Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

July 04, 2013 15:29 ET

Canada Invests in Navy Capability and Canadian Jobs

ESQUIMALT, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - July 4, 2013) - Today, the Government of Canada issued a five-year extension to Babcock Canada Inc. on its contract to refit and maintain Canada's Victoria-class submarines.

The extension exercises the first five-year option period of the Victoria In-Service Support Contract that was competitively awarded in 2008. This contract extension has a value of approximately $531 million. The contract includes a number of extension options that could bring the contract duration to 15 years, with a potential maximum value of $1.5 billion.

"The extension of this contract is an important investment in sustaining a key operational capability for our Canadian Armed Forces," said Minister Findlay. "This is also another important investment in skilled employment in Canada's marine sector, supporting more than 400 high-quality, skilled jobs across Canada - over 200 in Esquimalt alone."

All heavy maintenance work covered by the in-service support contract will take place at Victoria Shipyards Co. Ltd., in Esquimalt, B.C. Work under the contract includes planning and managing the refit periods of the submarines; materiel acquisition; all maintenance activities, including Extended Docking Work Periods; and engineering services. An Extended Docking Work Period involves the comprehensive maintenance, repair, overhaul or upgrading of each of the submarine's more than 200 systems.

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