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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Today’s letters: The need for more subs is well established

HMCS WindsorAlthough Michael Byers’ article contains numerous inaccuracies, he raises one important question: “Why are submarines not included in the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy?” The question of future submarines clearly needs to be addressed, the sooner the better, given Canada’s lengthy acquisition process.

First, we need to put to rest the notion the requirement for submarines should be re-examined. This was done in the process leading up to the decision to acquire Victoria Class subs.

Arguments against submarines haven’t changed, while arguments for submarines in an ever-more challenging global security environment have grown stronger. Continuing this discussion only serves to delay the acquisition process — which is probably what opponents want.

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