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Finding the right balance is key

I agree with much of Ken Hansen’s analysis.  While we have indeed done badly at maintaining leading edge capabilities after purchase (note, however, exceptions of Halifax-class, CP-140, and CF-18 mid-life projects), I would not immediately accept your second point that the F-35 is entirely for conflict against a peer competitor.  […]

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Navy passes on shifting more ships to the Pacific

David Pugliese’s comment about the navy not wanting to move more ships to the west coast in response to a shifting strategic balance in that direction focuses, as most commentators do, on the ships. This is a classic example of ‘land thinking’ that equates the ‘direction’ of a perceived threat […]

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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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Debating Defence and Naval Policy (XXVI)

The corvette analogy is correct, but only insofar as the corvette goes. The long-range escort of that day was the sloop, with the aforementioned USCG cutter having even better endurance due to their innovative turbo-electric propulsion systems. Both sloops and cutters had cruiser-like endurance on far less displacement and were, […]

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Debating Defence and Naval Policy (XXI)

David Perry: Ken Hansen, the Defence Fellow at Dalhousie, joined the debate:  “One thing I think is being overlooked here is that ice-capable patrol ships can have valid tasks in joint warfare and in service-specific naval tasks. The best example is the USCG Lake- and Tampa-class cutters of Second World […]

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