Monthly archives: March 2007

25 posts

Swarming Tactics

Today’s Navy Times (28 March) has an article that reports ‘swarming tactics’ were used by Iranian forces when they captured fifteen Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel on Friday. Their use of this tactic should come as no surprise, and yet that appears to have been exactly the case. In […]

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A new naval capability?

The Canadian government’s commitment of ground forces in Afghanistan in offensive operations against the Taliban arguably represents a new willingness of the government to consider the employment/deployment of the Canadian military to shape proactively portions of the world landscape as opposed to waiting for the requirement to act in a […]

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A first impression

Those who have been uneasy about the prospects for significant increases in government expenditures on the Canadian Forces in general, and on their Maritime assets in particular, presumably have found little comfort in the 2007 budget. The relatively small allocations to environmental allowances ($60 million per year), the creation of […]

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Maritime geostrategy and the development of the Chinese navy in the early 21st century

This article, published in 2004 in China’s most prestigious military journal, China Military Science, merits special attention as a cogent explanation for the recent acceleration in China’s naval development that has been manifested by the wide array of sophisticated warships that have emerged from Chinese shipyards since 2000. Xu asserts […]

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The view from the ‘port lookout’

As we wonder what the next budget will bring for naval forces in Canada, we might ask if the present fixation on joint and expeditionary warfare is/is not blinding us to more long standing and traditional maritime concerns. Perhaps it is timely to see what the “other guy” is thinking. […]

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Crewing the A/OPVs by reservist won’t be easy

A number of commentators in this forum have proposed to take the crews from the MCDVs and move them into the A/OPVs with the assumption that this will be fairly easy and relatively painless as compared to manning them with ‘scarce’ regular force talent. Alternatively others have suggested that the […]

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Modularity, the Littoral Combat Ship and the future of the United States Navy

Lexington Institute Paper, “Modularity, the Littoral Combat Ship and the Future of The United States Navy” is available here. The Lexington Institute paper provides a general overview and somewhat one-sided assessment of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). The paper is very limited on its treatment of the origins of the […]

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What about sea-based support for the arctic patrol ship?

The announcement of the Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship programme stated, “There is currently insufficient infrastructure in both Esquimalt and Halifax to berth the A/OPS. As a result, some additional jetty infrastructure renewal would be required. The project will also establish a docking and refuelling facility in Nunavut. These infrastructure costs – […]

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