Royal Canadian Navy

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The ‘HX’ Convoy System

After my post describing the ‘slow’ SC convoys, I received many requests for information about the other series of east-bound convoys, the ‘fast’ HX series, which many Canadian warships escorted during the Second World War in the Atlantic. Here is some analysis about them. The first convoy, HX-1, was a […]

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“Dedication of The Royal Canadian Navy Monument” by Stephen Harper*

*Moderator’s Note: This statement was made on 3 May 2012, in Ottawa. “Dedication of The Royal Canadian Navy Monument” “Thank you very much, [Minister of National Defence] Peter [MacKay], for that kind introduction and thank you also for your ongoing leadership as Minister of National Defence. Speaker Kinsella and fellow […]

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The Battle of the Atlantic is misnamed

Using the term ‘Battle’ for the protracted struggle in the Atlantic during the Second World War diminishes the importance of this important series of campaigns that spanned the entire war. I prefer to call is The Atlantic War, as a counter to the often used term The Pacific War. As […]

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Army theory and naval practice seldom meet in amphibious operations*

*Moderators Note: This post is extracted from an article published in the ‘Views and Opinions’ section of Canadian Military Journal (Summer 2007): 79-80.  You can read the original article here. The idea of acquiring large amphibious ships for the Canadian military is based on the assumption that only a ship […]

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Sea Kings Featured in 18th RCAF Annual Historical Workshop, 13 – 14 June 2012

The Call for Papers has been issued for the 18th Annual Royal Canadian Air Force Workshop, which will be held in Halifax, 13-14 June 2012. The title of the workshop will be “Wings For The Fleet: Fifty years of the Canadian Sea King.”   The workshop theme reads as follows: “In […]

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The ‘Leslie Plan’ is not about transformation

Here are some impressions from my analysis of the Report on Transformation 2011. This report is not about transformation. It is too narrowly focused on headquarters organization to be a serious transformational plan. The only really meaningful recommendation it comes up with is combining the four national-level headquarters (Domestic, Expeditionary, […]

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What is doctrine and why is it so important?

Most official definitions talk about doctrine as though it is the bedrock of all things naval. This one comes from the USN’s Naval Doctrine Publication 1 (NDP1) Naval Warfare: “Naval doctrine is the foundation upon which our tactics, techniques, and procedures are built.” This definition gives the impression that doctrine […]

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Return of the Royal Canadian Navy?

On 16 August the government of Canada announced its decision to restore the historic names of the three environmental commands of the Canadian Forces; Maritime Command is now the Royal Canadian Navy.  Those of us wearing naval uniforms are all members of the Canadian Forces first, but we have always […]

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