Canadian Naval Identity

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Reflections on Canada, the State, the Nation and the Navy

CNR, Vol. 11, No. 2 (2015) Abstract In his article, Marc Milner notes that in the classic model of seapower the navy and the nation are fused into a single organic being. This is not the case in Canada. Milner points out that although Canada is dependent upon overseas markets […]

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Naming Ships*

[* Moderator’s note: This is a revised and expanded version of the same article published yesterday, 8 March.] Steel will be cut in a few months for the first of the Harry DeWolf-class Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS). The official date of the cutting will be an opportunity for […]

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Ship cuts send RCN naval ranking tumbling according to their own system

The announcement on 19 September to cut four ships from the Canadian naval fleet, the destroyers Iroquois and Algonquin and the replenishment ships Protecteur and Preserver, was done quite typically, on a Friday afternoon.  The news release was phrased optimistically as “[a] transition to the future fleet.” The problem is […]

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Naming the Joint Support Ships

I am writing to express my concerns regarding the names announced recently for the RCN’s two future Joint Support Ships, Chateauguay and Queenston. A recent press release stated: “The names (of these two vessels) recognize the achievements and sacrifices of those early Canadian soldiers who fought and died in these […]

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Naming the Joint Support Ships

I have just learned that the names of the two new Berlin-class ships are to be HMCS Châteauguay and HMCS Queenston. A news release of the announcement by MND Rob Nicholson can be found here. It is well known that the Harper government has been pushing the War of 1812, […]

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Asking the right question about military service

A lot of changes are taking place in the relationship between the Government of Canada and its military. The Veterans Charter is failing disabled soldiers, according to the Veterans’ Ombudsman, Guy Parent. The National Association of Federal Retirees is reporting that the President of the Treasury Board, Tony Clement, intends […]

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“Dedication of The Royal Canadian Navy Monument” by Stephen Harper*

*Moderator’s Note: This statement was made on 3 May 2012, in Ottawa. “Dedication of The Royal Canadian Navy Monument” “Thank you very much, [Minister of National Defence] Peter [MacKay], for that kind introduction and thank you also for your ongoing leadership as Minister of National Defence. Speaker Kinsella and fellow […]

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Return of the Royal Canadian Navy?

On 16 August the government of Canada announced its decision to restore the historic names of the three environmental commands of the Canadian Forces; Maritime Command is now the Royal Canadian Navy.  Those of us wearing naval uniforms are all members of the Canadian Forces first, but we have always […]

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