Canadian Submarines

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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 […]

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Canada’s Submarines: An argument for their retention*

*Moderator’s Note: This article originally appears in Marine Matters. It is reprinted here with the permission of the publisher. Dr. Michael Byers and Mr. Stewart Webb released a report called That Sinking Feeling: Canada’s Submarine Program Spring a Leak. As I read it, I couldn’t help but think back to […]

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Naval Association of Canada 2014 Annual General Meeting and Conference

The Naval Association of Canada has released the details of their upcoming conference. It will be held in the Lord Elgin Hotel in Ottawa on Thursday, 2 October. The Annual General Meeting will be held afterward, running to 5 October. The Conference Theme will be – Submarines: Past, Present and […]

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The RCN and Submarine Basing in the Pacific

Canada has reinvigorated its presence at the Shangri-La Dialogue on regional security, expanded its role at the Rim of the Pacific maritime exercise, and recently signed a mutual logistics arrangement with Japan. Such moves are designed to expand the country’s security engagement in the Asia-Pacific, as leverage to join the […]

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A correction on an historical error about RCN submarine sinkings*

Far be it from me to correct my betters in historical research, but I tend to note items in research papers and commentary that are in error. In your entirely correct article on the Byers and Webb article on the submarine problems (Having, even as a naval reservist, served in two submarines, […]

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Canadian Submarine Capabilities: A Reply to Ken Hansen

Ken Hansen’s excellent post on the subject of submarines raises important issues concerning the future of submarines in the RCN. For those of us who ‘get it’, the post hits all the right buttons, especially his comment “what if the first time our surface ships encounter a sub is when […]

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CBC report overstates damage to HMCS Corner Brook

A CBC news story by Rob Gordon entitled “Navy submarine damage severe, internal report says” reports HMCS Corner Brook was more extensively damaged than previously thought when it struck an undersea mount on 4 June 2011. Gordon sites two emails from the commander of the Fleet Maintenance Facility in Esquimalt […]

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