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By Jean H. Morin

This respectable account of the concern within the Persian Gulf strains the Canadian Forces committment to the Gulf area based on Iraqui aggression in 1990-1991. established upon their own stories, a variety of interviews, and unrestricted entry to professional papers, they've got produced a candid account of worth for either the army specialist and the civilian.

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Of the originally intended installations, only the AWR-47 MAWS (Missile Approach Warning System) proved technically unmanageable. Further prototype investigation was never completed. "12 Its operational employment was restricted for some time before the Defence Research Establishment in Victoria proposed a workable solution in September. Maritime Air Group was able to boast on 21 August — the original sailing date — that the installations were complete; it was said that eighteen months of peacetime work had been accomplished in eight days.

Finally, in the late 1980s, modern technology and commercial demand had combined for quite a different purpose to produce a device which neatly fitted the present requirement — the simple fish-finding sonar, with a sufficiently highfrequency signal and processor to discern small objects. Among the best available anywhere in the world was the C-Tech Spectra-Scan 3000. It was the cheapest on the market and was produced in nearby Cornwall, Ontario. Three of the sets were bought literally off the shelf and quickly installed to complement the ships' existing anti-submarine sonars.

The power supply and firing circuit wiring was unique to each ship. Top-heaviness was of little relative concern in the massive Protecteur, but stability changes remained a major worry in bofa Athabaskan and Terra Nova. The DDH-280s as a class were always tender ships (the TRUMP refit was required in part to address this problem). So in Athabaskan weight was rigidly controlled to such an extent that even dishes and cutlery were strictly rationed. The predeployment sea trials confirmed that Terra Nova was trimmed by the bows.

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