Royal Canadian Navy

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The alarmist view of transformation

[12 April 2007] Paul Kennedy’s article, “To Rule the Waves: the Rise and Fall of Navies,” is ‘crying wolf’ by only addressing the question of declining numbers of destroyers and frigates in the Royal Navy. The bigger picture tells a much different story. In fact, the RN is in the […]

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Following That $175M

As Denis Stairs noted in his budget article, one of the few defence announcements in the Harper government’s Budget 2007 was the acceleration of $175M from fiscal year 2009-2010, to 2007-2008. This, as Stairs notes, might well reflect a looming operational bill from the Afghan mission. A recent report in […]

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History challenges uniformity in fleet structure and capability

In Defence Watch an unnamed Canadian naval officer laments that the lack of progress on naval construction and refitting will result in the navy being short on “major warships,” which he categorizes as destroyers and frigates, in the foreseeable future. The officer says that delaying this critical work will leave […]

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Give new icebreakers to the coast guard

Neil Reynolds, in his column “Bring back the mighty ship Labrador” (Feb. 14), writes that “Canada could very quickly deploy heavy Arctic icebreakers that function simultaneously as armed naval patrol vessels.” But there is no national or military need for navy icebreakers. As Mr Reynolds notes, the Canadian navy has […]

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Debating Defence and Naval Policy (XXVIII)

All three of [Peter’s] criteria fit quite nicely into my definition of a simple ship and were fulfilled admirably by a USCGC cutter of 50 years ago. Endurance, utility, and environmental survivability are all easy and cheap to attain through sensible design. All of your characteristics were part of my […]

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Debating Defence and Naval Policy (XVIII)

David Perry: Ian Parker fired off a letter to the editor of the Globe and Mail which also went unpublished, making the point that: “We are a self-declared arctic nation that cannot exercise our sovereignty, and, despite the protestations of the MND, seem to have no tangible means now or […]

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Debating Defence and Naval Policy (XVII)

David Perry: While that side debate was going on, Eric Lerhe sent off a letter to the editor of the Ottawa Citizen following up on David Pugiliese’s article on arctic security: “David Pugiliese’s recent article is accurate in its assessment that the Canada First Defence Strategy is sending mixed signals […]

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Debating Defence and Naval Policy (XVI)

David Perry: Richard Gimblett replied: “Canadian warships have no law enforcement jurisdiction within Canadian waters, which is why we pack Mounties on drug busts and fisheries officers on fishery patrols. Grey hulls in the NW Passage will not accomplish what this government says it wants to do, re-capitalizing the coast […]

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