Let’s have a defence policy debate

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

A lesson to be relearned, again

There is an interesting opinion piece in the United States Naval Institute's Blog by someone posting under the pseudonym of CDR Salamander.* The issue, as reported by the Associated Press, is that "Britain announced plans Monday to develop and deploy a Europe-led “maritime protection mission” to safeguard shipping in the vital Strait of Hormuz in … Continue reading A lesson to be relearned, again

More about ships (My plan (4))

There is an interesting discussion, over in Army.ca, 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 combat … Continue reading More about ships (My plan (4))

Good to see …

These are some recent pictures of the ground-crew (is the proper term deck-crew?) load crew* of HMCS Halifax mounting (and arming?) a Mk 46 torpedo on a brand new CH-148 Cyclone helicopter:   HMCS Halifax is, currently, deployed on Op REASSURANCE where she will replace HMCS Toronto in the Mediterranean and Black Seas. 'The Cyclone was, … Continue reading Good to see …

The federal government does the right thing …

Parliamentary Affairs reporter Daniel Leblanc, writing in the Globe and Mail, says that "The federal government will award a third of the work on $1.5-billion of maintenance contracts on its military frigates to the Davie shipyard in Quebec, cementing the shipyard’s anticipated partnership with two other firms on Canada’s national shipbuilding strategy, federal officials say … Continue reading The federal government does the right thing …

Costs continue to climb

David Pugliese,* writing in the Ottawa Citizen, reports that "The cost of the Canadian navy’s new surface combatant ships has further increased because of delays and changes in the size of the ship, according to a new report from the Parliamentary Budget Officer ... [this ought not to be surprising, the last PBO report was from … Continue reading Costs continue to climb

Doing the right thing, the right way

A couple of weeks ago I gave Prime Minister Trudeau a BZ (military slang (based on a Navy flag signal) for "well done") for sending Canadians warships into the South China Seas for joint exercises with the Japanese navy. Here are two pictures of HMCS Regina (an elderly, but still lethal Canadian Navy frigate) (foreground, … Continue reading Doing the right thing, the right way