Asterix afloat

So Project Resolve is now even closer to completion; Chantier Davie has nudged Asterix out of dry-dock and into open water to begin sea trials …

I think she is scheduled to be handed over to the Royal Canadian Navy before Christmas.

It’s no secret, I’m sure, that I’m a fan of this project, because:

  1. I think Davie made a technically and financially sound and, even, innovative business case that serves it and the Navy equally well;
  2. I suspect Asterix is as good, maybe better value for money than the Berlin class ships (selected as the base model for Canada’s next generation support/supply ships) will be; and
  3. I believe there is a case for the Navy to rethink its doctrine of fleet support to allow civilian crewed ships to serve in combat flotillas, as the UK’s Royal Navy does.

Published by Ted Campbell

Old, retired Canadian soldier, Conservative ~ socially moderate, but a fiscal hawk. A husband, father and grandfather. Published material is posted under the "Fair Dealing" provisions (§29) of the Copyright Act for the purposes of research, private study and education.

5 thoughts on “Asterix afloat

  1. Given that one of the RCN’s roles is Convoy Escort – the use of military forces to protect civilian crews and vessels that are not just transiting conflict zones but are the targets of foreign military efforts – it has always appeared to me easy to justify the use of willing civil mariners in support roles. The Royal Fleet Auxilliary, the US Naval Service and chartered civilian vessels are all part of the mix.

  2. Its good to see a “feel good” procurement story where a project seems to come out on time, improve our capacity, and not be subject to numerous budgetary issues.

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