Monthly archives: June 2007

12 posts

Another submarine In our arctic?

Submarines are in the news again, both at home and elsewhere in the world. A Canadian Press item that appeared on Thursday, 28 June, 2007, about plans to send HMCS Corner Brook to the north. This is an interesting development and one can only presume that the provisions of the […]

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Evacuating Canadian nationals?

A recent article on extracting nationals issued from the recent Dalhousie Maritime Conference. The DFAIT speaker, backed up by Heinz Goulish (Marine Insurance and Risk Management Expert UK), showed that the Canadian evacuation was even riskier than the article below implies. Indeed, only the Israeli Navy protected our evacuation effort […]

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U.S. Navy fleet uncertainties

Our earlier discussion about the sensibility of addition another SSN to the appropriations this year, and the lack of clear direction on surface fleet plans, seems to have more substantiation in the recent announcement by the Seapower Committee. Their decision to add three, not five, vessels, and the fact that […]

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Whether to Fly or Ship Vehicles for the Army: The virtues of sealift vs. airlift

 The Pentagon’s request to Congress for $750M in ’emergency funding’ to move Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles (MRAPs) by air for use by U.S. Armed Forces in Iraq (detailed here) is an example of really ‘loopy logic’ when it comes to logistical planning. At a cost of $135K/vehicle, the amount […]

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Canada shifts to guerrilla war against Taliban

Amidst all the discussion of Afghanistan, and our military’s ability to defeat them in pitched, conventional battles, this author wondered why the Taliban had ever attempted to wage a pitched battle a la Operation Medusa in the first place. The Afghans being noted guerrilla fighters, it seemed that a switch […]

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The absence of Canadian naval policy is worrisome

Canada’s maritime interests at home and overseas are changing. On one hand, the effects of global warming on the Arctic Ocean and the lengthening of the shipping season there coupled with concerns for national security especially in isolated parts of the Canadian coast will demand a higher level of surveillance […]

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Footnote

Robin Allan refers to the requirement as a “Big Honking Ship”. The term is somewhat overly generous. The projected full load displacement of the JSS is about 28,000 tons, about 3,000 tons greater than the new US Navy San Antonio-class LPD, about the same for the Spanish Navantia LHD design, […]

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Seaborne & sea based expeditionary capability

We are indebted to Robin Allan for his timely article on international landing craft developments in the current issue of the NOAVI Lead and Line. Herewith are some related observations on the now grim outlook for Canada’s ability to respond to security and humanitarian needs at the speed and scale […]

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