Defence Watch

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Athabaskan Engine Problems (Again)

Reports on the engine failure in HMCS Athabaskan are missing some important aspects of the problems this ancient warship is facing. One of the two cruise turbines failed, leaving one other plus the two high-speed turbines. The ship should be able to function with that degree of redundancy and indeed […]

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Whither the navy?

On February 22, 2008, the Ottawa Citizen published an anonymous letter, entitled “Navy Capabilities Slide While Government Sits Idle”, attributed to a serving Canadian Naval Officer in David Pugliese’s Defence Watch column. Mr. Pugliese thought it would be controversial and judging from the number of comments posted to the web […]

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History challenges uniformity in fleet structure and capability

In Defence Watch an unnamed Canadian naval officer laments that the lack of progress on naval construction and refitting will result in the navy being short on “major warships,” which he categorizes as destroyers and frigates, in the foreseeable future. The officer says that delaying this critical work will leave […]

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