Debating Defence and Naval Policy (X)

The plan would scrap both remaining AORs (the 3rd was binned in the mid-90s to make way for an anticipated replacement - still not realized!), and they are just as necessary for our homeland defence. It will be recalled that we got the first of our own AORs after the Cuban Missile Crisis, when it was brought home to us that we had little capacity to sustain independent barrier operations off our own coast, without relatively short-legged destroyers and frigates having to go off-station, leaving gaps in the line for 2-3 days at a time, while going back into port to refuel. Halifax, St John's, Esquimalt and Prince Rupert are the only four ports on both coasts - a glance at a chart will reveal they are a long way from nowhere (adding Inuvik and Iqaluit to the mix will not make the problem easier).