Through the Periscope



If Nelson was in Canadian waters and had his blind eye to the periscope, he would say “I see no Canadian submarines”. In fact, if he had used his good eye would have said the same thing. Oh Dear me, Canada has four British Upholder class submarines and none are fit to go to sea. The purchase of these boats hark back to a similar purchase of the aircraft carrier HMCS Bonaventure and the huge loss of money it caused. The government is growing tired of the continuing costs and failures of these four used boats. They have been nothing but trouble since the deal was signed. It is easy in hindsight to say we should have built our own and they should have been nuclear powered not diesel electric. However, we have to seriously decide if our Navy is to have a submarine fleet, then we owe it to the men that sail in them to provide the very best and safest vessels. The money that has been spent on the four duds could probably have been enough to build two state of the art nuclear boats. Instead of the proposed fighter jet purchase we should buy new nuclear submarines. We have a coast line of approx 143,000 miles to protect and that includes much under ice sailing in the north. Its easy to say we can’t afford them, but if that is the case then we should not send our sailors to sea in unreliable and unsafe submarines. Just the thoughts of an old submariner.
Cheers and keep reading.

About irishroverpei

Author of "Lily & Me", "The Royal Navy & Me" and Chapter XXl Armageddon. Writer, blogger and RN Submariner, antique automobile enthusiast.
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