Halifax-class frigates

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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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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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Build training ships for quicker results and flexible employment options

I recently discovered your website and have been reading many past articles where the perennial problems of procurement are featured. Why is there no mention of the ORCA Training Patrol Craft program? A $70M contract was awarded in the November 2004. The first boat, Orca, was accepted in November 2006. […]

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The place of Canada and its navy in the west

Airedale presents an argument heard all too often in Canada, not just in academic common rooms or their virtual equivalents such as this forum, where there is a certain expectation to set up false dichotomies for the purpose of debate, but also in places of political and military power where […]

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Stewardship and due diligence in maritime operations

A recent Canadian Press article regarding Canadian Forces rules for maritime operations in Canada’s arctic region sparked some debate about whether the CF and the navy are reasonable stewards of the environment.  Canadians picked up on this article and the headlines chosen by the editors such as “Navy granted dumping […]

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Halifax Class Modernization

The announcement of the $3.1B frigate upgrade is solidly good news. This very welcome project does, however, contain hidden dangers. Significantly, the DND backgrounder suggests it will include: A new command and control system New radar suite IFF Mode S/5 – Interrogator Friend or Foe Mode S/5 Internal communications system […]

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Seaborne & sea based expeditionary capability

We are indebted to Robin Allan for his timely article on international landing craft developments in the current issue of the NOAVI Lead and Line. Herewith are some related observations on the now grim outlook for Canada’s ability to respond to security and humanitarian needs at the speed and scale […]

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Swarming Tactics

Today’s Navy Times (28 March) has an article that reports ‘swarming tactics’ were used by Iranian forces when they captured fifteen Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel on Friday. Their use of this tactic should come as no surprise, and yet that appears to have been exactly the case. In […]

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