submarines

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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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Submarine under-ice oerations

In late 1988 at the height of Canada’s controversial plan to acquire nuclear submarines, Captain Richard Sharpe, RN, the Editor of Janes’ Fighting Ships, gave a talk about submarine operations to a Financial Post conference. His views on operating any form of submarine under the ice are worth bearing in […]

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Prime minister, top officials debating whether to scrap, upgrade or buy new

A wide-ranging discussion about the future of Canada’s troubled submarine fleet is taking place at the highest levels of the Conservative government, say political and defence sources. The Privy Council Office and the Prime Minister’s Office are examining whether to “scrap them altogether, upgrade the existing boats or buy new,” […]

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A Reply to Dave Perry

I read Mr. Perry’s Broadside commentary “A Sub Too Far” with attention and interest. In terms of your reflections on public perception vis-à-vis submarines (“there will be little public appetite for retaining submarines”)  I would begin by responding that it is a government responsibility — regardless of public opinion — […]

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Are SSN’s essential to ensure Canada’s arctic sovereignty? (III)

The latest go around about submarine replacement was, as I understand it, the result of political direction to include a nuclear-powered submarine in the mix for an Oberon-class replacement option.  Service personnel were very wary of this project for the infrastructure reasons noted as well as other concerns, especially about […]

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Are SSN’s essential to ensure Canada’s arctic sovereignty? (II)

I am in the same camp as Brian Wentzell on this issue, To me, the possibility of Canada acquiring nuclear submarines is an impossibility. We tried this one time before and the government – and the people-recoiled, some through knowledge, some through fear, some through true intellectual ignorance (except that […]

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