Preview: Canadian Naval Review Vol. 19 No. 1 – Australian Naval Review Joint Issue

By Dr. Ann Griffiths, 10 May 2023

Front Cover of CNR Vol 19 no. 1.

It’s time for another issue of Canadian Naval Review. And this time we have a real treat in store for you! The spring issue is a joint issue with Australian Naval Review. A chance email exchange led to the idea, and we (the Editors of CNR and ANR) thought it would be interesting.

We agreed on a list of topics pertinent to both countries. The list is as follows:

  • the national security climate, and the role of the navy in addressing threats;
  • climate change and its impact on the Australian and Canadian navies;
  • recruitment and retention in the two navies; and
  • submarines.

We then found Australian and Canadian authors to write about the topics. We also managed to convince the Chief of Navy, RAN, Vice-Admiral Mark Hammond, and Commander RCN Vice-Admiral Angus Topshee, to say a few words. The result, as you will see, is a collection of articles that are both fascinating and timely.

In this issue, there are no columnists, no Making Waves contributions and no book reviews. There are eight articles – four from the Australian perspective and four from the Canadian perspective. And of course there are amazing photos to illustrate everything! We hope that you will find this joint issue as interesting as we have! See the Table of Contents below.

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Current Issue: Winter 2023 CNR issue

Volume 18, Number 3 (2023)

Another issue of Canadian Naval Review has been published. The winter issue didn’t make winter weather go away, but we hope it gave you something interesting to read on those snowy days.

The issue begins with an Editorial entitled “Preparing for the Future” by editor Ann Griffiths. In the editorial, Griffiths asks if the RCN is prepared for the future of conflict at sea. Our first article is the winner of the 2022 Canadian Naval Maritime Trust essay contest, hosted every year by CNR. The was won by Jacob Benjamin with “Making the Case for the Sōryū-class as a Canadian Procurement Option.”  


The second article in this issue is entitled “NORPLOY ’74: A Case Study in Northern Operations.” In this article authors Cate Belbin and Adam Lajeunesse look at the NORPLOY Exercise in 1974 to see what’s changed/not changed since then and what the RCN has learned about operations in the North. The third piece in this issue is an interview with CPO1 Alena Mondelli. In this interview we learn about education and training of Non-Commissioned Members in the RCN, as well as other interesting considerations that relate to the NCM team.

We also include some very interesting commentaries in this issue -- Making Waves is particularly feisty. We have several commentaries about Canada’s glacial procurement process, and one about how to achieve a more affordable and balanced RCN fleet. We include a quick look at the Auditor General’s 2022 report “Arctic Waters Surveillance,” and a discussion of the implications for Canadian security of Russia’s attack on Ukraine. We also have a brief examination of Canada’s new Indo-Pacific strategy. And Dave Perry unravels the tangled knot of NORAD modernization funding. This is just a taste of the material in the winter issue. 

And, of course, there are the amazing photos! All of this is coming soon. See the Table of Contents below. And stay tuned for the issue to appear!  

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