Canada announces new wave of defence spending

Yesterday, Canada’s Herald News reported that after more than a year of consultations, the Canadian government has announced its committal to building 15 surface combatant ships costing over $60 billion over the next 20 years - more than double the amount originally budgeted.


Despite distancing themselves from the project last year following concerns regarding the cost in the procurement process, a year-long re-costing review has resulted in a green light being given.


“This plan fully funds for the first time the Royal Canadian Navy’s full complement of 15 Canadian Surface Combatant ships necessary to replace the existing frigates and retired destroyers,” said Canada’s Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan during Wednesday’s report release.


The warships are set to be constructed in Halifax, Nova Scotia, by prime-contractor Irving Shipbuilding under the government’s controversial shipbuilding strategy. They’ll be paid by the government throughout the build process, based on the completion of the vessels.


However, with delivery of the first ship not scheduled until 2026 and the vessels expected to be in service more than 30 years, much of the predicted cost of the project will be spent after the 20 years covered by the policy.


Matchtech’s specialist international consultants are always looking for a range of talented professionals to work on these projects; in particular we are urgently looking for experienced ship production supervisors. Check out our project page for the Canadian National Shipbuilding Strategy.


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