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    Replacing the Subs

    I've often wondered if it wasn't best to scale funding towards the services that are most relevant at home and abroad. I'm certainly no expert, but I've thought that scaling back the Army to one focused on special forces and training vs having it trying to do everything with limited resources...
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    New Canadian Shipbuilding Strategy

    This is interesting. I was under the impression that the ship already had a theoretical ballistic missile defense capability currently. If I'm not mistaken, the radar suite (APAR and SMART-L) is essentially the same as on the Dutch DZP frigates. IIRC the Dutch ship TROMP conducted an exercise...
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    Replacing the Subs

    Seconded...
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    Replacing the Subs

    Oh no, I'm not suggesting that be done UNLESS we get a class of 6-7 OPV. I was suggesting to have the AOPS ported east coast for ease of access to arctic, if and when a replacement is built for the MCDV. I completely understand their current CONOPS have them envisioned to do far more than...
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    Replacing the Subs

    Just looking at a map and getting reaquainted with the North. It would seem to me, and I'm certainly not an expert, that it looks about the same distance from Esquimalt to Nanisivik as it does from Halifax to there. So, if I understand what you're saying Colin, a CCG ship leaves BC, refuels in...
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    Replacing the Subs

    If/when the RCN gets a modern OPV (outside of the AOPS, I mean) to replace the MCDV'S, I think it would be best to do just that. IMHO, if there were 6-7 vessels (something like RIVER or OTAGO class for example) in a new OPV class, they should all be based with the Pacific fleet and the AOPS...
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    New Canadian Shipbuilding Strategy

    If it's not a state secret...what was Freddie's record??? With reference to doubling engine power, there's also the Ivar Huitfeldt vs Absalon example. It took exactly twice the engines and commensurately twice the power to make the hull go from a 24kt top end to 30 kts. I think that's fascinating.
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    Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship AOPS

    There's also the mission planning space and flexibility to consider. I think the weapons suite is also fairly well suited to that sort of mission. May be a viable option if frigates are in shorter supply.
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    Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship AOPS

    It was this possible lack of available frigates that got me into this line of thinking. And to your earlier point regarding speed of AOPS vs speed of dhow, I completely agree. With the AOPS having the ability to deploy 2, 3 or maybe even more small craft (RHIBS, work boats etc) that are capable...
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    Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship AOPS

    Out of curiosity, and I may have mentioned it before, but, is an AOPS capable of doing something like CTF 150 patrols in Gulf of Aden? I'm wondering if the max speed is too limiting a factor to be truly effective or if there's anything else inherent in the class that counts them out.
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    Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship AOPS

    I'll be curious to see how much quicker the process is to have BROOKE go from delivery to commission, than it was with HDW. At least I assume it should take less time...
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    AOR Replacement & the Joint Support Ship (Merged Threads)

    The Danes have done something very clever with their engineering. If one of the engines require replacement on an ABSALON, there are rails built in over the engineering spaces that hoists can run on. They go all the way to the service elevator and allow access to flex deck. That way, the engine...
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    Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels (MCDVs)

    I believe I saw a video once about a Northern deployment where GOOSE BAY, I believe, was refuelled by PIERRE RADISSON in that way.
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    Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels (MCDVs)

    Is RAS capability a must in this list of requirements, I wonder?
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    Replacing the Subs

    Wouldn't we all, eh? There's more to consider with subs than just the boats themselves, though. IIRC, just by being a member of the sub community allows us access to intelligence that would otherwise be off the table for us. I don't think it's a capability that we want to lose, because I doubt...
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    Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels (MCDVs)

    I thought we decided to port them all on the West Coast, no? ;)
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    Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels (MCDVs)

    Were the RCN to purchase a number of these, it would at least be staving off the unpleasantness of an orphan fleet. The Aussie's are meant to build 14+ units, so lots of supply/support for quite some time, for a possible Canadian ARAFURA derivative.
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    Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels (MCDVs)

    I don't think those aims need be mutually exclusive. I believe a vessel that's well suited for drug enforcement/area patrol need not be built without flexibility or growth in mind. Containerized mission packages can be applied across the fleet for use in AOPS, OPV or CSC. I certainly agree with...
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    Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels (MCDVs)

    IMHO, I believe the CARRIBOPS stuff is as huge success story. It's tangible, impactful, can be carried out by lesser capability vessels, is appreciated by our neighbours and is (possibly most importantly) an easy story for John Q Public/que to understand. With the advent of standoff capability...
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    Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels (MCDVs)

    I think 2-3 hulls to replace the MCDV'S would be a bit light, especially if there are only 6 AOPS built. I'd say 5 would be the minimum number, but I'd also suggest they be all ported west coast, while the AOPS as a class move to Halifax, were that to come to pass.
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