Royal Canadian Navy

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The mounting cost of maintaining antique warships and their vital capabilities

Dave Shirlaw, editor and publisher of the on-line SeaWaves Magazine, wrote this commentary in the December 8th issue: “With the upcoming retirement of USS Enterprise in 2011, [the] Canadian destroyer Iroquois will become the world’s oldest frontline surface combatant. Iroquois will enter the Irving Halifax Shipyard next week for yet […]

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An ‘Alternative Canadian Navy’ of 2030

Many pundits were surprised by the extent of the overdue 2013 National Defence Review’s re-positioning of Canada’s traditional defence assumptions and, in particular, its revitalisation of the navy.  Afghanistan and Somali had both provided belated impetuses for a doctrinal shift away from conventional Cold War thinking towards that required for […]

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What changes might their second term bring?

The election of a reinforced minority Conservative government might seem to indicate few changes in broad defence policy.  I expect, however, some minor alterations and some major new pressures. The greatest pressure may involve a need to divert tax dollars towards remedies for the current financial crisis although initial indications […]

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Fleet Coastal Balance

Re: David Pugliese’s article “Navy passes on shifting more ships to the Pacific” on 09 May, 2008. The balance of warships between East and West has been debated since the birth of the Royal Canadian Navy almost 100 years ago. Calls for changes in distribution are invariably political while the […]

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A Response to Ken Hansen

I would not want to discourage the Canadian Forces, and indeed the Canadian population in general, from studying and understanding the maritime environment in the round. However, as an academic who remembers the days of a Commodore in the post of Commandant at The Royal Military College of Canada, upon […]

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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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The Canadian Naval Task Group

As its operational focal point, the modern Canadian navy uses a “multi-purpose, combat-capable task group.” This policy is consistent with the 1994 Defence White Paper which calls for the navy to maintain such a task group on each coast. The exact size and capability of those groups is not specified […]

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Precision strike capabilities for Canadian naval forces?

Professor Edna Keeble’s recommendation for acquiring a “strike capability for the Navy (e.g. TLAM – Tomahawk Land Attack Missile)” is the same as that made by Professor Elinor Sloan in her book Security and Defence in the Terrorist Era: Canada and North America (McGill-Queens University Press, 2005, pp 114-115). Sloan […]

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