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Build icebreakers, supply ships, Arctic and offshore patrol ships, surface combatants, and other resources required by the Navy.

Liberal Platform Page 70 October 5, 2015
Achieved
Jul 2019

Shipbuilding projects to equip the Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Coast Guard

Government of Canada July 15, 2019

Under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS), we formed partnerships with 2 Canadian shipyards, Irving Shipbuilding Inc. and Seaspan Vancouver Shipyards to renew Canada’s federal fleet of combat and non-combat vessels.

Although this promise is somewhat vague in its wording (the Navy will always have ever-evolving resource requirements), the progress made under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (named as such in March 2016) denotes good progress in this area. Many shipbuilding projects are underway as of 2019.

Nov 2018

Ottawa buys another Arctic and offshore patrol ship to be built in Halifax

CBC News 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.

Oct 2018

Lockheed Martin selected as preferred designer for Canada’s next generation of warships

CBC News 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.

Aug 2018

Quebec’s Davie shipyard wins $610M contract to convert icebreakers for coast guard

CBC News 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.