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
Top row: Sub-Lt. Abbigail Cowbrough, RCN, Master Cpl. Matthew Cousins, RCAF and Sub-Lt. Matthew Pyke, RCN Bottom row: Capt. Brenden Ian MacDonald, RCAF, Capt. Kevin Hagen, RCAF and Capt. Maxime Miron-Morin, RCAF My thoughts are with their families and friends, especially their shipmates in HMCS Fredricton.
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 with … Continue reading Canadian Maritime Strategy … or is it just tactics?
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 something … Continue reading Nuclear submarines
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 of … Continue reading Not as bad as it looks
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 frigates … Continue reading Some more good news
The digital newsletter Breaking Defense published this report, a few days ago, on 21 Nov: "Warships from several NATO allies tracked and knocked down ballistic missile targets from the sea for the first time sharing targeting information across a shared alliance network ... [that, alone, is significant; planners and engineers have been talking about this since the … Continue reading Neat and cool and important, too
Irving Shipyards, in Halifax, began, on 22 Nov, what are known as 'builder's trials' of the first of the Harry DeWolf class Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) called for by Prime Minister Stephen Harper early in his first mandate and, finally, in the water over ten years later ... ... despite my often expressed reservations … Continue reading And still a bit more good news
They may not look like much, just now ... ... but these are "blocks," at Seaspan Shipyards in Vancouver, and when hundreds of more blocks are built and they are all, eventually fitted together they will become one of these ... ... the new Protectuer class support ships (two are on order) for the Royal … Continue reading More good news
About a week ago the Toronto Sun opined, in an editorial, that "These past four years have seen a significant number of headlines that involve our defence priorities and the Canadian Armed Forces, yet politicians shy away from drawing any further attention to the issues ... [but] ... That ought to change. We need to have … Continue reading Let’s have a defence policy debate