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Debating Defence and Naval Policy (XXIII)

The obvious answer to this problem is the high/low fleet mix that I proposed at the CFPS conference two years ago. Gold-plating by the navy (and coast guard) results in these astronomical costs. Norman Friedman said it best at last year’s Maritime Security Conference. There is absolutely no point in […]

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Debating Defence and Naval Policy (XXII)

David Perry: A new dimension was literally thrown into the debate when Ken Hansen passed around the report of the U.S. Navy’s woes from the San Diego Union-Tribune of 1 February, 2007: “Bedeviled with cost overruns, the navy’s shipbuilding program is in danger of sinking under its own weight. Navy […]

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Debating Defence and Naval Policy (XXI)

David Perry: Ken Hansen, the Defence Fellow at Dalhousie, joined the debate:  “One thing I think is being overlooked here is that ice-capable patrol ships can have valid tasks in joint warfare and in service-specific naval tasks. The best example is the USCG Lake- and Tampa-class cutters of Second World […]

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Debating Defence and Naval Policy (XX)

David Perry: Commenting on Rob Huebert’s draft editorial, Rich Gimblett said: “I think the important linking idea is that sovereignty-building in the arctic is a whole-of-govt activity; the CF (in this case navy) does nation-building as a result of what we do defending the nation; however, it is not the […]

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Debating Defence and Naval Policy (XIX)

David Perry: Then, Rob Huebert re-entered the debate, circulating a draft editorial for the national media, the key points of which were: “If the leaked reports are true, the Harper Government is about to announce that it has changed its mind about three new ice-breakers, deep-water port and replacements of […]

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Debating Defence and Naval Policy (XVIII)

David Perry: Ian Parker fired off a letter to the editor of the Globe and Mail which also went unpublished, making the point that: “We are a self-declared arctic nation that cannot exercise our sovereignty, and, despite the protestations of the MND, seem to have no tangible means now or […]

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Debating Defence and Naval Policy (XVII)

David Perry: While that side debate was going on, Eric Lerhe sent off a letter to the editor of the Ottawa Citizen following up on David Pugiliese’s article on arctic security: “David Pugiliese’s recent article is accurate in its assessment that the Canada First Defence Strategy is sending mixed signals […]

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Debating Defence and Naval Policy (XVI)

David Perry: Richard Gimblett replied: “Canadian warships have no law enforcement jurisdiction within Canadian waters, which is why we pack Mounties on drug busts and fisheries officers on fishery patrols. Grey hulls in the NW Passage will not accomplish what this government says it wants to do, re-capitalizing the coast […]

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Debating Defence and Naval Policy (XV)

David Perry: Dr. Rob Huebert of the University of Calgary then pointed out “Under international law there are no divisions of type of governmental vessels. If the USN inferred anything about gray they would do the same for red. That does not make a difference.” And added a postscript: “If […]

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Debating Defence and Naval Policy (XIV)

David Perry: Comments came quickly; Richard Gimblett pointed out: “It is important to distinguish between grey hulls and red hulls. In essence, under our system of governance, red hulls have the constabulary role, grey hulls the defence role; if USN were to come upon a Canadian grey hull “patrolling” the […]

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