The Canadian Naval Review is published by the Centre for Foreign Policy Studies (CFPS) at Dalhousie 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 defence and academic communities and is a component of the CFPS’s Maritime Security Program.

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.


Coming Soon: Fall 2015 (Volume 11, Number 2)

Here is a preview of what you’ll see in the fall issue of Canadian Naval Review (Volume 11, Number 2). Maritime migration is in the news these days, and we have articles that look at maritime migration both in Europe and in Asia. As well, we’re very pleased to include the winner of our annual essay competition in this issue – it’s by Ryan Dean, entitled “Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships: Adrift in Inflationary Waters” – and it’s very timely as Irving Shipbuilding begins to cut steel on the ships. We have an article about an incident in the First World War that spurred Canada to greater participation in the war, and illustrates the continuing challenges of international prosecutions for war crimes. And, of course, we have our regular columns.

This is just a sample of the exciting and interesting material contained in this issue. Take a look at the Table of Contents.

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Table of Contents

Volume 11, No. 2 (2015)

Editorial: Fact and Fiction in Naval Procurement - Peter Haydon

Winner of the 2015 CNMT Essay Competition
Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships: Adrift in Inflationary Waters - Ryan Dean

A Failing Policy for Failed States: The EU and Maritime Migration out of Libya - Andrew Bergel and Michelle Legassicke

Reflections on Canada, the State, the Nation and the Navy - Marc Milner

Jericho Rescue: A Case for Community Collaboration - Christopher W. Stairs

The Sinking of Llandovery Castle - Daniel J. Demers

Making Waves

A Whole-of-Government Marine Response Capability is Critical - K. Joseph Spears
The RCN’s Fuel Crisis (and Other Serious Problems) - Ken Hansen
A Suggestion for Future Fleet Composition - Ian Kennett

A View from the West: Migration Adrift in Southeast Asia - Nicole Hilborne

Dollars and Sense: The Defence Agenda for Canada’s 42nd Parliament - Dave Perry

Warship Developments: Major Surface Combatants - Doug Thomas

Book Reviews


News and Events

  • We were pleased at the response to our annual essay contest. As always, there were a number of excellent submissions. The winner of this year's Canadian Naval Memorial Trust/Bruce S. Oland Essay Competition is Lieutenant (N) Jonathan Douglas. His essay, entitled "Beyond Counter-Terrorism: The RCN and Canadian Interests in the Indian Ocean" and will be featured in the upcoming Fall issue.
  • Read about the latest publication by CFPS: At What Cost Sovereignty? Canada-US Military Interoperability in the War on Terror, by Dr Eric Lerhe
  • Read about another CFPS publication, Rise of the Rest: Opportunities and Implications, edited by David Beitelman and Jean-François Bélanger