Athabaskan Sails Barely Armed While Flag Of­fi­cers En­gage in World Travel

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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.

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