HMCS Protecteur


Ship cuts send RCN naval ranking tumbling according to their own system

The announcement on 19 September to cut four ships from the Canadian naval fleet, the destroyers Iroquois and Algonquin and the replenishment ships Protecteur and Preserver, was done quite typically, on a Friday afternoon.  The news release was phrased optimistically as “[a] transition to the future fleet.” The problem is […]

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The RCN and Submarine Basing in the Pacific

Canada has reinvigorated its presence at the Shangri-La Dialogue on regional security, expanded its role at the Rim of the Pacific maritime exercise, and recently signed a mutual logistics arrangement with Japan. Such moves are designed to expand the country’s security engagement in the Asia-Pacific, as leverage to join the […]

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Navy Appreciation Day*

*Moderator’s Note: The following address was delivered at a parliamentary reception on 15 November 2011.  My thanks to Mr. David Smart for bringing it to my attention. “Navy Appreciation Day”  Thank you Louise [Mercier], for that kind introduction. Louise, you have been both a personal friend, and a friend of […]

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Naval support to disaster relief/humanitarian assistance?

If the Canadian navy had possessed a large ship available to deploy in the case of such incidents as the Haitian Earthquake: an AOR, JSS, Large Deck Amphib, or a RoRo Vessel taken up from trade, it could have taken huge quantities of building supplies, mechanized vehicles such as bull […]

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JSS capability gap

I was the communications officer on HMCS Protecteur when she was deployed to East Timor in 1999. While we did yeoman work supporting forces ashore with fuel, stores and an ‘RnR’ platform for allied troops, our many shortcomings were painfully obvious. We could not communicate with our own troops ashore, […]

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