By Dr. Ann Griffiths, 30 April 2022
The world has changed since the last issue of Canadian Naval Review. We had all hoped that Russia was bluffing as it massed troops on the border of Ukraine. It wasn’t. And now we watch in horror at the brutality with which Russia attacks its neighbor.
But spring arrives regardless. And as the flowers and birds of spring appear, it’s time for another issue of Canadian Naval Review. In the spring issue we have a special treat for readers. It’s a theme issue on the Arctic. The topic is timely because even though Russia did not invade an Arctic country, its actions have nonetheless had repercussions in the North.
We are honored to publish an article written by the former Commanding Officer of HMCS Harry DeWolf, Commander Corey Gleason. Commander Gleason gives us an account of the trip that HDW took through the Northwest Passage in 2021, the first Canadian navy ship to do so since 1954. In our second article, “A Tale of Two Ships: HMCS Labrador and HMCS Harry DeWolf,” Roger Litwiller examines that earlier trip through the North. In this article we learn the details of Labrador’s voyage and compare the experience with that of HDW. In our third article, “The Arctic Council and Oil Pollution Prevention in the Arctic Ocean,” Jeff Gilmour looks at some of the work that has been done by the Arctic Council to address the possibility of large-scale oil pollution in the North. How this will change in the light of the Arctic Council’s pause in activity in protest of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is yet to be seen. We are very pleased to have a contribution from Natan Obed, President of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), who talks about the Inuit relationship with the lands and waters of the North/Northwest Passage and perspectives on future developments there. And we have a contribution from Captain Simon Dockerill who discusses his experiences in the Arctic with the Canadian Coast Guard.
This just scratches the surface of the interesting material in this theme issue. We also include commentaries about the value of the Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships, landing craft for the navy in the Arctic, getting serious about Arctic defense, and Russian naval capabilities in the North. And we have a commentary from Andreas Østhagen who examines Norway’s Arctic Policy – a commentary and policy that has had to be re-thought since the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
And, of course, we have amazing photos that you won’t want to miss. All of this is coming soon. See the Table of Contents below. And stay tuned for the spring issue to appear!
Table of Contents
Vol. 18, No. 1 (2022)
Editorial: The Arctic is Back
HMCS Harry DeWolf Transits the Arctic
Commander Corey Gleason
A Tale of Two Ships: HMCS Labrador and HMCS Harry DeWolf
The Arctic Council and Oil Pollution Prevention in the Arctic Ocean
Jeff G. Gilmour
Inuit and the Northwest Passage: A Relationship Built on Balance
Serving in the Arctic with the Canadian Coast Guard
Captain Simon Dockerill
Are the Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships Valuable Fleet Assets?
A Landing Platform Arctic Ship: Turning the LSI(A) Back to the LPA
José Cañadas Mendez
Hovercraft for the Royal Canadian Navy
Major (Ret’d) Les Mader’
Norway’s Arctic Policy: High North, Low Tension?
Dollars and Sense: Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine is a Sign We Should get Serious about Arctic Defence
Warship Developments: The Russians