The Canadian Naval Review is published by the 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 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.

Now Available!
Canadian Naval Review
Vol. 14, No. 3 (Winter 2019)

I know that we’re biased, but we think we’ve produced another great issue. Carrying on the tradition, in this issue we are publishing the winner of our annual essay competition sponsored by the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust. The winning essay is by Adam P. MacDonald entitled “The Case for Canadian Naval Ballistic Missile Defence.” It argues that as Canada starts on the construction of the new Canadian Surface Combatants, it might be time to consider adopting naval ballistic missile defence capability. As well, the winter issue includes several articles that discuss the Arctic, including an interesting one that examines China’s motives and intentions regarding the Arctic, and discusses how China might use indigenous issues as a way to pressure Canada into acquiescing in Chinese policies. Another article looks at how the rapid growth of the Canadian Navy at the beginning of World War Two and the rapid changes in technology at the time had an impact on the effectiveness of Canadian ships in escort duty. The author concludes that the RCN was slow to adopt new technology and therefore the Canadian escorts were not as effective as they could have been. Making Waves contains a discussion of the cancellation of the EH-101 project to replace the SeaKings in 1993, and includes material from interviews of two of the most important actors at the time. There is also a discussion of Russia in the Arctic, and a response to a commentary in the Fall Issue. 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 details(@CdnNavalReview). And see the full table of contents below.

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Table of Contents

Volume 14, No. 3 (Winter 2019)

Editorial: Trends and Themes in Maritime and Arctic Security and Safety - Andrea Charron

Winner of the 2018 CNMT Essay Competition:
The Case for Canadian Naval Ballistic Missile Defence - Adam P. MacDonald

Mahan and Understanding the Future of Naval Competition in the Arctic Ocean - Rob Huebert

China’s Arctic Policy and Its Potential Impacts on Canada’s Arctic Security - Sherman Xiaogang Lai

Technology and Growth: The RCN During the Battle of the Atlantic - Acting Sub-Lieutenant L.J.W. Cole

Making Waves

  • Remembering Prime Minister Kim Campbell’s Lonely Losing Battle to Replace the Sea Kings - Robert Smol
  • Are We Losing the North? Canadian Arctic Security and Sovereignty - David Dunlop
  • Comment on “Understanding the Delusion” - Commander (Ret’d) Robert A. Rutherford

Dollars and Sense: Canada is Making Real Procurement Progress, but still Falling Short of Strong, Secure, Engaged - Dave Perry

Warship Developments: Snippets - Doug Thomas

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