â¢ three new armed naval heavy ice breakers (500 Regular Force crew and
support personnel â see: Icebreaker Conversion Sidebar) to be based at
a ânew military/civilian deep-water docking facilityâ near Iqaluit;
[Update: the planned armed icebreakers were scaled down. A/OPS (Arctic/ Offshore Patrol Ships) will double as southern OPVs during the winter. The deepwater port will be at Nanisivik, NU in western Baffin Island, not Iqaluit.]
â¢ an Arctic National Sensor System including underwater surveillance
technologies; [Technically complex, little has been heard about ANNS.]
â¢ UAV squadrons at CFB Comox and Goose Bay to provide âeastern and
western Arctic air surveillanceâ;
[Update: under JAIC/JUSTAS, DND tried to single-source Predator UAVs. The proposal was vetoed by a Harper Cabinet sensitized to OAG criticisms.]
â¢ an Arctic training centre near Cambridge Bay, Nunavut âon the North-
west Passageâ (with 100 Regular Force staff);
[Update: this plan is underway but the location is to be Resolute Bay, NU.]
â¢ recruiting âup to 500 additionalâ Canadian Rangers and âincreasing their
level of training, activity, and equipmentâ;
â¢ using the proposed âairborne battalion and airlift capacity stationed at
CFB Trenton to provide a rapid emergency response capability through-
out the entire Arctic regionâ; and
[Update: no mention of this plan in the 12 May 08 Canada First speeches.]
â¢ new fixed-wing search-and-rescue aircraft for 440 Sqn at Yellowknife.
seaweed said:This relates (I think) to the Russian claim to a chunk of outlying seabed as being part of 'their' continental shelf. Issues are gas and oil & possible future ice-free navigation perhaps. Don't blame them for trying it on really, let's see what US & Canada have to say. I seem to remember that a demarcation is due sometime from the UN (which may deprive us of Rockall and give it to the Irish).
Grey24-7 said:seaweed said:This relates (I think) to the Russian claim to a chunk of outlying seabed as being part of 'their' continental shelf. Issues are gas and oil & possible future ice-free navigation perhaps. Don't blame them for trying it on really, let's see what US & Canada have to say. I seem to remember that a demarcation is due sometime from the UN (which may deprive us of Rockall and give it to the Irish).
Lose Rockall, I rather doubt it, Gordon Brown needs a victory, he'll act like it's his Falklands
in_the_cheapseats said:Messily, I think, although I think it will take a while to do so.
Crack troops? Cracked more like it. Who on earth would volunteer to do this duty? Penal Bns, anyone?
ostvic said:China and the Arctic: The Awakening Snow Dragon
Publication: China Brief Volume: 9 Issue: 6
March 18, 2009 06:19 PM Age: 10 days
Category: China Brief, Economics, Foreign Policy, Military/Security, China and the Asia-Pacific, Featured, Home Page
By: Joseph Spears
Chinese Icebreaker Xue Long (Snow Dragon)
China is very dependent on international shipping for its economic development. Any changes to world shipping routes will have a direct impact on Chinaâs economy and potential trade with respect to both imports and exports. The Arctic Ocean is in a state of rapid flux that scientists have not seen in recent times.
The arctic a major trading route? Looks like a lot of East Asian trade could come through here. Safer then the South China Sea and cheaper to transport it to the USA and EU.
Another sea route for NATO to patrol and protect?