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.

New Issue Now Available

Canadian Naval Review
Vol. 15, No. 2 (2019)

Another issue of CNR is hot off the press.

Perhaps because of a hot summer, everyone was thinking of ice and cold water – and with no plan on our part, the fall issue developed a focus on the Arctic. We have four articles on the Arctic. We start with a ride-along with Nigel Greenwood on the Chinese ship Xue Long as it visited the Arctic in 2017. We have an article that looks at community-based marine capabilities in the Arctic – an article that gives us our cover photo – and argues that Canada shouldn’t focus on the Arctic Rangers to the exclusion of other community-based groups working in the region. Next we have an article that responds to an article in a previous issue of CNR. This article disagrees that Canada needs to worry about China’s ambitions in the Arctic – and argues that it’s Russia that should be concerned about China in the Arctic, not Canada. And our final article discusses the surface assets of the US Navy in the Arctic. What role does the USN surface fleet have, and what roles and capabilities should it have?

We also have some very interesting commentaries – a passionate argument about putting some navy back in the curriculum of the Royal Military College, a lament for the fate of the Royal Navy, and a discussion of Arctic amphibious capabilities for Canada. And of course we also have our always-fascinating regular columns, book reviews and amazing photos.

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. 2 (2019)

Editorial: A Perspective on Canada’s Three Shipyard Decision
Elinor Sloan

Voyage of Xue Long in the Northwest Passage 2017
Nigel Greenwood

Bolstering Community-Based Marine Capabilities in the Canadian Arctic
Peter Kikkert and P. Whitney Lackenbauer

China’s Mahanian Arctic Ambitions: Second Thoughts
Adam Lajeunesse

A Surface Presence for the US Navy in the Arctic?
Troy J. Bouffard and Cameron Carlson

Making Waves

Putting Some Navy Back in the Royal Military College
Jim Carruthers

“Jam Yesterday and Jam Tomorrow, but Never Jam Today”
Vice-Admiral (Ret’d) Sir Jeremy Blackham

Arctic Amphibious Capabilities for Canada?
Colonel (Ret’d) Brian K. Wentzell

View from the West: Strengthening the Indo-Japanese Partnership to Counter the Belt and Road Initiative
Bavneet Mand

Dollars and Sense: Stepping Up in the Arctic
Dave Perry

Book Reviews