Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

July 24, 2012 15:45 ET

The Government of Canada Announces a New Project at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt

CFB ESQUIMALT, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - July 24, 2012) - Chris Alexander, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence today announced a contract award to Stantec Consulting, of Edmonton, Alberta, for design work associated with the renovations at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Esquimalt for the base's Meteorological and Oceanographic Centre. This Centre is part of the $28.1M Canadian Forces Weather and Oceanographic Service (CFWOS) Transformation project announced by Minister MacKay today at CFB Gagetown.

"Weather services play a vital role in the operations of our personnel on all three coasts, and on their deployments around the world," said Parliamentary Secretary Alexander. "This project will help to achieve better results for our men and women in the field who depend so heavily on accurate information to make crucial decisions for the safety and security of Canadians."

In addition to the Meteorological and Oceanographic Centre at CFB Esquimalt, the CFWOS Transformation project will also include components at CFB Gagetown and CFB Halifax.

"As the capabilities of our Canadian Forces have grown, so too has the demand for more sophisticated meteorological services to support our personnel during operations both at home and abroad," said Minister MacKay. "This project will help them to do their vital work more effectively and efficiently."

Under the CFWOS, the Joint Meteorological Centre will centralize weather briefing and forecasting functions into a single facility at CFB Gagetown and allow personnel to develop new and improved weather specific products for the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces.

The CFWOS Transformation project will better enable CF Meteorological Technicians to meet the requirement to support domestic and deployed operations, and to improve efficiency by reaching end users, such as air crew and military commanders, through internal network-based methods and/or by telephone. Increased efficiency of forecasting operations also means more resources may be devoted to scientific project work.

In line with the Canada First Defence Strategy, there is a need to update and replace dated defence infrastructure in order to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

For further information, please see the backgrounder at http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/news-nouvelles/news-nouvelles-eng.asp?id=4330

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