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Friday, January 23, 2015

Irving Shipbuilding to lead $26 billion frigate replacement

Prime Minister Stephen HarperDays after signing a contract to build its long-anticipated Arctic patrol ships, the Harper government has quietly indicated it will designate Halifax-based Irving Shipbuilding as the prime contractor on the planned replacement program for the navy's frigates.

Several defence and government sources say the word came during a closed-door presentation Tuesday to defence contractors looking to bid on the yet-to-be designed $26-billion Canadian Surface Combatant program.

The ability to designate which company will be the prime contractor was contained in the national shipbuilding strategy, which designated Irving as the go-to company to construct the navy's future warships.

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