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The end of the big ship navy: the Trudeau government, the defence policy review and the decommissioning of the HMCS Bonaventure

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dc.contributor.author Gordon, Hugh Avi
dc.date.accessioned 2008-07-21T23:34:23Z
dc.date.available 2008-07-21T23:34:23Z
dc.date.copyright 2003 en_US
dc.date.issued 2008-07-21T23:34:23Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/1031
dc.description.abstract As part of a major defence review meant to streamline and re-prioritize the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), in 1969, the Trudeau government decommissioned Canada’s last aircraft carrier, HMCS Bonaventure. The carrier represented a major part of Maritime Command’s NATO oriented anti-submarine warfare (ASW) effort. There were three main reasons for the government’s decision. First, the carrier’s yearly cost of $20 million was too much for the government to afford. Second, several defence experts challenged the ability of the Bonaventure to fulfill its ASW role. Third, members of the government and sections of the public believed that an aircraft carrier was a luxury that Canada did not require for its defence. There was a perception that the carrier was the wrong ship used for the wrong role. In sum, the decision to decommission the Bonaventure was politically attractive because of economic reasons, but was made based on strategic rationale. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject Canada en_US
dc.subject military policy en_US
dc.subject Bonaventure en_US
dc.subject navy en_US
dc.subject.lcsh UVic Subject Index::Humanities and Social Sciences::History::Canada--History en_US
dc.title The end of the big ship navy: the Trudeau government, the defence policy review and the decommissioning of the HMCS Bonaventure en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Zimmerman, D. K.
dc.degree.department Dept. of History en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US


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