Canadian and U.S. sea power are closely tied in a world defined increasingly by ocean politics.
Next year, Canada's navy will celebrate its 100th year of service. That's a great moment in the life of any national institution, but it's even more important considering that the country is barely 43 years older. Looking back, it is noteworthy that Canada's strategic choice at that time remains the same one today. Sir Wilfred Laurier, the prime minister who guided the Naval Service Act to royal assent in 1910, reflected the will of Canada's Parliament in building a national naval service for the country, however modest it was during those early years, rather than contributing directly to the defense of the broader Empire in the form of cruisers for the Royal Navy. 1 Today, that choice to pursue a sovereign and independent capacity for action at sea is fully embodied in the Canadian Task Group.