A new report examining the government’s plans to build Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ships has just been released by the Rideau Institute and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
On March 7th, the government signed a $288-million contract with Irving Shipbuilding of Halifax for design work on the long-promised Arctic offshore patrol ships. But construction of the ships is not expected to begin until 2015.
Auditor General Michael Ferguson, who recently introduced a little reality to discussion of the planned F-35 procurement, is now turning his sights on the Harper government’s “National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy”.
The navy wants brand new submarines.
The project to replace the Navy’s Sea King helicopters with the Sikorsky Cyclone has been incredibly long and expensive. And it’s not over yet.
The Royal Canadian Navy’s three destroyers are due to be reach the end of their planned service life in as little as five years, before their replacements can be delivered.