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 said…… Continue reading More on ships
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 believe…… Continue reading Short of war (5)
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
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…… Continue reading Progress
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