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A maritime nation has let its naval fleet fall apart. Here’s how a once-proud force fell into such an embarrassing state of disrepair

But, last week, it was reported by the Ottawa Citizen that the 43-year-old Athabaskan was no longer seaworthy and is being sent back to Halifax for extensive repairs. Athabaskan is a fitting symbol of the overall state of the Navy: Its engines require an overhaul, the hull is cracked, the decks need replacing, and the weapon systems are questionable. Even Rear Admiral John Newton, commander of Maritime Forces Atlantic, describes his flagship as worn and tired.

In February, during a storm off the East Coast, Athabaskan was damaged and a number of engines failed. After that, the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) decided it was no longer capable of weathering the heavy seas of the North Atlantic, so it was sent south for calmer seas. Nonetheless, its engines broke down in Florida, then again in placid Caribbean waters.

Having grown over the past 20 year from three aircraft serving five destinations, to over 120 aircraft now serving 104 destinations in 21 countries, WestJet felt that it was time for their name to reflect many of the Canadian values they are known for globally… “Kindness, a great sense of fun, warmth, a desire to do the right thing and an incredible sense of caring…" These are the values that make Canadians Canadian, and they believe this name change reflects who they see themselves as… “the most Canadian Canadian airline”.

In celebration, WestJet has launched The Most Canadian Sale in Canada. Sale fares are available for most WestJet destinations until Midnight on April 6, 2017, for travel April 18 - June 28, 2017 and August 21 - October 31, 2017.

You rarely—if ever—hear “South Africa” and “nuclear weapons” mentioned in the same breath. That’s, of course, because South Africa doesn’t have any nukes. But the history behind why it is the only country to have ever built its own nuclear weapons, and then voluntarily relinquished them, reveals what motivates a country to give up the world’s most lethal deterrent.

It’s sort of an interesting question right now, as the global community has been trying to get North Korea to give up its own nuclear weapons for years. Seeing as how the capital of South Korea, Seoul, is easily within range of even North Korea’s relatively primitive potential nuclear missile delivery systems, getting the North to somehow voluntarily give up its nukes seems to be the only viable option.

South Africa built six gun-type nuclear weapons in the early 1980s, and had begun construction on a seventh. Gun-type devices are the simplest form of nuclear weapon, and one was used as the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima at the end of World War II. It’s based on one of the simplest nuke design principles , which is that if you slam two smaller pieces of Uranium-235 into each other, at high enough speed, it’ll explode.

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