Ken Hansen


A Commentary on “Rough Seas Ahead” by Andrea Gunn

The Thursday, October 22, 2015, issue of the ChronicleHerald (Metro Edition) carried an article by Andrea Gunn (Ottawa Bureau) entitled “Rough Seas Ahead” (p.1) that has caused some confusion about my contributions to it. I wish to correct one key issue. The Report on Transformation 2011, does not, in fact, […]


Athabaskan Engine Problems (Again)

Reports on the engine failure in HMCS Athabaskan are missing some important aspects of the problems this ancient warship is facing. One of the two cruise turbines failed, leaving one other plus the two high-speed turbines. The ship should be able to function with that degree of redundancy and indeed […]


More information on Project Resolve

Jon Rosamond, writing for IHS Jane’s Navy International, has an article entitled “Canada turns to Asterix for stop gap at-sea support.” The article was published on 04 October 2015. Rosamond confirms that the identity of the ship is MV Asterix. The website MarineTraffic.com reports her current position as Quebec City, […]


Old Parts and New Ships

It is reasonable that the Department of National Defence1 (DND) is considering (conducting a “staff check,” to use military language as also used by an interviewee in a television report on this matter) the transfer of systems and parts from current Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) ships to future ships. Warship […]


Saudi Arabia purchases two French Mistrals for Egypt

When the conflict in south-eastern Ukraine flared up, a contract signed in 2010 for the French shipbuilder DCNS to build two French Mitral-class amphibious ships for the Russian navy was cancelled. David Pugliese, among others, commented that Canada was an interested buyer for the two ships. These comments, along with […]


Canada’s Submarines: An argument for their retention*

*Moderator’s Note: This article originally appears in Marine Matters. It is reprinted here with the permission of the publisher. Dr. Michael Byers and Mr. Stewart Webb released a report called That Sinking Feeling: Canada’s Submarine Program Spring a Leak. As I read it, I couldn’t help but think back to […]


Federal Defence spending versus Federal Health and Education spending

Tim Dunne’s article on government expenditures shows that provincial spending on health and education are huge in comparison to what the federal government spends on defence. The province of Quebec spent 30.4 percent more and the province of Ontario spent 108 percent more on health care alone than the estimated […]


Death of Vice-Admiral (Ret.) John ‘Jock’ Allan, CMM, OstJ, CD(3), BSc(Eng)

The passing of Vice-Admiral John ‘Jock’ Allan occurred on 01 May. He was 86 years old. Admiral Allan’s obituary (see below for links) outlines his impressive career but says only that, “He enjoyed a rare and unique career path in the history of Canada’s navy.” This is, in my view, […]


Preview of the Spring 2014 Issue of CNR

Here’s an excerpt from the next Editorial: “War and Economics: The Real Threat to the Canadian Navy.” The impact of two powerful events have placed the navy in a difficult position. Neither is maritime specific and neither originates in Canada but both combine to challenge the future of the Canadian […]


Thinking Strategically About Shipbuilding.*

[*This article appeared originally in the March 2013 issue of Marine Matters.  It is reprinted here with the permission of the publisher.] The Harper Government is committed to reinvigorating the shipbuilding industry in Canada. As a G-8 country Canada should have the capacity to build the ships needed by the […]