sealift

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Vindication for more visionary naval requirements and procurement programs

The government, national defence, naval priorities and expeditionary requirements have not been well served by explanations for reconsideration of the approved JSS program given the economic importance and operational urgency in replacement of the old fleet supply vessels. These have focused on bids that have greatly exceeded a badly miscalculated budget for capital and support allowances.  This was set in the face […]

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Who scuttled the “Big Honking Ship”?

Recently, the Globe and Mail reported that the Conservative government has revised its expectations of success in Kandahar. Knowing that the situation on the ground in Regional Command South is ever changing and our military commitment there is evidently slated to end in 2011, such a policy shift may indeed […]

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Dr. Elinor Sloan’s comments from her book “Security and Defence in the Terrorist Era.”

Having just reviewed Dr. Sloan’s book (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2005) for Canadian Naval Review, her comments on the JSS are fresh in my mind.  Sloan wrote that “rapid deployability is dependent upon the existence of strategic lift, including airlift and sealift.”  She is concerned that only three JSS will provide […]

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History challenges uniformity in fleet structure and capability

In today’s Defence Watch by David Pugliese 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 categories at destroyers and frigates, in the foreseeable future.  The officer says that delaying this […]

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A Stunning Revelation about its Theoretic Effectiveness

An article by Thom Shanker in New York Times on 12 January contains essential new information about how U.S. Marine Lieutenant General. Paul K. Van Riper, acting as the ‘enemy’ force commander during the Millennium Challenge 2002 war game, inflicted a major defeat on ‘friendly’ forces in a Middle Eastern […]

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Leased commercial sealift

The cost factors Ken Hansen outlines demonstrate the ongoing need for sealift. Indeed, with sealift costs being between one-tenth and one-seventieth the cost of airlift, coupled with the fact that many of our shipments to Afghanistan are routine in nature given the four year plus length of our current mission, […]

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Whether to Fly or Ship Vehicles for the Army: The virtues of sealift vs. airlift

 The Pentagon’s request to Congress for $750M in ’emergency funding’ to move Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles (MRAPs) by air for use by U.S. Armed Forces in Iraq (detailed here) is an example of really ‘loopy logic’ when it comes to logistical planning. At a cost of $135K/vehicle, the amount […]

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Footnote

Robin Allan refers to the requirement as a “Big Honking Ship”. The term is somewhat overly generous. The projected full load displacement of the JSS is about 28,000 tons, about 3,000 tons greater than the new US Navy San Antonio-class LPD, about the same for the Spanish Navantia LHD design, […]

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Seaborne & sea based expeditionary capability

We are indebted to Robin Allan for his timely article on international landing craft developments in the current issue of the NOAVI Lead and Line. Herewith are some related observations on the now grim outlook for Canada’s ability to respond to security and humanitarian needs at the speed and scale […]

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