Thursday, March 21, 2013

Canadian Sea Power



Namazu giant Japanese catfish and former demigod, now maritime analyst

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Greetings English speaking bipeds. I know it has been a long time coming I had every intention of moving much faster on my reviews of the collective naval and coast guard strength of the English speaking peoples. Unfortunately, to be accurate requires a great deal of research and I have no research staff. Needless to say I've bogged down. None the less I'd like to present to you a picture of the Canadian Navy as it stands at the moment that I finished my research. Canada is an important middle power and its naval strength reflects that. Their Navy is impressive and professional but frankly just a bit small for the nation's real needs. Canada tries to maintain a standing professional navy sufficient to protect its extensive coast line and to make serious contributions to Canada's naval alliances such as with NATO. Unfortunately this basis for size is turning out to be a bit too small for Canada's real needs in the second decade of the 21st.century. First, that old bear Russia is acting up big time in the High Arctic and making overextended territorial claims some of which are to traditional Canadian waters. As we have mentioned in these postings before, the Dragon, China, is making demands in the High Arctic despite having no adjacent territory. Canada's navy is at the moment a two ocean Navy at a time in history when the nation needs a three ocean navy, the third fleet needing to be purpose built for High Arctic operations. While Canada's contribution to NATO is adequate its need for extended reach in the Pacific is growing and not being met. As you look through the present actual fleet statistics as best as we could determine them at the moment we believe that you will see an impressive navy that is just a bit too small and not growing at a time when the nation needs its to grow.

Current fleet


Halifax class frigate   HMCS Regina (FFH 334)

Active Halifax-class frigates
NamePennant numberCommissionedBuilderFleet
HMCS HalifaxFFH 33029 June 1992Saint John ShipbuildingAtlantic
HMCS VancouverFFH 33123 August 1993Saint John ShipbuildingPacific
HMCS Ville de QuébecFFH 33214 July 1994MIL Davie ShipbuildingAtlantic
HMCS TorontoFFH 33329 July 1993Saint John ShipbuildingAtlantic
HMCS ReginaFFH 33429 December 1993MIL Davie ShipbuildingPacific
HMCS CalgaryFFH 33512 May 1995MIL Davie ShipbuildingPacific
HMCS MontréalFFH 33621 July 1994Saint John ShipbuildingAtlantic
HMCS FrederictonFFH 33710 September 1994Saint John ShipbuildingAtlantic
HMCS WinnipegFFH 33823 June 1995Saint John ShipbuildingPacific
HMCS CharlottetownFFH 3399 September 1995Saint John ShipbuildingAtlantic
HMCS St. John'sFFH 34016 June 1996Saint John ShipbuildingAtlantic
HMCS OttawaFFH 34128 September 1996Saint John ShipbuildingPacific

Iroquois class destroyer

Active Iroquois-class destroyers
NamePennant numberCommissionedBuilderFleet
HMCS IroquoisDDG 28029 July 1972Marine Industries LimitedAtlantic
HMCS AthabaskanDDG 28230 September 1972MIL-Davie ShipbuildingAtlantic
HMCS AlgonquinDDG 2833 November 1972MIL-Davie ShipbuildingPacific

Victoria class submarines       HMCS Victoria (SSK 876)

Active Victoria-class submarines
NamePennant numberCommissionedBuilderFleet
HMCS VictoriaSSK 876December 2000Cammell LairdPacific
HMCS WindsorSSK 877October 2003Cammell LairdAtlantic
HMCS Corner BrookSSK 878March 2003Cammell LairdPacific
HMCS ChicoutimiSSK 879October 2004Vickers Shipbuilding and EngineeringPacific

Protecteur class auxiliary vessel

Active Protecteur-class auxiliary vessels
NamePennant numberCommissionedBuilderFleet
HMCS ProtecteurAOR 50930 August 1969Saint John ShipbuildingPacific
HMCS PreserverAOR 51030 July 1970Saint John ShipbuildingAtlantic

Kingston class patrol vessels

                                                           HMCS Brandon.jpg 

The Kingston Class coastal defense vessels were originally designed as mine sweepers and are still capable of such operations. The apparent need for such services has diminished with the general decline in nation state to nation state confrontations and area denials. Actions by the Chinese in the PAcific may soon generate a new demand for such vessels.  The vessels are now operated by the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve with primary missions of domestic coastal surveillance and reserve training. Some have been in service since 1996.All should have considerable remaining service lives. Again the Wikipedia ship list provides individual ship information when you click on the ship's name.

Active Kingston-class coastal defence vessels
NamePennant numberCommissionedBuilderFleet
HMCS KingstonMM 70021 September 1996Halifax ShipyardsAtlantic
HMCS Glace BayMM 70126 October 1996Halifax ShipyardsAtlantic
HMCS NanaimoMM 70210 May 1997Halifax ShipyardsPacific
HMCS EdmontonMM 70321 June 1997Halifax ShipyardsPacific
HMCS ShawiniganMM 70414 June 1997Halifax ShipyardsAtlantic
HMCS WhitehorseMM 70517 April 1998Halifax ShipyardsPacific
HMCS YellowknifeMM 70618 April 1998Halifax ShipyardsPacific
HMCS Goose BayMM 70726 July 1998Halifax ShipyardsAtlantic
HMCS MonctonMM 70812 July 1998Halifax ShipyardsAtlantic
HMCS SaskatoonMM 7095 December 1998Halifax ShipyardsPacific
HMCS BrandonMM 7105 June 1999Halifax ShipyardsPacific
HMCS SummersideMM 71118 July 1999Halifax Shipyards

  • SAIL TRAINING SHIP:     HMCS Oriole docked during Festival of Sail 2008 SF 1.JPG

Support and auxiliary vessels

Orca-class training tenders

                                                              Orca (PCT 55) 
Small Coastal patrol Craft of Limited Range and on scene duration part of the training system and Coastal Surveillance mission. Again the ship list is from Wikipedia.

OTHER SMALL UTILITY CRAFT: YTR561 Firebird in Halifax.jpg

Torpedo and Sound Ranging Vessels

  • CFAV Sikanni (YTP 611)
  • CFAV Stikine (YTP 613)

Yard Diving Tenders

  • Unnamed (YDT 11)
  • CFAV Granby (YDT 12)
  • CFAV Sechelt (YDT 610)
  • CFAV Sooke (YDT 612)



Yard Auxiliary General

  • CFAV Pelican (YAG 4)
  • CFAV Gemini (YAG 650)
  • CFAV Pegasus (YAG 651)
  • CFAV Albatross (YAG 661)
  • CFAV Black Duck (YAG 660)

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