U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, right, and Canadian Defense Minister Peter MacKay hold a press conference to open the Halifax International Security Forum in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Nov. 18, 2011. Panetta and MacKay fielded questions regarding possible U.S. budget cuts to the F-35 strike fighter and its impending impact on Canada. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo.
Canadian air force Sergeant David Panth teaches a class at the 533rd Training Squadron at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Canadians have been a part of the North American Aerospace Defense Command from its beginning, and seven Canadians currently fill various positions at Vandenberg AFB. (Courtesy photo)
An F-15E Strike Eagle and P-51 Mustang perform a heritage flight Aug. 15, 2010, during the Abbotsford International Air Show in British Columbia. The F-15E is assigned to the 4th Fighter Wing at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Larry E. Reid Jr.)
PEARL HARBOR (July 22, 2010) Aviation Systems Technician Private Derek McKenzie, a member of the Canadian 435th Air-to-Air Refueling Command, checks fuel levels in a C-130 Hercules before a refueling mission supporting Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010. RIMPAC is a biennial, multinational exercise designed to strengthen regional partnerships and improve multinational interoperability. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class John R. Johnson/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (June 9, 2010) The Canadian navy Kingston-class maritime coastal defense vessel HMCS Glace Bay (MM 701) participates in exercise Frontier Sentinel 2010. An estimated 2,500 Canadian and U.S. military personnel and government civilian agencies are participating in the annual training exercise, which involves the coordinated detection, assessment and response to a mining threat in Hampton Roads that would impede both commercial and military traffic in the Chesapeake Bay. The exercise also tests the response of military and civil authorities to a vessel that may be carrying a potential weapon of mass effect. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Rafael Martie/Released)
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NORFOLK (Feb. 17, 2010) Vice Adm. Mel Williams Jr., commander of U.S. 2nd Fleet, discusses with the crew of the guided-missile destroyer USS Stout (DDG 55) what their role is during Operation Bold Spectrum. Operation Bold Spectrum is a fleet synthetic training exercise involving Commander, US. 2nd Fleet ships teaming with the Air Force and Army, as well as Canada and Germany (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Goodwin/Released)
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At sunset a convoy of Canadian Light Armored Vehicles over-watches the area near Khadan Village, Afghanistan, Jan. 25. (22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment Photo by Staff Sgt. Christine Jones)
Two Canadian air force ground crew members from the 25th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Canadian Forces Bagotville in Quebec, Canada, monitor the fuel hose attached to their CF-18 Hornet Dec. 4, 2009, during a refueling operation at Altus Air Force Base, Okla. The Canadians are staging out of Altus AFB while conducting forward air control training at nearby Fort Sill. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Amanda Bower)
Master Sgt. Jeff Knoll, an F-16 Fighting Falcon crew chief assigned to the South Dakota Air National Guard's 114th Fighter Wing in Sioux Falls, marshals an F-16 Fighting Falcon June 4 during Exercise Maple Flag 42 at Cold Lake, Canada. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Larry E. Reid Jr.)
PORT EVERGLADES, Fla. (April 27, 2009) The amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48), guided-missile destroyer USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98), medium endurance cutter USCGC Tahoma (WMEC 908) and the Canadian navy auxiliary ship HMCS Preserver (AOR 510) are moored to the pier on opening day of the annual Fleet Week Port Everglades celebration. (U.S. Navy photo by Scott Lehr/Released)