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Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

July 06, 2011 15:31 ET

Minister of National Defence Announces New Infrastructure in Trenton

TRENTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 6, 2011) - 8 WING/CFB - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, announced contract awards totaling over $52 million for two infrastructure projects today during a visit to 8 Wing/Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Trenton.

The projects include the construction of a maintenance hangar for the new CC-130J Hercules and the construction of a new facility for the air cadet glider school. Hangar 2, a two-bay hangar, will cost $44.2 million, measure 11,582 square metres and hold two CC-130J aircraft. Its completion is estimated for Spring 2013. The $8.5 million Air Cadet Glider School will be used for aircraft maintenance and storage and contain classrooms for instruction. It will measure 4,924 square metres and should be finished by next summer, 2012.

"Since 2007, the Government has invested nearly a billion dollars in infrastructure at 8 Wing Trenton," said Minister MacKay. "This is a clear indication of the Wing's importance to the CF, now and into the future."

In line with Canada First Defence Strategy, there is a need to update and replace aging defence infrastructure to help produce a first-class, modern military that is ready to take on the challenges of the 21st century.

"The men and women of 8 Wing continue to make tremendous contributions to Canadian Forces operations at home and around the world, and their professionalism and dedication ensure we continue to succeed in these exciting and challenging times," noted Lieutenant-General André Deschamps, the Chief of the Air Staff. "The provision of new hangars and facilities at this busy Wing is another example of the wide-scale modernization that is occurring within Canada's Air Force – a modernization that will allow us to continue to deliver excellence at home, to be a strong and reliable partner in the defence of North America, and to project leadership abroad by making meaningful contributions to overseas operations."

The Government of Canada conducted open, fair and transparent competitive processes in order to award the contract for construction of Hangar 2 to Graham Construction and Engineering and ACGS to Peak Engineering.

DND holds a large number of properties all across the country to support the Canadian Forces, including some 21,000 buildings, 2.25 million hectares of land, 5,500 km of roads, and 3,000 km of water, storm and sewer pipes.

Note to the Editors / News Directors: A background document discussing Trenton infrastructure projects in further detail is available at: www.forces.gc.ca/site/news-nouvelles/news-nouvelles-eng.asp?cat=3

Imagery will be available on the 8 Wing Trenton photo gallery: http://www.airforce.forces.gc.ca/8w-8e/index-eng.asp

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