Arctic Maritime Security

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Canada’s place among the ‘Sea Front Nations’.

Ken Hansen has posed an interesting question. It is not a question that is independent of other maritime concerns, namely ‘maritime blindness of the Canadian society’, the future of the Canadian navy, and the national interests of Canada. Irrespective of the scientific reasons for the climatic changes unfolding in the arctic, no […]

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The United States is ‘looking north’ too

The US Navy published a detailed report in October 2009 entitled The US Navy Arctic Roadmap.  This document is sponsored by an organization know as Task Force Climate Change which is headed by the Oceanographer and Navigator of the Navy, Rear-Admiral David Titley. You can read the report here. The […]

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Learning from others’ mistakes

There are many lessons to be learned from the sinking of MV Explorer. An article from the Maritime Journal contains a detailed report on the inquiry’s findings.  Already, the U.S. is recommending new regulations to control commercial shipping in the antarctic region. The inquiry states that, despite extensive experience in […]

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Submarine under-ice oerations

In late 1988 at the height of Canada’s controversial plan to acquire nuclear submarines, Captain Richard Sharpe, RN, the Editor of Janes’ Fighting Ships, gave a talk about submarine operations to a Financial Post conference. His views on operating any form of submarine under the ice are worth bearing in […]

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Stewardship and due diligence in maritime operations

A recent Canadian Press article regarding Canadian Forces rules for maritime operations in Canada’s arctic region sparked some debate about whether the CF and the navy are reasonable stewards of the environment.  Canadians picked up on this article and the headlines chosen by the editors such as “Navy granted dumping […]

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Does the navy now dump garbage in arctic waters?

Recent claims about the navy dumping garbage seem a bit hysterical.  One would think it makes sense to allow naval vessels, which operate in the arctic for at most a few weeks a year, to dump a minimal amount of some types of waste in the arctic, under some restrictions.  […]

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Another submarine In our arctic?

Submarines are in the news again, both at home and elsewhere in the world. A Canadian Press item that appeared on Thursday, 28 June, 2007, about plans to send HMCS Corner Brook to the north. This is an interesting development and one can only presume that the provisions of the […]

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Should the navy return to the arctic?

Canada’s navy is on the cusp of yet another transformational moment. The government’s plan to build a modest fleet of arctic patrol vessels is clearly an invitation to the navy to adjust its thinking and embrace a new mission – in fact, it would be to re-embrace that mission because […]

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If the Americans care about our arctic

This story should be a wake-up call for the Canadian policy makers that are still in the midst of fine-tuning the Canada First Defence Policy (CFDP). The influential Center for Naval Analyses cites climate change as a national security issue, and threat multiplier. Their recommendations: The national security consequences of […]

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