July 17, 2004

Do we suck, or what?

It's a couple days old, but I came across this story more or less at random this morning:

OTTAWA -- The Canadian navy will sit out the war on terrorism for one year in an effort to give exhausted sailors a chance to recuperate. HMCS Toronto left the Arabian Sea and the American George Washington Carrier Strike Group July 4 with a broken Sea King helicopter on deck.

And the navy has quietly decided against dispatching a replacement ship until spring 2005 at the earliest.

The Sea King on HMCS Toronto has been grounded since June 25 after particles were discovered in its gearbox.

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It's hard to believe that at the end of World War II, Canada had the third largest surface navy in the world.