The Canadian Naval Review is published by the Centre for the Study of Security and Development  (CSSD) 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 defense 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.



Volume 13, Number 1 (2017)

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Another issue of CNR is hot off the press, the first issue of our 13th year of publication. Year 13 will undoubtedly be a lucky year. As usual the spring issue of CNR consists of a variety of timely, interesting and controversial material. As part of the continuing commemoration of the 100 years since World War I, we start with an Editorial that talks about the RCN’s ‘forgotten war.’ Then we have an article about why Canada needs a humanitarian assistance/disaster relief ship, and an article about how we need to remember that deterrence isn’t just about nuclear weapons – we forget that at our peril. This issue is rich with commentaries. We have a piece written in reaction to the article on submarines that was in the previous issue, one that argues that Canada should purchase Offshore Patrol Vessels/corvettes to cover the gap until the Canadian Surface Combatants are ready for service, and one that argues that Canada should develop expertise on maritime hybrid warfare. On top of that, this issue of CNR contains other brilliant commentaries, the usual fascinating columns and a smorgasbord of book reviews.

Keep your eyes on the CNR Twitter account for more details (@CdnNavalReview). And see the full table of contents below.



Table of Contents

Volume 13, No. 1 (2017)

Editorial: The RCN’s Forgotten War: The First World War,  Richard Gimblett

Why Canada Needs a Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Ship, Kevin McCoy and Tom Tulloch

Deterrence is Not Only about Nuclear Weapons, Vice-Admiral Sir Jeremy Blackham

Dollars and Sense: The 2017 Defence Budget, Dave Perry

Making Waves

  • Comment on ‘Submarines are Sunk Costs’ by Michael Byers, Eric Lerhe
  • Ocean Patrol Corvettes for the RCN Now, David Longdale
  • Diminishing Numbers, Poseidon
  • Research and Development in Maritime Hybrid Warfare: It’s in Canada’s Interest, Joseph Spears
  • We Need a Navy, Right?, Bob Edwards

A View from the West: Two Emerging Threats to Maritime Security: Climate Change and IUU Fishing, Diana Edwards

Warship Developments: Offshore Patrol Vessels, Doug Thomas

Book Reviews


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