one wonders furiously if a deal will not be struck until after the October 2015 federal election to avoid political problems–that would be typical of this government (and note the apparent service slippage date for the Seaspan JSSs). On the other hand the government may really be hoping for votes in the Québec city region while getting ready to pretty well write off Nova Scotia:
Ottawa to talk with Davie shipyard about temporary naval supply ship
Preliminary discussions to determine whether government enters into contract
The Government of Canada will have “preliminary discussions” with Quebec’s Davie shipyard about retrofitting a commercial ship to serve as a temporary naval supply ship, Defence Minister Jason Kenney announced today [June 23] in Ottawa.
The discussions, starting tomorrow, will determine whether Davie could provide an interim solution “at a cost, time and level of capability acceptable to Canada and the Royal Canadian Navy,” Kenney said.
If the government chooses to enter into a contract with Davie to retrofit a ship, it would bridge the gap until a navy support ship is operational, expected in 2021 [very recently the government was saying full operational capability would be in 2020].
The ship would have modest capabilities and wouldn’t conduct full military operations in high-threat or combat environments.
The move is necessary because existing supply ships were forced into early retirement. The government’s decade-long plan to purchase new supply ships is still in the design phase and construction has not yet begun.
Move forward quickly
Kenney said the government has been in “consultations” with a number of industry stakeholders since last year, ultimately choosing to explore the proposal put forth by Davie.
Davie shipyard is located in Levis, Que., the riding of Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney…
You don’t say.