Federal Government Awards Contract for New Navy Ships
The Federal Government is awarding a performance-based contract to Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards for the full construction of two joint support ships (JSS).
Valued at $2.4 billion (including taxes), this contract will allow the transition to full-rate construction of the first ship, the construction of early blocks for which began in June 2018, and then the second ship.
The JSS will deliver fuel and other vital supplies to vessels at sea, offer medical and dental services and provide facilities for helicopter maintenance repair.
The presence of replenishment ships increases the range and endurance of operations at sea, allowing Canadian combat ships to remain at sea for significant periods of time without going to shore for resupply.