Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship

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The Admiral’s View of the Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship

Moderator’s Note: This article was original published in The Chronicle Herald on 12 February 2012. Many of you who have followed the National Ship Procurement Strategy (NSPS) announcements will no doubt have heard that the first contract to be negotiated will be for a new class of ship, the Arctic/Offshore […]

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Are Netherlands navy surplus OPVs an option?

The Royal Netherlands Navy will not be taking delivery two new Holland-class ocean-going patrol vessels, due to cutbacks in military spending. It would be interesting to read an expert opinion on Broadsides about these state of the art 3000-tonne ships and speculate on their fit in the Canadian navy. OPVs have been […]

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STX Canada Marine Design Proposal

The navy has released a PowerPoint slide presentation given by Mr. Dan McGreer, Principal Engineer for STX Canada Marine Inc., which provides one assessment of how a naval patrol vessel for operations in northern waters (AOPS) might look, given a number of design requirements. The presentation was given on an […]

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Are we heading for another politically driven maritime fiasco?

As a Canadian citizen living in the US, I am appalled that the government of Canada would promote a concept for ‘defense’ of the Arctic that has no visible purpose! Delivery of as-yet not designed, prototype naval vessels with pop-gun armaments for gun-boat diplomacy, at some indeterminate time in the […]

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Simulated talks show possible solution for Arctic dispute: Follow up

In my post of 27 February I stated that it was not clear whether the view that ice breakers were needed “rather” than strengthened arctic patrol vessels was Mr. Byers’ personal one or the collective view of all the negotiators. So I interviewed one of the participants, Rob Huebert, who […]

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Simulated talks show possible solution for Arctic dispute

The following National Post article is 98% reassuring for those who wish a rational, timely and effective Canadian government response to our Arctic challenges. The creation of a new Canadian-American “collaborative regime” in the Arctic makes nothing but sense. Simulated talks show possible solution for Arctic dispute U.S. and Canadian […]

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The Danish Approach

Last October, the United States Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard launched, for the first time ever, a unified maritime strategy. This took place for good reasons. The challenges facing maritime forces in the 21st century have to be addressed cooperatively.  Only a very few maritime tasks can be considered […]

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Crewing the A/OPVs by reservist won’t be easy

A number of commentators in this forum have proposed to take the crews from the MCDVs and move them into the A/OPVs with the assumption that this will be fairly easy and relatively painless as compared to manning them with ‘scarce’ regular force talent. Alternatively others have suggested that the […]

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