OTTAWA — With all the news surrounding Canada’s shipbuilding strategy, a top Defence official for Canada’s
Critics of the federal shipbuilding plan have long said building 15 vessels in Canada to replace the navy’s frigates and destroyers will cost billions more than outsourcing the work to foreign countries.
Patrick Finn, the assistant deputy minister of materiel at the Department of National Defence, says it also means the navy won’t have to rely on foreign companies to support the new ships.
The submarines were purchased used from the U.K. in the 1990s, by which point Finn says many of the British companies involved in their construction had moved on to other projects.
That meant Defence had to spend years building up an industry to support the submarines, a situation the government hopes to avoid with the new warships.