Last week Canada’s government awarded the largest in-service support contract in the Royal Canadian Navy’s History to a joint venture of Thales Canada Inc and Thales Australia Ltd, worth a total of 3.5billion Euros.
Who better than Thales to win the contract. After all, they are no stranger to the Royal Canadian Navy, having provided in-service support (ISS) to every major Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) platform for the past 50 years.
The contract, for an initial period of eight years with the option to extend services for up to 35 years, includes the refit, repair, maintenance and training to both Artic and Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) and Joint Support Ships (JSS). The two ship types are being built under Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy, with the delivery of the first AOPS vessel scheduled for 2018 followed by a JSS Vessel in 2021.
The Honourable Jim Carr, Acting Minister of Public Services and Procurement states:
“The government is revitalizing the shipbuilding industry, bringing middle-class jobs and prosperity to many communities across the country. We are giving our navy the ships it needs, and we are taking steps to make sure that we have solid, cost-effective support in place to keep our fleet in full operational readiness.”
Through the National Shipbuilding Strategy, The Government of Canada is delivering on its commitment to renew the Royal Canadian Navy’s Fleet. This investment will warrant the Royal Canadian Navy operating as a true blue-water force. As a result, creating and maintaining more than 2,000 jobs across Canada over a 35-year period and ultimately growing the economy.
Therefore, it’s evident that the contract announcement will ensure Canada is ready to support the vessels once delivered whilst supporting the long-term growth of the marine sector in Canada.
Warren Bennet, Vice President at Morson International Canada gives us his thoughts:
“A vast upgrade for the Royal Canadian Navy which means that it is ready for operations globally. We are pleased to be supporting Thales which is helping to bring new capability to Canada, helping to be part of rebyuilding the shipbuilding industry.”
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