The Bunker Group
With a likely future ice free Arctic during summer, the possibly of hostile vessels with guns in access of 25 mm is probable down the road. The AOPS are over 6,000 tons and deserve better kit. Hopefully they get surplus 57 mm from future decommissioned Halifax frigates.Maybe but they aren't designed to take on a CBG, CGN,DDG or FFG are they. They are more a constabulary vessel that happens to operate in the Arctic. The RCN has a different philosophy and set of CONOPS to the VMF. Historically the Russians have always armed their ships for bear. Different culture so a different outlook, set of values, and they look at the world through a different lens to the west.