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Aug 24 16 4:47 AM
But some Department of National Defence officials warned years ago
that the single contract strategy could give one firm too much control
and end up being more costly. “A single ISS provider may assume a ‘take
it or leave it’ attitude at the time of contract option renewal, forcing
prices up,” warned an April 2012 DND briefing note for then-deputy
minister Robert Fonberg.
A dispute with the contractor could also force the Royal Canadian
Navy to resort to conducting maintenance and support for the ships on a
piecemeal basis, a development that would affect its operations, added
the briefing obtained by Postmedia.
also warned that not all companies would be happy with such a strategy
as it would take a significant amount of business out of competition for
a long time. Other DND officials, however, argued that the single
contract strategy would work and any risks could be handled by
increasing the level of oversight on the deal.
Some analysts, such as Alan Williams, the former head of procurement
for the DND, have recently warned that the federal government has taken
too much of back seat role when it comes to the multi-billion dollar
naval projects now underway.
Aug 31 16 11:04 PM
HMCS Chicoutimi is shown in this 2009 file photo. Photo courtesy DND
The Victoria-class submarine HMCS Windsor, as outlined in a
previous Defence Watch post, will be taking part in Exercise Cutlass
Fury, expected in mid-September.
Another sub, HMCS Corner Brook, is in deep maintenance.
The Royal Canadian Navy is continuing to deal with problems with
welds on the remaining subs, HMCS Victoria and HMCS Chicoutimi, Vice
Admiral Ron Lloyd, head of the RCN, told Defence Watch.
Sep 4 16 12:02 AM
Say goodbye to Canadian Forces Auxiliary Vessel Quest – military quietly orders ship to be "divested"
David Pugliese, Ottawa Citizen
Published on: September 2, 2016 | Last Updated: September 2, 2016 5:54 PM EDT
The Canadian navy’s last research vessel will be decommissioned, leaving the country’s defence scientists without their own ship to conduct research in the Arctic and other locations, according to documents leaked to Postmedia.
The Canadian Forces Auxiliary Vessel Quest, an oceanographic research ship used by the navy and Defence Research and Development Canada, was sidelined in 2014 as a result of cost-cutting measures by the Conservative government.
But on Friday afternoon an internal Department of National Defence email announced that the ship was being decommissioned.
Sep 5 16 6:56 PM
Sep 6 16 5:10 AM
Naval officers learn how to handle ice-filled waters in anticipation of new Arctic patrol ships
David Pugliese, Ottawa Citizen | September 5, 2016 6:54 PM ET
More from David Pugliese, Ottawa Citizen
The Royal Canadian Navy is preparing for the arrival of its first Arctic patrol ship by sending officers assigned to the vessel to the Antarctic and Canada’s far north to learn how to operate in ice-filled waters, says the country’s top sailor.
The Chilean Navy and the Canadian Coast Guard are providing training for the difficult task of conducting such missions, Vice Admiral Ron Lloyd, head of the RCN, told Postmedia.
“We’ve got a number of the key members of the ship’s company making sure they’re getting Arctic operations,” he said. “We’re actually working with the Chileans in terms of Antarctic operations and working with our Coast Guard to come to speed and grips with operating that vessel in the Arctic.”
Sep 25 16 5:23 AM
Quote: Cost of Canadian naval base upgrade almost doubles – now $781 millionDavid Pugliese, Ottawa CitizenPublished on: September 24, 2016 Canadian
Forces Base Esquimalt is getting a major facelift. New jetties will be
built at the west coast base, replacing those that are there now and
which were built more than 70 years ago. The project will remove the
existing A and B jetties and replace them. Initial work has been done
and now a new tender has been issued for the demolition of B jetty.Once
finished, the new A/B jetties will be able to simultaneously handle
four Halifax-class frigates, two Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships, the new
Joint Support Ship and one Victoria-class submarine, according to the
Royal Canadian Navy.Work on the project is expected to continue
into the early 2020s. The project was originally announced in 2013 at a
cost of between $430 million and $530 million.That pricetag, however, has now increased to $781 million.(...SNIPPED)
Oct 8 16 4:14 AM
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Oct 12 16 5:20 PM
HMCS Vancouver arrives in Singapore
David Pugliese, Ottawa Citizen
Published on: October 11, 2016 | Last Updated: October 11, 2016 11:34 AM EDT
HMCS Vancouver arrived today in Singapore to conduct a goodwill visit as part of WESTPLOY 16.
WESTPLOY 16 is HMCS Vancouver’s deployment aimed at building strong ties between the Royal Canadian Navy and the navies of Asia-Pacific countries while also promoting peace and security in the region, according to RCN.
Oct 14 16 1:55 AM
Federal government’s plans to accept bids for future warships delayed over amount of Canadian content
David Pugliese, Ottawa Citizen | October 12, 2016 4:33 PM ET
OTTAWA — The Liberal government’s plan to accept bids for the navy’s future warships has been delayed because of a battle over the amount of Canadian content needed and the decision to allow into the competition a British design that exists only on paper.
Bids were to be requested from companies in August.
But a government spokesman now says the request is expected to go out to companies sometime “in the fall” although no specific date was given.
Oct 19 16 11:04 PM
Paying off ceremony for Preserver on Friday
David Pugliese, Ottawa Citizen
Published on: October 19, 2016 | Last Updated: October 19, 2016 1:30 PM EDT
A paying off ceremony will be held for HMCS Preserver on Friday, according to the Canadian Forces. Preserver will receive “a final salute from current and former sailors, soldiers, airmen and airwomen during a ceremony at HMC Dockyard Halifax,” the CF noted.
Oct 24 16 4:46 AM
HMCS Vancouver visits Ho Chi Minh City, VietnamCanadian Navy frigate HMCS Vancouver arrived in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, October 18 to conduct a goodwill visit as part of Westploy 16.Westploy 16 is HMCS Vancouver’s deployment aimed at building strong ties between the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and the navies of Asia-Pacific countries while also promoting peace and security in the region.Prior to visiting Vietnam, the Halifax-class frigate paid a visit to Singapore on October 11.(...SNIPPED)
Oct 26 16 1:27 AM
Feds to launch design competition for new warships
The competition involves 12 of the largest defence and shipbuilding companies in the world—and will launch after years of debate, delays and hand-wringing
Lee Berthiaume , The Canadian Press
October 25, 2016
OTTAWA — The federal government is poised to fire the starting gun on the long-awaited, multibillion-dollar race to design and build the navy’s newest warships.
The competition, which involves 12 of the largest defence and shipbuilding companies in the world, is expected to be launched on Thursday after years of debate, delays and hand-wringing.Companies will be given six months to submit designs for a new warship which will replace the navy’s 12 frigates and its three recently retired destroyers.
The winning design, pegged by one source as worth upwards of $10 billion out of a project that’s expected to cost between $26 billion and $40 billion, will be built by Irving Shipyards in Halifax, with the first ship scheduled to hit the water in 2024.
Oct 27 16 11:31 AM
Oct 28 16 3:56 AM
Oct 28 16 8:21 PM
Government launches key warship project without an idea of how many vessels will be built or what they will cost
David Pugliese, Ottawa Citizen
Published on: October 27, 2016 | Last Updated: October 28, 2016 12:01 AM EDT
The Canadian Surface Combatant project has officially kicked off with the request for proposals sent out to industry. The winning ship design is expected to be selected by summer 2017, the government says.
But federal officials still have no clue how many ships will be built. Originally the program was to produce 15 or 16 vessels. That was changed. The phrase now used by government is “up to 15.”
Construction of the first Canadian Surface Combatant is to begin in the early 2020s. But no one knows how exactly many ships will be built….nor do government officials seem too concerned. “One of the things we need not do right now is decide the number of ships,” said Patrick Finn, assistant deputy minister, materiel, at the Department of National Defence.
Government backtracks on demand that firms stay silent on Canadian Surface Combatant program
David Pugliese, Ottawa Citizen
Published on: October 28, 2016
Industry representatives were stunned by a new decree from Public Services and Procurement Canada that would have prevented any communication to the public about the Canadian Surface Combatant program. No advertising. No press releases issued announcing that a firm was even interested in bidding on the program. No discussions about what a company could offer and the jobs it could provide to Canadians.
“Neither the bidders, nor any of their respective subcontractors, employees or representatives shall make any public comment, respond to questions in a public forum or carry out any activities to either criticize another bidder or any bid — or publicly advertise their qualifications,” noted the order to industry.
Why put a clause like that in the bidding package? Sources say the Canadian Surface Combatant process has major problems. There are concerns in some quarters the outcome of the program has already been determined. And the Canadian government doesn’t want industry talking about such concerns – or anything related to the procurement, sources say. It just wants to spend tens of billions of dollars without any pesky questions from opposition MPs, the media and taxpayers, some industry representatives worry.
Oct 31 16 5:24 AM
bager1968 wrote:While it is about aircraft, the general principle is true in many areas:
"If the Gross Weight of the Paperwork exceeds the Gross Takeoff Weight of the aircraft, then the Government has done it's job".
Nov 8 16 8:54 PM
Canadian Navy’s experimental ship is underway on missions
The Canadian Navy’s Halifax-class frigate HMCS Montréal is at sea on its first deployment as the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) experimental ship.
The modernized frigate deployed October 24, 2016 with a full schedule of missions including combat enhancement training, crew trials and operational testing and evaluation of the new Cyclone shipborne helicopter.
The experimental ship – or X-Ship – program is designed to advance naval concepts in all areas of warship deployment, crewing and sustainment. Many of the trials conducted will focus on human factors such as variations of crew size and impacts on crew rest and performance, as well as some operational trials.
Nov 12 16 5:32 PM
Nov 15 16 2:30 AM
ThePointblank wrote:bager1968 wrote:While it is about aircraft, the general principle is true in many areas:
"If the Gross Weight of the Paperwork exceeds the Gross Takeoff Weight of the aircraft, then the Government has done it's job".The issue for me is where did the requirement for a 5" gun come from? Is the RCN planning to use the SCSC to conduct naval gun support?
If these are the overall requirements, and the intent is still for a "off-the-shelf" design, then I can somewhat understand where the government is coming from demanding a detailed bid right down to the bolts; they are making an assumption that the proponents have built the ship in question, and thus the ship is a known quantity. But the requirements for an off the shelf design, a 5" gun, enough speed to keep up with a US carrier group (29 knots+ is probably the goal), be able to conduct AAW, ASuW, and ASW all in one platform, plus space for humanitarian missions is a very difficult demand to try to fill. I don't think any of the off the shelf designs built by any of the proponents can meet all of the requirements. I think the Danish Iver Huitfeldt comes close, as design was originally designed to allow the dual 76mm guns to be exchanged for a 5" gun and a CIWS, but it has no space for humanitarian missions.
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