Naval Impacts of Canada’s New Indo-Pacific Strategy

By Les Mader, 30 November 2022

The major impact of Canada-s new Indo-Pacific Strategy on the RCN would seem to me to be the increase in yearly frigate deployments to the Indo-Pacific region from two per year to three, with the third ship coming from the Atlantic fleet. 

Using the ‘Rule of Four-for One’ this could lead to either the 12 frigates being devoted solely to meeting this commitment year-round or shorter deployments for only months at a time with the occasional frigate being available to sail elsewhere, such as Europe.  With either option, it seems likely that the Kingston-class minesweepers will see more deployments to European waters to show Canada’s solidarity with NATO.

Only time will tell.


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