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SEASPAN LAYS KEEL FOR RCN'S NEW JOINT SUPPORT SHIP

Friday, January 17, 2020 

Seaspan Shipyards of Canada has hosted a ceremonial keel laying event for the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) future 'HMCS Protecteur', first of two joint support ships to be built by Seaspan as part of the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS).

HMCS Protecteur will be able to conduct a full range of military operations in high-threat environments. The fourth vessel to be designed and built by Seaspan under the NSS and the largest naval ship by length ever built in Canada, the future HMCS Protecteur is scheduled for delivery in 2023.

In 2019, Seaspan delivered the Sir John Franklin and the Capt Jacques Cartier Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels (OFSVs) to the Canadian Coast Guard. These were the first two large vessels built and delivered under the NSS. Seaspan will deliver a third OFSV to the Coast Guard – the future John Cabot – in summer 2020.

“We are incredibly proud to reach this important milestone on the first of two Joint Support Ships that will be built by Seaspan. At Seaspan, we know that building ships requires you to build more than ships. You need to build a workforce, an industry, a supply chain, and strong partnerships. The JSS will be the largest naval ship ever built in Canada – a tremendous accomplishment for all the skilled and committed men and women involved in her design and construction,” said Mark Lamarre, CEO Seaspan Shipyards.

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