In The Media

Navy shipbuilding in midst of rough seas: Canadian Global Affairs Institute

by Kevin Dooley (feat. Rob Huebert)

Global News
January 27, 2016

An Alberta-based political think-tank says that in order for the Canadian Navy to escape the cycle of replacing a large number of ships at the same time, it’s vital the national shipbuilding program be given the funding to succeed.

The University of Calgary based Canadian Global Affairs Institute published The Royal Canadian Navy: Facing Rough Seas Wednesday outlining some of the huge challenges facing the navy.

Author Dr. Rob Huebert says the biggest problem facing the Navy is the inability to enact a shipbuilding policy in a timely fashion.

Huebert says the current shipbuilding program, with Halifax’s Irving Shipyard building five or six Arctic Offshore Patrol Vessels at a cost of $2.3 billion, is a good start.

The paper suggests the ever increasing costs associated with a modern navy will continue to be a problem for the military and politicians. The National Shipbuilding Strategy which is producing combat and non-combatant ships for the Navy and Coast Guard will help relieve that.

But there are questions about why it took eight years for the first steel to be cut for the vessels.

The policy paper released by the institute also looked at the mid-life refit for the Halifax-class frigates. All 12 are scheduled to undergo extensive refit to extend their working life to 2030 at a cost of about $4.3 billion. All the vessels are expected to complete the refit process by 2018.

Communication questioned

The paper also questions the previous Conservative government’s communications policy, saying it hobbled the ability of the navy to explain its role to Canadians.

The paper uses the example of the fire aboard the submarine HMCS Chicoutimi in 2004 and the grounding of HMCS Corner Brook in 2012 as examples of negative stories that affected public perception of the navy’s worth.

Huebert writes that the numerous successes of three submarines in service are rarely trumpeted.

The strict communications policy hampered the ability of the navy to “sell” its projects to the public, he writes in the policy paper.

The Navy is rebuilding itself, but has faced many delays and challenges, Huebert writes. That’s resulted in a shortfall of ships and equipment.

The shipbuilding strategy is fundamental to correcting that, but Huebert warns it needs to be properly funded, and requires political support, for it to work.


Be the first to comment

Please check your e-mail for a link to activate your account.
Donate to Canadian Global Affairs Institute Subscribe
 

SEARCH


 

IN THE MEDIA


Ottawa puts economic strings on fighter jets
by Lee Berthiaume (feat. Dave Perry), The Canadian Press, December 13, 2017

Liberal's new 'naughty and nice list' approach to defence contractors could face legal, trade challenges
by Murray Brewster (feat. Dave Perry), CBC News, December 13, 2017

Le Canada adresse un avertissement aux Etats-Unis via Boeing
by Michel Comte (feat. Dave Perry), France 24, December 13, 2017

Federal government to link ‘economic interests’ to bids for fighter jets
by Daniel Leblanc (feat. Dave Perry), The Globe and Mail, December 12, 2017

Liberal Plan For Interim Jets Tackles 'Capability Gap' That Doesn't Exist: Experts
by Althia Raj (feat. Dave Perry & Al Stephenson), The Huffington Post, December 12, 2017

Ottawa relaunches the process to buy 88 new fighter jets
by Bruce Campion-Smith (feat. Dave Perry), Toronto Star, December 12, 2017

AUDIO: So... are we getting new jets or what?
with Rob Breakenridge (feat. Al Stephenson), AM 770 CHQR, December 12, 2017

VIDEO: Achat de F-18 Usagés
with Pierre Donais (feat. Ferry de Kerckhove), CPAC, December 12, 2017

 

LATEST TWEETS


Donate | Submit | Media Inquiries
Making sense of our complex world. | Déchiffrer la complexité de notre monde.
 
HEAD OFFICE
Canadian Global Affairs Institute

Suite 1800, 421-7th Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta, Canada  T2P 4K9
 
OTTAWA OFFICE
Canadian Global Affairs Institute

8 York Street, 2nd Floor
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada  K1N 5S6

Phone: (613) 288-2529 
Email: contact@cgai.ca 
Web: cgai.ca
 
2002-2015 Canadian Global Affairs Institute

Charitable Registration No.  87982 7913 RR0001