fleet replacement

23 posts

Vindication for more visionary naval requirements and procurement programs

The government, national defence, naval priorities and expeditionary requirements have not been well served by explanations for reconsideration of the approved JSS program given the economic importance and operational urgency in replacement of the old fleet supply vessels. These have focused on bids that have greatly exceeded a badly miscalculated budget for capital and support allowances.  This was set in the face […]

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Canada 1st: strategic defence management?

Dave Perry has supplied a superb analysis of the Canada First Defence Strategy or CFDS. I particularly support his conclusion “The defence strategy is therefore competent, long term planning, devoid of any exciting new promises that might attract criticism for outlandish spending plans and un-needed equipment.” The strategy itself correctly […]

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At least some Aurora’s are saved from the chopping block

It seems that these birds have escaped the chopping block for now, and the government will opt for a compromise on the AIMP continuation option that Col. Cable identified. On December 18, Defence Minister Peter MacKay announced that at least ten CP-140 Aurora maritime patrol aircraft are to resume their […]

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Aurora’s wings clipped?

The Canadian Forces took delivery of the first CP-140 Aurora maritime patrol aircraft in May 1980; the 18th and last CP-140 was delivered in August 1981. The original requirement for 24 aircraft was unilaterally reduced by the Trudeau government without a commensurate reduction in tasks to be performed. Consequently, the […]

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Where do submarines ‘fit’ in future navy plans?

Murray Brewster’s article [The Globe and Mail, “DND may be shopping for new subs, sources say”] casts an interesting light on the future of Canada’s submarine fleet. The existing four Victoria-class submarines are consuming the largest portion of the navy’s maintenance budget. A midlife refit to keep them operating into […]

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Are SSN’s essential to ensure Canada’s arctic sovereignty? (III)

The latest go around about submarine replacement was, as I understand it, the result of political direction to include a nuclear-powered submarine in the mix for an Oberon-class replacement option.  Service personnel were very wary of this project for the infrastructure reasons noted as well as other concerns, especially about […]

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A reply to Eric Lerhe

Thank you for your comments but I feel compelled to respond to some of your statements, particularly those involving the ‘part-time’ and ‘relevant’ reserves. 1) I agree with your comment that there should not be a ‘choice’ between TRUMP replacements and A/OPVs but I fear such a choice has already […]

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