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Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Spare parts harder to find for Victoria-class submarines

HMCS Windsor (SSK 877)Upkeep costs for Canada’s fleet of Victoria-class submarines could balloon out of control within years if the government is unable to find parts to service them, warns one expert.

Since 2012, Canada has issued more than 200 requests for proposal for the aging fleet to obtain spare parts: everything from simple connectors to complex pieces of machinery.

The government has spent $120 million since 2013 on parts for the fleet, according to Defence Department numbers. Nearly $39 million of that has been spent since the start of this year.

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