Mark Collins – Should RCN Subs Lives be Extended to 2030s?

Further to these posts last year,

RCN Subs Life-Extension to 2030s? Why?

RCN Subs Life-Extension to 2030s? Why? Part 2

readers should be able to anticipate how I think the government ought to respond to this, especially given the heavy costs involved:

Government will have to decide whether to invest into submarines or cut ships adrift: Navy commander

Government will have to decide whether to invest into submarines or cut ships adrift: Navy commander
HMCS Windsor, one of Canada’s four Victoria-class submarines [RCN webpage here], heads out the harbour in Halifax on Thursday, May 26, 2016. One of Canada’s submarines has [now] set off for Norway [again] in its second attempt at the transatlantic crossing after being forced to turn around due to a mechanical problem [more here]…

On the other hand the following might suggest a serious reason to keep our subs going–if it can be demonstrated they would have any serious role vs the submarine threat from the Bear; remember only two of ours are stationed on the east coast and having both at sea at any one time would be pretty unlikely:

USN “Admiral Warns: Russian Subs Waging Cold War-Style ‘Battle of the Atlantic’”–and RCN?

Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute; he tweets @Mark3Ds

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