U.S. Navy

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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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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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The consequences of swarming tactics

Andrew Scutro’s recent article from Navy Times indicates that the USN is conducting a thorough review of their boarding procedures after Iran’s recent employment of swarming tactics off the Al Faw Penisula. It also reports the Royal Navy will also conduct “a full review” of the incident. A USN spokesperson […]

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Modularity, the Littoral Combat Ship and the future of the United States Navy

Lexington Institute Paper, “Modularity, the Littoral Combat Ship and the Future of The United States Navy” is available here. The Lexington Institute paper provides a general overview and somewhat one-sided assessment of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). The paper is very limited on its treatment of the origins of the […]

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Whither the navy?

On February 22, 2008, the Ottawa Citizen published an anonymous letter, entitled “Navy Capabilities Slide While Government Sits Idle”, attributed to a serving Canadian Naval Officer in David Pugliese’s Defence Watch column. Mr. Pugliese thought it would be controversial and judging from the number of comments posted to the web […]

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History challenges uniformity in fleet structure and capability

In Defence Watch 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 categorizes as destroyers and frigates, in the foreseeable future. The officer says that delaying this critical work will leave […]

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Debating Defence and Naval Policy (XXII)

David Perry: A new dimension was literally thrown into the debate when Ken Hansen passed around the report of the U.S. Navy’s woes from the San Diego Union-Tribune of 1 February, 2007: “Bedeviled with cost overruns, the navy’s shipbuilding program is in danger of sinking under its own weight. Navy […]

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Debating Defence and Naval Policy (XV)

David Perry: Dr. Rob Huebert of the University of Calgary then pointed out “Under international law there are no divisions of type of governmental vessels. If the USN inferred anything about gray they would do the same for red. That does not make a difference.” And added a postscript: “If […]

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Debating Defence and Naval Policy (XIV)

David Perry: Comments came quickly; Richard Gimblett pointed out: “It is important to distinguish between grey hulls and red hulls. In essence, under our system of governance, red hulls have the constabulary role, grey hulls the defence role; if USN were to come upon a Canadian grey hull “patrolling” the […]

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