Ottawa buys another Arctic and offshore patrol ship to be built in Halifax
November 02, 2018
The federal government is purchasing another ship to be built in Halifax, the defence minister says a day after Ottawa awarded $7 billion in contracts to three shipyards for work on Royal Canadian Navy frigates — leaving concerns over an 18-month gap in work for Irving Shipyard employees.
The government will buy a sixth Arctic and offshore patrol ship for the navy, Harjit Sajjan said to a crowd at the Irving Shipyard in Halifax on Friday.
The government planned to purchase five Arctic and offshore patrol ships — with a possibility of a sixth — after scaling back its original plan of buying between six and eight vessels in 2014.
Lockheed Martin selected as preferred designer for Canada’s next generation of warships
October 19, 2018
A group of companies led by multinational defence giant Lockheed Martin has been selected as the preferred designer for Canada’s next generation of warships, the Liberal government said Friday.
The announcement that the group’s BAE Type 26 design won the design competition represents a significant step forward for the long-anticipated $60-billion program to replace the navy’s aging fleet of frigates.
"The Canadian Surface Combatant project is the largest, most complex procurement ever undertaken by the Government of Canada. These ships will form the backbone of our Royal Canadian Navy and will be Canada’s major surface component of maritime combat power for decades to come," Public Services and Procurement Canada said in a press release.
Quebec’s Davie shipyard wins $610M contract to convert icebreakers for coast guard
August 10, 2018
The federal government has signed a $610-million contract to acquire and convert three icebreakers to renew the Canadian Coast Guard’s aging fleet.
The coast guard fleet lacks the capacity to perform its icebreaking duties. The Canadian Coast Guard ship Terry Fox, launched in 1993, is the newest icebreaker in the fleet.
In June, the Liberal government concluded a deal with Davie to purchase three icebreakers, but there was no price tag attached to the project at the time. Negotiations to acquire the vessels were launched in January after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau abruptly announced the plan in a Radio-Canada interview in Quebec City. That marked the beginning of a seven-month negotiating process between the government and Davie.