Bound up in a defense-of-homeland strategy, Canadian Maritime forces appear equally ill-suited to meet seaborne threats or to demonstrate naval presence in “show-the-flag” appearances.
In a recent Soviet maritime exercise, there were almost ten times as many Soviet surface ships involved as there are in all of Canada’s maritime force. There were more than twice as many Russian submarines involved as Canada has naval surface ships. The number of Soviet maritime aircraft sorties was in four figures. The successful centralized command and control of the world-wide operation was an indication of the level of proficiency that has been reached by the Soviet Navy.
Today an examination of the make-up and armament of the new Soviet navy with its low-flying “cruise” missiles; its missile-packed destroyers and cruisers armed to operate outside the range of their own air cover; the helicopter carriers, amphibious vessels, and fast support and repair ships, clearly indicates that the Soviet naval mentality has “gone global.”