…the continuing example of the madness of the build-in-Canada National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (which all major political parties support, though the separatist Bloc Québécois wants more for the Davie yard in Québéc, natch), combined with no government policy on what our Navy is really needed for. Further to this post,
Maybe Not the Planned 15 High-End RCN Warships–and Nobody Knows Costs, Part 2
[note links at end]
some serious shrinking is acknowledged from the mouth of the minister himself:
Jason Kenney: Frigate Construction Program Might Include Some ‘Trade-Offs’
[CSCs actually, frigate and destroyer replacements]
A re-elected Conservative government could end up approving the construction of as few as 11 warships to replace the navy’s frigates, despite committing to 15 combat vessels under their marquee defence strategy.
Conservative candidate Jason Kenney, the defence minister, offered that update on Friday [Oct. 2] at a Nova Scotia shipyard [Irving, Halifax]…
The government intends to build between 11 and 15 frigate replacements and the final number will depend on technology and cost, Kenney said.
“We are going to have make choices that trade-off the number of vessels and the expense of the technology we load on to them,” he said during a question-and answer-session with reporters.
“Those latter vessels are going to be built well into the 2020s [IN FACT THEY WILL BE BUILT RIGHT THROUGH THE 2030S]. Should the government at that point need to adjust the budget to accommodate for inflation and technology costs, I’m sure the government will do so. Right now, this is the prudent strategy.”
How many warships the federal government is willing to build has been a source of uncertainty and some anxiety in Halifax, which sees the shipyard program as an economic boon…
Please understand that the current government’s funding allotments for RCN’s plans are nonsenses. Can anyone, political, naval or more broadly military just think straight? Or maybe honestly.