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Military chief warns China and Russia are 'at war with the West' and Canada is not ready

The Royal Navy have actually built themselves a nice little Naval Base in Duqm, Oman. It's a great spot in a friendly Nation and eliminates the problem of having to transit through the Strait of Hormuz towards Jufair in Bahrain (their former base). I've sailed in to it a number of times and would be a perfect spot for a forward deployment base.

It has a drydock capable of supporting the Queen Elizabeth Class Carrier's, has maintenance facilities and plenty of birthing space. The Royal Navy has a Frigate permanently stationed there at all times.

Note that the Frigate HMS Montrose already used the docking facilities to overhaul their forward deployed vessels:

There were a couple other years I had in mind. Why 1973 in particular?

Ted Heath, Richard Nixon, Pierre Trudeau.

Pierre Trudeau, no fan of the Brits.
Ted Heath, factional adherent of Lord Halifax, joined Britain to the UK and cut it adrift from the Commonwealth, including Canada - leaving Anglo-Canadians with out a champion.
Richard Nixon, broke the last of the Bretton Woods ties by destroying the last link to the gold standard leaving the US as arbiter or Western Finances making the UK-Euro alliance seem all the more justified.

Canada - caught in the backwash, where it has been ever since.
The Marine Littoral Regiment moves forwards.

So they have a place to stand and a welcoming Host Nation (Japan).