Ken Hansen

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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