I am old enough to remember when our Esquimalt based navy used to do anti-aircraft practice just a few miles off the Victoria waterfront.
The target was towed behind a DC3 that took off from Pat Bay, and the route to the waterfront went right over our house.
The Korean War was in progress and the ships were sharpening their skills before being deployed.
Besides the distant rumbling, I felt a sense of pride in knowing that we had those ships nearby.
Sad fact is our 1950's-era forces probably could beat the crap out of the 21st century CAF so poorly prepared and equipped are we are today.
I was watching a clip of an anti-submarine maritime exercise a friend sent to me taken in 2014. Imagine our own plane and 8-10 person crew flying over our own territory (Nanoose testing range) with the cost of fuel and crew factored in, which had to abort the first time due to 'weather' - meaning the plane wasn't deemed sufficiently technically capable or airworthy to withstand what was nothing more than a garden-variety west coast rain storm; and then aborted a second time due to the fact its 35-year old computer s*** the bed and crashed and they were unable to bring it back up to aid in carrying out the mission: with the exception of the pilot all of the crew was younger than the computer, which looked like some vintage 1970's-era kludge to me.
No wonder we leave the heavy lifting to the US for surveillance and recon - with the current sad state of the CAF and the RCN especially, we can barely conduct basic naval operations over our own inland waters, never mind the north Pacific or Atlantic Oceans or beyond.
Essentially we are members of NATO and NORAD in name only. Militarily, due exclusively above all to lack of political will and material support, we fail and we generally fail badly.