future surface combatants

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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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What is the naval equivalent of the F-35?

The F-35 “Lightning II” is a ‘5th generation’ fighter.  It has capabilities that will theoretically allow Canadian air power to counter and defeat all potential threats for a period of decades while reducing attrition and sustainment requirements.  (A set of briefing slides entitled “Canada’s Next Generation Fighter Capability” can be […]

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The mounting cost of maintaining antique warships and their vital capabilities

Dave Shirlaw, editor and publisher of the on-line SeaWaves Magazine, wrote this commentary in the December 8th issue: “With the upcoming retirement of USS Enterprise in 2011, [the] Canadian destroyer Iroquois will become the world’s oldest frontline surface combatant. Iroquois will enter the Irving Halifax Shipyard next week for yet […]

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Australian Defence Policy: Way To Go ‘Oz’ – Australia’s Naval Renaissance*

*Moderators Note:  This article is reprinted with permission from Seaways, Journal of the Nautical Institute, October 2009, pp. 25-26 After 16 months of careful preparation and stage managed partial disclosures, the orchestrated launch of “Defending Australia in the Asia Pacific Century: Force 2030” declared an apparent security paradigm for the […]

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An ‘Alternative Canadian Navy’ of 2030

Many pundits were surprised by the extent of the overdue 2013 National Defence Review’s re-positioning of Canada’s traditional defence assumptions and, in particular, its revitalisation of the navy.  Afghanistan and Somali had both provided belated impetuses for a doctrinal shift away from conventional Cold War thinking towards that required for […]

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Ballistic missile proliferation raises the importance of large surface combatants

 Buoyed by the successful shooting down of a satellite by USS Lake Erie in February, supported by a well-informed congress, and concerned with the proliferation of ballistic missile technology, the USN is pressing ahead with plans to expand the Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) capabilities of their surface fleet.  Speaking on […]

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