LoboCanada said:A point i'd like to make is that why even bother having Canadian tanks in Europe at all?
How many NATO tanks are there already in Europe?
1000s i'd say, and what would a small and expensive squadron really do there that a few dozen other countries' tanks couldn't?
As an aside, what has NATO done for Canadian security to warrant us taking a leadership position in Latvia? I don't see a NATO Air Policing Mission in our North to counter frequent Russian bombing 'runs'.
Very good points indeed.
Between France, Germany, the UK, Italy, Spain, Greece, the Nordic countries, and our newest friends of Latvia, Poland, etc etc -- Europe has PLENTY of tanks and IFV's for the fight. PLENTY.
As for the NATO Air Policing mission, that's a bit unfair. The NATO Air Policing mission is designed to provide air security to countries that don't have an air force (Iceland) or that are in the process of replacing their small air forces with modern aircraft (Romania).
Between the RCAF's CF-18's (which provide aircraft to that mission fairly often) and the USAF in Alaska, we don't need a NATO air policing mission here.
(Their planes fly towards North American airspace, we greet. And vice versa. Puts hours on airframes on both sides, and keeps both sides fresh in terms of ability to scramble aircraft. Meh.)