National Shipbuilding and Procurement Strategy

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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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Canada-UK frigate development talks make sense

The initial rumour out of Britain that Canada and UK were discussing new frigate plans [see also here] was quickly denied by the Canadian government, but subsequent public statements by a Halifax area MP, probably talking on behalf of the local shipyard, have added some credibility to that rumour. Anyway, […]

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Investing in our ocean infrastructure

I am pleased to see such a lively and informed discussion on Shipbuilding in Canada. As our government considers the many different paths available for stimulating the economy, I am hoping that our shipbuilding sector is not overlooked. There are strong economic arguments to be made in support of a […]

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An Infrastructure Initiative that Makes Strategic Sense as Well

The economic crisis has become a catalyst for a variety of national and local infrastructure projects. Although this makes sense, the scope could be much broader. To those of us with maritime and oceans concerns, the crisis offers an opportunity to reverse some earlier bad decisions and put Canada back […]

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History challenges uniformity in fleet structure and capability

In today’s Defence Watch by David Pugliese an unnamed Canadian naval officer laments that the lack of progress on naval construction and refitting will result in the navy being short on “major warships,” which he categories at destroyers and frigates, in the foreseeable future.  The officer says that delaying this […]

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Canadian Shipbuilding – what are we waiting for?

In an industry known for its boom and bust cycles the forecast Canadian new building requirements over the next fifteen years should be signalling the start of another boom cycle in the shipbuilding industry.  Shipyard executives are generally upbeat as their yards are starting to fill up with new building […]

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