Public Services and Procurement Canada press release
Following an open and competitive process, Public Services and Procurement Canada, on behalf of National Defence, has awarded a $55-million contract ($62.15 million including taxes) to General Electric Canada Aviation Marine, from Ottawa, Ontario, for in-service support of the Halifax-class LM2500 gas turbines. The ongoing maintenance of the gas turbines is an integral component of the entire fleet of Halifax-class ships, and the gas turbines will require in-service support until the arrival of the Canadian surface combatants.
The Halifax-class frigates monitor and control Canadian waters, defend Canada’s sovereignty, facilitate large-scale search and rescue activities, and provide emergency assistance when needed. The frigates also operate with and integrate into the United Nations, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and coalitions of allied states in support of international peace and security operations. Introduced into service in the 1990s, the Canadian-built Halifax-class frigates were recently modernized to remain operational as the Government of Canada continues to rebuild Canada’s shipbuilding industry and deliver for the Royal Canadian Navy.
This contract award falls under the repair, refit and maintenance pillar of the National Shipbuilding Strategy, which is helping to ensure that Canada has a safe and effective fleet of ships to serve and protect Canadians for years to come, while providing ongoing opportunities for shipyards and suppliers across Canada.
“Through the National Shipbuilding Strategy, the Government of Canada continues to sustain and maintain the current fleet of vessels that members of the Royal Canadian Navy need when performing their important duty on Canada’s waterways and abroad. This in-service support contract will help to create and to maintain jobs and generate good economic opportunities for businesses and Canadians.”The Honourable Anita Anand, Minister of Public Services and Procurement
“The Halifax-class frigates are the backbone of Canada’s maritime presence, and contribute to peace and security operations at home and around the world. This in-service support contract will ensure critical main propulsion machinery onboard the ships remains well-maintained and effective, and will allow our sailors to continue carrying out their important work.”The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence
About Halifax-class Frigates
The 12 Canadian-built Halifax-class multi-role patrol frigates are considered the backbone of the Royal Canadian Navy. They can deploy anywhere in the world in support of the Government of Canada. Under the Halifax-class Modernization / Frigate Life Extension project, the frigates received a number of upgrades to ensure they have the capabilities to meet the new threats and changing operating environments of today. Enhanced capabilities include:
- new Combat Management System (CMS 330)
- 57mm Mk3 naval gun system
- MASS decoy launchers
- new Integrated Platform Management System
- CH-148 Cyclone helicopter capability
- Advanced Harpoon Weapon Control System
- new ESM
- Smart-S Mk2 radar
- CEROS 200 fire control radar
The first modernized Halifax-class frigates were delivered in late 2014, and the last ship in 2018.
Length: 134 metres
Beam: 16 metres
Complement: 225 personnel