More to warships than money: building Surface Combatants in Canada a strategic choice
Canadian defence discussions need to move beyond its myopic focus on dollars and take greater consideration of operational and geopolitical contexts.
Canada is in the midst of a crucial procurement project to replace its fleet of Halifax-class frigates. Halifax-class HMCS Vancouver is pictured in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. While some commentators suggest Canada purchase ships from abroad, this would be a strategic folly: billions of dollars would be held up overseas to the goodwill of the contracted country for decades while the fleet is being built, writes Timothy Choi.
Photograph courtesy of the U.S. Navy/Daniel L. Zink