Broadsides Discussion Forum


Royal Navy Changes and Challenges

We’ve published a series of commentaries in CNR by Vice-Admiral Sir Jeremy Blackham about challenges and changes with the Royal Navy. (See his most recent commentary in the upcoming fall issue of CNR.) In his commentaries Blackham argues that it is dangerous to lose sight of the conventional elements of […]

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The Utility of Mexeflote

Davie Shipbuilding gave a presentation at the Canadian Defence Security and Aerospace Exhibition Atlantic in Halifax on 5-7 September. Davie’s presentation featured the new (interim) Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment ship, Asterix. (http://www.davie.cas/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/DEFSEC-FOR-WEB.pdf). A small easily-overlooked detail was that Asterix is mexeflote-ready. On September 8, after Hurricane Irma struck the island of […]

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Victoria-class Submarines

In the early 1990s, the acquisition of new conventional submarines, as promised by the Conservative government after the cancellation of the nuclear submarine program in 1989, was believed unattainable. Thus the naval program was realigned and changed to “Maintain the Submarine Capability “as it was evident that the OBERON Class […]

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Canada’s Future Submarines 1

Canadian submarine interests are extremely relevant, and can be divided into three categories: the defence of Canada and North America; supporting Canadian expeditionary deployments; and supporting Canada’s interest in global maritime stability. If the Canadian government does not invest in a modern submarine capability, its navy will not be able […]

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Big Data, Big Insecurity?

As the Canadian government and the RCN advance in the NSS shipbuilding process, it’s time to stop focusing on the hulls and start thinking about what goes in the ships. This means, among other things, decisions about how to maximize computer/sensor connectivity – and maximize security of systems and data. […]

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Doing More With Less, USN-style

The Canadian navy has been asked to do more with less at least since the 1990s – and probably since the beginning. Tasks get added while ships get retired – although this may change when the new ships join the fleet in a few years. The navy is known for […]

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What’s up with the USN?

What’s up with the USN? Two major collisions in the last two months, with a total of 17 sailors dead.  Both collisions occurred in Asia in busy areas for traffic – USS Fitzgerald near Tokyo, and USS John S. McCain near Singapore. Obviously high traffic areas are tricky, and thus […]

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