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  1. MarkOttawa

    AOR Replacement & the Joint Support Ship (Merged Threads)

    That 2029 date for first CCG MPV is fairy land if the polar breaker is built first. There's also the OOSV to come from Seaspan. Mark Ottawa
  2. MarkOttawa

    New Canadian Shipbuilding Strategy

    CCGS George R. Pearkes will be well into her forties (if not older) when her replacement from Seaspan arrives sometime next decade: Mark Ottawa
  3. MarkOttawa

    New Canadian Shipbuilding Strategy

    The NSS demolished, in terms of costs per ship and times of construction compared to other countries' efforts, by a Canadian naval architect--the start and conclusion of a piece at FrontLine Defence: https://defence.frontline.online/article/2022/1/19348-The-National-Shipbuilding-Shambles...
  4. MarkOttawa

    Justin Trudeau hints at boosting Canada’s military spending

    No new funding for first six years covered by earlier announcement: Mark Ottawa
  5. MarkOttawa

    New Canadian Shipbuilding Strategy

    More on FUBAR shipbuilding in Canada, CCG section--June this year: "new [Seaspan OOSV science] vessel has been ordered...not expected to be delivered until 2025, barring construction delays [tee hee]"...
  6. MarkOttawa

    Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels (MCDVs)

    "We need to pick one, and start ordering them now"--any Canadian shipyards left to build them? No gov't will want to buy abroad no matter how much sense it might make in terms of costs and delivery speed. Mark Ottawa
  7. MarkOttawa

    Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels (MCDVs)

    Sounds like some sort of Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) to me: https://www.defenceiq.com/glossary/offshore-patrol-vessel https://vardmarine.com/vessels/vard-7-series-patrol-vessels/ https://www.damen.com/catalogue/defence-and-security/opv https://www.defence.gov.au/project/offshore-patrol-vessels...
  8. MarkOttawa

    Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels (MCDVs)

    Seaspan won't have much space--they are supposed in 2030s to build a whole bunch of CCG vessels--2019 story: Mark Ottawa
  9. MarkOttawa

    CAN Enhanced (Permanent?) Fwd Presence in Latvia

    Yesterday Anand made it clear that the 1,400 number was all CAF personnel now committed to Op REASSURANCE, including RCN and RCAF--not just the number for Latvia. Mark Ottawa
  10. MarkOttawa

    CAN Enhanced (Permanent?) Fwd Presence in Latvia

    How allies can continue to take us at all seriously beats me: They've have lots of time to come up with something if they really wanted to. They don't. Mark Ottawa
  11. MarkOttawa

    CAN Enhanced (Permanent?) Fwd Presence in Latvia

    At NATO summit presser Anand made clear no immediate increase in CAF presence for Latvia--1,400 personnel mentioned is total of those now committed to Op REASSURANCE including RCAF and RCAF. Did say we would be increasing numbers in Latvia (when?). Also said increasing eFP Latvia to brigade...
  12. MarkOttawa

    CAN Enhanced (Permanent?) Fwd Presence in Latvia

    At NATO presser just now formin Joly said Canada would be increasing strength in Latvia from 800 to 1,400 "troops". Love to know what Army units, equipment. Defmin Anand to give details. Maybe stationing RCAF Hornets? Couldn't count RCN personnel on ship in Baltic, could they? Mark Ottawa
  13. MarkOttawa

    CAN Enhanced (Permanent?) Fwd Presence in Latvia

    Amongst other big NATO Europe reinforcements US is moving this unit: What will our government add to Latvia force? Mark Ottawa
  14. MarkOttawa

    CAN Enhanced (Permanent?) Fwd Presence in Latvia

    I suspect US will take over lead role in Latvia (we could send Leopards but not much else): Mark Ottawa
  15. MarkOttawa

    Opportunity to update the CC-150 fleet?

    Another used plane for RCAF: Mark Ottawa
  16. MarkOttawa

    Defending Canadian Arctic Sovereignty

    Excellent piece by Prof. Adam Lajeaunesse (Adam Lajeunesse), title of the year so far: Mark Ottawa
  17. MarkOttawa

    Justin Trudeau hints at boosting Canada’s military spending

    USAF professional head was in Ottawa with RCAF while Trudeau and Anand were at NORAD--laying down the law? Strange no mention I can see from our government: Starting to feel like a full-court press from Biden admin. on NORAD etc. Mark Ottawa
  18. MarkOttawa

    The RCAF's Next Generation Fighter (CF-188 Replacement)

    RCAF F-35A contract, first delivery, look like slipping right as, e.g., CAE demands a cut:
  19. MarkOttawa

    New Canadian Shipbuilding Strategy

    Bonne flipping chance with that 2025 date. "Acquisition malpractice" a colossal understatement: Gosh. Wonder why. FUBAR. Mark Ottawa
  20. MarkOttawa

    New Canadian Shipbuilding Strategy

    Just imagine how much faster and cheaper these ships for CCG would be if purchased abroad (but now Coast Guard spending counts towards that NATO GDP target so maybe gov't likes that high cost)--and over three years just to get an agreement in place before any contracts. How many ships will be...
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