Shipbuilder to conduct a review of existing Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships design and specifications
Halifax, N.S.—The federal government has signed a preliminary contract worth $9.3-million with Irving Shipbuilding, Inc., for the Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) project.
Implemented under the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS), the preliminary deal will see the Atlantic coast shipbuilder conduct a review of existing AOPS design and specifications and create an execution strategy for the AOPS project, according to the government.
The AOPS will provide the Royal Canadian Navy with the ability to operate in Arctic and other offshore environments year-round, the government boasts, “asserting and enforcing Canadian sovereignty,” including national surveillance, search and rescue and supporting other government departments.
Announced last year, the NSPS is the largest procurement sourcing arrangement in Canadian history and is expected to create thousands of high-value jobs in shipbuilding and related industries across the country.