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Preparing the RCN for the 21st Century

Preparing the RCN for the 21st Century

The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), as of 2012, consists of 12 Halifax-class frigates, 3 Iroquois-class destroyers, and 2 Protecteur-class replenishment ships, as well as a plethora of smaller patrol vessels. As the frigates enter their mid-life refits, the Iroquois and Protecteurs are well overdue for replacement. The National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS) is supposed to help make the transition towards a new naval fleet for the 21st century. This page contains the latest updates to the program's status. For further background information, please visit the Government of Canada’s NSPS page.


September 2016
Irving Halifax Shipyard: Canada’s Future Naval Fleet (PDF document)

This document created by Irving’s describes Irving’s ship building history and construction capabilities within its facilities on our east coast. A few of the new Canadian ships are described, and the economic impacts and various stakeholder interests are explored. 
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March 2016
The National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy: How did we get to where we are now


Tom Ring, who played a fundamental role in the NSPS process as the Assistant Deputy Minister for Acquisitions at Public Works & Government Services Canada, provides a detailed overview of the process for the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.

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August 2013
Canada has to walk its Arctic talk

Dr. Rob Huebert at the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies writes in the Globe and Mail on why it's important for the Canadian government to deliver on its promise to procure the Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships and the Coast Guard icebreaker. 
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Photo: HMCS Algonquin and Protecteur, now decommissioned, at CFB Esquimalt (Credit: Timothy Choi)

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