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Finding the right balance is key

I agree with much of Ken Hansen’s analysis.  While we have indeed done badly at maintaining leading edge capabilities after purchase (note, however, exceptions of Halifax-class, CP-140, and CF-18 mid-life projects), I would not immediately accept your second point that the F-35 is entirely for conflict against a peer competitor.  […]

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Has Canada Lost the Ability to Design Warships?

[Moderator’s Note.  This commentary was originally published on Tuesday, 15 March 2011 on David Pugliese’s Defence Watch.  It is reproduced here with the permission of Mr. Pugliese.] Long-time Defence Watch (DW) reader “Chief Naval Constructor” posted material yesterday that I thought raised some interesting issues about the ability of this […]

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Cheap and Nasty: Just What Types of Ship does the Navy Need?*

[*Originally appeared in Canadian Naval Review, Vol. 6, No. 4 (Winter 2011).] “Cheap for us and nasty for the Germans.” Winston Churchill, 1940. In this centenary year there is much to be proud of but more to be concerned about. The course envisaged by Leadmark, the future fleet structure as […]

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Whose ‘Big Honking Ships’ are those on the horizon?

Reports, all unsubstantiated so far, continue to surface about the possibility of Canada acquiring a ship or ships capable of amphibious operations.  (See: “Big Honkin’ Ships” by Chris MacLean in issue 5/2010, pp. 14-15, of Frontline Defence here.  See also: “A Mistral-class ship for Canada” by David Pugliese in the […]

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RFA Bay-class landing ships worth considering

Two recently posted articles ask if Canada should purchase a surplus Bay-class Landing Ship Dock (Auxiliary) from the UK. The 2010 UK Strategic and Defence Review could result in one of the four 16,000 tonne Bay-class LSD(A)s being decommissioned. The Bay-class LSD(A)s entered service in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary between […]

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Volumetrics and strategic effect

Brian Stewart, formerly Senior Correspondent for CBC’s national news programme “The National” and now Distinguished Senior Fellow with the Munk Centre at the University of Toronto, filed a report on 10 February about the performance of the navy in response to the Haitian earthquake.  You can read his report here. […]

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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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An ‘Alternative Canadian Navy’ of 2030

Many pundits were surprised by the extent of the overdue 2013 National Defence Review’s re-positioning of Canada’s traditional defence assumptions and, in particular, its revitalisation of the navy.  Afghanistan and Somali had both provided belated impetuses for a doctrinal shift away from conventional Cold War thinking towards that required for […]

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