Deeply Canadian: New Submarines for a New Millennium
Published by Beacon Publishing
A book for everyone who is interested in naval history, Deeply Canadian: New Submarines for a New Millennium tells the story of how Canada nearly lost her submarine service in the 1990s after decades of dedicated duty.
Canada has a tradition of undervaluing her armed services and her navy has been no exception. However Canada’s small submarine service has had the toughest fight to stay alive of any branch in her military. Over the last fifteen years it has been an on-again, off-again proposition until, in 1998, the government gave the Silent Service its reprieve and approved four submarines replace the aging Oberon class boats.
Beginning where the successful Through a Canadian Periscope (Dundurn 1995) left off, Deeply Canadian explains why Canada is acquiring replacement submarines at the turn of the millennium. An enjoyable, jargon-free read, it recounts the latest, bedeviled submarine acquisition against the backdrop of Canada’s submarine heritage and navo-political history. Deeply Canadian also explores why conventionally-powered submarines are a realistic choice for Canada and what the four Victoria class boats will add to the country’s naval security in the 21st century.