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 . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Asia’s Dreadnoughts
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 . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Arms Race Update – There Goes the Neighbourhood
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 . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Turning to Submarines
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 . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Dud Subs, Dud Torpedoes