Seaspan Shipyards in Vancouver has announced that the fist section of the first of two new Joint Support Ships

… being built for the Royal Canadian Navy have been completed. The first section is the massive bulbous bow:

Those who might want a bit of information about the bulbous bow’s purpose can watch this short video.

This is good news all around. A true “blue water navy,” one which can operate, globally, needs support ships which are, primarily, mobile fuel stations and warehouses for the combat ships: they can refuel and resupply the smaller combat ships “on the move” …

… as the Royal Canadian Navy’s interim supply ship the MV Asterix is seen doing above. It takes good seamanship, from all concerned, to conduct replenishment at sea with a combat ship hooked to each side of the “tanker.”

In my opinion, a true global navy, which Canada should want to have, needs, at a bare minimum, three support ships but the current government has said it will only have two.

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.

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