Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

July 24, 2012 13:30 ET

The Government of Canada Announces Key Role for Meteorological and Oceanographic Centre at Canadian Forces Base Halifax

CFB HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - July 24, 2012) - Gerald Keddy, Member of Parliament for South Shore-St.Margaret's on behalf of the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, today announced that the Meteorological and Oceanographic Centre at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Halifax will be a key component of the Canadian Forces Weather and Oceanographic Service (CFWOS) Transformation project.

"Throughout history, the weather has been a key factor in the success of military operations," said MP Keddy. "This new initiative will enable the Canadian Forces Weather Services to better support their operations, our men and women in uniform, and our local communities."

This Centre is part of the $28.1M CFWOS Transformation project, announced by Minister MacKay today at CFB Gagetown. In addition to the Meteorological and Oceanographic Centre at CFB Halifax, the CFWOS will also include components at CFB Gagetown and CFB Esquimalt.

"As the capabilities of our Canadian Forces have grown, so too has the demand for more sophisticated meteorological services to support our personnel during operations both at home and abroad," said Minister MacKay. "This project will help them to do their vital work more effectively and efficiently."

Under the CFWOS, the Joint Meteorological Centre will centralize weather briefing and forecasting functions into a single facility at CFB Gagetown and allow personnel to develop new and improved weather specific products for the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces.

The CFWOS Transformation project will better enable Canadian Forces Meteorological Technicians to meet the requirement to support domestic and deployed operations, and to improve efficiency by better reaching end users, such as air crew and military commanders. Increased efficiency of forecasting operations also means more resources may be devoted to scientific project work.

In line with the Canada First Defence Strategy, there is a need to update and replace dated defence infrastructure in order to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

For further information, please see the backgrounder at http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/news-nouvelles/news-nouvelles-eng.asp?id=4330

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