Canada’s Victoria-class submarine fleet has been controversial since its inception. Most recently, a report by Michael Byers and Stewart Webb argues that the time has come to either phase out the program or commit to a robust discussion of how to replace the fleet. Critics cite a disappointing history of expensive repairs, time lost, and a catastrophic fire. Supporters insist that the boats provide important capabilities. And navy planners have sought to get the ball rolling on acquiring new subs sometime after 2020. Debate over the current fleet and its potential replacement should include all of those elements, but focus on how they align with one another, on whether submarines provide the right capabilities at the right price to serve Canada’s national interests. Read More
About Andrew Chisholm
Andrew Chisholm is a junior research fellow at the Atlantic Council of Canada. He recently graduated from the University of King’s College with a B.A., Combined Honors, in political science and history, and studied conflict resolution at the Rothberg International School at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. His writing focuses on contemporary Canadian foreign, defense, and security policy.