Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships

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Titanic Blunder or a Good Compromise?

Michael Byers and Stewart Webb have authored an interesting report published by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the Rideau Institute entitled “Titanic Blunder: Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ships on Course for Disaster.” Byers and Webb claim that the government is heading for disaster with the AOPS project: the ships are […]

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Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship Presentation

Readers can find the presentation made by AOPS Project Director Cdr. C. David Soule at Dalhousie on the CFPS website under ‘News’ at this URL: http://www.dal.ca/dept/cfps.html or by going directly to the presentation at this URL: http://www.dal.ca/dept/cfps/news-events/news/2013/02/22/arctic_and_offshore_patrol_ship_presentation.html  

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Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship Photo Gallery

I was interviewed on News 95.7 this morning and was asked if the design process had yet produced any kind of a concept drawing for the AOPS.  The answer to that is definitely ‘yes’. You can find a lot of drawings and artist’s sketches at the DND Materiel Branch project […]

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Irving Shipbuilding parts ways with Steve Durrell

A very brief and terse news article from CBC News has revealed that President Steve Durrell has left Irving Shipbuilding.  This development is prompting great speculation about the internal stresses within the company and Durrell’s role in all of it.  The company spokesperson declined to comment on the reason for […]

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A ‘Mad Scramble’ to change the shipbuilding plan is underway

In my last post on this subject I wondered what the effects of an economic downturn or outright recession would have on the National Shipbuilding and Procurement Strategy (NSPS). We are now starting to see the results of that process: the Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) have been delayed […]

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Whither the Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship?

Lee Berthiaume’s Postmedia News article on 8 May, entitled “Armed Arctic vessels face delay in latest procurement setback,” reports a further three-year delay in procurement of these ships. If true – the NDHQ procurement website continues to quote an in-service date of 2016 for the first ship – that is […]

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Not just for the Arctic

The problem with the ships Senator Kenny wants ‘axed’ is that they are not just ice-capable ships: they are a hybrid design for both arctic and offshore patrol work. Arctic operations require high endurance: lots of capacity for supplies plus hauling all waste by-products out again.  Fuel is an especially […]

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Britain’s Foreign Affairs Committee Report critical of naval anti-piracy efforts

The Foreign Affairs Committee (FAC) of the British parliament has published its tenth report, entitled “Piracy off the coast of Somalia.” You can read the report here. The report notes that, while the establishment of the safety transit corridor has made the Gulf of Aden reasonably safe, their concentration of effort […]

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The Admiral’s View of the Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship

Moderator’s Note: This article was original published in The Chronicle Herald on 12 February 2012. Many of you who have followed the National Ship Procurement Strategy (NSPS) announcements will no doubt have heard that the first contract to be negotiated will be for a new class of ship, the Arctic/Offshore […]

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