naval history

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The ‘Royal’ name change: significant or merely symbolic?

A quick internal polling of the CFPS fellowship on the question posed in this article’s title resulted in a general consensus that the navy’s name change is appropriate but not especially significant.  The Canadian naval connection to the crown was not removed by dropping the ‘RCN’ name for the navy […]

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D-Day*

*Moderator’s Note:  This article was original published in The Nova Scotian on 05 June 2011. Last month I spoke about the importance of winning the Battle of the Atlantic, the hard-fought 6-year campaign to defeat the U-boat threat in the North Atlantic during the Second World War.  One of the […]

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The Battle of the Atlantic*

*Moderator’s Note:  This article was original published in The Nova Scotian on 01 May 2011. On 16 April, I had the opportunity to speak with a number of veterans at the Battle of Atlantic Annual Admiral Desmond Piers Dinner.  Before the dinner, the veterans held a sombre ceremony to commemorate […]

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Dalhousie Maritime Security Conference celebrates past and ponders future.

From 16-18 June 2010, the Centre for Foreign Policy Studies held its 21st Maritime Security Conference.  Titled “The Canadian Navy Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow,” this year’s conference coincided with the Canadian naval centennial. As such, this year’s conference was largely introspective and centred on the Canadian navy itself, with panels […]

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Text of CMS Speech at Ottawa Centenary Historical Conference

The Chief of the Maritime Staff, Vice-Admiral Dean McFadden, presented his vision of the future of the navy at the centenary conference in Ottawa on Thursday, 6 May. The CMS was unable to deliver the speech himself due to his participation in the return of Petty Officer Blake’s remains to […]

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The Near Term Future is Rooted in 1947-48 History

While I commend those who look into the future and contemplate interesting concepts like “influence squadrons,” counter piracy operations and humanitarian operations, I think the events of the past several days, which stem from a directive issued by the Chief of the Maritime Staff (sometimes referred to as the Commander […]

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A strong voice demands change in anti-piracy operations

The Hong Kong Shipowners’ Association (HKSOA) has released what is described as “a furious statement” condemning the current organizational construct and tactical practices employed by naval forces to prevent piratical activities off the Horn of Africa.  They accuse the international community of “tolerating piracy instead of eliminating attacks” and “sending […]

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The reserve is not an operational resource, but strategic one

This debate is a pleasure to read, but also somewhat frustrating. In speaking of “relevant” operational tasks, it seems to me that Eric Lerhe misses the whole point of the part-time naval reservists. When Capt. Walter Hose founded the naval reserve (NAVRES) in the 1920s, it was highly unlikely he […]

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