The Joint Support Ship will mean a plunge into deeper international defense waters for the Canadian Navy—but at what cost?
In the next six years, the Canadian Navy likely will acquire the Joint Support Ship (JSS, formerly the afloat logistics and sealift capability ship). A combination of fast sealift and auxiliary oil replenishment ship (AOR), the JSS may mark the transition of the Navy from a blue-water, destroyer-based fleet to a globally deployable green-water fleet with a more land-support-oriented mission. It also may drag the entire Canadian Forces (CF) kicking and screaming into being a fully fledged joint institution. However, because the ship is fundamentally the result of the peculiarities of Canadian defense budgeting, it may be another Canadian defense white elephant.