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The Canadian Naval Review is published by the Brian Mulroney Institute of Government at St. Francis Xavier University. It is a professional journal examining a wide range of maritime security issues from a Canadian perspective. It focuses on strategic concepts, policies, historical perspectives, and operations of the Canadian Navy, plus oceans policy, marine affairs, and national security in general. This initiative brings together members of the Canadian defense and academic communities and is a component of the Brian Mulroney Institute's focus on Maritime Security.

The Canadian Naval Review has three primary objectives:

  • provide a public forum for the discussion of the maritime dimensions of Canada’s national security;
  • provide a public forum for the discussion of Canada’s naval and maritime policies; and
  • provide a source for the public examination of Canadian naval and maritime history and for the development of lessons learned.

Spring Issue Now Available

Canadian Naval Review
Vol. 15, No. 1 (2019)

It gets tiring to say, but we’ve produced another amazing issue. Because we are well-rounded and yet whimsical people, in the spring issue we have an article that waxes poetic about the retirement of the Sea Kings after 55 years. We’ve included an article that argues that Canada should consider the port in Churchill, Manitoba, as a possible base for the navy in the Arctic. As well, we have an article discussing the utility and capability of the Harry DeWolf-class Arctic Offshore Patrol Vessels. And, for your pleasure, we have an interview with Commodore Darren Garnier who was commander of Joint Task Force 150 until the handover of command to Pakistan in April.   

Dave Perry’s column is likely to raise eyebrows. He gives us the data – no fake news here – and shows that the record of the Trudeau government has exceeded expectations and the government is in fact very shipbuilding friendly. Its commitment to recapitalizing the navy fleet has meant serious money has been allocated to the National Shipbuilding Strategy.

Making Waves contains a discussion about how Australia should spend more time thinking about the Indian Ocean rather than just the Pacific Ocean. We also have a commentary on ‘future-proofing’ the Type 26 frigates that are about to built, and a commentary on using the Chinese behaviour in the Antarctic as a warning for how it might behave in the Arctic. The final commentary in Making Waves is an examination of the Russian seizure of the Ukrainian naval ships and sailors in November 2018. The sailors remain in a Russian prison, the ships remain in Russian hands – what justification can Russia make for its actions? And of course we have our usual columns and book reviews – and great photos. Don’t miss it.

The issue is now available – keep your eyes on the CNR Twitter account for additional details (@CdnNavalReview). And see the full table of contents below.


Table of Contents

Volume 15, No. 1 (2019)

Editorial: Innovation: Top Down or Bottom Up? - Colonel (Ret’d) John Orr

Sailing to Byzantium: A Eulogy to the Sea King - Jeff Tasseron

Third Base? The Case for CFB Churchill - José Assis Giammaria

The Strategic Contribution of the Harry DeWolf-class to Canadian Defence and Security - Gaëlle Rivard Piché and Lieutenant-Commander James Brun

Canada Concludes Fourth Command of CTF 150 - Interview with Commodore Darren Garnier

Making Waves

  • Sea Blindness and Australia’s Second Sea - Brian K. Wentzell
  • ‘Future-proofing’ the Type 26 Frigate - David Dunlop
  • Ships, Sailors and Pawns - Ann Griffiths
  • China and Antarctica: A Lesson for Canada? - Brian K. Wentzell

A View from the West: Pirates of Venezuela and Worrying Parallels with Somalia - Francesca Guetchev

Dollars and Sense: Evaluating Justin Trudeau’s Shipbuilding Record - Dave Perry

Warship Developments: Large Surface Combatants - Doug Thomas

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