The Canadian government has announced that it intends to
begin forming a short list of qualified
bidders for the Canadian Surface
Combatant (CSC) Program. Bidders
that wish to participate in the program will have to submit necessary
documentation to support their
entry onto the short list by October.
The government intends to select
the ship design and combat systems
integrator in 2017. Two subcontractors will be selected, one for the ship
design and a second as the combat
systems integrator. The prime contractor will be Irving Shipyard in
Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The design will be used for all 15
hulls currently envisioned under the
program, three will be the destroyer
variant (CSC-D) with an extensive
anti-air warfare suite and 12 of the
general purpose frigate variant.
The government now is calling
for the first ship to start construction at Irving in the early 2020s,
with commissioning in the mid-
2020s. The Department of National
Defence likely will begin negotiations with Irving Shipbuilding concerning final design and construction in 2019 with the first unit starting construction around 2021.
The first three units are expected
to be the destroyer variants, as two of
Canadian Navy’s Iroquois-class
destroyers already have been decom-
missioned. They will be followed by
the 12 Halifax-class frigate replace-
ments. The current estimate for the
program is $24 billion for 15 hulls
Irving Shipyard was selected in
early 2012 as the primary builder of
large combatant platforms under
Canada’s Procurement Strategy.
Irving will begin building the first
Harry Dewolf-class Offshore Patrol
Ship (AOPS) in September. The
fifth of six AOPS will be launched in
2021, freeing up space for the first
CSC-D to begin construction.
Trinidad and Tobago
Orders 12 Damen Vessels
The Trinidad and Tobago government signed an agreement with Damen Shipyards for the construction
and delivery of 12 vessels to enhance
the island nation’s maritime security.
The three Damen vessels to be
procured are as follows:
■ Damen Stan Patrol 5009 Coastal
Patrol Vessel: A total of four units
of the class will be built to provide
a high-speed, long-range Exclusive
Economic Zone (EEZ) protection.
■ Damen Fast Crew Supply 5009
Utility Vessel: Two units of the
class have been ordered and will be
used in a variety of roles ranging
from support of interceptor operations to disaster relief, search and
rescue, and limited EEZ patrol.
■ Damen Interceptor DI 1102
Patrol Craft: Six units of the class
will be built to act either as
port/harbor security or as force
multipliers, deployable from either
of the above patrol boats.
With the contract signing, construction is expected to begin
immediately with the entire procurement of 12 vessels being delivered by 2018.
Israel Signs Contract
For Four Corvettes
Israel signed a $468.2 million contract with Germany’s ThyssenKrupp
Marine Systems (TKMS) for the
construction of four corvettes. The
corvettes are said to be based on the
MEKO 80 corvette design.
The corvette deal, in which the
German government will pay
$125.2 million of the overall price
tag, has been in negotiations for
the past five years. Israel’s portion
of the funding, $343 million, is
expected to be derived from a spe-
Canadian Surface Combatant
Design to be Selected in 2017
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Germany’s Damen Shipyard will build 12 vessels in three variants for Trinidad
and Tobago, including, from the left, six small patrol craft, two utility vessels
and four coastal patrol vessels.