It’s a bit of a Navy day on my blog …
First, some pretty good news: I mentioned, a couple of days ago, that the contracts for new supply-support ships for the Royal Canadian Navy (tankers, my Navy friends call them) was awarded to SeaSpan in British Columbia. In fact SeaSpan has contracts to build up to 17 ships, two for the Navy and up to 15 more for the Coast Guard:
SeaSpan now reports on the progress of the second of the Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels (OFSV):
I assume that work cannot begin on the Navy’s ship’s until, at least, the three OFSVs are complete and when, one wonders, will the Polar class icebreaker be built? She was announced, by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2008 and was due to have joined the Coast Guard’s fleet this year. I have read that completion is now scheduled for sometime in the 2020s.