As a retired submariner I despair every time I hear negative attitudes from Government and their using the deficits as their excuse. There failure to keep updating the RCN is a crime. The four British Upholder classes that we bought in the mid 1990’s ( a questionable purchase)are fast approaching the end of there useful life. Yet the powers that be waffle and debate and cry poverty-deficit etc. The issue over new fighter jets has been going on for many years without a resolution being found. I sometimes wonder if MP’s have any grasp of National Defense, Mulroney said his government would build nuclear submarines, that never happened. Since then we have managed to buy four used diesel electric boats from Britain and they have cost us dearly in both repairs and loss of life. One wonders if all the money spent of those used boats, we could not have built at least two brand new nuclear boats. History is there for all to read and we should learn from history. At the turn of the 20th century the Dreadnoughts (Battleships) began the arms race and were the capitol ships of all major navies. In the second World War it could be argued the aircraft carrier became the capitol ship. However, if Hitler had listened to the German UBoat Fleet Commander the submarine might have outdone the carrier and changed the outcome of the war. During the Cold war the nuclear submarine clearly became the capitol ship of all the major worlds navies, that is except for Canada! We were once the third largest navy in the world, today we are one of the smallest of any western industrialize nation. We also have one of the worlds longest coastlines approx 144,000 miles. Seems to me we need a modern efficient Navy, especially if we are going to exercise sovereignty over the Northern Arctic sea.
Just the thoughts of an old sailor who lived through the blitz of the second World War and served through the Cold War.
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