Canadian Navy and International Naval Security

Canadian Navy and International Naval Security

The Canadian warship HMCS ”Calgary”, a multi-role patrol frigate, is scheduled for deployment to the Persian Gulf in 2008. Commander Kelly Larkin will talk about the Canadian Navy’s role in helping to maintain naval security, as part of the USA led coalition forces, operating in that part of the world. Given the tense political climate in the Middle East, the mission is bound to have some elements of danger not normally experienced elsewhere.

Commander Larkin will also give his thoughts on Canada’s northern coastal waters, which could become navigable in the not too distant future. Certainly a very challenging test would await the Canadian Navy in parts of the Arctic Ocean and Northwest Passage, where waters have not previously been navigated. Few, if any, can accurately predict what effect global warming will have in general and on the Canadian Navy in particular, but no doubt Kelly Larkin will have an educated guess on the latter.

Speaker: Commander Kelly Larkin CD, SSM

Kelly Larkin was born in Vancouver, BC in 1961. He became a Sea Cadet in his early teens and joined the Canadian Navy in 1980. In working through
the ranks, Commander Larkin has experience with most aspects of Navy life, including several postings aboard Submarines. Promoted to the rank of Naval Commander in 2002, he was given command of HMCS “Protecteur” in 2005 and since August 01, 2006, Larkin has been in charge of HMCS “Calgary”.

Moderator: T. B. A.

Date: November 26, 2007 Time: Noon - 1:30 PM

Location: Andy’s Place (Free designated parking just outside) Anderson Hall, University of Lethbridge

Cost: $10.00 (includes lunch) and students $5.00

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