Academic journal article Naval War College Review

Canada's Naval Strategy: Rooted in Experience

Academic journal article Naval War College Review

Canada's Naval Strategy: Rooted in Experience

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Tracy, Nicholas. Canada's Naval Strategy: Rooted in Experience. Maritime Security Occasional Paper No. 1. Halifax, Nova Scotia: Centre for Foreign Policy Studies, Dalhousie Univ., 1995. 82pp. C$8

From its modest beginnings in 1910 (with the passage of the Naval Service Act) to its present status as a small, professional service, the Canadian navy has undergone significant changes in terms of its strategic alliances and national defence policy In this work, Tracy argues that these changes have impinged upon, but not substantially altered, Canada's naval strategy. This naval strategy, he believes further, is not unique; its aims are the assertion of control over sovereign waters and the maintenance of a credible defence commitment to Canada's allies. If defence policy modifications need to be made domestically, they should consist of "changes of degree in the pattern of Canadian defence policy but not changes of kind."

Tracy buttresses his argument with a historical overview of Canadian defence policy and its impact on the national naval strategy. …

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