Re: "Canada has no option but to pivot away from current Surface Combatants path," (The Hill Times, Jan. 6.) Alan Williams once again penned a misleading opinion column on his bête noir, the Canadian Surface Combatant. He essentially declares the government and the RCN incompetent arguing that the CSC Project would bankrupt DND and eviscerate the Canadian military. These assertions are wrong, and one could argue, irresponsible. Mr. Williams argues that Richard Shimooka has greatly underestimated the cost of the project. However, as Tim Choi pointed out in his July 7 article in The Hill Times, "More to warships than money: building Surface Combatants in Canada a strategic choice," Mr. Williams’ continued comparison and mixing capital and life cycle costs is “misleading” and “irresponsible." Mr. Williams argues that the USN Constellation Class is directly comparable to the CSC, which it is not. He further argues that the USN ship will be off the shelf, which it is not as the USN is altering the design to meet USN requirements, in a similar fashion as Canada is doing in the CSC project. His argument about the 2017 Fincantieri “unsolicited” proposal, designed to circumvent Canadian procurement and buy the project with a less capable ship, is also incorrect as the company chose not to participate in the Canadian open and transparent procurement process, whereas three other bidders willingly participated. Moreover, as Mr. Williams, a former ADM knows, ship cost is normally approximately 50 per cent of project costs. Thus, his argument is disingenuous. Finally, Mr. Williams continues to ignore the fact that the selection process was based on a clearly defined statement of requirements, to meet Canadian requirements, as pointed out by Dr. David Perry in his Narrative History of the NSS from Conception to the CSC RFP. While Canada needs to have a fulsome discussion about the size and the shape of her navy, this discussion needs to be based on Canada’s place in a maritime world, the threats to Canada’s national interests and how Canada wishes to contribute to peace and stability. The discussion should not be ill-informed and framed around one shipbuilding project. Ian Parker Captain (Navy)(retired) Carleton Place, Ont.