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  1. Oldgateboatdriver

    Replacing the Subs

    Good God, Czech pive, by now I'd be happy if we got something that could do a complete job of defending one of this nation's oceans. You really are asking for the sky if you want to defend three.
  2. Oldgateboatdriver

    Canadian Surface Combatant RFQ

    Underway and SKT basically stated the technical reasons that prevent such landings on a destroyer/frigate helicopter deck (though, I am sure in case of flying emergency, a F-35B pilot would probably prefer to attempt it rather than ditch in the water). But they did not address the tactical...
  3. Oldgateboatdriver

    Great Britain Offers to help Canada defend its Arctic (CBC)

    I hate to burst anyone's bubble, but this is just the renewal of a past training agreement. Mr. Brewster is trying (though he doesn't state it because (1) he has no validating info, and (2) he probably knows it would be wrong) to create a false impression a short time after the articles on the...
  4. Oldgateboatdriver

    Great Britain Offers to help Canada defend its Arctic (CBC)

    Actually, in winter, the only things operating on the surface there are either snowmobiles/sleighs or Russian nuclear icebreakers. And they only have about half a dozen that could get steam up at any time, which, with a capability of carrying about a hundred soldiers each, hardly constitute a...
  5. Oldgateboatdriver

    Australian navy's hunt for new sub to replace Collins class

    To answer your question, CBH99, you have to consider what modern non-nuc submarines are good at: ASW barrier operations. There is nothing better than a non-nuc boat loitering at slow speed to impersonate a hole in the water. That is why they are good at barrier ops: that is loitering near the...
  6. Oldgateboatdriver

    Great Britain Offers to help Canada defend its Arctic (CBC)

    Social Credit has basically disappeared in Quebec. Its primary source of recruiting was the Franco ultra-orthodox wing of the Catholic Church (people who still think mass should be in latin in the pre-Vatican II format) and French Quebec has become the single most secular place in North America...
  7. Oldgateboatdriver

    Great Britain Offers to help Canada defend its Arctic (CBC)

    The Bloc has no ties whatsoever to the old Social Credit of Camille Sansom or Real Caouette. It was born from the Quebec wing of the Progressive Conservative Party (and that wing was always on the more centrist/progressive side of the Party) after the rejection of the Meech Lake Accord by some...
  8. Oldgateboatdriver

    Canadian Federal Election 44 - Sep 2021

    Neck-and-neck races are usually won by a nose on photo finish ... so to determine who the winner will be, all you have to do is figure out who the biggest liar is.
  9. Oldgateboatdriver

    Replacing the Subs

    You had to drag the Oriole into this? When I was still in, the crew of the Oriole amounted to five persons (Skipper, navigator, coxn, engineer and cook). Everybody else was a combination of NCDT's either between course or going on "adventure" training onboard her or from PAT platoon. I don't...
  10. Oldgateboatdriver

    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    I see what you are driving at, Kirkhill, but it is unfair to compare manpower of the Navy vs what it delivers by looking only at the crewing of the ships. The very large and manpower intensive industrial bases that support those ships, particularly on the naval...
  11. Oldgateboatdriver

    C3 Howitzer Replacement

    In my days, DP, that was 26 warships capable of shooting things. Granted it was mostly 3 inch and 5 inch shells, but the 280's and IRE's got to do very little if any shoots of their missiles. The live torps not being used, I can understand since they could be maintained in usable condition just...
  12. Oldgateboatdriver

    Canadian Federal Election 44 - Sep 2021

    I think you are exaggerating the power of the Trudeau's. There has been (and always shall be, to quote Spock) an independantist (separatism can only refer to the current Canada) flame in what is now Quebec from about 40 years after the Plains of Abraham. At the beginning, the first few English...
  13. Oldgateboatdriver

    C3 Howitzer Replacement

    I was not thinking in terms of 5.56 cal ammunition shot by the Pres on the Naval side, but in terms of the amount of actual ammo we were shooting (reg and res) from our ship's systems when I was in. Perhaps things have changed but in my days the proportion of actual ammunition expended to stocks...
  14. Oldgateboatdriver

    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    It used to be for the Maritimers in the Black Watch. ;)
  15. Oldgateboatdriver

    Canadian Federal Election 44 - Sep 2021

    The problem I have with Trudeau' latest announcement that he will render something criminal (blocking access to health facilities or harassing/threatening health workers) is that it shows (as usual) his complete ignorance of Canadian law: These acts already are illegal under tons of Criminal...
  16. Oldgateboatdriver

    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    Well, at least a uneven bipod: The frigates are quite capable of defending themselves against air threats. And in that line, the Surface Combatant program can be seen as the second leg in full: They will be able to provide area air defence and even participate in BMD.
  17. Oldgateboatdriver

    C3 Howitzer Replacement

    Ammunition is one of the items I have always thought should be kept in strategic reserve: If you are serious about defending yourself, you should have a a war stock of ammunition calculated on the (rough) basis of (How much will the Armed Forces use in all out combat per time unit X How many...
  18. Oldgateboatdriver

    Canadian Federal Election 44 - Sep 2021

    The Assassination Bureau Limited: The Assassination Bureau - Wikipedia
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    Canadian Federal Election 44 - Sep 2021

    Especially when aimed towards a woman by a feminist. Very subtle. Actually, I also thought it was a great demonstration of Trudeau's combined ignorance/contempt towards our Parliamentary system of government: In our system, it's not for the leader of a party to manage it's caucus, it's for the...
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