naval roles

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Implications for Canada

Broadsides solicited comments on the potential impact of the new United States maritime strategy, A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower1, upon Canada, and I offer the following as my analysis. The first step is to understand the basis for the strategy and the intent of its sponsors, the U.S. […]

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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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“The Navy” by Senator Hugh Segal*

*Moderator’s Note:  The following statement was made by Senator Hugh Segal in the Debates of the Senate on 14 November 2007, during the 2nd Session of the 39th Parliament of Canada.  It is contained in Hansard, Volume 144, Issue 11. The Navy Hon. Hugh Segal: Honourable senators, since November 2006, […]

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A response to Airedale

The assertion that “The navy Canadians have is NOT the navy that the country has decided it necessarily needs” demand a response, especially from a former submariner accused of being a “task group man.” The implied idea that Canadians actually know what sort of navy they want is interesting on […]

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Crewing of the A/OPV by reservists won’t be easy (II)

AI can sense the previous post will generate interest because Derek Carroll raises some very real concerns. They include the fact that: both the regular navy and the reserve navy are having manning problems the long training times of engineers and techs will continue to complicate this much of our […]

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A reply to Eric Lerhe

Thank you for your comments but I feel compelled to respond to some of your statements, particularly those involving the ‘part-time’ and ‘relevant’ reserves. 1) I agree with your comment that there should not be a ‘choice’ between TRUMP replacements and A/OPVs but I fear such a choice has already […]

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Crewing of the A/OPV by reservist won’t be easy

A number of commentators in this forum have proposed to take the crews from the MCDVs and move them into the A/OPVs with the assumption that this will be fairly easy and relatively painless as compared to manning them with ‘scarce’ regular force talent. Alternatively others have suggested that the […]

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Should the navy return to the arctic?

Canada’s navy is on the cusp of yet another transformational moment. The government’s plan to build a modest fleet of arctic patrol vessels is clearly an invitation to the navy to adjust its thinking and embrace a new mission – in fact, it would be to re-embrace that mission because […]

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