The Disaffected Lib: Asia’s Dreadnoughts

Dreadnoughts.  The first modern battleship – big guns and steam turbine power. Prior to WWI these new super-warships triggered a major naval arms race between Britain and Germany. Something similar is underway today across Asia and the South Pacific only this time its a naval arms race focused on submarine superiority.  We don’t hear much ...

The Disaffected Lib: Arms Race Update – There Goes the Neighbourhood

Singapore’s RSS Swordsman When Obama announced America’s military “pivot” out of the Middle East and into Asia-Pacific, it was bound to shake up the neighbourhood – that plus China’s rapid military expansion that the pivot is intended to counter. When China and the U.S. get testy it’s bound to stir up the neighbourhood and so ...

The Disaffected Lib: Turning to Submarines

HMCS Victoria Back in the 60’s the Royal Canadian Navy fielded a small number of reasonably capable submarines, the Oberon-class boats we bought from the UK.   We had five of these subs.   Introduced in 1965 they were decommissioned in the late 90’s, a commendable service life. As the Oberon boats were being phased out Canada ...

The Disaffected Lib: Dud Subs, Dud Torpedoes

Those four second-hand subs the Defence Department duped the Canadian government into buying?   18-years after we got stuck with them, one of them, HMCS Victoria, actually managed to fire a torpedo.  Victoria is the only one of the four to fire a torpedo which is probably a good thing because the other three aren’t even ...