naval policy

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Strategic choices are dictated by numbers and dollars

This week’s announcement that the contracts to modernize and refit the twelve Halifax-class frigates will be split unequally between two shipyards (East: Halifax Shipyard, seven ships, $549M; West: Victoria Shipyards, five ships, $351M) has avoided the bitter dispute that erupted over the earlier decision to modernize the Victoria-class submarines only […]

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Submarines good value, navy tells MacKay

It should now be clear to most people that the Canadian media has a “hate” on for submarines. The reason, it has been suggested, is that the media was excluded from the Chicoutimi Board of Inquiry. If this is true then much of the on-going media criticism is vindictive rather […]

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A reply to ‘Amphion’

Amphion is not the only naval personage musing about the future of the Canadian naval fleet. His comments are serious food for thought as innovative choices and decisions are required to meet the challenges created by the sovereign players and less than sovereign forces in the ever more competitive world. […]

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Make the organizational structure reflect reality

This is a very good debate, and I also believe it is long overdue. I am a naval reservist on a “Class A” contract, serving as a military occupation advisor for naval engineers.  A few quick thoughts come to mind: – To me, a redefinition of the naval reserves within […]

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A reply to Eric Lerhe: What we get for the price.

Eric Lerhe makes several valid points in his most recent post, but they do not necessarily prove his thesis that Public Relations are an inappropriate core function for Naval Reserve Divisions (NRDs). With regards to the first point, there is no question that total administrative costs for the Primary Reserve […]

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What we get for the price

I have to disagree with almost all of John Arthur’s claims that the Naval Reserve Divisions (NRDs) and their part time reservists should be “a public relations operation” with naval operations as their “job #2.”  He also states that the naval reserve “core mission” has been “maintaining presence ashore via […]

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The technical issues are complex

I am the Standards Chief Petty Officer for marine propulsion systems at the Canadian Forces Fleet School in Esquimalt.  I find the points made by the contributors to this topic are interesting but they require additional input about the technical issues. Commodore Gagliardi states that the status quo is not […]

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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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