Canadian Naval Reserve

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What Future for the Naval Reserves in Canada?*

[*This article was original published in the April 2013 issue of Marine Matters. It is reprinted here with the permission of the publisher, Mr. Aldert van Nieuwkoop.] When partnerships work, they are beneficial to both parties. As soon as one feels aggrieved, the partnership is in jeopardy. The relationship between […]

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What will become of the naval reserve?

At the Maritime Security Conference this past June, Commodore Mark Norman, then the Atlantic Fleet Commander, gave a very candid dinner address on his views about the future of the navy.  In particular, he made several comments about the naval reserve. Here are a few of them: The concept of […]

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Make the organizational structure reflect reality

This is a very good debate, and I also believe it is long overdue. I am a naval reservist on a “Class A” contract, serving as a military occupation advisor for naval engineers.  A few quick thoughts come to mind: – To me, a redefinition of the naval reserves within […]

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A reply to Eric Lerhe: What we get for the price.

Eric Lerhe makes several valid points in his most recent post, but they do not necessarily prove his thesis that Public Relations are an inappropriate core function for Naval Reserve Divisions (NRDs). With regards to the first point, there is no question that total administrative costs for the Primary Reserve […]

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What we get for the price

I have to disagree with almost all of John Arthur’s claims that the Naval Reserve Divisions (NRDs) and their part time reservists should be “a public relations operation” with naval operations as their “job #2.”  He also states that the naval reserve “core mission” has been “maintaining presence ashore via […]

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The technical issues are complex

I am the Standards Chief Petty Officer for marine propulsion systems at the Canadian Forces Fleet School in Esquimalt.  I find the points made by the contributors to this topic are interesting but they require additional input about the technical issues. Commodore Gagliardi states that the status quo is not […]

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The reserve is not an operational resource, but strategic one

This debate is a pleasure to read, but also somewhat frustrating. In speaking of “relevant” operational tasks, it seems to me that Eric Lerhe misses the whole point of the part-time naval reservists. When Capt. Walter Hose founded the naval reserve (NAVRES) in the 1920s, it was highly unlikely he […]

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The status quo is not sustainable

I am encouraged that we are starting to have a long overdue discussion of this important subject. I would like to add two points to LCdr. Carroll’s and Cmdre. Lehre’s posts. 1) The traditional definition of “Reserve” implies a mobilizable force of personnel available to fill unmanned or extra units. Since […]

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CCG-CF joint training: Been there, done that

For the interest of your readers, the CF and Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) have conducted joint training in the recent past. Specifically, 32 Canadian Brigade Group (32 CBG), the Militia formation based in Toronto, conducted a series of exercises called Neptune Strike together with various Great Lakes Canadian Coast Guard […]

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(Another) reply to Derek Carroll

This discussion has been helpful to me, as I have always felt there was a need to stand back and examine naval reserve manning priorities. In addition, you and I may be reaching agreement in some areas. In your paragraph one you argue that “If (and only if)…” the decision […]

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