10 août 2022 | Local, Naval

With resources stretched, Canadian navy warships out of NATO forces for first time since 2014

Experts say it's part of the growing trade-offs Canada is having to make with its navy, which has a shrinking fleet of aging ships and a lack of trained sailors

https://montrealgazette.com/news/canada/canadian-warships-missing-from-nato-naval-forces-for-first-time-since-2014

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