JSS


Some thoughts on the PBO report

If you haven’t yet had a chance to read the Parliamentary Budget Officer’s report “Feasibility of Budget for Acquisition of Two Joint Support Ships” I think it is worth a look.  Here are a few of my observations on what is already a very talked about report. The process was […]


Logistics: Is it central or peripheral to operations?

The latest revelation in the F-35 saga came last week when Lee Berthiaume reported that the military would be unable to refuel the new fighter while in flight using existing equipment. More stunning yet was the finding in the KPMG report that the government and the military intend to “rely […]


Narrowing the field

Word is reaching me that the number of designs under consideration for the AOR-JSS ship is down to only one.  Apparently, the Spanish have been told that their Cantabria-class AOR [an enlarged version of the Spanish Patino-class] is no longer in the running.  This leaves only the German Berlin-class design. […]


Celebration, Commitment & Commemoration*

* Moderator’s Note: This article was original published in The Nova Scotian on 13 November 2011. Nova Scotians and Atlantic Canadians have reason to be proud and to celebrate the recent awarding of the combatant portion of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS) to Irving Shipbuilding Inc. This will also […]


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 […]


How much capacity did Canada really have with MV Wloclawek?

Canada’s decision to terminate the lease agreement for MV Wloclawek (IMO Registration No.: 8302313, pictured above) leaves the military without ready access to a sealift capability. You can read more on the original charter on the Operational Support Command website here. The department will now have to hire a ship […]


JSS adrift in a strategic black hole*

[*Moderator’s Note: This article appeared originally as part of the ‘Plain Talk’ series in the Fall 2010 issue (Vol. 6, No. 3) of Canadian Naval Review.] Is the announcement of a new $2.6 billion project to acquire two Joint Support Ships good news or bad news for the navy? The […]


How much to move, how fast and how far?

Murray Brewster’s article entitled “DND to drop costly cargo ship” in the Thursday, 28 July, issue of The Chronicle Herald reports on the continuing problems with commercial charter arrangements to move large volumes of military equipment and supplies.  Readers should check Dave Perry’s first post on this subject to get […]


2011 New Democratic Party election platform

Moderator’s Note:  This material is from a document entitled Practical First Steps For Leadership On The World Stage, which is available at this URL: http://www.ndp.ca/platform/leadership-on-world-stage] Item 6.4 – Charting a New Course for Canada’s Defence We will give the men and women of the Canadian Forces, who put their lives on […]


Can we learn from a missed opportunity?

The Australians purchased the surplus Bay-Class LSD(A) Largs Bay from the UK for $100M AUS dollars this month. News reports suggest the ship will be in service with the Royal Australian Navy in late 2011 or early 2012. In Canada, after almost 20 years of process, we have no amphibious […]