Mark Collins – The First Phase of the RCN’s Joint Support Ship Balls-Up

The start of a very interesting piece, by a project insider, at Vanguard magazine:

The RCN’s Joint Support Ship disaster
Henning Jacobsen

In late May, the Royal Canadian Navy paid off HMCS Protecteur, last of two remaining support ships [more here and see “RCN Joint Support Ship Stopgap: Feds Talking with Davie, Québec“]. Built in the 1960s, the Protecteur-class was expected to be replaced by 2012. At present, the government is working with Seaspan Shipyards to begin construction on two Joint Support Ships, to be known as the Queenston class. In the interim, however, it may have to consider a commercial alternative to bridge the gap between now and when new ships enter service in 2020. Henning Jacobsen served as a consultant on the initial Joint Support Ship Program that was cancelled in 2008. He argues the program to deliver a new support ship should never have reached this point…

Do read it all, more on the JSS here.

Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute; he tweets @Mark3Ds

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