“There will be peace, no matter how many wars it takes.”

John Webber (I wrote this quote over thirty years ago.)

I grew up during the “Cold War” thinking;
“If we had a strong nuclear deterrent we would eventually have a peaceful World”.

The prevention of a
”world war” today, is because of the nuclear deterrent from ballistic missile submarines.

But man’s inhumanity to man; physical, financial, political, or mental, at home or around the world has continued to be part of our daily life.

Enough cannot be said for the armed forces and the police who protect our freedom at home and abroad.
Without their courage and bravery we may lose the freedom and quality of life we enjoy.

It’s a difficult balance to have enough force to maintain peace while still enjoying our freedom and legal rights.

History has proven we must stop terror before the battle reaches our own land, hopefully, without giving up too much of our basic freedoms and rights to those who may wish to deceit us with new laws that give them more power.

“Never confuse the standard of living with the quality of living”.

“Peace has a price, that price is maintaining a strong armed deterrent.”

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Our politicians seem only to be concerned about losing the next election and less concerned about losing our freedoms in a fast changing world.

About two years before a federal election our government seems to feel free to slash the budget of our armed forces. Since the armed forces never complain publicly, they seem to me, to be stuck with a stagnant growth for two years prior to an election until a year after the election.

Politician’s find they get more votes announcing things than doing things.

We must have elected too many “farmers” into our government. They think if a farmer can keep their tractors working for 50 years, our armed forces must be able to keep their ships, planes and helicopters operating effectively for 50 years. Unfortunately, our armed forces has proved this theory to be right. Recently however, it has caught up to them with more and more equipment being sidelined because of major equipment failure.

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Canada seems to be caught up in an international arms race coupled with a seemingly inefficient system of purchasing new equipment for our armed forces. The continuing loss of our technical industry has made Canada dependent on purchasing high-tech military equipment from other countries.

The high cost of high-tech military equipment pressures manufacturers to sell their products outside their country to help keep their own costs down. And, they sometimes manufacture the exported military equipment to meet a lower standard than their own.

I have mixed feeling about where all the military equipment problems start. With our politicians? Within the bureaucracy within the military purchasing system? Or, are we sucked into to believing the manufacturer’s promises of pricing, delivery and product specifications? It seems, that by the time we go through our process of purchasing equipment, and when we receive the equipment, it is already out-of-date because of the delay and the continuous improvements in the design of more effective military equipment. It’s a vicious circle that taxpayers have being paying for many years.

History has proven, if international criminals perceive someone to be weak, they will take advantage of this weakness to bully individuals and nations into giving up their rights and freedoms.

Just like the need for police to protect us from local crime, we must have strong armed forces to ensure our freedom and assist in maintaining freedom around the world. Submarines are an important part in the protection of our freedom in a world infected with crime, corruption and terror.

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Canada now has only 27 warships.

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Canada now has only 17 major warships. There should be at least 15 future Surface Combatants to maintain a minimum strength. Anything less would mean Canada would have a limited number of warships to protect its own coast, let alone have enough ships to commit to NATO.

I intentionally left out the RCN ships commissioned during WWII. Canada had the 3rdlargest navy fleet in the world at the end of WWII. (About 226 major warships), including 125 corvettes and a total of over 400 ships in the fleet.