U.S., Canadian Defense Leaders Call F-35 Crucial

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.

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Canadian Fuel Levels Check

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)

Canadian Navy Participates In Frontier Sentinel 2010

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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2nd Fleet Enhances Readiness Through Operation Bold Spectrum

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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Canadian Forward Air Control Training

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)

Fleet Week Port Everglades Celebration

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)

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)