Canadian Surface Combatant program remains best option for Royal Canadian Navy
It is hard to see how, at this stage, any major combat vessel would better suit the Navy’s needs without forcing a less capable or unsuitable design upon them.
Design of the future Canadian surface combatant will be based on BAE’s Type 26 warship. My study does not suggest the CSC is an optimal outcome. Like with many other major government programs, it is the product of a less than ideal set of compromises, circumstances, and intents. Still, it is difficult to challenge the program’s outcome unless a government is prepared to modify either its desire to build these ships in Canada or accept a significantly less capable vessel, writes Richard Shimooka. Image courtesy of Public Services