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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Canadian navy will retrofit private ship to replace Canadian supply vessels

HMCS Protecteur (A 509)Canada’s navy will have to retrofit a private ship to serve as an ocean-going delivery vessel to carry fuel and supplies to Canadian warships deployed on missions, filling an “urgent” gap that has left Canada relying on its allies for high-seas help.

Defence Minister Jason Kenney announced Tuesday that the government was having “preliminary” discussions with the Chantier Davie shipyard in Quebec to see whether it could provide an “interim” supply ship at a “cost, time and level of capability acceptable to the Royal Canadian Navy.”

But even that stop-gap measure is some time away, meaning Canadian frigates will continue be forced to depend on the goodwill of other navies for at-sea replenishments.

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