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The RCN and Submarine Basing in the Pacific

Canada has reinvigorated its presence at the Shangri-La Dialogue on regional security, expanded its role at the Rim of the Pacific maritime exercise, and recently signed a mutual logistics arrangement with Japan. Such moves are designed to expand the country’s security engagement in the Asia-Pacific, as leverage to join the […]

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Axis submarine kills and Canadian warship losses in WWII

Fraser McKee rightly takes me to task for not crediting the sinking of the Italian Marcello-class submarine, R.Smg. Commandante Faá di Bruno, Cdr. Aldo Enrici, CO, by HMCS Ottawa, Cdr. Edmond ‘Rollo’ Mainguy, CO, and HMS HARVESTER (H19), (ex-Brazilian JURUA), on 6 Nov 1940. I admit that I deliberately did not […]

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A correction on an historical error about RCN submarine sinkings*

Far be it from me to correct my betters in historical research, but I tend to note items in research papers and commentary that are in error. In your entirely correct article on the Byers and Webb article on the submarine problems (Having, even as a naval reservist, served in two submarines, […]

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Canadian Submarine Capabilities: A Reply to Ken Hansen

Ken Hansen’s excellent post on the subject of submarines raises important issues concerning the future of submarines in the RCN. For those of us who ‘get it’, the post hits all the right buttons, especially his comment “what if the first time our surface ships encounter a sub is when […]

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Maritime Blindness*

Consumers and their governments are generally unconcerned that 90 per cent of the world’s trade is conducted by the international shipping industry. The oceanic transportation industry has transformed the industrialized world into a “just-in-time” manufacturing zone, in which “our warehouses now float,” as Canada’s Rear-Admiral David Gardam, commander of the […]

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Titanic Blunder or a Good Compromise?

Michael Byers and Stewart Webb have authored an interesting report published by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the Rideau Institute entitled “Titanic Blunder: Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ships on Course for Disaster.” Byers and Webb claim that the government is heading for disaster with the AOPS project: the ships are […]

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Atlantic Council of Canada Roundtable on the Navy-Coast Guard, 13 September 2012

The Atlantic Council of Canada invites you to a roundtable discussion entitled: “The Future of the Navy-Coast Guard Relationship in Canada.” The discussion will be lead by Ken Hansen, Resident Research Fellow with the Centre for Foreign Policy Studies and Science Advisory Committee Member with the Halifax Marine Research Institute. […]

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Maritime Security Challenges Conference, 1-3 October 2012

The 5th iteration in the successful Maritime Security Challenges (MSC) conference series, will take place in Victoria, BC, Canada. MSC 2012 is presented by Royal Roads University in cooperation with Maritime Forces Pacific of the Royal Canadian Navy and the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. The venue for the conference […]

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Naval Transformation Announcement*

* Moderator’s Note: This message was sent out last week by email to all naval addresses in conjunction with the announcement of major changes to the national-level CF headquarters structure. “Many of you may have heard that important changes were coming for the RCN. Today these changes are being officially […]

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