Athabaskan Sails Barely Armed While Flag Officers Engage in World Travel
A Canadian Press report from February said, "A defence economist says budget-slashing over the last few years at National Defence has removed as much as $30 billion from the Harper government’s original defence strategy. Dave Perry, a senior analyst at the Conference of Defence Associations Institute, says the impact of the government’s strategic review, deficit reduction plan and postponement of capital purchases means the department is actually going backwards in terms pending. Perry says once adjusted for inflation, the Department of National Defence will spend less money this year than it did in 2007."*
HMCS Athabaskan is enroute for drug patrol duty in the Caribbean, missing much of her combat capabilities. And yet there's money to send a flag officer to almost every RCN port visit overseas. This latest example is Commodore Dave Craig RCN (Reserve) jetting from Quebec City to Tokyo for HMCS Regina's visit. Apparently nobody in NDHQ sees a problem with this.
Commodore David Craig speaks to distinguished guests during a reception hosted on the flight deck of HMCS Regina during her visit to Tokyo Septem
ber 4, 2014.