The Future of Shipbuilding in Canada
Jul16

The Future of Shipbuilding in Canada

As a maritime nation with the longest coastline in the world, and being surrounded by water on three borders, Canada requires relevant vessels to manage both domestic and international obligations. These ships play a fundamental part in protecting sovereignty, search and rescue missions, surveillance, seaborne transportation and logistics needs. Currently, Canada is working to outfit the Royal Canadian Navy...

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Mahan, Integration/Unification and Naval Procurement
Jul11

Mahan, Integration/Unification and Naval Procurement

On 3 May 2012, Prime Minister Harper stated at the dedication of the Royal Canadian Navy Monument: “Canada is a maritime nation, a maritime nation with trade, commerce and interests around the world.” Mahan, a noted naval strategist and historian, in his Principles of Seapower outlined six major principles that determine whether or not a nation is a maritime...

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The buzz around procurement for the Canadian Armed Forces
Jul03

The buzz around procurement for the Canadian Armed Forces

A few weeks ago, I attended the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries’ major event of the year – CANSEC. As Canada’s largest defence trade show, CANSEC has been instrumental in bringing both local and international companies to showcase their innovative solutions for Canada. This year there was a slew of equipment, technologies and innovative solutions on display...

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Latest PBO report estimates the cost of CSC at almost $70 billion
Jun21

Latest PBO report estimates the cost of CSC at almost $70 billion

The latest Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) report, The Cost of Canada’s Surface Combatants: 2019 Update, issued on June 21, 2019, estimated the cost of the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) project at $69.8 billion over 26 years. This consists of $5.3 billion in pre-production costs, $53.2 billion in production costs, and $11.4 billion in project-wide costs. This cost has been...

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CAF’s Commodore Josée Kurtz takes over command of Standing NATO Maritime Group Two
Jun18

CAF’s Commodore Josée Kurtz takes over command of Standing NATO Maritime Group Two

In a change of command ceremony held in Souda Bay, Crete on June 15, Commodore Josée Kurtz of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) has officially assumed command of Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2). According to a press release, SNMG2 is one of four multinational, high readiness maritime forces comprised of vessels from allied countries, which are permanently available...

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Vice-Admiral McDonald becomes the 36th Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy
Jun12

Vice-Admiral McDonald becomes the 36th Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy

Vice-Admiral Art McDonald has officially assumed the duties of Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) from Vice-Admiral Ron Lloyd in a ceremony that was held today. The formal change of command ceremony was presided over by General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff at Her Majesty’s Canadian Dockyard, Halifax, home of Maritime Forces Atlantic. VAdm McDonald has...

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