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.


Canadian Naval Review - winter 2020

Volume 15, Issue 3 Winter 2020

Vol. 15, No. 3 (2020)

Another issue of CNR is coming soon.

The winter issue is filled with an interesting selection of articles and commentaries. We start with the essay that won the 2019 essay contest, “On the Rise of the Materialists and the Decline of Naval Thought in the RCN.” In this article Captain Hugues Canuel, RCN, discusses how the Royal Canadian Navy has turned its focus to ships as the National Shipbuilding Strategy begins to produce them. This focus on capabilities, Canuel argues, comes at the expense of thinking about the bigger picture, and he laments the loss of capability in thinking about naval issues.

Our second article examines the new Chinese White Paper on defence, and the implications of its new aggressive tone. A third article looks at why Canada has not taken a more formal stance on freedom of navigation operations in Asia. The author suggests that this is because of the fear the Canadian government has that a formal stance would negatively affect Canada’s claims in the Arctic. A final article examines the development of hypersonic weapons and how the RCN should prepare to address these new weapons.

We also have some very interesting commentaries, and an interview with Dr. James Boutilier, a long-time Asia/Indo-Pacific specialist, who retired in the fall. And of course we also have our fascinating regular columns, book reviews and amazing photos. If you don’t have a subscription yet, you should get one so you don’t miss anything.

As always, keep your eyes on the CNR Twitter account for the latest updates(@CdnNavalReview). And see the full table of contents below.


Table of Contents

Volume 15, No. 3 (2020)

Editorial: Not for Sale: Trump, Greenland and Danish Naval Diplomacy
Tim Choi

Winner of 2019 CNMT Essay Contest: On the Rise of the Materialists and the Decline of Naval Thought in the RCN
Captain Hugues Canuel, RCN

China’s 2019 White Paper: Defence in the New Era
Joe Varner

Why the Absence of a Canadian Position on FONOPs? (Hint: Look North)
Adam P. MacDonald

How Does the RCN Prepare to Fight in Hypersonic Missile Environments?
Matthew Beaupré

Making Waves:
Notes from the Field: A Firsthand Look at the CSC’s New Radar
Tim Choi

The Future of Canada’s Maritime Fleet in the Arctic
Peter Barron

The Challenges of Opening Arctic Waters to the World
Joshua Nelles

A View from the West: Interview with Dr. James Boutilier
Brett Witthoeft

Dollars and Sense: Slightly Delinquent: Canadian Defence Burden Sharing
Dave Perry

Warship Developments: Snippets
Doug Thomas

Book Reviews