Harper and Baird talk a big game but here's the straight skinny.
Canada's maritime forces are spread way too thin to lend a hand in the Black Sea.
Mostly Canada's maritime forces are spread amongst a number of ship repair facilities on both the east and west coasts.
For every 3 months a Canadian ship spends defending democracy, it has to spend 3 years in drydock for a refit. It's a little-known but oft proved bit of conventional wisdom.
At the present time only three Canadian ships are able to sail the seven seas, and they're all in the Arabian sea looking for terrorists and illegal drugs.
Here for example is the story of HMCS Toronto making the biggest drug bust in her history.
It's tough when you have to weigh the war on drugs against the battle for democracy, but we are a small country and we can't be expected to punch above our weight every time.