Speaking notes for National Shipbuilding Strategy technical briefing on Canadian Surface Combatant request for proposal

Ottawa November 27, 2017 Good afternoon. I am joined here today by Pat Finn, Assistant Deputy Minister materiel Department of National Defence; Eric Dagenais, ADM ISED, and Kevin McCoy, President of Irving Shipbuilding. I will try to be as brief as possible, as we want to give you enough time to ask questions. Having said that this is going to be a particularly technical briefing so please bear with me. We are here today to brief you on the next steps of the competitive process to select a warship design…

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Canadian Surface Combatant Request for Proposals Closes

The Federal Government and Irving Shipbuilding today announced the closing of the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the design of the Canadian Surface Combatant fleet. Under the National Shipbuilding Strategy, the Canadian Surface Combatant is the largest, most complex procurement undertaken by the Government of Canada. The ships being built will form the backbone of the Royal Canadian Navy. The RFP for the design of the Canadian Surface Combatant was issued in October of 2016 to 12 pre-qualified companies. Bidders had until today to submit their bids to Irving Shipbuilding…

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QinetiQ emulates drone threat for Royal Canadian Navy

QinetiQ Target Systems (QTS) has introduced a new service to the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) by emulating the threat posed to large naval vessels by small multi-rotor drones. The live demonstration was carried out in early November 2017 from a Halifax-class frigate under the C$8.5M Unmanned Targets Repair, Overhaul and Engineering contract, awarded to QTS in 2015. QTS flew its Snyper multi-rotor target alongside Lockheed Martin’s Indago quadcopter using QinetiQ’s Universal Target Control Station (UTCS), which facilitates the operation of multiple unmanned systems from a single command centre. The RCN…

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Sexual Misconduct Response Centre Announces Implementation of New Charter

Deputy Minister Jody Thomas is pleased to announce a new Charter for the Sexual Misconduct Response Centre (SMRC). The Charter replaces the SMRC’s original mandate, and supports the department’s priority on well-supported, diverse, resilient people and families in Strong, Secure, Engaged: Canada’s Defence Policy. Among the highlights, the SMRC Charter will: • promote a seamless continuum of care for Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members who are affected by sexual misconduct from the time of first contact until such time as they no longer need support; • focus on an efficient,…

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CSN calls for truth and transparency on federal shipbuilding schedules

While the jobs of 800 workers depend on a swift approval of a second naval support ship, federal government bureaucrats are busy trying to bury any evidence supporting this urgent operational need for Royal Canadian Navy. The National Post story of last week is just the latest proof of this: federal bureaucrats are claiming that Vancouver shipyard’s ship delivery schedules are now suddenly secret. While the Department of National Defense continues to maintain that the first Joint Support Ship (SIC) will be delivered by the Vancouver Shipyard in 2021, it…

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Canadian War Museum Joins Canadian Signature Experiences

Destination Canada is pleased to announce the addition of three new members to the Canadian Signature Experiences collection. Travellers can explore powerful human rights stories from across Canada and around the world in Manitoba; learn about Canada’s military history with volunteer veterans in Ontario and hit the streets of one of Vancouver, British Columbia’s oldest neighbourhoods during a culinary tour of hidden gems. The Canadian Signature Experiences are a curated collection of extraordinary and authentically Canadian travel experiences. As diverse as the country itself, these unique experiences are offered from…

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Canada’s Combat Ship Team: BAE Systems, CAE, Lockheed Martin Canada, L3 Technologies, MDA and Ultra Electronics Join Forces to Deliver Canadian Surface Combatant Proposal

Two days prior to the procurement closure date, Lockheed Martin Canada (NYSE: LMT) has confirmed delivery of the proposal for the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) program signifying that the acquisition has moved to the next critical phase. BAE Systems, CAE, Lockheed Martin Canada, L3 Technologies, MDA and Ultra Electronics are partnering as Canada’s Combat Ship Team for the Royal Canadian Navy’s future fleet of surface combatants. Canada’s Combat Ship Team is offering the most advanced and modern warship design, the Type 26 Global Combat Ship (GCS), with high-tech platform innovations…

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2017 Surgeon General Report on Suicide Mortality in the Canadian Armed Forces

Today, the Department of National Defence and the CAF announced the release of the annual Surgeon General’s Suicide Mortality Report for 2017. The report reflects the importance of taking stock of annual trends and occurrences of suicide in the CAF so that mental health programs and services can be better aligned to meet the needs of CAF members and their families. Every suicide is a tragedy for the members of the CAF and, importantly, the families of those we have lost. The CAF takes this issue very seriously and is…

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OSI signs contract with Lockheed Martin to deliver IBNS for the US Navy

OSI Maritime Systems announced the signing of a contract with Lockheed Martin to provide its Integrated Bridge and Navigation System (IBNS) for the U.S. Navy Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program. This contract was awarded to OSI after an extensive competitive process that was conducted by Lockheed Martin over several months.  OSI’s IBNS design directly supports the Navy’s push to improve the affordability of the LCS, while updating and upgrading the integrated bridge and navigation capabilities. “We are pleased to have signed this very important contract with Lockheed Martin. Over…

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