Preview: Canadian Naval Review Vol 19 No. 2

By Dr. Ann Griffiths, 30 September 2023

It’s that time again! Another issue of Canadian Naval Review is coming soon. As usual, it’s a great issue.

       The fall issue begins with an Editorial, by CNR Editor Ann Griffiths, which asks if Canada – the government in particular – is drifting in terms of military and defence matters. Next, we are pleased to present the essay which won the 2023 CNMT essay competition. Cameron Meikle wrote the winning essay, which is entitled “Innovation to Expand Canada’s Global Naval Influence.” Meikle calls for Canada to act in response to the shifting characteristics of naval warfare. The Royal Canadian Navy should seize the opportunity to innovate, articulating a novel future vision with uncrewed vehicle technologies at its core and lead industry, partners and allies in driving change to achieve this future. This article is followed by an article entitled “Svalbard: The Worrying Geopolitics of an Arctic Archipelago” by Andreas Østhagen, which examines the situation relating to this northern archipelago as relations with Russia evolve. Next, we have an article by Marc Milner, entitled “The RCN’s Forgotten Surface Battles of 1944” which outlines several battles fought by the RCN in WWII. The final article, “Russia’s Expansion in the Arctic and Canada’s Response” by Jeff G. Gilmour, explains how Russia has been beefing up its military presence in the Arctic and outlines how Canada has responded – and how it should respond. The result, as you will see, is a collection of articles that are both fascinating and timely.

       As well we have a number of interesting Making Wave commentaries and our usual columns. We have a report by Tim Choi about his visit to the submarine yard in Karlskrona, Sweden, in May 2023. This article provides a description of the yard and Saab’s views regarding the Canadian submarine replacement project. Keeping with the submarine theme, we have a column by Daniel Baart who discusses the interest in, and growth of, submarine procurement in the Indo-Pacific region. In his column, Dave Perry talks us through the implications of the budget cuts the government announced in the spring, and how they will affect the Department of National Defence. And in Doug Thomas’ column, he briefly outlines the history of the Ukrainian Navy, and then tells us what Ukraine has managed to do in terms of naval warfare even without a navy.

       This is just a taste of what’s to come in the issue. Of course there are amazing photos to illustrate everything! We hope that you will find this issue interesting. See the Table of Contents below.

Table of Contents

Volume 19, No. 2 (2023)

Editorial: Drifting? - by Ann Griffiths

Winner of the 2023 CNMT Essay Competition: Innovation to Expand Canada’s Global Naval Influence - by Cameron Meikle

Svalbard: The Worrying Geopolitics of an Arctic Archipelago - by Andreas Østhagen

The RCN’s Forgotten Surface Battles of 1944 - by Marc Milner

Russia’s Expansion in the Arctic and Canada’s Response - by Jeff G. Gilmour

Making Waves

Maritime Domain Awareness Afloat: An Exciting CCG Pilot Study - by Andrea Charron

Is it Time for a Hybrid Crewed and Uncrewed Approach? - by Emmanuel Akinbobola

2% of GDP for Defence is Meaningless - by Roger Cyr

Iran’s Maritime Prowess and Anti-Ship Cruise Missiles - by Debalina Ghoshal

Notes from the Field: Swedish Submarines and Canada - by Timothy Choi

A View from the West: Trends in Indo-Pacific Submarine Procurement - by Daniel Baart

Dollars and Sense: The Budget Knife Returns to Defence - by Dave Perry

Warship Developments: The Ukrainian Navy - by Doug Thomas

Book Reviews


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