shipbuilding

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The Political economics, and the economic politics, of Peter Haydon’s proposal

Peter Haydon has seized on the need for a significant government response to the current economic crisis to make a powerful case for initiating a stabilized ‘made-in-Canada’ programme for the on-going construction of new naval vessels. His proposal is impressively persuasive, and there is no question that the ‘stop-go’ pattern […]

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An Infrastructure Initiative that Makes Strategic Sense as Well

The economic crisis has become a catalyst for a variety of national and local infrastructure projects. Although this makes sense, the scope could be much broader. To those of us with maritime and oceans concerns, the crisis offers an opportunity to reverse some earlier bad decisions and put Canada back […]

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AORs are essential and urgently required

The unexpected press release announcing the termination of procurement processes for two new types of ships for the Canadian Coast Guard and navy was no doubt a heavy blow. And for the perennially under funded coast guard, the indefinite delay for the twelve new patrol ships they’d been counting on […]

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US Navy may get shipbuilding boost from Congress (II)

The Congressional Research Service has published a report entitled “Navy Attack Submarine Force-Level Goal and Procurement Rate”, which was updated on 09 April 2007 (Order Code RL32418). The report shows that, for a planned USN fleet of 313 ships, the current procurement rate in the 30-year fleet plan is insufficient […]

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US Navy may get shipbuilding boost from Congress

The announcement on Wednesday by Representative Murtha that the House Defense Appropriations subcommittee will approve funds for five more ships to this year’s defence programme, at least one of which will be an attack submarine, is consistent with recommendations in three recent force structure studies. A comparative analysis of these […]

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You ‘Do the Math’ and see what Future Fleet Plans will cost.

Here is a ‘brain teaser’ to wrestle with over the Holidays! A recent article in the U.S. press described three different theoretical future fleet plans for the USN.  One fleet was designed for major naval warfare against a peer competitor; one was principally designed for inshore constabulary work and humanitarian […]

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Canadian Shipbuilding – what are we waiting for?

In an industry known for its boom and bust cycles the forecast Canadian new building requirements over the next fifteen years should be signalling the start of another boom cycle in the shipbuilding industry.  Shipyard executives are generally upbeat as their yards are starting to fill up with new building […]

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U.S. Navy fleet uncertainties

Our earlier discussion about the sensibility of addition another SSN to the appropriations this year, and the lack of clear direction on surface fleet plans, seems to have more substantiation in the recent announcement by the Seapower Committee. Their decision to add three, not five, vessels, and the fact that […]

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Arguments for increased investment in the Joint Support Ship Project

The Government is presently debating whether to buy two or three of the Joint Support Ships, and how to resolve its bidding dilemma. Both teams, led respectively by SNC-Lavalin Profac Inc. and Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems Canada, were unable to deliver three ships for the amount stipulated by the government. […]

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US Navy may get shipbuilding boost from Congress

Both political parties in the United States have recognized three key elements of a balanced defence policy. First, despite the high costs of their Iraq and Afghanistan commitment, their leaders recognize you must retain a viable navy for all the other security challenges likely to arise. Second, with a building […]

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