Big Honking Ship


Whose ‘Big Honking Ships’ are those on the horizon?

Reports, all unsubstantiated so far, continue to surface about the possibility of Canada acquiring a ship or ships capable of amphibious operations.  (See: “Big Honkin’ Ships” by Chris MacLean in issue 5/2010, pp. 14-15, of Frontline Defence here.  See also: “A Mistral-class ship for Canada” by David Pugliese in the […]

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Some analysis on hypothetical marine force plans

David Perry’s article, the only one under this discussion topic up until today, remains the most read on the Broadsides forum.  In April, Perry’s article set a new mark for popularity by being read by 314 different visitors to the website.  Normally, the most-read article would record 50 to 60 […]

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The strange silence on neglect of strategic seaborne mobility

Dear Senator Kenny, Bravo Zulu on a plainspoken wake up call to Canadians. Jack Granatstein’s classics – “Who Killed Canadian History?” and “Who Killed the Canadian Military?” have fallen on essentially deaf ears, particularly where it counts in government. Let us hope yours and the work of the Senate on […]

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The Canada First Defence Strategy?

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the long awaited “Canada First Defence Strategy” (CFDS) yesterday. Or, as a cynic might put it, he repackaged several old announcements and planning document details, and attempted to pass it off as something new. The much awaited details? The Tories are serious about the North […]

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Leased commercial sealift

The cost factors Ken Hansen outlines demonstrate the ongoing need for sealift. Indeed, with sealift costs being between one-tenth and one-seventieth the cost of airlift, coupled with the fact that many of our shipments to Afghanistan are routine in nature given the four year plus length of our current mission, […]

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Footnote

Robin Allan refers to the requirement as a “Big Honking Ship”. The term is somewhat overly generous. The projected full load displacement of the JSS is about 28,000 tons, about 3,000 tons greater than the new US Navy San Antonio-class LPD, about the same for the Spanish Navantia LHD design, […]

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No more ‘honk’ in this ship?

The report of the arrival of France’s F.N. Tonnerre in Halifax should raise some issues for Canada. Tonnerre is a four-in-one vessel – helicopter carrier, hospital ship, command ship, and amphibious ship – that might have been a potential contender for the “Big Honking Ship” once touted by no less […]

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