Naval Force Development

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What does transformation mean to the navy?

Rumours have been swirling ever since Lieutenant-General Andrew Leslie submitted his report on transformation to the CDS that there was big trouble brewing.  John Ibbitsen writes in today’s Globe and Mail, in an article entitled “Discord over cuts leaves direction of Canadian military up in the air,” that “Senior officers […]

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How well will Shearwater withstand the coming cuts?

The ‘Strategic and Operating Review’ underway in the Department of National Defence is primarily a cost-cutting exercise.  A message sent to DND and CF members on Friday, 5 August, under the signatures of Deputy Minister Fonberg and Chief of Defence Natynczyk, outlines two potential outcomes: reductions to meet at least […]

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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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Minority Politics Bites: Ministerial hubris stalls joint Global Combat Ship*

*Moderator’s Note:  This article was posted on Defence Iq on 21 March.  The first paragraph is reproduced here, along with a link the remainder of the article, with the permission of the editor. “Once again the UK coalition government’s ham fisted, clumsy stewardship of defence has caused irritation to our […]

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Secretary Gates on the need for “Swift-moving Expeditionary Forces”

The following quote from Secretary Gates should make many in DND quite uncomfortable, particularly those who have turned their backs on a meaningful Canadian amphibious capability in favour of sending Leopard tanks on a COIN Mission: “The need for heavy armour and firepower to survive, close with, and destroy the enemy […]

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Dalhousie Maritime Security Conference celebrates past and ponders future.

From 16-18 June 2010, the Centre for Foreign Policy Studies held its 21st Maritime Security Conference.  Titled “The Canadian Navy Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow,” this year’s conference coincided with the Canadian naval centennial. As such, this year’s conference was largely introspective and centred on the Canadian navy itself, with panels […]

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What is Canada’s naval policy?*

*Moderator’s Note: reprinted with permission of the author from the 22 May edition of the Moncton Times and Transcript, Opinion Section. Nearly 70 years ago, at the beginning of the Second World War, the Royal Canadian Navy had a fleet of 10 warships. By April 1945, near the end of […]

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Text of CMS Speech at Ottawa Centenary Historical Conference

The Chief of the Maritime Staff, Vice-Admiral Dean McFadden, presented his vision of the future of the navy at the centenary conference in Ottawa on Thursday, 6 May. The CMS was unable to deliver the speech himself due to his participation in the return of Petty Officer Blake’s remains to […]

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The Near Term Future is Rooted in 1947-48 History

While I commend those who look into the future and contemplate interesting concepts like “influence squadrons,” counter piracy operations and humanitarian operations, I think the events of the past several days, which stem from a directive issued by the Chief of the Maritime Staff (sometimes referred to as the Commander […]

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‘Influence Squadrons’ for Canada?

Pertinent to this discussion and David Mugridge’s op-ed piece is an article by Cdr. Henry J. Hendrix, USN, in the April issue of USNI Proceedings (“More Hendersons, Less Bonds,” full version available here: http://bit.ly/caWisw). The author offers an interesting and insightful articulation of the utility of “influence squadrons” and heightened […]

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