Daily archives: 17 March 2007

12 posts

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 – […]


Arctic/Offshore patrol vessels – an analysis

The right decision was made and a most significant battle has been won – the Navy will now be in the Arctic with an ice-capable ship – the Arctic/Offshore Patrol Vessel (A/OPV). Quite simply, the Navy had to be in our third ocean, and we can now lay to rest […]


‘Arctic’ misplaced in name of new patrol vessels

Much is being said and written about the recent announcement of the new ‘Arctic Patrol Vessels’. (See for example the DND Backgrounder, articles in the Globe and Star, commentary by James Travers, and editorials in the Star and Victoria Times Colonist) I maintain that the name given to these new […]


A lot of questions remain unanswered

The plan to construct six ice strengthened naval Arctic patrol vessels seems to have arisen out of the blue and a lot of questions remain unanswered. The Ministers of National Defence and Fisheries and Oceans are not members of the Priorities and Planning committee that made the proposal. Were they […]


The Arctic – What should the navy be doing now?

It appears that the Government wants our navy to acquire and operate Arctic Patrol Vessels (APV). What should the Canadian navy be doing pending the delivery of these ships? Well, it should NOT be sitting on its collective duff and waiting for the ships to arrive – that could take […]


First-year ice limit consistent with report

The recent announcement that the federal cabinet’s Priorities and Planning Committee has approved funds for six Arctic Patrol Vessels that will be capable of operations in First Year Ice is consistent with a series of recommendations made in a 2005 report by defence scientist Dr. Kyle Christensen. The 100-page report […]