Navy ships must sail to the scrapyard

Writer clarifies use of the word mothballed in story on future of damaged ships

Re: Navy waves farewell to aging ships (Gazette, Sept. 26)

The author of the article used the term mothballed twice in regard to four Royal Canadian Navy ships to be decommissioned, two of them with the Pacific fleet at Esquimalt.

Mothballed refers to taking a ship out of service and preserving it for recommissioning or sale in the future. I’m sure the Department of National Defence intends to scrap, not mothball them.

The ships are so old they should have been scrapped and replaced decades ago.

The two West Coast ships are severely damaged and beyond economical repair as well as being too old to keep longer.

Bill Donaldson

Victoria