Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

July 15, 2012 17:30 ET

Minister MacKay Announces Upgrades for Naval Radio Station Aldergrove

ALDERGROVE, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - July 15, 2012) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, was at Naval Radio Station (NRS) Aldergrove today to announce the award of a $1.1million contract to Houle Electrical of Burnaby, British Columbia for the modernization of key parts of the station's electrical equipment.

"I'm very pleased today to announce improvements to Aldergrove, a facility that has been central to our military's work to protect Canadians and defend of our nation for the last seventy years," said Minister MacKay. "This project will ensure that our men and women in uniform operating on the west coast and in the Arctic can rely on modern, consistent and effective communications systems to support them in their important work. Our investment also supports the local economy, and further underscores our Government's ongoing commitment to having a robust presence and strong capabilities in Canada's North."

Naval Radio Station Aldergrove provides long-range radio communications support to Royal Canadian Air Force and Royal Canadian Navy personnel who are operating throughout Canada's Pacific and Arctic regions. It houses a network of receiver antennas which, together with the transmitting antennas at Matsqui, B.C., comprise the Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt signals detachment. The Station also hosts an Arctic surveillance capability which directly supports Canadian Northern sovereignty.

Since its establishment during the Second World War, NRS Aldergrove has provided vital ship-to-shore communications for Canadian and allied armed forces on operations throughout the world.

The electrical systems upgrade project, scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2012, will replace 1970s equipment with a new 450 kilowatt generator complete with automatic transfer switch and weatherproof enclosure. The new generation system will ensure emergency electrical power is available during outages, and will strengthen the detachment's ability to operate under emergency conditions while continuing its primary mission of supporting vital military communication, command and control systems.

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