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Canadian subsidiary of French defence giant gets $5.2 billion contract

Kevin McCoy, president of Irving Shipbuilding, leads a tour as workers construct components of the Arctic offshore patrol ships at their facility in Halifax on Friday, March 4, 2016. The Canadian subsidiary of French defence giant Thales has been awarded a multibillion-dollar contract to service Canada's new fleet of Arctic offshore patrol ships and joint support vessels.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

OTTAWA – The Canadian subsidiary of French defence giant Thales has been awarded a multibillion-dollar contract to service Canada’s new fleet of Arctic offshore patrol ships and joint support vessels.

The federal government says Thales Canada, in a joint venture with the company’s Australian arm, will provide in-service support for the vessels under a contract that could total $5.2 billion over 35 years.

Acting Procurement Minister Jim Carr announced the awarding of the contract along with parliamentary secretary Steven MacKinnon today during joint news conferences in Dartmouth, N.S., and Ottawa.

The government says the initial service period will span eight years, at an estimated cost of $800 million, to retrofit, maintain and repair the ships.

Thales Canada will also provide training for those operating the vessels.

Officials say Thales will be required to hire subcontractors to complete the work in regions across the country to ensure widespread economic benefits.

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Both dockyard FMFs east and west have the capacity and the people to take on all this work but the military CO’s of those places are notoriously anti labour, anti-union and not fit to understand how to work with public servants. FMFs CO’s and their upper echelon networks have purposely undermined the FMFs by scuttling it from within in order to reduce their capacities. All the while increasing the contracting out year after year. The work goes to their connected retired officers who not only work but even own the contracting companies. It is going on in front of our eyes and nobody can do anything to stop it.

August 19, 2017 at 12:10 pm

@Murray Brewster:

Yes. People in navy uniform would rather please their friends and connections in the private sector than having dockyard workers (public servants) do the work. This has been going on for years. This is done covertly as military folks are masters of coverups.

August 31, 2017 at 7:54 am