Hon. E. J. Benson (Minister of National Defence):
Mr. Speaker, the policy has been stated many times that we
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are to have 20 destroyers actively afloat, and we have crews for 20 destroyers. New destroyers have been built to replace those that are becoming obsolete. As the hon. member knows, one of the problems to be faced in the 70's is the fact that the older destroyers will become obsolete.
Topic: POLICY RESPECTING CONSTRUCTION AND COMMISSIONING OF DESTROYERS