SEA completed the purchase August 4th of the remaining 50% of JSK Naval Support (JSK), which it now owns outright.
The agreement will see SEA continue to provide technical expertise and support to JSK, while expanding operations in Canada through recruitment.
Trading since April 2014, JSK is a Canadian company created by SEA and Kaycom Inc. Since its launch, JSK has supported the sonar and acoustic systems on the Victoria class submarines and has been successfully contracted for larger programmes such as the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC).
Included in the acquisition is a recently awarded contract to supply the Torpedo Launcher System for the first four CSC platforms. The Canadian Government has committed to a total of 15 CSC platforms, to be delivered over the next 20 years, providing a significant long-term future for JSK. Also included as part of the agreement are repair and overhaul contracts with the Royal Canadian Navy that were previously held by Kaycom, which will provide additional and regular work for JSK.
SEA’s Managing Director, Richard Flitton said: “There are common needs and requirements across the UK, Australian and Canadian navies, and as a result of this agreement, JSK and SEA are now strategically better positioned to help meet these. Our combined expertise and experience in delivering leading anti-submarine warfare and ship protection capabilities will be crucial to further developing our Canadian partnerships and supply chain.
“Members of our leadership team recently visited the JSK facility in Montreal to formally welcome the JSK team, and to discuss how our activities in Canada contribute to the overall strategic direction and growth of both SEA and JSK. SEA remains committed to supporting and developing Canadian skills, and creating career opportunities, and look forward to continuing our successful partnership.”
JSK is located in Pointe-Claire, Montreal, and is committed to developing extensive technical expertise and enhancing sovereign capability within Canada. It delivers expert engineering and manufacturing capabilities, including in-service support to the Royal Canadian Navy and local defence contractors.