Standing up …

OK, a couple of days ago I said, "Prime Minister Justin. Trudeau should listen to former Prime Minister Turnbull, to his own national security and military advisors and to his allies who advise standing up to China." How? Well, for a start ban Huawei from Canada's 5G network. Don't do it on technical grounds. Do … Continue reading Standing up …

Exactly back-asswards

I see, in a report in The Guardian, that former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown "has urged world leaders to create a temporary form of global government to tackle the twin medical and economic crises caused by the Covid-19 pandemic ... [and] ... The former Labour prime minister, who was at the centre of the international efforts … Continue reading Exactly back-asswards

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 with … Continue reading Canadian Maritime Strategy … or is it just tactics?

A new defence procurement agency?

Gowling WLG, an international law firm, reports that "As part of its 2019 election platform, the federal Liberals announced a plan for the creation of a new Crown agency that would be responsible for conducting procurements on behalf of the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces, dubbed "Defence Procurement Canada" ... [but] … Continue reading A new defence procurement agency?

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 of … Continue reading Not as bad as it looks

A year-end thought on a vital issue

Murray Brewster, writing for CBC News, reports that "Canada's new frigates are being designed with ballistic missile defence in mind, even though successive federal governments have avoided taking part in the U.S. program ... [but, he ads] ... When they slip into the water some time in the mid-to-late 2020s, the new warships probably won't … Continue reading A year-end thought on a vital issue

Why we build warships

About 10 years ago, when the national shipbuilding procurement strategy was announced, by the (Conservative) Harper government, there was much discussion about how many ships, what kind of ships and how much money ~ I seem to recall that the government of the day low-balled the costs at $35 Billion, the current Parliamentary Budget Officer … Continue reading Why we build warships

Where are we? (4)

I have been worrying about Canada's sovereignty over the Arctic for some years now. Now I see a report by Levon Sevunts of RCI (Radio Canada International) which says that "2019 marked a busy shipping season in the Canadian Arctic with 27 ships making a full transit through the Northwest Passage, according to statistics released … Continue reading Where are we? (4)

And still a bit more good news

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