National Shipbuilding and Procurement Strategy


More Thoughts on the Canadian Surface Combatant (II) 5

The discussion in this BLOG on the NSPS has tended towards several themes. First, a belief that the Canadian Navy is proposing a fleet that is based on Cold War requirements which are no longer valid and too expensive. Second that we need to have a Fleet that includes the […]


New Attention to Canadian Coast Guard

Among other things, the new government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that it will place emphasis on renewing the Canadian Coast Guard fleet. See the CBC news article here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/coast-guard-fleet-refresh-top-priority-security-1.3318575


Input Costs Down, Number of Ships Up?

There has been much written about how defence inflation has eroded the budget allocated to the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS).1 As time passes, the argument goes, the NSPS budget gets smaller and smaller due to cost inflation and therefore the number of ships that can be built decreases as […]


Dalhousie workshop examines AOPS future northern operations

Major change is coming to the Royal Canadian Navy. In just a few months, Irving Shipbuilding will begin construction of the first vessel in the Combat Ship Program under the National Shipbuilding and Procurement Strategy. The Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS), to be known as the DeWolf-class, will add many new […]


In the 21st Century, ocean shipping matters to Canada*

*Moderator’s Note: This article was originally published in the 1 September 2014 issue of Canadian Sailing. It is reprinted here with the permission of the author. Canada has been a trading and exporting nation since its founding almost 150 years ago. Over $130 billion of Canadian exports are carried by […]


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 […]


National Shipbuilding and Procurement Strategy (NSPS) Workshop Series

Background: After a very successful and well-attended (75 attendees) first NSPS Workshop entitled “Charting the Course” on 6 June 2014, which included an update on the progress of the NSPS and a look forward at the future classes of Royal Canadian Navy ships, Dalhousie’s Centre for Foreign Policy Studies (CFPS) […]


Why Canada needs to look to the seas*

*Moderator’s Note: This Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute op-ed [link to original] appeared in The Globe and Mail on 13 May 2014. It is reprinted here with the permission of CDFAI. Lest we forget. On Parliament Hill last week we marked the end of our Afghanistan mission. We also […]


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 […]