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Halifax Class Frigates Going To Maintenance

Halifax Class Frigates Going To Maintenance August 19, 2019

The Government of Canada is investing more than $7.5 billion in the Royal Canadian Navy's 12 Halifax-class frigates to provide necessary ongoing maintenance until they are retired in the early 2040s. Under the scope of maintenance, The Government of Canada has awarded a $500-million contract to Irving Shipbuilding Inc. to carry out maintenance work on the Halifax-class frigates. This contract guarantees a minimum of three frigates for the shipyard, with work planned to begin in the early 2020s. The contract is expected to rise in value as additional work packages are added. On July 16, 2016, the Government of Canada awarded similar contracts to Seaspan's Victoria Shipyards Limited in Victoria, British Columbia, and Chantier Davie in Lévis, Quebec.

The Royal Canadian Navy requires that at least eight of the 12 frigates are able to deploy at all times. Of the current fleet of Halifax-class frigates,  seven have their homeport in Halifax, Nova Scotia, while the five others are based in Esquimalt, British Columbia.

The Canadian Surface Combatants will replace the Halifax-class frigates and the retired Iroquois-class destroyers. Construction on the Canadian Surface Combatants is scheduled to begin at Irving in the early 2020s.

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