Canadian Shipbuilding

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An Infrastructure Initiative that Makes Strategic Sense as Well

The economic crisis has become a catalyst for a variety of national and local infrastructure projects. Although this makes sense, the scope could be much broader. To those of us with maritime and oceans concerns, the crisis offers an opportunity to reverse some earlier bad decisions and put Canada back […]

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Shipbuilding and Independence

The unexpected press release announcing the termination of procurement processes for two new types of ships for the Canadian Coast Guard and Navy was no doubt a heavy blow. And for the perennially under funded Coast Guard, the indefinite delay for the twelve new patrol ships they’d been counting on […]

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Strategic choices are dictated by numbers and dollars

This week’s announcement that the contracts to modernize and refit the twelve Halifax-class frigates will be split unequally between two shipyards (East: Halifax Shipyard, seven ships, $549M; West: Victoria Shipyards, five ships, $351M) has avoided the bitter dispute that erupted over the earlier decision to modernize the Victoria-class submarines only […]

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History challenges uniformity in fleet structure and capability

In today’s Defence Watch by David Pugliese an unnamed Canadian naval officer laments that the lack of progress on naval construction and refitting will result in the navy being short on “major warships,” which he categories at destroyers and frigates, in the foreseeable future.  The officer says that delaying this […]

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You ‘Do the Math’ and see what Future Fleet Plans will cost.

Here is a ‘brain teaser’ to wrestle with over the Holidays! A recent article in the U.S. press described three different theoretical future fleet plans for the USN.  One fleet was designed for major naval warfare against a peer competitor; one was principally designed for inshore constabulary work and humanitarian […]

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Canadian Shipbuilding – what are we waiting for?

In an industry known for its boom and bust cycles the forecast Canadian new building requirements over the next fifteen years should be signalling the start of another boom cycle in the shipbuilding industry.  Shipyard executives are generally upbeat as their yards are starting to fill up with new building […]

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Halifax Class Modernization

The announcement of the $3.1B frigate upgrade is solidly good news. This very welcome project does, however, contain hidden dangers. Significantly, the DND backgrounder suggests it will include: A new command and control system New radar suite IFF Mode S/5 – Interrogator Friend or Foe Mode S/5 Internal communications system […]

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