Maritime Strategy

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U.S. patrol sought to avoid provocation, not reinforce China island claim: officials | Reuters

The following Reuter’s article sheds some welcome light on the complexity of the South China Seas legal regime and the US Navy’s freedom of navigation operations there. This is needed as there is a willingness to throw terms like “innocent passage” around with making clear what it implies.  This article […]

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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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In the 21st Century, ocean shipping matters to Canada*

*Moderator’s Note: This article was originally published in the 1 September 2014 issue of Canadian Sailing. It is reprinted here with the permission of the author. Canada has been a trading and exporting nation since its founding almost 150 years ago. Over $130 billion of Canadian exports are carried by […]

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Pacific Pivot

The editorial piece by Eric Lerhe in the Canadian Naval Review [“Time for a Canadian Pacific Pivot?”] raises a real dichotomy between what is no doubt desirable and what is possible, or, in today’s financial climate, remotely likely. True, our Canadian export and marketing strategy is becoming very much altered […]

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Maritime Blindness*

Consumers and their governments are generally unconcerned that 90 per cent of the world’s trade is conducted by the international shipping industry. The oceanic transportation industry has transformed the industrialized world into a “just-in-time” manufacturing zone, in which “our warehouses now float,” as Canada’s Rear-Admiral David Gardam, commander of the […]

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Naval build-up ongoing in Arab Gulf States

Last week saw Qatar host the second Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX). The event gave companies in the maritime security field the opportunity to show off their goods and services to a wide audience of international and regional naval personnel. On display were ships from Pakistan, India, […]

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USS Prince of Wales?

The Telegraph published an article by Thomas Harding entitled: “Aircraft carrier costs will be half of what you think, US tells ministers, “ on 24 March 2012. Harding quotes Assistant Secretary of the US Navy, Sean J Stackley, as saying that converting HMS Prince of Wales so that she can […]

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