On time and under budget: Government of Canada marks major milestone in a multi-billion dollar defence procurement

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November 29, 2016 – Halifax, N.S. – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

The Government of Canada is committed to providing the women and men of the Royal Canadian Navy with the modern equipment needed to protect Canadians at home and abroad.  Keeping with this commitment, a ceremony was held today marking the completion of the Halifax-class Modernization/Frigate Life Extension (HCM/FELEX) project, which provided state-of-the-art upgrades, allowing Canada’s fleet of 12 Halifax-class frigates to meet 21st century threats.

HMCS Toronto, the seventh and final frigate on the East Coast, has now completed the refit portion of its modernization by Irving Shipbuilding Inc. This means all 12 frigates, five on the West Coast and seven on the East Coast, have completed the refit portion of their modernization. The final step will be a period of tests and trials in the reactivation phase for HMCS Toronto and two other ships.

Member of Parliament for Halifax, N.S. Andy Fillmore, on behalf of Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan, along with Vice-Admiral Ron Lloyd, Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy, delivered remarks to mark the occasion.

The HCM/FELEX project included a new Combat Management System procured from Lockheed Martin Canada, as well as new radar capability, a new electronic warfare system, and upgraded communications technologies and missiles. The modernized frigates also boast new systems that offer better damage control, as well as more modern electrical and machinery control.

Quotes

“I would like to thank all those involved in the HCM/FELEX project for their hard work in successfully completing the refit portion of the modernization of all of Canada’s 12 frigates. This project was delivered on time and under budget, and allows the Halifax-class frigates to continue to operate as the backbone of our Navy.”

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan

“I am honoured to be here today to celebrate the completion of the refits as part of the modernization of the twelfth and final frigate under the HCM/FELEX project, HMCS Toronto. I am proud to see the government delivering on its promise to strengthen the Royal Canadian Navy by providing our naval women and men with the modern equipment needed to do the job that is asked of them. “

 Andy Fillmore, Member of Parliament for Halifax, Nova Scotia

“Our Government has made a clear commitment to support the Royal Canadian Navy through the National Shipbuilding Strategy. The Halifax-class Modernization program will ensure that our frigates continue to serve and protect Canadians while the future fleet of Canadian Surface Combatants is being built. Congratulations to the men and women who contributed to this project.”

Public Services and Procurement Canada Minister Judy Foote

“Applying the Industrial and Regional Benefits Policy to projects like these drives growth across industries—areas where Canada has the potential to show global leadership. The modernization of the 12 Halifax-class frigates has been a highly collaborative success for government and industry and supports the development of a sustainable marine sector while bringing long-term economic benefits to Canada.”

Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada Minister Navdeep Bains

“I could not be more pleased or proud of the extraordinary success that the Halifax-class modernization program represents.  HMCS Toronto will soon join her sister ships on deployments around the world, proudly contributing to global defence and security on behalf of all Canadians. Thanks to their newly upgraded, multipurpose capabilities, these ships will continue to ensure that Canada’s navy is always ready to respond when called upon to act by the Government of Canada.”

Vice-Admiral Ron Lloyd, Commander Royal Canadian Navy

Quick Facts

  • The Halifax-class Modernization (HCM) program represents an investment of $4.3 billion and allows the frigates to serve the Navy until the early-to-mid-2030s.
  • HCM/FELEX falls under the larger HCM program. The HCM program is a highly complex and collaborative effort between DND, the Navy, and more than thirty companies within the Canadian shipbuilding industry. Together, they have been working to deliver a first-class capability, on time and under budget while also ensuring robust economic benefits to Canada.
  • The first modernized frigates re-entered service in late 2014.Currently, nine of the Navy’s 12 frigates are capable of being employed on operations and exercises around the world. Three frigates are in their reactivation phase.
  • On November 29, 2016, HMCS Toronto, the seventh and final frigate on the East Coast, completed the refit portion of its modernization by Irving shipbuilding Inc. This means all 12 of the Halifax-class frigates, five on the West Coast and seven on the East Coast, have completed the refit portion of their modernization.
  • The HCM/FELEX project ensures that Halifax-class frigates will continue to be the backbone of the Royal Canadian Navy until the arrival of the future fleet of Canadian Surface Combatants beginning with the delivery of the first ship in the mid-2020s.
  • The Industrial and Regional Benefits Policy applies to this project. This ensures that companies that win Government of Canada defence contracts undertake business activities in Canada equal to 100 percent of the contract value.

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