Doing the right thing

This article, in the Hindustan Times and this in the South China Morning Post, both deal with the same issue: China is trying to wear down Japan’s ability to assert sovereignty over the disputed Senkaku (尖閣諸島 in Japanese) or Diaoyutai (or Diaoyu Islands (釣魚臺列嶼 in Chinese) which are, in reality, little more than a few (eight)Continue reading “Doing the right thing”

In the national interest

David Pugliese, one of only a tiny handful of Canadian journalists who writes knowledgeably about defence issues says, in a recent item in the Ottawa Citizen, that “the new CDS [Chief of the Defence Staff ~ the officer who replace retiring General Jon Vance] is expected to face the challenge of dealing with significant budgetContinue reading “In the national interest”

A Three Ocean Navy

Over on (there’s an identical (in content), too, if you prefer blue), there’s an interesting new discussion based on a recent article published by the Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC). It raises an important issue for Canadians. Canada is a three ocean country … … and Canada needs a three ocean Navy.Continue reading “A Three Ocean Navy”

More about ships (My plan (4))

There is an interesting discussion, over in, about the current “tanker war” in the Persian Gulf-Straits of Hormuz-Gulf of Oman region. One participant raises the very, very valid point that limited defence budgets mean that some countries (Britain and Canada come to mind very quickly) cannot afford large enough fleets of first-rate, general-purpose combatContinue reading “More about ships (My plan (4))”

More on the major warship contract

David Pugliese, writing in the Ottawa Citizen, says that “The Liberal government is pushing ahead to try to get the Canadian Surface Combatant deal signed with Irving and the Lockheed Martin-BAE consortium either Thursday or Friday, sources say … [and, he adds] … That $60 billion project will see the eventual construction of 15 warships inContinue reading “More on the major warship contract”

Ships, again: Type 26 for Canada

Both the Ottawa Citizen and CBC News are reporting that the BAE/Lockheed Martin Type 26 ‘Global Combat Ship,’ a British design has been selected to be Canada’s new major surface combatant warship ~ the backbone of the Royal Canadian Navy for the next generation. The CBC News report says that “Procurement services and defence officialsContinue reading “Ships, again: Type 26 for Canada”

Defending Canada in other ways

The media is starting to fill up with articles exhorting us to boycott US made products and telling us how to do that. It’s likely to be harder than it looks for most Canadian consumers, but there are a couple of things the Government of Canada can do, quite legally and properly, to “stick itContinue reading “Defending Canada in other ways”

Doing what’s needed

One of my old friends, commenting to another equally old friend on social media, said this: “Surely, the PM and his government must see the obvious — that as the oceans warm and the ice melts the Northwest Passage becomes navigable year round. He’s been sounding off about climate change ad nauseum so that wouldContinue reading “Doing what’s needed”

75 years ago …

As in past years, I remember my father, Lieutenant Commander Frank Campbell and the other officers and sailors of HMCS Louisburg who were killed in action at sea off the coast of North Africa … … on 6 February 1943 while Louisburg was escorting a convoy of (mainly) troopships ~ most filled with US soldiersContinue reading “75 years ago …”

Ships – Corvettes, again

I have written several times about my concerns that the defence budget will not be able to accommodate 20± major surface combatants ~ large, 5,000 tons or thereabouts, frigates ~ and that we may need to settle for a fleet of, say, 8-12 very capable frigates and 10 to 12 smaller (say less than 2,500Continue reading “Ships – Corvettes, again”