Yearly Archives: 2017

54 posts

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An ‘Engaged’ RCN

I have read the article by Ann Griffiths in the latest CNR (“Canada is Back – Via the Navy?”). I think it has exposed the ‘Engaged’ problems faced by the […]

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The Forgotten Asian Power

In our fascination with China and its growing global power and influence, we tend to forget about the other Asian giant – India. It’s the dominant power in South Asia […]


Training and Personnel

After the publication of the Comprehensive Review of Recent Surface Force Incidents, the US Navy is beginning to implement changes. The report noted that USN sailors were deficient in the […]


Reports and Explanations for USN Collisions

As we all know, several USN ships were involved in collisions in recent months. The collision of USS Fitzgerald with MV ACX Crystal, and USS John S. McCain with MV […]


Will Submarines be Obsolete Soon?

Canada is in the early stages of thinking about replacing its submarines. Submarines are not part of the National Shipbuilding Strategy, but they are mentioned in the new defence policy. […]

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Look to Denmark for New Ships for Less Money

Over the past few years, Canadian Naval Review has published a number of articles about the National Shipbuilding Strategy. Of major interest to analysts (and taxpayers) is the cost of […]

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Maritime Drones Undertake More Tasks

We may think of unmanned aerial vehicles/drones as being the deliverers of Hellfire missiles to terrorists, but they do much more than that. The drone business is booming. And the […]

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Royal Navy Changes and Challenges

We’ve published a series of commentaries in CNR by Vice-Admiral Sir Jeremy Blackham about challenges and changes with the Royal Navy. (See his most recent commentary in the upcoming fall […]

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USN Should Follow Lessons of the Private Sector

In an interesting – and undoubtedly controversial – article entitled “The ‘Navy Way’ is the Wrong Course,” Captain Paul E. Lobo, a retired Lt-Commander in the US Naval Reserve and […]


Seismic Geopolitical Shifts in the World

Whether this can be blamed on the Trump administration is an open question, but the geopolitical pattern is definitely changing this year. Turkey and Saudi Arabia have both announced that […]


The Utility of Mexeflote

Davie Shipbuilding gave a presentation at the Canadian Defence Security and Aerospace Exhibition Atlantic in Halifax on 5-7 September. Davie’s presentation featured the new (interim) Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment ship, Asterix. […]

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Victoria-class Submarines

In the early 1990s, the acquisition of new conventional submarines, as promised by the Conservative government after the cancellation of the nuclear submarine program in 1989, was believed unattainable. Thus […]

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Canada’s Future Submarines

Canadian submarine interests are extremely relevant, and can be divided into three categories: the defence of Canada and North America; supporting Canadian expeditionary deployments; and supporting Canada’s interest in global […]


Big Data, Big Insecurity?

As the Canadian government and the RCN advance in the NSS shipbuilding process, it’s time to stop focusing on the hulls and start thinking about what goes in the ships. […]

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Doing More With Less, USN-style

The Canadian navy has been asked to do more with less at least since the 1990s – and probably since the beginning. Tasks get added while ships get retired – […]


What’s up with the USN?

What’s up with the USN? Two major collisions in the last two months, with a total of 17 sailors dead.  Both collisions occurred in Asia in busy areas for traffic […]