- Reaction score
FJAG said:. . . I sincerely doubt if they would be prepared to fund even one Naval Reserve RORO ship (much less an LSD) as long as Canada can lease that capability from the civilian market as needed. I'm not sure we can count on a civilian lease system in the event of a major European (and thereby North Atlantic) conflict which is why I'd like to see a Naval Reserve capability instead.
Back a few (or more) decades in the last century, I recall during a long, quiet night on radio watch leafing through one of the green covered pubs in the CP van. Can't recall the actual title of the CFP, or it's number, but it was related to movements. In the section dealing with sea movement, it listed by name and included diagrams of the vessels (with capacity of mil vehs) that were in the CN Marine fleet. I was most familiar with the ferries on the Newfoundland service. Back in those days, CN was a crown corporation so it made sense that if we had to move troops and equipment to Europe, the ships already owned by the taxpayers would be the ones used. When CN was privatized, the ferry business was split off as Marine Atlantic and remains a crown corporation.