Seaspan and Lockheed Martin Canada partner for work on the Joint Support Ships

Ottawa-based Lockheed Martin Canada has been awarded a contract to provide the Command Management System for the Royal Canadian Navy’s Joint Support Ships


Ottawa, ON – Seaspan Shipyards (Seaspan) has awarded Lockheed Martin Canada (Lockheed Martin) of Ottawa, Ontario, a contract for work on Canada’s new Joint Support Ships (JSS). At $118M, this is the largest contract package that Seaspan will award for work on the JSS. Lockheed Martin is one of several major systems integrators that Seaspan is working with in order to meet its commitments under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS). Seaspan and Lockheed Martin have an established relationship as partners on several programs for the Royal Canadian Navy and, more recently, the Royal New Zealand Navy, in maintaining and upgrading vital military assets.

Lockheed Martin will provide a state of the art Command Management System based around the CMS 330 for the JSS. CMS 330 integrates a ship’s weapons, data, sensors and other equipment into a single operating system.  The system has been designed and developed in collaboration with the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and optimized for Canadian Doctrine and Operating procedures. It provides for total system program performance, complete with a full suite of training systems and logistical support tailored to meet the needs of the women and men of the RCN.

In addition to CMS 330, Lockheed Martin will engage key suppliers to deliver an Electronic Support Measures (ESM) system designed to detect electromagnetic signals, a surveillance radar system, an Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) system, an Electro Optical Infrared sensor, and a Tactical Data Link. Lockheed Martin will provide the integration for all these systems as well as the design of the consoles and configuration of the Operations Room. These systems will enable these purpose-built military vessels to operate in any theatre including high threat environments.

With its work under the NSS, Seaspan has developed more than $850M in committed contracts with approximately 540 Canadian companies. By building ships for the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) and Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) in Canada, Seaspan is helping to re-establish a Canadian marine industry.  As the company continues to make progress on its NSS commitments, this supply chain will grow as more Canadian companies realize new opportunities with a revitalized shipbuilding industry. It is through its work on the NSS that Seaspan is directly and indirectly helping to employ thousands of Canadians from coast to coast.


“Today’s announcement demonstrates that the National Shipbuilding Strategy is contributing to a strong, sustainable marine sector in Canada. This contract for a command management system for Canada’s new Joint Support Ship will ensure that the Royal Canadian Navy has the equipment needed to do their important work and will help create good middle class jobs for Canadians. Congratulations to Seaspan and Lockheed Martin Canada on this important contract.”
– The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility

“As we develop a Canada wide supply chain to deliver on our commitments under the National Shipbuilding Strategy, Seaspan Shipyards is excited to partner with Lockheed Martin Canada in providing leading edge solutions for our women and men in uniform. Our partnership with Lockheed Martin Canada will create and sustain highly skilled middle class Canadian jobs, encourage export opportunities, and support investment in Canada.”
– Mark Lamarre, Chief Executive Officer, Seaspan Shipyards

“Whether it is enforcing sovereignty in Canada’s waters, operating in an international threat environment, or engaging in humanitarian or disaster relief, CMS 330 will allow crews to counter threats faster and more efficiently, where and when necessary. We are proud to be selected by Seaspan as a supplier for the Joint Support Ships.  This contract now places our Canadian-developed CMS 330 on five classes of ships across three different navies – six classes when including the future Canadian Surface Combatant for which we are the preferred bidder. We are thrilled with this momentum and look forward to expanding our support to the Royal Canadian Navy.”
– Gary Fudge, Vice President and General Manager, Lockheed Martin Canada Rotary and Mission Systems


  • Seaspan operates three yards with a combined workforce greater than 2,300 people across its yards in North Vancouver & Victoria.
  • To date, Seaspan has awarded over $850M in contracts to approximately 540 Canadian companies, with nearly $230M in contracts awarded to Ontario-based companies.
  • Lockheed Martin Canada, headquartered in Ottawa, is the Canadian-based arm of Lockheed Martin Corporation, a global security and aerospace company employing 100,000 people worldwide.
  • Lockheed Martin Canada has been Canada’s trusted defence partner for nearly 80 years specializing in the development, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.
  • Lockheed Martin Canada employs approximately 1,000 employees at major facilities in Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, Calgary, and Victoria, working on a wide range of major programs spanning the aerospace, defence and commercial sectors.
  • Lockheed Martin expects to sustain 154 person years of employment as a result of this contract.







With operations in North Vancouver and Victoria, Seaspan Shipyards is a leader in Canada’s shipbuilding and ship repair industry. With modern facilities and a dedicated workforce, the company has proven itself to be a reliable partner on a range of complex projects for both government and the private sector.

Seaspan Shipyards is proud to be Canada’s chosen non-combat shipbuilder under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS). In this capacity, the company is building state-of-the-art ships in Canada for the Canadian Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy. Through its NSS-related work, Seaspan Shipyards is creating jobs, generating economic benefits and rebuilding Canada’s shipbuilding and marine industries.



Seaspan Shipyards
Nicholas Insley
Manager, Public Affairs
Office: 604-990-1824