force structure

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What we get for the price

I have to disagree with almost all of John Arthur’s claims that the Naval Reserve Divisions (NRDs) and their part time reservists should be “a public relations operation” with naval operations as their “job #2.”  He also states that the naval reserve “core mission” has been “maintaining presence ashore via […]

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Decision on maritime patrol aircraft replacement delayed

I would like to bring two important news items to the attention of our readers. First, a CBC report indicates that the Canadian government’s self-imposed deadline on a decision to replace the CP-140 Aurora aircraft has now been delayed from 20 November to 18 December, which is four days after […]

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The RN and USN adjust their tactics and equipment: can Canada do the same?

A recent report in the U.K. press describes the return of RN warships to the northern Arabian Gulf following the capture of 15 British sailors and marines in a ‘swarming’ attack by Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Naval forces on 23 March. This time, boats from HMS Richmond F-239 (a 436-foot […]

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The technical issues are complex

I am the Standards Chief Petty Officer for marine propulsion systems at the Canadian Forces Fleet School in Esquimalt.  I find the points made by the contributors to this topic are interesting but they require additional input about the technical issues. Commodore Gagliardi states that the status quo is not […]

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The key to flexibility is in building logistical capacity

 While I agree with Brian Wentzell that our nation needs flexible forces, and that the public should insist that the government provide for them, I cannot agree with his characterization of Canadian army and air force operations in Central Europe during the Cold War as expeditionary.  If the origins of […]

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Re: Ottawa halts $1.6B upgrade of aging aircraft

The most recent article reporting on the state of Canada’s Aurora long-range patrol fleet appeared in the Toronto Star on 20 September in the form of a brief Canadian Press story confirming a CBC News report.  The gist of the article is that Ottawa “…has halted a $ 1.6-billion upgrade […]

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Crewing of the A/OPV by reservists won’t be easy (II)

AI can sense the previous post will generate interest because Derek Carroll raises some very real concerns. They include the fact that: both the regular navy and the reserve navy are having manning problems the long training times of engineers and techs will continue to complicate this much of our […]

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Crewing of the A/OPV by reservist won’t be easy

A number of commentators in this forum have proposed to take the crews from the MCDVs and move them into the A/OPVs with the assumption that this will be fairly easy and relatively painless as compared to manning them with ‘scarce’ regular force talent. Alternatively others have suggested that the […]

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The alarmist view of transformation

[12 April 2007] Paul Kennedy’s article, “To Rule the Waves: the Rise and Fall of Navies,” is ‘crying wolf’ by only addressing the question of declining numbers of destroyers and frigates in the Royal Navy. The bigger picture tells a much different story. In fact, the RN is in the […]

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