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Arctic Patrol Vessel Approved

According to the Ottawa Citizen, Cabinet recently approved the purchase of 6 Arctic Patrol Vessels, at a total estimated cost of $1.8 Billion. As Dr. Rob Huebert is quoted in this article, this purchase will be worthwhile when the Coast Guard has its icebreaking capability restored. So far, no word […]

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Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships (II)

Sirs: The modern day Canadian Navy has no experience in Canadian Artic waters and has not operated an icebreaker in almost a half century. Furthermore if you think a gun boat will solve your problems you are mistaken. You should analyse the reasons other countries have naval vessel vessels on […]

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Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships

(The conclusions, deductions and opinions expressed are those of the originator and are not to be construed as official policy of the Canadian Forces.) The government believes that more emphasis on defence of our northern territory is essential, including (as stated in their last election platform’s defence policy) the acquisition […]

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Whither the navy?

On February 22, 2008, the Ottawa Citizen published an anonymous letter, entitled “Navy Capabilities Slide While Government Sits Idle”, attributed to a serving Canadian Naval Officer in David Pugliese’s Defence Watch column. Mr. Pugliese thought it would be controversial and judging from the number of comments posted to the web […]

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History challenges uniformity in fleet structure and capability

In Defence Watch an unnamed Canadian naval officer laments that the lack of progress on naval construction and refitting will result in the navy being short on “major warships,” which he categorizes as destroyers and frigates, in the foreseeable future. The officer says that delaying this critical work will leave […]

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Give new icebreakers to the coast guard

Neil Reynolds, in his column “Bring back the mighty ship Labrador” (Feb. 14), writes that “Canada could very quickly deploy heavy Arctic icebreakers that function simultaneously as armed naval patrol vessels.” But there is no national or military need for navy icebreakers. As Mr Reynolds notes, the Canadian navy has […]

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Debating Defence and Naval Policy (XXVIII)

All three of [Peter’s] criteria fit quite nicely into my definition of a simple ship and were fulfilled admirably by a USCGC cutter of 50 years ago. Endurance, utility, and environmental survivability are all easy and cheap to attain through sensible design. All of your characteristics were part of my […]

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