Today’s Dreadnoughts

At the beginning of the first world war the Royal Navy considered her Dreadnought class battleships to be a great deterrent to war. In fact the dreadnoughts caused the first arms race as other Navies raced to build comparable ships. Today the nuclear submarine would be the modern dreadnought and a major deterrent to another war. So where do we stand in Canada’s Royal Canadian Navy,do we have a deterrent force????
Well, we do have four reasonably modern diesel electric
submarines. Unfortunately three are not at present sea worthy nor likely to be for quite some time. We do have one at sea on the West Coast, but it has a dent in the pressure hull so is restricted to shallow water dives. All four have yet to successfully fire a torpedo. We were told they were a bargain when the government decided to buy them. Hmm, some bargain, seems to me as a deterrent they would only be effective if they collided with an enemy vessel. In such an event I wonder which would come off worse??? Four submarines,now we have three etc etc. Its time the RCN demanded safe modern submarines, and probably they should be nuclear powered. It would surely be better to have two nuclear boats on patrol than four diesel boats in dry docks. Just my thoughts, but glad I’m retired from the Naval submarine service. If I had to sail in one of our Victoria class boats I’d drop nought from dreadnought and just feel the dread when we opened main vents???
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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