Arctic Maritime Security


Future Canadian Submarine Capability: Some Considerations

CNR, Vol. 11, No. 1 (2015) Abstract What could the future look like for Canadian submarines? What are the considerations necessary to develop a credible Canadian submarine capability for the 21st century? Two factors define Canada’s navy – geography and national will. A future Canadian submarine capability must be able […]


Dalhousie workshop examines AOPS future northern operations

Major change is coming to the Royal Canadian Navy. In just a few months, Irving Shipbuilding will begin construction of the first vessel in the Combat Ship Program under the National Shipbuilding and Procurement Strategy. The Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS), to be known as the DeWolf-class, will add many new […]


The Arctic-Offshore Patrol Ship and its Future Operation in the Canadian North

The Centre for Foreign Policy Studies will host the third in its on-going series of workshops to discuss the nature of future operations in the Canadian arctic region made possible by the construction of the Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships. The workshop announcement is available on the CFPS homepage (http://www.dal.ca/dept/cfps.html), […]


Deployments by Ships of the Royal Canadian Navy into Canadian Northern Waters, 1949-2014

 This Arctic, this Canadian Arctic is our business – ours to exploit, ours to defend. Commodore O.C.S. Robertson, RCN Astonishingly, the numerous deployments by the ships of the Royal Canadian Navy into the Canadian North have never been tabulated.  Because of this, it is not known precisely how many ships […]


Is A ‘Role Reversal’ Looming for the RCN in the Arctic?*

[*This article appeared originally in the February 2013 issue of Marine Matters.  It is reprinted here with the permission of the publisher.] It is an odd thing about Canada that, although the number of people who have lived, worked or travelled in the arctic region is probably below ten percent […]


Titanic Blunder or a Good Compromise?

Michael Byers and Stewart Webb have authored an interesting report published by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the Rideau Institute entitled “Titanic Blunder: Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ships on Course for Disaster.” Byers and Webb claim that the government is heading for disaster with the AOPS project: the ships are […]


U.S., Canada Expand Arctic Cooperation, Military Training

This week both the American and Canadian governments released the details of a “Tri-Command Framework for Arctic Cooperation” that would more closely coordinate the work of the U.S. Northern Command, Canada’s Joint Operational Command and NORAD in the arctic. While noting that the arctic region is not an area of […]


What exactly do we mean by Canadian arctic sovereignty and is it at risk?

There appear to be few internationally contentious issues that Canada faces regarding its claims of sovereignty over its arctic landmasses, including its archipelago, aside from a minor challenge concerning Hans Island. The situation in the Arctic Ocean and its adjoining waters is less clear. While several minor maritime boundary challenges […]


Australia’s Great Barrier Reef equates to …. what in the Canadian arctic?

The grounding of a Chinese bulk carrier Saturday on the Great Barrier Reef off Australia has raised a furore in the Australian press and with environmental protection groups around the globe. You can read a Reuters press report here. MV Shen Neng I (IMO Number 9040871) is owned by the […]


A view from the army

Major J. Sheahan, Nancy Teeple and Peter Gizewski have produced a futuristic view of arctic security in an article entitled, “Canada’s Arctic Sovereignty Under Siege: The Prince Patrick Incident of 2040—An Alternative Security Future.”  The article was published in Canadian Army Journal, Vol. 12, No.2 (Summer 2009), pp. 37-49.  You […]