Canadian 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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Some history of the Upholder-class submarines

Tim Dunne’s article on the Victoria-class submarines entitled “Journalists sub-par on sub debate” challenged journalists to get the facts straight on the Canada’s submarines. It is worthwhile advice for anyone thinking of engaging in this discussion. The current debate identifies the submarines as ‘used’, but little information was offered about […]

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Journalists sub-par on sub debate (II)*

*Moderator’s Note: This article was originally published in the Halifax Chronicle-Herald on 03 March 2012. This version contains two corrections of errors that appeared in the original version, which was posted on 19 March. This article, like the first, is reprinted here with the permission of the author. When New […]

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Four submarines and a funeral*

*Moderator’s Note: This article was originally published in Defence and Technology India, Vol. 30, No. 3 (December, 2007): 14-16. It is reprinted here with the permission of the author. Prof. Ram teaches Military History at American Military University in West Virginia. He is a member of the Royal Canadian Military […]

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What if Libya had submarines?

The Libyan Navy’s primary mission was to defend the coast of the country. To accomplish this mission is was equipped with: 2 Koni-class missile frigates; 2 Nanuchka-class missile corvettes; 9 Combattante II-class fast attack missile boats; 12 Osa-class missile boats; 2 Polnocny-class landing ships; and 9 minesweepers. The Libyan Navy […]

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Comparing the German Type 206 with the British Upholder*

*Moderator’s Note: This post captures a few comments that were contained in two emails between us over the past few days. Mr. Shirlaw wrote: “Look at the care put in the layup of the last of the FRG Type 206 boats decommissioned this year [as shown in this picture]. Six […]

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More analysis of nuclear and conventional capabilities (II)*

*Moderator’s Note: This statement was my comment on the Naval Affairs Discussion of the Naval Association of Canada. The issue of submarines is being badly mishandled.  The NSPS does not address future maritime security or sea power holistically. Australia has determined that submarines are central for their security and have […]

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More analysis of nuclear and conventional capabilities*

*Moderator’s Note: This statement originally appeared as part of an exchange between members on the Naval Affairs Discussion of the Naval Association of Canada. It is reprinted here with the permission of the author. My thanks to Mr. Jim Carruthers for bringing it to my attention. Here are my thoughts […]

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