submarines

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Are SSN’s essential to ensure Canada’s arctic sovereignty?

The problem [of acquiring nuclear submarines, as suggested by Keith Spicer,] is not so much the acquisition cost as it is the cost of training, infrastructure and operating the boats. The political aspects cannot be ignored either. The result I suspect is that the nuclear submarine becomes as onerous to […]

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Another submarine In our arctic?

Submarines are in the news again, both at home and elsewhere in the world. A Canadian Press item that appeared on Thursday, 28 June, 2007, about plans to send HMCS Corner Brook to the north. This is an interesting development and one can only presume that the provisions of the […]

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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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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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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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Debating Defence and Naval Policy (XXIV)

Small may make sense in some respects, but if one is serious about national maritime security then endurance trumps size. There is a myth that the WWII corvettes were tactically useful all the time; in reality, in any heavy sea they were utterly useless because survival became the driving force. […]

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Debating Defence and Naval Policy (XX)

David Perry: Commenting on Rob Huebert’s draft editorial, Rich Gimblett said: “I think the important linking idea is that sovereignty-building in the arctic is a whole-of-govt activity; the CF (in this case navy) does nation-building as a result of what we do defending the nation; however, it is not the […]

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