Preview: CNR Vol. 17, No. 3

By Dr. Ann Griffiths, 11 January 2022

Here we are in 2022, and now suffering through the fifth wave of the never-ending pandemic. But we take heart that the end is (hopefully) near, and we continue to produce new issues of Canadian Naval Review. The show must go on.

I’m happy to announce that the Winter issue is coming soon. As usual, the issue begins with an Editorial. This one looks backward at the past year, and forward to the new year. It discusses what is being published about maritime issues, and the disconnect between what the interested community is doing and the attention the government pays to maritime security. Then we have five fascinating articles. The first article is the winner of the 2021 CNMT Essay Competition. It is by Christopher Verklan and is entitled “Winning the Narrative Battle on the High Seas: A Warning for the RCN.” Information warfare is a growing concern. Is the RCN ready to act in this arena? Read the article and find out. The second article calls for a new Canadian defence policy, one which pays more attention to the Indo-Pacific region. The third article looks back in history at the development of camouflage at sea – particularly diffused lighting camouflage – during the First and Second World Wars. The fourth article proposes a revised fleet structure for the RCN. And the final article discusses what capabilities Canada would need in a next generation submarine.

We also have a selection of very interesting commentaries. Dave Perry’s column should be read by everyone. In “Defence and Economic Recovery,” Perry discusses the contributions that defence spending provides to both the economy and the ‘middle class jobs’ so beloved by the government. Other contributors look at European navies in Asia, the environment and the RCN, putting Canadian reserve forces under provincial jurisdiction.... I could go on. As usual the issue is full of great material – illustrated with amazing photos.

If you don’t have a subscription yet, you should get one so you don’t miss anything.

The issue will be available soon – keep your eyes on the CNR Twitter account for details (@CdnNavalReview). And see the full table of contents below.

Table of Contents

Volume 17, No. 3 (2022)

Editorial: Looking Backward and Looking Forward

Ann Griffiths

Winner of 2021 CNMT Essay Competition

Winning the Narrative Battle on the High Seas: A Warning for the RCN

Christopher Verklan

Now is the Time for a New Canadian Defence Policy

Jeff G. Gilmour

Illumination for Concealment at Sea

Marcus Mau

Future RCN Structure: A Modest Proposal

Major (Ret’d) Les Mader

Capability Considerations for Canada’s Next Submarine

James Brun

Making Waves

Reserve Military Forces Should be Under Provincial Jurisdiction

Roger Cyr

COP26, Arctic Climate Change and the RCN

Bill Featherstone

Royal Canadian Navy: On Track to Net-Zero Carbon Emissions

Lieutenant-Commander Linda Hodgkins

A View from the West: Europe’s Navies in the Indo-Pacific Region

Brett Witthoeft

Dollars and Sense: Defence and Economic Recovery

Dave Perry

Warship Developments: News and Views

Doug Thomas

Book Reviews

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