More on ships

It’s story time. Once upon time,* about 25 to 30 years ago, in the mid 1990s, when I was the director of a small, very specialized team in National Defence Headquarters (NDHQ) in Ottawa, something like this happened: One of my colleague, who had a title like Director of Maritime Requirements or something similar saidContinue reading “More on ships”

Short of war (5)

I think that a new cold war, Cold War 2.0 if you like, “managed,” as former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd explained on the basis of Managed Strategic Competition, is the best and most likely way to avoid a real, deadly hot (shooting) war between China and America supported by the US-led West. I believeContinue reading “Short of war (5)”

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”

Progress

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 thisContinue reading “Progress”

A Three Ocean Navy

Over on Army.ca (there’s an identical (in content) Navy.ca, 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”

Canadian Maritime Strategy … or is it just tactics?

There is an interesting discussion over on Army.ca (there is, by the way, also a Navy.ca for those who want different coloured screens) which started with an article by Capt (N) Hugues Canuel, RCN, in the Canadian Naval Review, in which he argued that materialists, those concerned only with buying new ships rather than withContinue reading “Canadian Maritime Strategy … or is it just tactics?”

Nuclear submarines

Dear readers: it’s not that I am unconcerned with the COVID-19 virus and its impacts, the plural really does matter, on our lives, it’s just that I have nothing useful to add to the discussion. I ask you all to follow the recommendations given to us by medical professionals.  So, to go on about somethingContinue reading “Nuclear submarines”

Not as bad as it looks

Murray Brewster, writing for CBC News, says that “The federal government has spent slightly more than $1.01 billion over the last seven years on design and preparatory contracts for the navy’s new frigates and supply ships — and the projects still haven’t bought anything that floats … [and he adds] … It’s an enormous amount ofContinue reading “Not as bad as it looks”

Some more good news

These pictures, courtesy of the Royal Canadian Navy, show the soon to be in commission HMCS Harry DeWolf undergoing her builder’s sea trials … … looking good in the water on Nova Scotia’s coast … … look at the size of that bridge! She’s a very big ship, bigger by far than our current frigatesContinue reading “Some more good news”