Royal Canadian Navy


The Utility of Mexeflote

Davie Shipbuilding gave a presentation at the Canadian Defence Security and Aerospace Exhibition Atlantic in Halifax on 5-7 September. Davie’s presentation featured the new (interim) Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment ship, Asterix. (http://www.davie.cas/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/DEFSEC-FOR-WEB.pdf). A small easily-overlooked detail was that Asterix is mexeflote-ready. On September 8, after Hurricane Irma struck the island of […]

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New Capabilities Must Be Thoughtfully Developed

It has just recently come to my attention that Ken Hansen recycled here in 2011 much of his 2007 criticism in the Canadian Military Journal (CMJ) (see Link 1 below) of my 2006 CMJ article on building a Canadian amphibious capability (see Link 2 below).  In his critique, Hansen did […]

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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 […]

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Old Parts and New Ships

It is reasonable that the Department of National Defence1 (DND) is considering (conducting a “staff check,” to use military language as also used by an interviewee in a television report on this matter) the transfer of systems and parts from current Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) ships to future ships. Warship […]

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Saudi Arabia purchases two French Mistrals for Egypt

When the conflict in south-eastern Ukraine flared up, a contract signed in 2010 for the French shipbuilder DCNS to build two French Mitral-class amphibious ships for the Russian navy was cancelled. David Pugliese, among others, commented that Canada was an interested buyer for the two ships. These comments, along with […]

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Reflections on Canada, the State, the Nation and the Navy

CNR, Vol. 11, No. 2 (2015) Abstract In his article, Marc Milner notes that in the classic model of seapower the navy and the nation are fused into a single organic being. This is not the case in Canada. Milner points out that although Canada is dependent upon overseas markets […]

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Canada’s Submarines: An argument for their retention*

*Moderator’s Note: This article originally appears in Marine Matters. It is reprinted here with the permission of the publisher. Dr. Michael Byers and Mr. Stewart Webb released a report called That Sinking Feeling: Canada’s Submarine Program Spring a Leak. As I read it, I couldn’t help but think back to […]

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What Future for the Naval Reserves in Canada?*

[*This article was original published in the April 2013 issue of Marine Matters. It is reprinted here with the permission of the publisher, Mr. Aldert van Nieuwkoop.] When partnerships work, they are beneficial to both parties. As soon as one feels aggrieved, the partnership is in jeopardy. The relationship between […]

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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 […]

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Death of The Hon. Fred J. Mifflin, Rear-Admiral (Ret.), PC, CD

The following press release has been issued to mark the passing of R-Adm. (ret.) F.J. Mifflin: Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), expressed his condolences today over the passing of The Hon. Fred J. Mifflin, Rear-Admiral (Retired), PC, CD on October 5th in Ottawa at the […]

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