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Preparing the RCN for the 21st Century: The National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS)

Preparing the RCN for the 21st Century: The National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS)

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 NSPS page in our CMHH area.

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 29, 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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August 21, 2013
Irving Shipbuilding unveils renovated shipyard illustrations and design (PDF document)

The Halifax shipyard responsible for building the combat vessels of our fleet has released a comprehensive PDF document outlining what changes will be made to the shipyard in order to support and accommodate the construction of the new vessels. Included in the document are illustrations of what the changes will look like as well as a timeline of when the changes should be taking place. 
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Banner image credit: HMCS Algonquin and Protecteur, now decommissioned, at CFB Esquimalt by Timothy Choi

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