The Government of Canada is delivering on its commitment to renew the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) fleet and provide men and women in uniform with the equipment they need to do their important work.
The Honourable Judy M. Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and the Honourable Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, today announced a $230 million contract with Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards Co. Ltd. that will help develop and finalize the design of the Navy’s Joint Support Ship (JSS). Construction is scheduled to begin in 2018.
The JSS will allow naval task groups to remain at sea anywhere in the world for long periods of time without going to shore for replenishment. It will provide fuel, ammunition, spare parts, food, and water to Canadian and allied vessels. These modern ships will also support deployed forces with medical and dental care facilities, as well as helicopter repair capabilities.
Minister Foote also took part in a steel-cutting ceremony for the third Offshore Fisheries Science Vessel (OFSV) being built for the Canadian Coast Guard. Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards now has all three of OFSVs under construction, with the first ship scheduled for delivery in early 2018.
The National Shipbuilding Strategy is a long-term commitment to Canada’s shipbuilding industry that will rejuvenate our marine industry, support Canadian technological innovation, and bring jobs and prosperity to many communities across the nation.