard Economic and Industry Intelligence, on Wednesday, 29 August 2018.  His presentation is titled "Arctic Priorities: Opportunities For The Canadian And Global Arctic."  

    The event will start at 11:30 am at the Royal Artillery Park Officers' Mess with an informal no-host get together, followed by the talk at noon, then questions and answers, to finish about 1 pm.

    A limited number of light lunches will be available at a small charge.  There are some cafés, etc., in the area that offer quick take out lunches.  Parking at Royal Artillery Park is very limited.

    Registration is not required and there is no fee to attend this event.

  • 8 Jun 2018 19:11 | Barry Walker (Administrator)

     The 2018 NAC National AGM has been deferred from its previously advertised date of Friday 15 June to Wednesday 27 June 2018, (1200 Ottawa time), via teleconference and will use the GoToMeeting conferencing tool.

    Relevant reports/information for this AGM will be posted to the NAC AGM page shown below by Monday 10 June.


    Further details in regard how this teleconference AGM will be conducted will be forthcoming in NAC News, the NAC website (under 2018 AGM; see link below), and emails to members. It is also intended to keep Branch Presidents well informed of events and information, especially if any changes to the format occur.

    http://www.navalassoc.ca/occasions/2018-agm/

    NAC Ottawa members are encouraged to participate in this meeting either by use of the online tool or by submitting their votes by proxy  Members can vote by:

    1. mailing their ballot to the NAC Executive Director at the address listed on the ballot; or,

    2. attach the ballot (or copy and paste the “vote” portion ) to an email and send to the NAC Executive Director  (executivedirector-nac@outlook.com). Members can combine their ballot and proxy nomination in the same email.

    Your ballot must be received by the Executive Director no later that 2000 Tuesday 26 June 2018.

    Proxy Nominations:  Members can combine their ballot and proxy nomination in the same email. Procedures to mail/email the proxy nomination are the same as for voting.

    The AGM Proxy Form is available at http://www.navalassoc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/NAC-AGM-Ballot-and-AGM-Form-2018-rev002.docx.

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