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Capture of 22-metre transatlantic narco-sub marks new era in war on drugs

  Spanish authorities recently captured a 22-metre submarine after its three crewmen transported US$121-million worth of cocaine 7,700 kilometres across the Atlantic Ocean from Colombia, then scuttled it and ran. It’s the biggest narcotics submarine ever found, and the first confirmed to have transported drugs from the Americas to Europe, signalling what experts have characterized as...
  • Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen (1953-2018) will be remembered for many things, his contribution to the personal computer revolution among them, but his role in uncovering historic shipwrecks and resurrecting their stories is especially captivating to many who have followed ocean exploration and naval history...
  • Nazi Germany’s top naval commander mounted an epic defence of his sailors and their ships before an outraged Führer in January 1943, boldly predicting catastrophe if Hitler followed through on threats to scrap his high-seas fleet. Documents seized by Allied forces at the end of...
  • Old landmines, unexploded ordnance and abandoned munitions claimed more than 20,000 casualties in Afghanistan from 2001 to 2018, the vast majority of them civilian, says a new report that serves as a damning indictment of coalition pledges to clean up after of four decades of...
  • The original sat in a musty filing cabinet in the Halifax office of The Canadian Press for years: a sheaf of rice paper, its first page scrawled with the words “Passed by Censor 1942” across the top, just above the typed “BULLETIN.” It was dated...
  • Filmmaker Garth Pritchard: The good fight

    October 9, 2019 by Stephen J. Thorne
      “F/8 and be there” has been Garth Pritchard’s camera-ready mantra over more than 50 years as a journalist, rancher and raconteur. And the robust Alberta-based filmmaker has been all over the world with Canadian troops, from Africa and Burma to Afghanistan and the Balkans....
  • Bringing the navy up to date

    October 4, 2019 by David J. Bercuson
    A nation’s defence policy is inextricably tied to that nation’s willingness or ability to defend its sovereignty over its lands, waters and skies. In Canada’s case, the Royal Canadian Navy must play a crucial role in knowing who is operating in Canadian waters, what their intentions...
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