National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy Secretariat announces Vancouver Shipyards to build the Joint Support Ships in 2016

GATINEAU, Quebec, October 11, 2013 – The National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS) Secretariat today announced that Vancouver Shipyards will commence construction on the Joint Support Ships, followed by the Polar Icebreaker, under theNSPS non-combat package. It is expected that construction will begin in late 2016.

The decision was based on a comprehensive analysis that included the readiness of each ship’s design, schedule optimization, project costs, and risks related to the timing of ship delivery. The analysis considered operational impacts such as gaps in program capability, and possible ship life extension or refit costs for existing vessels.

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