Halifax-class frigates

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Whither the navy?

On February 22, 2008, the Ottawa Citizen published an anonymous letter, entitled “Navy Capabilities Slide While Government Sits Idle”, attributed to a serving Canadian Naval Officer in David Pugliese’s Defence Watch column. Mr. Pugliese thought it would be controversial and judging from the number of comments posted to the web […]

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Debating Defence and Naval Policy (XXIV)

Small may make sense in some respects, but if one is serious about national maritime security then endurance trumps size. There is a myth that the WWII corvettes were tactically useful all the time; in reality, in any heavy sea they were utterly useless because survival became the driving force. […]

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Debating Defence and Naval Policy (XII)

David Perry: Again, a historical reminder made it clear that the situation was hardly new. Gimblett explained that the record of Canadian naval force development provided an alarming trend: “Every 20 years or so we go through a boom and bust cycle: the changing security environment demands we build up […]

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Debating Defence and Naval Policy

For much of February 2007, a small group of academics that included serving and former naval officers engaged in an electronic debate on the future of Canada’s defence and naval policies. What follows is an attempt to gather up the key points of that debate in the hope that they […]

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