Victoria-class submarines


The RCN and Submarine Basing in the Pacific

Canada has reinvigorated its presence at the Shangri-La Dialogue on regional security, expanded its role at the Rim of the Pacific maritime exercise, and recently signed a mutual logistics arrangement with Japan. Such moves are designed to expand the country’s security engagement in the Asia-Pacific, as leverage to join the […]

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More criticism ‘surfaces’ of Byers-Webb report on submarines

Readers of this forum will know my critical position on the report “That Sinking Feeling” by Prof. Michael Byers and Mr. Stewart Webb. After serving as the lead writer for the MSPP Research Team report, published in this forum on 15 June, I wrote a fuller analysis of the Byers-Webb […]

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A look inside the next issue of Canadian Naval Review

The next issue of Canadian Naval Review (Vol. 9, No. 2) will be available in early August. Editor Dr. Ann Griffiths has released the Table of Contents and it contains an array of articles on everything from migrant smuggling and protection against piracy to a celebration of naval aviation and […]

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A Review of “That Sinking Feeling: Canada’s Submarine Program Springs a Leak.”

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the Rideau Institute jointly released a report on 11 June by Michael Byers and Stewart Webb entitled That Sinking Feeling: Canada’s Submarine Program Springs a Leak. The CFPS Maritime Security Policy Program Research Team has examined the report in detail and our evaluation […]

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Some history of the Upholder-class submarines

Tim Dunne’s article on the Victoria-class submarines entitled “Journalists sub-par on sub debate” challenged journalists to get the facts straight on the Canada’s submarines. It is worthwhile advice for anyone thinking of engaging in this discussion. The current debate identifies the submarines as ‘used’, but little information was offered about […]

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Defence Budget 2012

The Federal Budget will be tabled in just a few hours and, by most accounts, a major part of the expected cuts will be borne by the Department of Defence. The end of combat operations in Afghanistan seems like as good a reason as any to reduce defence spending from […]

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Journalists sub-par on sub debate (II)*

*Moderator’s Note: This article was originally published in the Halifax Chronicle-Herald on 03 March 2012. This version contains two corrections of errors that appeared in the original version, which was posted on 19 March. This article, like the first, is reprinted here with the permission of the author. When New […]

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Four submarines and a funeral*

*Moderator’s Note: This article was originally published in Defence and Technology India, Vol. 30, No. 3 (December, 2007): 14-16. It is reprinted here with the permission of the author. Prof. Ram teaches Military History at American Military University in West Virginia. He is a member of the Royal Canadian Military […]

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Comparing the German Type 206 with the British Upholder*

*Moderator’s Note: This post captures a few comments that were contained in two emails between us over the past few days. Mr. Shirlaw wrote: “Look at the care put in the layup of the last of the FRG Type 206 boats decommissioned this year [as shown in this picture]. Six […]

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Celebration, Commitment & Commemoration*

* Moderator’s Note: This article was original published in The Nova Scotian on 13 November 2011. Nova Scotians and Atlantic Canadians have reason to be proud and to celebrate the recent awarding of the combatant portion of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS) to Irving Shipbuilding Inc. This will also […]

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