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Over the coming days and weeks, you will notice a few changes to the site, as we move incrementally to a more secure model. The first change you will notice is that the site URL for the forums is changing. While the old "forums.army.ca" will still work for the foreseeable future, the new default will be to drop the leading "forums" subdomain. This is a minor change on the surface, but with far-reaching impact as we have been operating as "forums.army.ca" for a very (very) long time.
This change was made to consolidate the "forums" onto the same hostname as the rest of the site. The content and hosting remains the same, it's more or less a cosmetic change. With this done, the existing SSL certificate can be used to protect forum data. (Under the previous setup, we would need to purchase a second certificate - or a more expensive variant - to protect the extra subdomain.)
The long term goal then is to have SSL encryption enabled for the site by default, providing better overall security for account information, personal messages and all other content. I will be making changes incrementally, so it won't be immediate and (too) drastic, but will get us there in a reasonable timeframe.
Now those Navy, Air Force and Milnet folks will be asking "what about me?" The unfortunate answer is that while your URLs will also be changing (losing the forums. prefix) you won't be getting SSL in the immediate term. That would require the purchase of 3 more certificates each year, at about $100 a pop. So, I'm going to show my bias here and stick with securing Army.ca only. For those who want to make use of the SSL connection, you'll have to do it on the green side of things, I'm afraid.
So, where are we now? The SSL certificate is installed and the forums. hosts collapsed, but SSL is not the default. It is ready to test, which you can do by simply changing HTTP to HTTPS in your URL. For example:http://army.ca/forums
There are still some issues that will need to be resolved... some site content will try to load over http even when you requested https, and that will cause issues. I will pick away at these over time and when everything is "good" SSL will become the new default.
In the meantime, if anyone has issues, please let me know.
P.S. As a sidenote, for those following Heartbleed, we are patched and all key material has been regenerated from scratch.
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Sailors aboard HMCS Kingston are safe after the crew extinguished a minor engine room fire on Saturday, according to a spokesman with Maritime Forces Atlantic.
Capt. Peter Ryan says the fire broke out at 10:52 a.m. on the warship's return trip to Halifax after a six week mission in the Caribbean.
The fire happened in waters near the Carolinas.
Ryan says sailors were able to put out the flames using fire extinguishers.
He says all 36 crew members are unharmed and the ship doesn't require any assistance.
Ryan says while all fires are serious, this was not comparable to the recent fire on HMCS Protecteur that burned for several hours.
HMCS Kingston and Glace Bay, also part of the mission, are still scheduled to arrive in Halifax on Wednesday.
Ryan says they're looking into what caused the fire.
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FYI - UTPNCM offers are out, got mine 2 days ago ! Keep your eyes open !
Good luck to all !
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Cracks In HMCS Iroquois Will Limit Warship’s Operations
A Canadian military ship will be limited in future operations after cracks were discovered on the upper part of the vessel in late February.
HMCS Iroquois, an air defence destroyer ship that has been in use by the Royal Canadian Navy since 1972, suffered stress fractures to the superstructure – the part of the ship above the main deck – as a result of
stress from the sea’s movement.
The damage, on a portion of the ship that is above water, were discovered while HMCS Iroquois was completing a fleet exercise off the East Coast of the United States.
Further examination of the ship while it was docked in Boston, Mass. showed that the cracks’ impact were not serious enough to affect the current exercise. HMCS Iroquois was able to complete its mission and return
However, the Citizen has discovered that the ship, which is currently docked in Halifax, N.S. while engineers further assess the damage, will only be able to operate at limited capacity when the weather is bad.
Specifically, the Iroquois will be unable to navigate waters when the waves are particularly heavy.
The 42-year-old vessel typically operates in the North Atlantic Ocean, known for its rough water. The ship was declared safe enough to continue sailing in winter conditions during the examination in Boston.
As the Citizen reported in November 2013, Iroquois-class destroyers received a major upgrade in the 1990s and are scheduled for replacement in the mid-2020s if the government schedule remains on target.
Previous reports, though, have shown that officials do not expect the lifespan of these ships to last longer than 2017. As it stands, the ships will not be replaced before they are retired, leaving a sizeable gap in
Canada’s navy. Although the navy’s Halifax-class frigates will pick up some of the slack, the retirement of the Iroquois class will limit the range of operations the navy can undertake.
The Iroquois class has only three remaining ships: HMCS Iroquois, HMCS Athabaskan and HMCS Algonquin.
It’s unclear whether the Iroquois will be left in its current, restricted state, repaired for use until 2017, or retired from the fleet ahead of time.
The commanding officer of the ship was not available for comment.
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News release from DND:
Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Glace Bay recovered 97 bales of cocaine during a patrol in the Caribbean Basin, as part of Operation CARIBBE, on March 15, 2014.
HMCS Glace Bay, in cooperation with her embarked U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (USCG LEDET), identified a suspect fishing vessel while patrolling the Caribbean Sea. The USCG LEDET boarded the vessel but did not find contraband onboard.
The fishing vessel caught fire and the USCG LEDET disembarked six crewmembers from their vessel after the fire spread from the engine room to the fuel tank causing the vessel to sink.
A subsequent search of the general area located approximately 97 bales containing approximately 2,400 kilograms of cocaine – worth an estimated $80 million wholesale – floating in the water.
This marks HMCS Glace Bay ‘s first case involving an illicit narcotics shipment since beginning her participation on Operation CARIBBE earlier this month.
– Operation CARIBBE is Canada’s support to Operation MARTILLO – a multinational, joint, combined, and interagency effort by the nations of
the Western Hemisphere and Europe to prevent illicit trafficking in the Caribbean basin, the eastern Pacific Ocean and the littoral waters of Central America.
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Drastic changes about to be implemented to the Navres.
The Navres will no longer be an operational Formation.
It will be moved under MarPac west coast.
The majority of full time naval reserve positions will cease to exist.
If the Navres thinks they have a retention problem now (they do), what will it be like a year from now?
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I levelled the city and its houses from the foundations to the top, I destroyed them, and I consumed them with fire. I tore down and removed the outer and inner walls, the temples and ziggurats built of brick, and dumped the rubble in the Arahtu canal. And after I destroyed Babylon, smashed its gods and massacred its population, I tore up its soil and threw it into the Euphrates so that it was carried by the river down to the sea
- Sennacherib of Assyria, 680 BC
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