fleet force structure


Some history of the Upholder-class submarines

Tim Dunne’s article on the Victoria-class submarines entitled “Journalists sub-par on sub debate” challenged journalists to get the facts straight on the Canada’s submarines. It is worthwhile advice for anyone thinking of engaging in this discussion. The current debate identifies the submarines as ‘used’, but little information was offered about […]

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What if Libya had submarines?

The Libyan Navy’s primary mission was to defend the coast of the country. To accomplish this mission is was equipped with: 2 Koni-class missile frigates; 2 Nanuchka-class missile corvettes; 9 Combattante II-class fast attack missile boats; 12 Osa-class missile boats; 2 Polnocny-class landing ships; and 9 minesweepers. The Libyan Navy […]

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“Is China’s aircraft carrier a threat to U.S. interests?” by Bonnie Glaser and Brittany Billingsley*

*Moderator’s Note: This article was published by The Center For Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) as part of their short analysis series “Critical Questions” on 11 August 2011.  My thanks to CFPS research Fellow Dr. Stan Weeks for bringing this article to my attention. It is reprinted here with the permission of […]

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What change will competition for limited dollars provoke?

Brian Stewart, Senior Fellow with the Monk Centre at the University of Toronto, has raised the spectre of an internal struggle within DND over how to allocate the capital portion of the defence budget.  In his article entitled “$30B fighter jets just the start of defence-spending boom” (CBC News, 06 […]

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Cheap and Nasty: Just What Types of Ship does the Navy Need?*

[*Originally appeared in Canadian Naval Review, Vol. 6, No. 4 (Winter 2011).] “Cheap for us and nasty for the Germans.” Winston Churchill, 1940. In this centenary year there is much to be proud of but more to be concerned about. The course envisaged by Leadmark, the future fleet structure as […]

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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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Dr. Elinor Sloan’s comments from her book “Security and Defence in the Terrorist Era.”

Having just reviewed Dr. Sloan’s book (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2005) for Canadian Naval Review, her comments on the JSS are fresh in my mind.  Sloan wrote that “rapid deployability is dependent upon the existence of strategic lift, including airlift and sealift.”  She is concerned that only three JSS will provide […]

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A response to Airedale

The assertion that “The navy Canadians have is NOT the navy that the country has decided it necessarily needs” demand a response, especially from a former submariner accused of being a “task group man.” The implied idea that Canadians actually know what sort of navy they want is interesting on […]

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